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Whitney/Kunitz Trade Review

As posted earlier by duxrox, the Pens and Ducks were involved in a trade today. The Ducks traded forwrad Chris Kunitz and prospect Eric Tangradi to the Penguins for defenseman Ryan Whitney. I have not had a lot of personal exposure to Kunitz, but from what I have heard he is a top 6 forward and is a physical presence on the ice. Is he going to be the type of forward that GM Ray Shero has been looking for to man Crosby’s line? We will see.

I do believe that this was a good trade for both teams. I would like to think the Pens should have gotten a little bit more out of the trade, but Kunitz is a good pick up for multiple reasons. First, he has a lower cap hit then Whitney did. Which frees up a little extra cap space which the Penguins desperately need. He also has three years left on his contract, which means he is not a rent-a-player like Hossa. Of course, he isn’t a Hossa either.

As for the Ducks, I believe they got a good defenseman with Whitney. So far, this year Ryan Whitney has been a disappointment to Pens fans. However, he played great last year in the playoffs and has potential of doing so again. He is an offensive defensman and had played well the previous two years before his surgery. Since his foot surgery, right before the begin of the season, he has not been the same player and has had an extremely difficult time getting back into the groove of things. However, I believe this is just temporary. New scenary will most likely help Whitney out and the Ducks should expect a much improved Whitney by next year at the very latest.

I am anxious to see how Kunitz works out and am also relieved that the Penguins didn’t break the bank with a blockbuster trade like they did last year. I don’t believe the Penguins should be that desperate right now. Of course, the trade deadline is still a little less than a week away.

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2 comments for “Whitney/Kunitz Trade Review”

  1. I think the Pens most assuredly got a great forward in Kunitz; as I said, I’m sorry to see him go. Is he a Hossa? Nope. But, he is a great leader and play maker and plays with a lot of heart. (And if last night’s game was any indication, he will be very, very missed by the Ducks) As for Whitney, I didn’t get to see him play with the Ducks as it wasn’t broadcast on TV and I don’t have Center Ice. (I plan to check out the highlights and will see him in person on March 8.) When I read your comment yesterday about his inconsistency, I thought: oh no! The Ducks do not need more of that; they are fine in the inconsistency department thankyouverymuch. As I think the team needs to focus on the future, I hope Whitney is the much needed defense for the Ducks.

    Posted by DuxRoxNo Gravatar | February 27, 2009, 1:08 pm
  2. DuxRox,

    Since returning from his surgery Whitney has been inconsistent. However, you cannot take away the fact that Whitney was a very important piece in the playoff run last year for the Pens. I honestly think the change in scenery will benefit Whitney. He has a lot of potential. He has made his fair share of mistakes this year, but considering he was coming back from foot surgery you could say that the inconsistency could be explained.

    I look forward to seeing Kunitz tonight! If I didn’t have Center Ice I would be in bad shape.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | February 27, 2009, 1:33 pm

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