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Penguins send Ryan Whitney to Ducks for Chris Kunitz, Eric Tangradi

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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins are adding some forward depth to their lineup.

Chris Kunitz and prospect Eric Tangradi are heading to Pittsburgh from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Ryan Whitney.

It's not a typical deadline deal because Kunitz and Whitney both have long-term contracts.

Kunitz is in the first year of a US$14.9-million, four-year deal. Whitney is in the second season of a $24-million, six-year contract.

The 29-year-old Kunitz will likely see time on Sidney Crosby's wing once he joins the Penguins. He was part of Anaheim's Stanley Cup team in 2007 and has 35 points (16-19) in 62 games this season.

Whitney missed the start of the year with a foot injury and has struggled in his return, putting up 13 points (2-11) in 28 games.

He provides some insurance for the Ducks with the future of defencemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer up in the air.

Anaheim selected Tangradi in the second round of the 2007 draft. He's currently a member of the Belleville Bulls and entered play Thursday as the Ontario Hockey League's second-leading scorer.

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