Penguins Trade Whitney For Winger Kuntiz and Prospect Tangradi

Matt HunterCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2009

Well it looks like Ray Shero has begun his trade deadline dealings.  Today the Penguins traded defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for left winger Chris Kunitz, and prospect forward Eric Tangradi.

I along with many other fans are probably pretty happy to see Whitney leave.  After returning from his foot injury, he did not look like he was progressing.  He had a -15 +/- rating, and just seemed like he could not do anything right.

With the absence of Ryan Whitney, it now opens up for Kris Letang to be an everyday starter, and now the chance for Alex Goligoski to get back into the lineup as well.

Chris Kunitz is a nice addition to the Penguins lineup.  He is coming to the Peguins with 16 G, 19 A, and 35 PTS in 65 games.  He should be a nice addition to the second line, and if he can come in and step up his game quickly he should be a great winger for Crosby or Malkin on that first line.