With recent trades, the Penguins seem primed for a deep run in the playoffs


Douglas Murray acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 25, 2013 from San Jose for two 2nd round picks

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to bolster their line up on Monday with a trade that lands them a tough rugged defenseman in Douglas Murray. Murray adds a sandpaper type player but he more so adds depth to an already decent defensive team. This in addition to adding forward Brenden Morrow on Sunday the Penguins who are already playing strong hockey as of late could very well be making themselves into strong contenders for the Stanley Cup. They have a strong 1-2 in net, Sidney Crosby has come back with a vengeance this season, and the Penguins have a 12 game winning streak even without Evgeni Malkin in the line-up for 8 games in a row entering Monday’s games.

The Penguins have been the model of consistency lately, and their streak is even better than the Blackhawks in my opinion because at no point did Chicago manage to win 12 games in a row (Chicago’s best winning streak during their 24 game points streak was 11 games). I would compare their streak to the NBA’s Miami Heat’s but that is for another blog I want to do this week.

The Penguins seem ready for the playoffs, and with the NHL salary cap, I think they are done making big splashes in terms of trades though a couple smaller depth moves cannot be ruled out. I think the only problem with these trades is it can screw up chemistry on a line or two, and with the good things the Penguins have going, it surprises me that they would risk that. But for the sake of trying to win a Stanley Cup sooner rather than later, this is a great day to  be a Penguins fan.

 

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Posted on March 25, 2013, in All Sports, Hockey, National Hockey League and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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