Announced just after the 3:00 PM deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins have made two trades
Frankie Corrado to PIT for Oleksy, Fehr and a fourth-round pick in 2017.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2017
First, Eric Fehr was traded to Toronto along with Steve Oleksy and a 4th round pick for Frankie Corrado. This is somewhat surprising, since Fehr just cleared waivers today, but there may have been a concern about the Maple Leafs staying under 50 contracts, thus the Pens springing for Corrado, a player oft-healthy scratched by the Leafs. In the big picture, this trade is a good thing for the Pens - Fehr is a $2.0 million 4th liner and a big, plodding skater who didn't really fit into the system of Mike Sullivan and has had his role de-emphasized.
Getting out of his salary cap hit for next year is a real positive for Pittsburgh, who can easily replace him with cheaper options like Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Wilson and Carter Rowney.
Corrado will be interesting, he's 23 years old and right-handed but has only played 69 NHL games, including just 11 this season. Is he Adam Clendening or something potentially better? I suppose we'll see.
In an an interesting move, Mark Streit (acquired earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Philadelphia Flyers) is going to Pittsburgh too.
Penguins give up a fourth-round pick in 2018 for Streit.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) March 1, 2017
This is pretty interesting, Streit's the polar opposite of Corrado, a veteran winding down his career. More as it breaks.
UPDATE: Kind of looks like Streit might have a little in the tank, per the advanced numbers:
Mark Streit was traded again. He's as good as he was the last time I twee–– oh... I didn't mention him did I. Well, he's fine. pic.twitter.com/NHvAA15DU0— dom (@domluszczyszyn) March 1, 2017
Who knows what the team might look like now, take these two additions of Streit and Corrado (plus adding Ron Hainsey last week) and the Pens defensive depth chart is all over the place. Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley are out until near the playoffs. Kris Letang appears to have some sort of minor but potentially lingering type of injury. Aside from those six named, there's also Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Ian Cole both of whom figure to be in the lineup and that's 9 names.
Also the team called up Derrick Pouliot for some reason today. That's a 10th name. Depth won't be a problem for Pittsburgh this spring. Quality depth and also how the pieces may fit together (some being new to the team, others coming back from injury) may be a different issue.