Penguins pull blockbuster trade for Marian Hossa

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Penguins general manager Ray Shero made a bold move minutes before the NHL trade deadline today, acquiring right winger Marian Hossa from Atlanta.

The Penguins sent forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, highly regarded prospect Angelo Esposito and a first-round draft choice to the Thrashers in the deal. They also received winger Pascal Dupuis from Atlanta.

Hossa, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, has 26 goals and 30 assists in 60 games this season.

Before getting Hossa, the Penguins acquired defenseman Hal Gill from Toronto for second- and fifth-round draft choices.

Gill is physical, kills penalties and has done some of his best work against the league's top forwards, but his mobility is suspect and his game is not particularly tailored to the speed- and skill-oriented style of play in today's NHL.

Gill has two goals, 18 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 63 games this season.




More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



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