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Pens land Stempniak for third-round pick

Mar 5, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

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In 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins landed trade equivalents to summer blockbusters. They went the indie film route in 2014, grabbing Lee Stempniak and Marcel Goc in deals involving draft picks.

In the case of Stempniak, the Penguins sent a third-round pick to the Calgary Flames, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Pittsburgh sent a third and fifth-rounder to the Florida Panthers for Goc earlier today.

Stempniak, 31, has eight goals and 23 points in 52 games with the Flames this season. His best scoring season (by far) came with the St. Louis Blues in 2006-07, when he scored 27 goals and 52 points in a sophomore season. He’s clocked in around 14 goals most years, more or less, since then.

The Flames seemed pretty quiet for much of the deadline, but a few late entries makes their haul look more impressive. They surprisingly grabbed a second-round pick from the Colorado Avalanche for goalie Reto Berra, so all of a sudden they added second and third-rounders for two players who didn’t figure to be re-signed this offseason.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    well, at least the 3rd line (and i guess, by default) and the 4th line were strengthened today….

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      fully expect to see pyatt hit the waiver wire again before too long here. a shame shero couldnt throw kobasew in with the fold on either of these deals.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Agreed which is what we wanted after all.

      Stempniak will fit in on the 1st Line with Crosby, Neal – Geno – Jussi stays the same.

      The Third Line gets a makeover – given Goc’s FO% I think he sticks in the center being flanked by Sutter and (Gibbons Short term, Bennett Longer term)

      The fourth line gets back Glass to go with Vitale and Adams.

      Its not Kesler but its perfectly acceptable (even if slightly pricey).

  2. penguins87and71 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I actually like the moves today. Once Beau Bennett comes back the Penguins will have a lot of forward depth. I’m guessing the lines will look like this: Line1:Kunitz-Crosby-Benett. Line2:Jokinen-Malkin-Neal. Line3:Goc-Sutter-Stempniak. Line4:Glass-Vitale-Adams.

  3. spitfisher - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    weakest link is now goaltending….

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I think the Pens did a good job of improving today. Everyone knows about their stars up front but their forward depth was questionable. Shero addressed it and didn’t give up a lot. I’d love to see another Flyers-Pens playoff matchup this season.

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