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Pens acquire Goc from Florida

Mar 5, 2014, 1:52 PM EST

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It wasn’t the high-profile one many wanted, but Pittsburgh did trade for a center on Wednesday.

The Pens have acquired Florida’s Marcel Goc in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick, according to Sportsnet. Goc, 30, has spent the last three years with the Panthers and is in the midst of a decent campaign, racking up 11 goals and 23 points in 62 games while averaging close to 18 minutes per night.

The German forward is a pending UFA with a $1.7 million cap hit, so it’s a fairly low-risk move from the Pens. Of course, Pittsburgh was rumored to be in the mix for Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, in the hopes of recreating the “big three” center situation it had with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. The trio was instrumental in helping Pittsburgh win the 2009 Stanley Cup, but Staal was traded to Carolina at the ’12 NHL Entry Draft.

  1. JoeAvg - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Beginning to look like the asking price for Kesler is just too high.

    • plazzman - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      This has all the classic makings of a Ray Shero deal. He gets Sutter’s replacement in Goc to free up Sutter in the Kesler deal. Don’t be surprised if something doesn’t get done.

      Pens are all in for the next couple years with Crosby and Malkin in their primes.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Possible. But it could also mean Gillis is trying to get Shero and Holmgren in a bidding war with just a half an hour left to go. Not sure Shero wants to play that game.

      • plazzman - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        You’re right Joe, Shero won’t overpay to the point of hurting the team. But IF he can’t get kesler, I don’t think he would stop at Goc.

  2. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Very solid depth acquisition.

  3. Tyler - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Can anyone from Florida comment on what this guy brings to the table? I don’t understand this one..

    I see Penner go for a 4th round pick and we give up a third and fifth round pick for Goc?

  4. uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Gocha

  5. hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Ah. Well. Am I crazy or does a third and fifth sound a bit hefty for this trade?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      eh..its an affordable and solid replacement piece for what i think they might be concocting here soon….

      • hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        I gotcha now – I read your other comments – could be on to something there.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        cant even count how many times i’ve refreshed tsn’s tradecenter page today…we’re looking at 40 minutes or so left. hope word comes sooner than later…

  6. pastabelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I think you start with a first round pick and then add in either a third line player or a 3 to 4 defenseman for Kesler. It they are asking for much more, then maybe Kesler stays in Vancouver.

  7. jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    goc will be #3 center when they give up sutter for kesler

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      kesler will play rw for crosby and be the much desired righthanded shot on the lefty loaded #1 powerplay unit

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Or not.

  8. penguins87and71 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Interesting. Something bigger has to be going on right now. Why get a 3rd line center if Sutter is in that position?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      he’s as good as gone…kesler is on the way…just curious to see what the price will be

  9. dolphanindallas - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    In Goc Pittsburgh gets a guy whom is pretty automatic on the face off. Appears to play hard each night.

  10. pdmjr - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Shero doesn’t want to trade Sutter, offering a winger. But who?

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