This was the logical move given how well Despres and Bortuzzo have played. And, really, Lovejoy was never gonna see the ice again. With Matt Niskanen set to return in a few weeks, the Pens had to make a move. Shero has turned an undrafted fringe 6th-defenseman into a 5th-round pick. Sold.
Ben Lovejoy, by all accounts, was a really nice dude. Even stole an episode of 24/7 like 11 years ago:
Lovejoy was lauded by Crosby during his rehab because, he said, Lovejoy was the only player that hit him.
But our lasting image of Lovejoy is him getting exposed by old Double J for the game-winning goal in game 2 of last year's playoffs:
Farewell, Ben Lovejoy.