The Minnesota Wild added depth at the center position on Tuesday, just hours before the 2:00 PM (central time) National Hockey League trade deadline. The Wild acquired Dominic Moore, a penalty-killing specialist for the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
| Dominic Moore scored six goals and nine assists through 59 games with Pittsburgh this season. |
Moore is in the midst of his second full NHL season, and his first with the Penguins. Through 59 games, the 26-year-old has totaled 15 points on six goals and nine assists to go along with 46 penalty minutes. He’s also proven effective in the faceoff circle, where the Wild has been looking to improve this season. Moore has won 350 of 678 draws this season for a 51.6% winning percentage. That ranks higher than Mikko Koivu’s 49.4% rate, which led the Wild prior to the trade.
"He’s a hard-working," said Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough. "A good skater, aggresive on-the-puck-type player, who we believe has an upside in terms of being able to play up in the lineup on the second and third lines, and who could fit in a fourth-line role."
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Listed at 6 foot, 195 pounds, Moore is considered a solid penalty killer, having finished second on the 2005-06 New York Rangers in short-handed ice time with 293:28. He skated in all 82 games that season, and finished with nine goals and nine assists while helping New York to a postseason appearance.
Coincidentally, Moore was traded from the Rangers to the Nashville Predators this past summer, in exchange for Adam Hall, the Wild’s other acquisition earlier this month. Moore was then traded to the Penguins for Nashville’s 2007 third round draft pick.
Moore played four seasons at Harvard, where he enjoyed his best season as a senior in 2002-03, scoring 24 goals and 27 assists in 34 games. He finished his collegiate career with 147 points to rank 11th on Harvard’s all-time scoring list. Moore made his NHL debut the following season and picked up three assists in his first game with the Rangers on November 1, 2003.
Moore flew to Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon, and he’ll be on a flight to Calgary with Risebrough tonight. It is not known whether or not Moore will play against the Flames on Wednesday, but the Wild will not have to make a roster move to make room for the new acquisition. Following the trade deadline, NHL teams are allowed to expand their rosters.