On the Penguins: Shero noncommittal (as always) about NHL's trade deadline
February 15, 2014 9:56 PM
Marian Hossa was the key deadline pickup in 2008, but Pascal Dupuis has proven to be the more valuable acquisition in the trade with Atlanta.
By Dave Molinari/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penguins general manager Ray Shero has been noncommittal about whether he plans to make some personnel moves by the NHL's trade deadline March 5 at 3 p.m. • He always is. • But, with the exception of 2012, he always has. • Here's a look at the significant deals Shero has made at or near the deadline since succeeding Craig Patrick as GM in May 2006.
■ Acquired LW Gary Roberts from Florida for D Noah Welch. Shero recognized long before most that Welch was overrated as a prospect, and swapped him for a guy who added toughness and leadership, in addition to setting a great example for young players off the ice.
■ Acquired RW Georges Laraque from Phoenix for LW Daniel Carcillo and a third-round draft choice. The Penguins wanted a top-shelf enforcer and Laraque, though sometimes reluctant to fight opponents he deemed less than worthy, might have been the game's best then.
■ Acquired a third-round draft choice from Minnesota for C Dominic Moore. Then-coach Michel Therrien didn't seem to like Moore, but moving him cost the Penguins a capable two-way center.
■ Acquired D Hal Gill from Toronto for a second- and a fifth-round draft choice. The price seemed a bit steep at the time, but Gill's effectiveness in a shutdown role helped to make the Penguins' Stanley Cup in 2009 possible.
■ Acquired RW Marian Hossa and LW Pascal Dupuis from Atlanta for RW Colby Armstrong, C Erik Christensen, C Angelo Esposito and a first-round draft choice. Hossa, who was targeted by a number of contenders, was a huge get for Shero, even though Dupuis is the one who's had the greatest impact on the Penguins. No one Shero gave up became a major force for the Thrashers.
■ Acquired RW Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a third-round draft choice. There were real questions about how much Guerin had left in the tank. Turned out there was enough to help fuel a Stanley Cup run.
■ Acquired LW Chris Kunitz and LW Eric Tangradi from Anaheim for D Ryan Whitney. The Penguins had an offensive defenseman to spare, and Kunitz brought the combination of grit and skill they craved in a top-six winger. Had Tangradi, who seemed to have the potential to become a high-impact power forward, developed as expected, this would have been a completely lopsided deal.
■ Acquired D Jordan Leopold from Florida for a second-round draft choice. Leopold was a smart and mobile puck-mover, but a concussion forced him to sit out five playoff games.
■ Acquired LW Alexei Ponikarovsky from Toronto for LW Luca Caputi and D Martin Skoula. The Penguins hoped Ponikarovsky could become a top-six force. He didn't. The Maple Leafs believed Caputi could develop into a top power forward. He didn't. Only Skoula, thrown into the deal to clear salary-cap space for the Penguins, wasn't a profound disappointment.
■ Acquired RW James Neal and D Matt Niskanen from Dallas for D Alex Goligoski. Possibly Shero's finest trade to date. Goligoski is a solid offensive defenseman who has played some good hockey for the Stars, but Neal is a potential 50-goal man and Niskanen has become a valuable contributor at both ends.
■ Acquired RW Alex Kovalev from Ottawa for a conditional seventh-round draft choice. Kovalev, once one of the NHL's most gifted and exciting talents, had slipped to the point where the Penguins almost got him for free. And they still overpaid.
■ Acquired LW Brenden Morrow and a third-round draft choice from Dallas for D Joe Morrow and a fifth-round draft choice. Brenden Morrow has great intangibles and a solid two-way game, but a kneecap injury limited his effectiveness in the playoffs. Joe Morrow hasn't progressed as expected and Dallas traded him to Boston last summer.
■ Acquired D Douglas Murray from San Jose for two second-round draft choices. Murray brought a physical presence and a great nickname (Crankshaft) but, like many rental players, didn't come cheaply.
■ Acquired RW Jarome Iginla from Calgary for RW Ben Hanowski, C Kenny Agostino and a first-round draft choice. Iginla was good on the ice and even better off it, but never asserted himself as a leader the way many expected, and spent most of his time here playing out of position.
■ Acquired C/LW Jussi Jokinen from Carolina for a conditional draft choice. Maybe Shero's biggest steal. The conditions for giving up a draft choice weren't met and Carolina is paying $900,000 of Jokinen's $3 million salary.
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