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Penguins Busiest of Eastern Bubble Teams

Wednesday, 03.04.2009 / 2:23 PM / 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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
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10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
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12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61