The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defensemen Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for LW Chris Kunitz and prospect Eric Tangradi.
Kunitz has 16 goals, 19 assists, totaling 35 points to go along with a plus/minus of +9 and 55 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
He is a big body that has the capability of getting to the fron of the net and making some plays. By no means is he Ryan Malone, but he can be that type of player.
Ideally, I think he plays with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora. His style of play is similar to Malone’s and I think that he could possibly add something familiar to that second line.
This is not a trade that puts a quality winger on Sidney Crosby’s line. Also, this is not a trade that frees up cap room for the Penguins. Ryan Whitney was making around $4 million and Kunitz makes about $3.8 million.
Thus, the trade is slightly confusing. However, it fills the needs for both teams. Anaheim may be more prone to dealing away either Scott Neidermayer or Chris Pronger now, with Whitney signed to a long-term contract.
Accordingly, the Penguins had too much depth on defense to not deal away someone. Witney had been playing some lazy hockey lately and, after Kris Letang’s performance last night after being scratched, it is clear that there are younger, cheaper options on the blue line.
More is still to come…
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