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Dallas/Pittsburgh Trade

via Bob McKenxzie tweet,

DAL trades James Neal and Matt Niskanen to PIT for Alex Goligoski.

added 4:19pm,

Frisco, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the NHL club has acquired defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Goligoski, 25, has appeared in 60 games for Pittsburgh this season, scoring nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points. Averaging 20:45 minutes of playing time per game, he shares the Pittsburgh lead for plus/minus rating (also Sidney Crosby) with a +20, and has a +34 rating for his career. Goligoski leads the Penguins in game-winning goals this season with four. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he was Pittsburgh’s second round selection (61st overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

“We’re very excited to add Alex Goligoski to our hockey club,” said Nieuwendyk. “Alex is a legitimate top-four defenseman who will have a positive impact on our entire crops of blue-liners. He has averaged over 20 minutes per game and can play in all situations.”

 

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  Tags: alex+goligoski., james+neal, matt+niskanen

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NHLJeff's avatar

As a Pens fan I love this trade and think it’s a pretty great return for Goligoski!

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 02/21/11 at 06:02 PM ET

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Yep ! If it wasn’t sleeting & 34 degrees I would Be out on My roof Dancing !! Well Maybe not !! LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 02/21/11 at 06:06 PM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

Excellent for Pittsburgh.  Well done Shero.  Gogo may prove to be a great player but the logjam on D contributed and it helps PIT in the short term.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/21/11 at 06:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

What a lopsided trade.

In the last thread on a possible trade, everyone agreed that PIT needed to give up more than just Goligoski for Neal.

This means 1 of 2 things—either Neal really got into the doghouse and Dallas was glad to see him gone… or secondly (and more likely) that Dallas is not done dealing and freeing up cap space to bring in someone else.

I’m betting the latter part.  I wonder what else is on the burner for them?

Posted by Primis on 02/21/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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Wow great day to be a penguins fan! Neal is frigging awesome, didn’t think Dallas would consider trading him.

Posted by mErty14 on 02/21/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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Posted by Primis on 02/21/11 at 04:12 PM ET

Also, maybe people who aren’t GM’s aren’t the ones making trades.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/21/11 at 06:14 PM ET

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Great deal for the Pens. I think Niskanen still has potential to be a great two-way dman.
And I’m a big fan of Neal’s. He should look great beside Sid.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/21/11 at 06:16 PM ET

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Also, maybe people who aren’t GM’s aren’t the ones making trades.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/21/11 at 04:14 PM ET

Just because you think Nieuwendyk is an idiot doesn’t mean anyone else automatically does.

As for the suggestion that DAL is freeing up room for a Richards extension…  how much of a cap hit increase do people think he’s going to get exactly?  He already is $7.8m for a hit… I simply can’t fathom DAL *increasing* on that number.  Besides, does anyone else think Langebrunner’s going to be extended at his current cap number if he continues playing?  They have wiggle room already for their current roster.

Posted by Primis on 02/21/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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Posted by Primis on 02/21/11 at 04:23 PM ET

I was talking about people who aren’t GM’s - literally. As in their job is not “general manager.”

If that was a joke, I laughed on first read, but I don’t think it makes the pre-requisite sense to qualify.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/21/11 at 06:30 PM ET

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As for the suggestion that DAL is freeing up room for a Richards extension…  how much of a cap hit increase do people think he’s going to get exactly?  He already is $7.8m for a hit… I simply can’t fathom DAL *increasing* on that number.
-Primis

Dallas doesn’t care about cap hit, they’ve got plenty of space.  They care about salary.  Fantastic trade for the Penguins.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/11 at 06:43 PM ET

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This was a silly trade. Did someone in the Dallas front office owe a favor to someone in the Pittsburgh front office?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/21/11 at 07:44 PM ET

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Love it!

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/21/11 at 07:47 PM ET

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wow.  the real kicker is getting crosby’s fighting partner niskanen.  niskanen is a decent d-man and will help fill the void that gogo leaves.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/21/11 at 08:09 PM ET

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Good lord, what a terrible trade for Dallas.

Maybe they sized up the free-agents-to-be this offseason, figured the crop of available defenders was crap, and decided they’d rather overpay for one via trade and then make a run at a few forwards in the offseason? Either that, or Nieuwendyk’s hands are tied and he has been ordered to cut salary.

Those are the only explanations I can come up with, considering the Stars gave up way too much talent, are still well under the cap, and have no free agents who will command steep raises above their current pay rate.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 02/21/11 at 08:12 PM ET

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I understand this from the PIt side, but I’m completely baffled looking at it from a Dallas point of view.

Such an odd trade season.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/11 at 08:55 PM ET

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This is the wing the Penguins have needed since they drafted Crosby. Bad timing I guess, but better late than never. Great trade for Pittsburgh, but what gives Dallas?

I’m glad Neal is in the East we the West now has a couple also-ran defensemen.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/11 at 10:20 PM ET

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There are very few GMs better than Ray Shero.  One maybe two…tops.  Period, end of story.

Sad to see Gogo go(go), but I absolutely love this trade.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 02/21/11 at 11:38 PM ET

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There are very few GMs better than Ray Shero.  One maybe two…tops.  Period, end of story.
-Flashtastick56

With all due respect to Shero (who deserves plenty), getting a 23 year old who’s in the middle of his third straigh 20+ goal season in exchange for a third pairing PP specialist says a lot more about Nieuwendyk’s skills than Shero’s.  Why the hell didn’t they go after Marc-Andre Bergeron while he was a free agent?  Neal’s more valuable than than package the Bruins gave up for Kaberle.  On top of that, he’s an RFA for the next 3 seasons, you’d think that’s the kind of player you want to keep around for a team on a budget.  Today, the Pen’s essentially drafted the forward they needed to have a real offense for the next three season’s while Malkin and Crosby suck up the cap.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/22/11 at 01:47 AM ET

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Posted by ChrisinA^2 from Michigan, home of the Old Wings on 02/21/11 at 11:47 PM ET

Then, if Nieuwendyk is such a terrible GM, why didn’t anyone else swoop in and pillage away Neal like it seems Shero just did?

Because Ray Shero > just about everyone else.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 02/22/11 at 10:27 AM ET

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