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Penguins Busiest of Eastern Bubble Teams

Wednesday, 03.4.2009 / 2:23 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Penguins Busiest of Eastern Bubble Teams
Of all the teams in a fight for spots in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, there’s no question Pittsburgh has been the most active on the trade front thus far.

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The Penguins already made a significant move last week, acquiring Chris Kunitz and a prospect from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney. That move seems to be working out just fine so far, as Kunitz has five points in his first three games as a Penguin, all wins.

Today, (in addition to picking up former Cane Craig Adams on waivers) they’ve acquired winger Bill Guerin, who looked like he was going to move on Saturday when he was pulled from the team’s lineup, but instead saw the process drag all the way up until this afternoon.

It appears that the New York Islanders are getting just a conditional draft pick – which according to TSN would be no higher than a third-rounder – for his services. If that’s the truth, I’m a little shocked at the low price. At 38 years of age with only 36 points this season, Guerin may not be what he used to be, but it still seems to be a very anti-climactic conclusion to four days of negotiations. Although his deal is up in a few months, he makes $4.5 million a year, which is fairly significant even when pro-rated and could have been a deterrent.

Pittsburgh had already won four straight to propel themselves back into contention for a spot, and with the additions of Kunitz and now Guerin, they may prove to be a tough opponent for the Canes.


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60