Penguins Trading Done With One Deal?

March 1st, 2010 by David Matuszak Leave a reply »
Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero opened the trade deadline madness by acquiring defenseman Jordan Leopold from Florida in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft. Leopold is a 29-year-old 6'1", 200 pound left-handed shooter. He has put up 18 points thus far this season with seven goals and 11 assists.

A local blogger associated with one of the local newspapers said this wasn't a great move and that it may be a sign of someone heading out before Wednesday's deadline. The acquisition of Leopold added a physical defenseman to the Penguins' blue line thus fulfilling one of their objectives.

The second objective has been thought to be a goal-scoring winger. Presumably someone who can skate on Sidney Crosby's line, and even be a replacement for Bill Guerin should he retire after this season.

A statement from Shero after the Leopold deal however indicates otherwise. In a press conference, Shero stated, "Our first priority was to try to add a defenseman. Since Saturday I've been active trying to do that. I was more of a caller trying to see the value for players, who was going to be available and what the cost was. Once ...

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