In fewer than 24 hours, the Pittsburgh Penguins, currently on a 12-game winning streak, have traded for a pair of veterans to bolster their roster for the final 15-game stretch to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
On Sunday evening, Pens general manager Ray Shero announced that Pittsburgh had dealt 2011 first-round draft pick Joe Morrow, a defenseman, to the Dallas Stars for power forward Brenden Morrow (no relation), a Dallas captain.
The 34 year-old Brenden Morrow, slated for unrestricted free agency in July, has until now played his entire career with the Stars. His career-high one-season goal total of 33 was set just two seasons ago in a year in which he also played (with Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury) for the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the Vancouver Olympics.
In the deal, the Penguins will also receive a third-round draft choice this year, and will give up a fifth-round pick.
On Monday, the Pens announced they had acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round draft pick this year and a conditional second-round choice in 2014. The 33 year-old Murray has until now spent his full career with the Sharks. He was second on his team in blocked shots this season, and led all San Jose defensemen in hits.
The Penguins also announced that forward Trevor Smith has been sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. The 28 year-old Smith made his debut with Pittsburgh on Friday against the New York Islanders.