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Penguins Report: 2012 Trade Deadline

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Mears & Bourqie wrap a long and uneventful deadline day (8:10 PM).
  • Shero sticks with the current team (5:50 PM).
  • In his own words: Shero (4:35 PM).
  • Shero’s deadline magic (9:30 AM).
  • Look back at Francis/Guerin trades (9:10 AM).
  • Twitter reactions II (3:40 PM).
  • Twitter reactions I (1:49 PM).
  • Facebook reactions (11:25 AM).
  • Revisiting the 1991 deal (2:20 PM).
  • Revisiting the 1992 deal (3:28 PM).
  • Kostitsyns reunite (10:50 AM).
  • Gilbert-Shultz trade (12:57 PM).
  • Commodore-Tampa trade (12:45 PM).
  • Backstrom on LTIR (10:00 AM).
  • Game-time change (10:25 AM).
  • “Better sell it while you can…” (9:00 AM).

8:10 PM:
One final entry and then we'll call it a day. Steve Mears and Phil Bourque chime in with their two cents on the Pens standing pat, Nash staying put and the Predators going all in.

5:50 PM:
So that's a wrap from deadline day. No moves by the Pens. GM Shero said he is happy with the makeup of the current roster.

“Just to confirm that we were not active,” Shero said. “Nobody going and nobody coming. Our roster is our roster moving forward.”

Shero also confirmed that the Penguins did have “a number of conversations with some teams” and made “some offers on some players.” However, either the price in return was too high or the players being discussed were not a good fit for Pittsburgh.

Full story here.

4:35 PM:

Shero's full transcript to be posted soon. Full transcript posted.

3:40 PM:
So Pens GM Ray Shero doesn't make a move at this year's deadline. This Pens team will go to battle with the current squad for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

Here are some more Twitter reactions...

     "I'm alright with Shero keeping everyone  on the #pens #playoffime #tsn #TradeCentre"
     "The best trade acquisition the #Pens can get is a healthy Sid no other player would be better than that #TSNTRADECENTRE"
     "Not at all surprised Shero stood pat. Makes sense with the prices that were out there and the way the D has played as of late #Pens"
     "Well with no #Pens trades it makes me think Crosby maybe back for the playoffs"
     "@NHL #TradeCentre with the trade silence by the #pens. Looks like 87 will be playing sometime soon. A big win for the Penguins"
     "For those who said the trade deadline is like Christmas morning, I'm sorry. Christmases must be awful at you house. #pens"

3:28 PM:
We touched on the '91 trade deadline deal here. Now let's take another look at the big shakeup by GM Craig Patrick the following season that led to back-to-back championships. After it was all settled, the Pens moved Recchi and Coffey while adding Tocchet, K.Samuelsson and Wregget.

Patrick did not wait until the actual day of the deadline in 1992 to pull the trigger on a move to strengthen his team. On Feb. 19 he acquired Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuellson, Ken Wregget and a draft pick in exchange for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and a first-round pick.

... “We consider this a deadline deal, but it happened in February. Craig decided he couldn’t wait those extra three weeks,” said Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan, who was covering the team as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during that time. “Tocchet was the centerpiece, Kjell Samuelsson was a huge factor on defense. Ken Wregget was unbelievable as a backup. All those guys were parts of the puzzle. That was the dramatic move early on.”

Full story here.

Rick Tocchet, Ken Wregget (Getty Images)

3:00 PM:
The deadline has come and gone. A few late trades seem to be pouring in. We'll try to get them up as soon as they become official. Looks like Gaustad on the move, while Nash stays in Columbus.

2:20 PM:
I think the greatest trade in Pens' history was the 1991 deal that brought Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson, Grant Jennings and a Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh. But the trade was viewed much differently the day it was made.

But on that fate-changing day, no one dreamed that the deal would result in a championship. On the national level, most people thought the trade would most benefit the Whalers. The next week The Hockey News said that Hartford won the deal because of landing a mid-20 100-point scorer in Cullen and a top-5 draft pick player in Zalapski.

Even in Pittsburgh the media wasn’t talking Stanley Cup. Before the trade, the Penguins were on a 0-4-1 skid and gave up 28 goals over that span. The team wasn’t even in the playoff picture. So the mood in Pittsburgh was the deal was made to get the Penguins into the postseason.

Full story here.

Ron Francis (Getty Images)

1:49 PM:
Here are a few Pens fans thoughts on the trade deadline via Twitter...

     "The idea of the East remaining relatively the same while the #Pens could get Crosby back sounds just peachy to me."
     "#TradeCentre If you're a #pens fan the best pickup would be to get Sid back. Team has good chemistry and can win the Cup as is."
     "All I really want for the #Pens on trade deadline day is number 87 back in the lineup and no I don't mean Donald Brashear."
     "Wouldn't be upset if the @pghpenguins didn't make a deal today. This team will be fine! @tradecentre"
     "@pghpenguins I hope that Shero had a plan in place for a defenseman. Could use some depth at the blue line. #InSheroITrust"

12:57 PM:
Trades starting to come in. The Oilers send Tom Gilbert to Minnesota for Nick Shultz. A pretty even trade on both sides. Not big names, but two pretty solid players swapping cities.

12:45 PM:
Another trade!! Detroit trades Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. Certainly an interesting deal on both ends. This could be setting up another deal later in the day. Maybe the Red Wings will add a defenseman.

11:25 AM:
Pretty slow day so far. But things will likely heat up once we get closer to the 3 p.m. cut off. In the meantime, we're looking for your thoughts on trade deadline day. What moves would you like to see the Pens make (if any)? What are your thoughts on Ray Shero's past deadline moves? Do you like the reunited Kostitsyn brothers in Nashville? Will the Blue Jackets trade Rick Nash, and to which team?

Get involved in the debate on Facebook here.

10:50 AM:
Looks like we've got our first trade of the morning. Montreal sent defenseman Hal Gill to Nashville a few days ago. Gill will now be joined by former Habs teammate Andrei Kostitsyn, who is reunited with his bro Sergei. In return, Montreal gets a second-round pick in 2013, and gets back the conditional fifth-rounder they originaly gave the Predators as part of the Gill trade.

Kostitsyn has 12 goals and 24 points this season, not eye-popping numbers. But he definitely has size and skill. A new team may help motivate him and spark his play. He certainly is a talent and could be a great complimentary player on a pretty solid Nashville squad.

And the Habs continue to build up their draft picks. Good deal on both ends.

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10:25 AM:
Side note for Pens fans: There has been a game-time change for Pittsburgh's Sunday, March 11 game against Boston. Originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the game will now be an afternoon affair with a 12:30 p.m. puck drop on NBC.

Full details here.

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10:00 AM:
There is a lot of early chatter, though I'm not going to fill up this blog with a bunch of rumors. However, one move that has been reported by multiple sources is that Washington placed Nicklas Backstrom, who hasn't played since early January with a concussion, on long-term injured reserve. This obviously frees up a lot of cap space for the Caps. Maybe some backdoor political moves brewing in Washington...

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9:30 AM:
GM Ray Shero isn't afraid of aggressively pursuing ways to make the Pens better, particularly around the NHL’s trade deadline.

Last season, Shero brought sniper James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen (Dallas) to Pittsburgh for blueliner Alex Goligoski. Neal responded with a career-high 30 goals this season (so far), while Niskanen has developed into a top-4 defenseman.

In a more short-term and low-risk move, Shero sent a seventh-round pick to Ottawa for Alex Kovalev, bringing the former Pen back to Pittsburgh for the playoff run.

Hal Gill, Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz were all acquired at or around the NHL Trade Deadline (Getty Images)
In 2009, Shero traded for Chris Kunitz (Anaheim) and Bill Guerin (NY Islanders) and claimed Craig Adams (Chicago) on waivers. The three players played pivotal roles on Pittsburgh’s Cup-winning finish.

Shero made his biggest deadline splash in 2008 when he acquired the most-valuable commodity available in stud Marian Hossa, as well as Pascal Dupuis (Atlanta) and Hal Gill (Toronto). The additions helped Pittsburgh win the Eastern Conference title and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992.

Dupuis and Gill would help the Pens claim the most-coveted trophy in sports just one season later.

In his first season in Pittsburgh, Shero added Georges Laraque (Phoenix) and Gary Roberts (Florida) to help the team end a six-year playoff drought and laid the groundwork for future postseason success.

So what does Shero have up his sleeve this time around? The following hours will reveal the answer.


Feb. 27 - Acquired Gary Roberts from Florida for Noah Welch
Feb. 27 - Acquired Georges Laraque from Phoenix for 2008 third-round pick and Daniel Carcillo
Feb. 27 - Acquired 2007 third-round pick from Minnesota for Dominic Moore

Feb. 26 - Acquired Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis from Atlanta for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and 2008 first-round pick
Feb. 26 - Acquired Hal Gill from Toronto for 2008 second-round pick and 2009 fifth-round pick

Feb. 26 - Acquired Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi from Anaheim for Ryan Whitney
March 4 - Claimed Craig Adams off waivers from Chicago
March 4 - Acquired Bill Guerin from NY Islanders for 2009 third-round pick

March 2 - Acquired Alexei Ponikarovsky and 2010 sixth-round pick from Toronto for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula

Feb. 21 - Acquired James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Dallas for Alex Goligoski
Feb. 24 - Acquired Alexei Kovalev from Ottawa for 2011 seventh-round pick

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9:10 AM:
There have been many remarkable and memorable moves by the Pens in their history at the trade deadline. A few have resulted in Stanley Cups. Let's take a look at two of those acquisitions that helped get the team over the top and get their names engraved on the holiest grail.

Without a doubt the most memorable trade in team history occurred March 4, 1991. Then general manager Craig Patrick signed off on a move that would lead the team to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.

The Pens acquired Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker.

Francis was a key member of that '91 championship run. He scored seven goals and 17 points in 24 games. He would go on to play seven more seasons in Pittsburgh, totaling 164 goals, 449 assists and 613 points in 533 games.

Below are some highlights of Francis from the '91 playoffs...

Current Pens GM Ray Shero has also made some significant deadline moves himself in his first six seasons with Pittsburgh. Shero pulled a few deals near the end of the 2008-09 season that helped snap the Pens from nearly missing the playoffs into Stanley Cup champions. 

Shero started the moves a few days before the deadline when he dealt defenseman Ryan Whitney to Anaheim for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

On deadline day, the Pens claimed veteran Craig Adams off waivers from Chicago. And as the time deadline approached, Pittsburgh sent a conditional third-round pick to the NY Islanders for Bill Guerin.

Guerin not only provided calm, veteran leadership to the locker room, but he was also an asset on the ice. He would score 12 points (5G-7A) during 17 regular-season games. He followed that with seven goals and 15 points in 24 postseason games, including clutch scores, to lift the Pens to their third championship title.

Below are some highlights of Guerin during the '09 playoffs...

9:00 AM:
Good morning from CONSOL Energy Center! And welcome to the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline. It's the final chance for NHL teams to make trades with one another to alter its roster - whether it is a big-time, game-changing move or a minor tweak.

The Pens are not practicing today so there won't be any practice updates. But we will be following all the action (or maybe lack thereof) from today's trades around the NHL. Buckle up. This may take a while.


Today we'll open the day with Elliott Smith's "Junkbond Trader." Why? Because it has trader in the title. That's the only catch. Although it is an awesome song regardless. Anyways, enjoy.

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