by Tony on 03/02/10 at 11:50 PM ET
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:
Sources tell TSN deal in place for Ponikarovsky to Pittsburgh for prospect Luca Caputi but Pitt has to move contract for cap reasons first.
UPDATE 9:49pm: Again per Bob McKenzie:
Pending trade call with NHL, Pitt is sending Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula to Tor for Alex Ponikarovsky. No draft picks involved.
Penguins press release after the jump:
PENGUINS ACQUIRE LEFT WINGER ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY FROM THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FOR LUCA CAPUTI AND MARTIN SKOULA
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Ponikarovsky, 29, has 19 goals and 41 points in 61 games this season, just one goal shy of recording his fourth 20-goal season.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound winger has seen action in nine NHL seasons with Toronto. Over that span the Kiev, Ukraine native has totaled 114 goals, 143 assists, 257 points and a plus-56 rating in 477 career games. He has added four points (1G-3A) in 13 playoff games.
Ponikarovsky, who was originally drafted by Toronto in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, set career highs in goals (23), assists (38) and points (61) last season with Toronto.
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