Pittsburgh, PA Today was a huge day for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. Earlier this morning, they acquired Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks. As the clock struck midnight, the Penguins came to agreements on two more trades to greatly improve their club. They acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Chris Stewart (recently acquired from St. Louis), Matt Niskanen, and their 1st round draft pick in 2013. The Penguins also received youngsters Matt Donovan and Kirill Kabanov. In a third trade, the Penguins have brought back Jaromir Jagr to Pittsburgh. Going to Dallas is prospect Scott Harrington. GM IR had this to say; "**** yeah." However, some are questioning his motives as it appears he will not be trading Joe Morrow, Olli Maatta, or Simon Despres.
The Wild have acquired yesterday center Saku Koivu and goaltender Jonas Hiller from the Anaheim Ducks. In return, pending UFA Niklas Backstrom heads west, along with top prospect Matt Dumba, forward Torrey Mitchell and prospect Johan Gustafsson. The Wild are clearly making a push for the cup this year. Captain Mikko Koivu seemed really excited when he commented the news. "It's been a dream for Saku and I to play together in this league, and to do it at this point, when our team is shaping up into a real contender, is just perfect timing. It goes without saying that him and I, and everyone else in this locker room, will work the extra mile to get him a cup before he retires."
Moving Backstrom was somewhat of a surprise to everyone, but Minnesota's GM drnaud81 explained it as a strategic move. "It is saddening to part with an extremely solid goaltender and super good guy, but with his contract status and our current salary situation, it was becoming clear we wouldn't be able to re-sign him next year, especially with the cap being $6m less. We couldn't risk losing him and not being able to get another guy, which would have put too much pressure on young Hackett. Hiller is a solid keeper that will be able to get us where we want too, and for an extra year as well."