PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Today is the trade deadline in the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins did not make the big splash that had been rumored for a few days.
However, they did add a couple of pieces that will help shore up an injury-depleted group of forwards.
According to multiple reports, the Penguins acquired center Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round pick this year and a third-round pick in 2015.
In 62 games this season, Goc has tallied 11 goals and 12 assists. In 550 career games, Goc has 72 goals and 105 assists.
Goc, a first round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2001, figures to help fill out the bottom two lines.
While the bottom six forwards have been an issue all year, the Penguins still needed a winger to play alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby.
In addition to Goc, the Penguins acquired right winger Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames for a third-round draft pick.
Stempniak has eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games for the Flames this season.
It would seem likely that Stempniak will at least be given a shot to play with Crosby and Kunitz.
Calgary Flames beat writer Steve MacFarlane joined Starkey and Mueller to talk about the addition of Stempniak and the role he could see him stepping into.
“I actually would compare him in a way to Pascal Dupuis, just something about him sort of reminds me of him,” MacFarlane said.
MacFarlane went on to describe what it is Stempniak will bring to the table and how he could fit on the top line alongside Crosby and Kunitz.
“Maybe not the biggest guy, but plays bigger than he is,” said MacFarlane. “I could see him comfortably, especially for the next 20 games or so, adapting very well to that role and being extremely excited about it. When his mind is right and his wheels are going, he’s the kind of guy that can play those big minutes.”