Penguins Acquire James Neal, Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars for Alex Goligoski

It happened. A report earlier in the day from Darren Dreger said that the Penguins were talking about a trade with the Dallas Stars. One that involved Alex Goligoski and James Neal. Many people had speculated that the Penguins would almost have to give up something else to get a player like Neal. About five hours later, the trade was reported. The Penguins get LW James Neal and D Matt Niskanen by sending D Alex Goligoski to Dallas. What a trade by Shero. He gets two players for one when it was expected to be the other way around.

A look at the arrivals:

 

 

 

 

 

LW James Neal

Age:23 Height:6-2 Weight:208 Shoots:Left Cap Hit:$2.875 million

Stats in 2010-11: 59 Games Played, 21 Goals, 18 Assists, 39 Points, +8

 

D Matt Niskanen

Age:24 Height:6-0 Weight:200 Shoots:Right Cap Hit:$1.5 million

Stats in 2010-11: 45 Games Played, 0 Goals, 6 Assists, 6 Points, -1

The Departure

D Alex Goligoski

Age:25 Height:5-11 Weight:180 Shoots:Left Cap Hit:$1.833 million

Stats in 2010-11: 60 Games Played, 9 Goals, 22 Assists, 31 Points, +20