PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins began addressing their banged-up lineup by acquiring forward James Neal from the Dallas Stars in exchange for offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski.
As part of the deal, the Penguins also acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen.
The deal was struck on Monday prior to the Penguins' game against the Washington Capitals.
Neal is in his third NHL season and ranked third on the Stars with 21 goals and fifth with 39 points in 59 games. The Penguins are down nine regulars to injuries, including captain Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Goligoski is regarded as an up-and-coming defenseman who has nine goals and 31 points in 60 games in his third NHL season.