When Sidney Crosby picked up the Stanley Cup in June, I don’t think any of us were really expecting Trevor Daley to be the first player he passed it to. On the surface, it made sense - an important player to the Pens who just missed the chance to play in the Final due to a broken ankle - but it was so much more meaningful than that.
And it wouldn’t have happened without the events of one year ago today, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Rob Scuderi for Daley in a one-for-one swap.
Happy trade-iversary, everybody!
A year ago today, the Penguins were undergoing some big changes. They had just fired Mike Johnston and brought up Mike Sullivan from the AHL; then, they traded away the expensive-but-struggling Scuderi straight across to the Blackhawks for Daley.
Daley had been struggling in Chicago, too. But then he went on to average over 20 minutes a game for what ended up being the best team in the NHL, and is still doing that today, while Scuderi has played five AHL games this season, and that’s it.
So. You could say this one worked out pretty well for the Penguins. A year ago they really started turning things around, and they haven’t looked back.