Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Penguins Acquire Goc and Stempniak

The Penguins made a few moves today when they picked up Marcel Goc from Florida for a third and a fifth round draft pick and then picked up Lee Stempniak from the Flames for a third round pick. Both are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season with Goc making $2.5M and Stempniak making $2.5M.

The Pensblog had a quick breakdown of Stempniak from Flames blog Flames Nation about him. Overall it seems like he is a role player that can make a few things happen. It will be interesting to see where the Penguins put him. I have seem some saying that he could play on the win with Sidney Crosby while he could also make the bottom six better than they are now. To be honest I don't know a whole ton about Stempniak but I think he could be a nice depth option for them.

Goc will also help the bottom six and has 23 points (11+12) this season. Goc is a center and is one of those do-it-all type of guys. He is one goal away from tying a career high but in Florida he was getting tough minutes against tough competition and was fairing pretty well against them. His Corsi-On was third among forwards for the Panthers and he won nearly 53% of his face-offs. That isn't bad to have. He is a physical guy which will get fans excited and he is better than what the Penguins currently have.

The big news today was that the Penguins did not get Vancouver's Ryan Kesler. A lot was made in the days leading up to the deadline that Kesler might land in Pittsburgh. He had a no trade clause and already rejected trades to numerous teams. The Penguins were a team he was interested in coming to and while the price was a little high the perception was that Ray Shero was going to pay it.

It seemed like the Penguins were going to package Brandon Sutter, Derrick Pouliot, and some draft picks to get Kesler but in the end it didn't happen. The rumor out there was that the Vancouver ownership nixed the possible trade but that is all speculation based on some things I read as the trade deadline was wrapping up. Who knows what happened but I think getting Kesler would have been a nice move.

All-in-all I think it was a pretty good day for the Penguins. They got better and all they gave up were draft picks. The Penguins are still an injury riddled team that needs to get healthy fast but I think Shero had a tough time with his options not knowing what is going to happen with Paul Martin and Kris Letang going forward. The Penguins got a couple of guys that can help them and make them better immediately. Time will tell if these are good trades but I feel pretty good about them now.

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