I think the Pens can find something better for a 2nd.
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I'd do it. I like Stempniak and think he's going to have a good season.
The Pens wouldn't do it though.
Why? Worst thing that can happen is Stempniak is a good 3rd liner whose paid accordingly.. Best thing would be Crosby getting a RW who can score 20-25 on a good contract..
Tanner Glass is playing on the 3rd line tonight... Tangradi isn't ready for the NHL from what I've seen. This deal improves Pittsburgh's depth on the wing while potentially receiving a winger for Crosby... If Stempniak gets hot at the right time, this deal could pay off huge..
Every trade is a gamble. This one is worth that gamble for Pittsburgh in my opinion. That second round pick isn't helping win a cup any time soon.
I've liked Stempniak's game and actually wanted the Penguins to acquire him when he was on the Phoenix Coyotes. A 2nd seems fair, Shero traded 2nd round picks for Gill and Leopold so it's not like a 2nd round pick gets you higher quality players.
Glass-Vitale-___ (Jeffrey/Tangradi) or Adams if they choose to re-sign him.
Stempniak is a 12-goal a year scorer. How is that an upgrade? Sounds like you want to make a trade just for the sake of, instead of acquiring a potential difference maker, not a role player with little upside.