We have a trade.

TSN is reporting that the Penguins have found a winger Sidney Crosby by trading defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ducks for winger Chris Kunitz and prospect LW Eric Tangradi, who was a second round draft pick in 2007.

This trade is most interesting from the Ducks point of view.  The Ducks were able to make this trade largely because of the development of Bobby Ryan who has proven himself to be a top six player.  That made Kunitz expendable.  But even more interesting is the acquisition of Ryan Whitney, a top pairing defenseman, means that it is almost certain that at least one of Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer are likely to be traded, as has been rumoured.  This trade could begin the dominos falling.

Update:  Another minor trade has been made as the Canadiens att some defense depth by trading fourth liner Steve Begin to the Dallas Stars for Doug Janik who has played most of the season in the AHL.  Nothing significant here, just some shuffling of depth players.

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  1. We may not see either Pronger or Niedermayer move at the deadline, perhaps during the summer when Niedermayer’s intentions become clear. The Ducks blueline has been depleted for some time after they lost Beauchemin for the season, and with a guy like Whitney it really helps their transition game. The Ducks could enter the playoffs with one of the deepest bluelines in the league with those 3. The Ducks only take on a little more salary to accomodate Whitney.

    This also means that Festerling and Mikkelson will most likely be sent down, barring another setback to Bret Hedican.

    For the Pens it means Goligoski’s probably coming back from WB and management thinks Letang and Goligoski can handle the PP duties with Gonchar. The move makes sense for both teams.

    And contrary to popular belief I don’t think the Ducks are going to be “re-building” – they’re just going to tinker around with the core a little.

  2. I agree. They won’t be rebuilding in the truest sense of the term but basically their whole third and fourth lines are UFA’s as are most of their defensemen so while they won’t be rebuilding their core, they will be rebuilding their secondary players.

  3. I think this is a phenomenal trade for the Ducks. They get a former 5th overall pick who has been very good offensively but has been limited by injuries this year.

    Kunitz is a very replacable player who only performed when playing with teemu selanne – he had negative trade value with his contract as far as im concerned – perhaps he will perform with crosby, though i doubt he’ll be that good – – the Pens received a solid prospect, but clearly he is not the key to the deal…the Pens just keep getting worse…

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