Even with back-to-back first-round dismissals in their first two playoff runs at the Consol Energy Center, the Pittsburgh Penguins did not take long to stir up some zest in their new home arena in June.
In the midst of hosting the 2012 NHL entry draft, Pittsburgh did virtually everything right for its future over the weekend, but particularly on Friday night.
They started by dealing pricey pivot Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.
By shedding some of their surplus offense, they cleared out $4 million worth of cap space, bringing their total to $14,666,667. And they brought in two established prospects in Brian Dumoulin and Brandon Sutter as well as Friday’s eighth overall pick.
All of that alone makes the Penguins one of the topmost winners of the 2012 draft. The Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals are just a few others who made multiple moves that ought to work in their short- and/or long-term favor.
But for the sake of narrowing things down, the following slides will highlight three teams to be dubbed winners and and two losers of the weekend, as well as a few individual players whose selection surprised.