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Trade: Jets acquire Tangradi from Pittsburgh

Feb 13, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets have added some size up front by acquiring winger Eric Tangradi from the Penguins in exchange for a seventh-round pick (2013).

Tangradi, 23, was Anaheim’s second-round pick (42nd overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and came to Pittsburgh in 2009 as part of the Chris Kunitz-Ryan Whitney trade.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has appeared in 40 career  contests, all with the Penguins, recording 1G-4A-5PTS. He’s played in five games this year, averaging 8:32 of ice time, without registering a point.

Tangradi’s always been a promising prospect, yet failed to materialize at the NHL level. Injuries have played a role — he suffered a serious concussion in Feb. 2011 on a Trevor Gilles elbow — but he’s never found the consistent offensive production that saw him score 62 goals over his final two seasons in Belleville.

Of note, this is Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero’s fourth deal since the season began on Jan. 19.

He sent forward Benn Ferriero to the Rangers (in exchange for Chad Kolarik), forward Carl Sneep to Dallas (for a seventh-round pick) and defenseman Ben Lovejoy to Anaheim (for a fifth-round pick).

  1. csilojohnson - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Keep up the good work Shero.

  2. bardown66 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Good, people whined so he would play more. They put him on a line with Malkin, if you don’t produce with him then you aren’t worth your paycheck. Good move to clear some dead weight. Bring up beau Bennett!!

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Sad to see him go, but he never lived up to his (at least perceived) potential, even with malkin and neal as linemates.

    Best of luck to tangradi, except for this friday (pit vs wpg)

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Shero now has over 9 million dollars in cap space. I have a feeling he’s up to something big……

    • bmscalise - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Expect that there’s really nothing to be had. Most teams feel like they still have a chance and aren’t ready to give up roster players. And even when the time comes when teams have given up on the playoffs – the trade prices are likely going to be way higher than I – and probably Shero – could stomach.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        I don’t think anything will happen in the next week or even the next 2 weeks. I think it’ll happen around the end of March/ Early April at the deadline when teams start getting nervous when they realize that they don’t have much time left and they aren’t in a playoff position.

  5. ironman721 - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Did he get a bag of used pucks too?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Don’t be ridiculous, the Jets would never overpay.

  6. ironcity6pak - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Save some of these prospects for a good package deal in return for a top winger.

  7. kaptaanamerica - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Fleury to Florida for Theodore and weiss and then weiss, Theodore and a first to Vancouver for luongo and schroeder

  8. mwalluk - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    This is a great pickup for the Jets, low risk – high reward. Tangradi never got a true opportunity in Pittsburgh. The Pens are in a win now mentality and can not afford to wait/be patient with Tangradi. That’s something that they can’t afford at this juncture. The kid has talent and a high ceiling, with regular playing time he WILL develop into a solid NHL contributor. With the Pens, he played anywhere from 5-10 minutes (usually on the 4th line). He had 2 games where he was on Malkins line for maybe 10 minutes each game, then was benched for 8 straight games. Can’t develop, let alone find chemistry when your not playing.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      he came over with the whitney trade with kunitz. i think pens win overall even though they spent a 1st round on whitney and i dont mind it being a 7th round pick for tangradi – its about all he is worth at this point. if the jets can get him going then more power to them. he has been around for a while and has 1 goal in 45 nhl games. he has had his chances, he just hasnt stepped up. my biggest complaint has always been that he cant finish, he has some great chances playing with malkin and neal and even crosby at times…the guy was awesome for wilkes barre but the big stage just gets to him i guess. maybe winnepeg can welcome him and relieve some of that pressure he had in pittsburgh.

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