Teams look to add depth for final playoff run at the NHL trade deadline

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The NHL trade deadline signifies the final stretch before playoffs begin. It’s the point in the season where teams looking to make a push try to bolster the lineup for a Stanley Cup run.
On the opposite end, teams who are outside the playoff picture give up current players for a shot at a better future.
One team that seems to always be on the buying end is the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the Crosby and Malkin era, this team always has a great shot at making a Stanley Cup run.
Crosby has Kunitz and Malkin has Neal.
Top six scoring has not been an issue for this team.
The issue this team faces if they plan to make a deep playoff run: secondary scoring. The trade deadline is an opportunity of general manager Ray Shero to upgrade the Pens bottom-six forwards.
The first move of the day for the Pens happened when they acquired center Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers.
Goc has 11 goals and 12 assists so far this season.
This addition adds better scoring depth for the Pens.
Goc is also a proven penalty killer that will join Craig Adams, Tanner Glass, and Brandon Sutter for regular PK duties.
Since the Pens already have Sutter, Adams, and Joe Vitale as bottom six centers, it is also possible that Goc will see some time playing on the wing on either the third or fourth lines.
The second move the Pens made on deadline day was adding Lee Stempniak, who has eight goals and 15 assists this season, adds even more scoring depth to the Pens bottom six forwards.
In the end, the Penguins addressed the team’s biggest need. Adding Goc and Stempniak upgrades the bottom six and puts the team in a better position through the playoffs.
Of course outside the Penguins organization there were plenty of blockbuster trades.
One of the biggest trades of the day saw six-time all-star forward Martin St. Louis heading to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan.
One of the biggest names being tossed around in the rumors leading up to the deadline was Thomas Vanek. Vanek was one of the last players to be traded when the New York Islanders dealt him to the Montreal Canadiens.
All these trades in addition to the goalie carousel that took place and this trade deadline was active, interesting, and very fun to watch.
All this sets up what is sure to be a fun Stanley Cup Playoffs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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