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03-20-2009, 04:09 AM
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"Tangradi Trades Black and Orange for Black and Gold"

Interestin news article of Tangradi: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?se...ticleid=414517


Eric Tangradi, like most hockey youths, tailored his game after his favorite NHL player, which would be Keith Primeau in his case.

“He’s the same size as me,” Tangradi said. “Growing up I always cared about defense because Keith Primeau cared about defense. I always wanted to be a leader because he was a huge leader. I tried to take little things from his game and added it to my game when I was younger.”


Fast forward to 2009, Tangradi, 20, now finds himself on the other side of that heated Pennsylvania rivalry after the Penguins traded for the highly-touted prospect. He is the “reverse R.J. Umberger.” Umberger grew up in Pittsburgh but played for Philadelphia. Like Umberger, Tangradi has no qualms about trading allegiances.

“Once you’re drafted you kind of leave your favorite behind and worry about the team that has your rights,” Tangradi said. “The neat thing is that half of my family are huge Penguins fans and the other half are huge Flyers fans. My uncles are trying to drag the whole family into the Penguins’ scheme now. It’s kind of neat. I’m bringing them all together.”



I think this young power forward could have a bright future in our organisation. I'm really looking forward to see him in action! Here's some more things that are nice to hear from him:


Just the thought of possibly playing alongside the talents of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Jordan Staal is inspiring the 20-year-old prospect.

“I’m using that as motivation,” he said. “If I have any inspiration to work this summer, it’s that. They have such a young core of guys, an exciting team and exciting franchise. When you’re in the gym on Monday you can say, ‘Hey, I’m a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.’ That will get you through your tough workouts.”


I’m over Philly. I’m excited to be in Pittsburgh.”


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03-20-2009, 08:16 AM
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03-20-2009, 08:24 AM
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I still can't believe we got him and Kunitz for Whitney. Wow

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He seems like a "Pittsburgh guy".

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I’m over Philly. I’m excited to be in Pittsburgh.”
Eric Tangradi > Hayley Williams

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I still can't believe we got him and Kunitz for Whitney. Wow
I still don't think that trade is the highway robbery most people think it is. If you can forget the bad two and a half months Ryan Whitney had here this year (which can be defended by lingering injuries or not having the benefit of a training camp)...he's had a really good start to his NHL career.

There's a reason that Anaheim gave up that much to acquire him.

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I still don't think that trade is the highway robbery most people think it is. If you can forget the bad two and a half months Ryan Whitney had here this year (which can be defended by lingering injuries or not having the benefit of a training camp)...he's had a really good start to his NHL career.

There's a reason that Anaheim gave up that much to acquire him.
I agree with you but it's hard to argue against the fact that this is still a "potential" win for the Pens. People make it seem like highway robbery because of what the Pens needed. Kunitz and Tangradi should both be more valuable to the Pens during the future than Whitney would have been. That doesn't mean that this was a huge steal though because who knows, it may work out great for Whitney and the Mig....I mean Ducks too.

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Being a win for one side doesn't automatically make it a loss for the other. We traded from a position of strength to fill a big need, and it has worked beautifully. Ducks fans seem pretty content with Whitney so far, and they needed him because of Nieds' and Prongers' age and/or impending UFA status.

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This guy was a beast in the WJC's. Impressive player. Should be more worth it down the road than getting Kunitz for the present.


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This guy was a beast in the WJC's. Impressive player. Should be more worth it down the road than getting Kunitz for the present.
Was he? From what I saw he was misused as a checking forward and didn't really get to showcase his offensive talents. He's a really good prospect...but I don't think he really shined at the WJC's.

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I still can't believe we got him and Kunitz for Whitney. Wow
Remember, people we're pretty excited about Pascal Dupuis' offensive outburst when he got to Pittsburgh, too.

Kunitz certainly is no Dupuis, but let's not pencil him in for 1.2 points for the rest of his contract just yet.

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But that's different. It's like surviving cholera only to be stricken with the plague.

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Can't wait to see what this kid has to offer. The fact he said Primeau is his favorite player has me excited.

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Whoah whoah whoah there big fella, let's not say things that we can't take back!

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Being a win for one side doesn't automatically make it a loss for the other. We traded from a position of strength to fill a big need, and it has worked beautifully. Ducks fans seem pretty content with Whitney so far, and they needed him because of Nieds' and Prongers' age and/or impending UFA status.
Agreed, I hope that Whitney reaches his potential in Anaheim. Good luck to him and the Ducks!

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I still don't think that trade is the highway robbery most people think it is. If you can forget the bad two and a half months Ryan Whitney had here this year (which can be defended by lingering injuries or not having the benefit of a training camp)...he's had a really good start to his NHL career.

There's a reason that Anaheim gave up that much to acquire him.
Yeah, one forgets that Whitney scored 14 goals, 45 assists two seasons ago. Whitney is also extremely highly regarded as having a great deal of upside by pretty much every team in the league. He really needed a change of scenery though.

Tangradi is the first true blue-chip prospect the Penguins have had in their system for a few seasons. I look forward to covering him in the prospect training camp in a few months.

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I wish nothing but success for Ryan out in Anaheim.

We traded a strength for a weakness. And we sorely needed what Kunitz has brought to this team. Grit and a willingness to get dirty in front of the net.

Tangradi is just the icing on the cake. If he turns into another Keith Primeau then we have really lucked out.

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Yeah, one forgets that Whitney scored 14 goals, 45 assists two seasons ago. Whitney is also extremely highly regarded as having a great deal of upside by pretty much every team in the league. He really needed a change of scenery though.

Tangradi is the first true blue-chip prospect the Penguins have had in their system for a few seasons. I look forward to covering him in the prospect training camp in a few months
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That is really good to hear. The kid sounds like a hard worker & I hope he pans out in the black n gold.



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Tangradi is just the icing on the cake. If he turns into another Keith Primeau then we have really lucked out.
If Tangradi can turn into another Keith Primeau.... then I would've traded Whitney for Tangradi straight up

Let's just not hope for this Primeau:

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Yeah, one forgets that Whitney scored 14 goals, 45 assists two seasons ago. Whitney is also extremely highly regarded as having a great deal of upside by pretty much every team in the league. He really needed a change of scenery though.

Tangradi is the first true blue-chip prospect the Penguins have had in their system for a few seasons. I look forward to covering him in the prospect training camp in a few months.
That Whitney would have probably fetched more than Kunitz and Tangradi

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Was he? From what I saw he was misused as a checking forward and didn't really get to showcase his offensive talents. He's a really good prospect...but I don't think he really shined at the WJC's.
I thought he was the best player on the ice on most shifts. I wish he was used as a more offensive force in the WJC's but he wasn't, thus the Americans finished 5th

I don't think time has been fair to his performance.

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thank god hes over philly, we dont want him scoring on his own team when we are on the brink of sweeping the flyers

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also i dont really see him turning into the next keith primuea, but he plays like him. or like i said a while ago, bertuzzi when he was good

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