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[PIT/WPG] Eric Tangradi for a 7th round pick in 2013
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02-15-2013, 08:01 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
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I remember the Marcus Naslund deal to Vancouver for Alex Stojanov? For the Jets sake... lets hope this is a similar trade!
Tangradi has talent and if he is brought along correctly, he could be a diamond in the rough. However, Naslund was already a productive player when he was traded, but the Nucks needed to be patient with him also and they were.
Naslund was on a team overloaded with talent and CP wanted to make the team tougher, so he made the move. He put up 50+ points playing third line minutes with the Pens, before he was traded.
It took Naslund until his third year in Vancouver before he eclipsed those totals again. He dropped down to 30 some points his second year in Vancouver and people started to question if the Pens talent made him look better than he was. Basically the Nucks were patient and it paid off huge for them.
Tangradi will never be anywhere close to an elite talent, but he can max out as a 20 goal, 30 assist guy. He isn't a natural goal scorer, so don't expect big totals there. He is more of a big bodied playmaker, but he wasn't allowed to play that game in Pgh. He was told to get to the net and be a straight line, gritty PF. That isn't his game and the Pens brass made a big mistake trying to force him to change his game.
Big body does not always equal PF.
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