Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Penguins ink Goc, Stempniak at deadlineMarcel Goc Though it wasn’t the huge splash they made last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were once again buyers at the NHL’s trade deadline, trading draft picks for Florida Panthers winger Marcel Goc, as well as Flames winger Lee Stemniak. Rumored to be the potential landing zone for a few big names like Ryan Kesler or Ales Hemsky, Pittsburgh instead decided to improve their bottom six by trading a two third round picks and a fifth round pick for Goc and Stempniak. Goc has 11 goals and 23 points in 62 games for the Panthers this season, while Stempniak has 8 goals and 23 points in 52 games.  Almost identical stat lines for two players that will almost certainly see duty on the third line along with center Brandon Sutter. Playing with Taylor Pyatt and Tanner Glass, Sutter’s third line has been an absolute black hole for Pittsburgh this year, arguably Pittsburgh’s biggest Achilles Heel.  The acquisition of Goc and Stempniak almost certainly improves it, that is, if they both play there. Goc is a nice pickup for Pittsburgh, and while Stempniak has potential to be another Alexi Kovalev from 2011, both were acquired on the cheap and are UFA’s at the end of the year.  It’s a low risk, high reward situation for the Pens, who could ill-afforad to waste assets they didn’t have on a pair of rentals. Injuries have forced AHL call-up Brian Gibbons on to the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.  Speculation has circled that head coach Dan Bylsma could bump Gibbons down to the third line and replace him with either Goc or Stempniak.  Neither one is Pascal Dupuis, but at least now the Penguins have a few decent options going forward. Honestly, so much of this team’s make-up is entirely dependent on injuries.  Dupuis is done for the season, but if Beau Bennett, Paul Martin and Kris Letang are able to rerun from IR before the playoffs, it’s anybody’s guess what could happen. All in all, the Penguins came out winners at the deadline.  Do Goc and Stempniak now make the Penguins legit Stanley Cup contenders?  That remains to be seen.  GM Ray Shero did just about all he could do at the deadline given his salary cap and injury situation.  How far the Penguins go in the playoffs is now entirely up to their stars. For the Pens to reach the final, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will have to be on top of their games in every series they play, something both have struggled with in recent years. If they are, they have just as good a chance as anyone in the East. On the other hand, if they don’t, another early playoff exit looks to be imminent. isportsweb | isportsweb - Sports in Perspective
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

Penguins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.