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It's Trade Deadline Day

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Happy trade deadline day, Pens fans! NHL general managers have until 3 p.m. Eastern time this afternoon to make any trades they deem necessary for whatever situation they’re in, whether it’s bolstering their roster for a playoff run, shipping out players and stockpiling draft picks to prepare for a rebuild or just making plain and simple hockey trades. Or they may decide not to do anything at all.  Any player acquired after the deadline hits at 3 p.m. will be ineligible to participate in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The first blockbuster trade happened on Friday, with Buffalo trading Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and a first- and third-round draft pick. Then after a few relatively dormant days, there was a flurry of trade activity on Tuesday.

While it's certainly been busy for some teams, all has been quiet on the Penguins’ front as of 8:30 a.m. this morning. The same has gone for Pittsburgh's locker room, because while the deadline is all that the media and fans are talking about right now, it’s not a topic of discussion among the players.

“There hasn’t been a lot of talk and I don’t think there usually is, to be honest,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “I think we’re confident with the guys that we have in here. We’ve had to face a lot of injuries here, so that hasn’t been easy. But I think everyone’s responded the right way and the guys are ready for the challenge. Hopefully we can get those guys back healthy, but we definitely believe in this group here.”

Stay tuned…

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