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.