Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero opened the trade deadline madness by acquiring defenseman Jordan Leopold from Florida in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft. Leopold is a 29-year-old 6'1", 200 pound left-handed shooter. He has put up 18 points thus far this season with seven goals and 11 assists.
A local blogger associated with one of the local newspapers said this wasn't a great move and that it may be a sign of someone heading out before Wednesday's deadline. The acquisition of Leopold added a physical defenseman to the Penguins' blue line thus fulfilling one of their objectives.
The second objective has been thought to be a goal-scoring winger. Presumably someone who can skate on Sidney Crosby's line, and even be a replacement for Bill Guerin should he retire after this season.
A statement from Shero after the Leopold deal however indicates otherwise. In a press conference, Shero stated, "Our first priority was to try to add a defenseman. Since Saturday I've been active trying to do that. I was more of a caller trying to see the value for players, who was going to be available and what the cost was. Once we established that, we've got Jordan Leopold now, we'll see what's out there. Maybe it's a minor league deal, maybe it's no deal at all, but we want to be in the mix of things and see what's out there."
In addition to that, Shero also let it be known that he has no interest in letting any current players go.
Could this be the only deal for the Penguins before the deadline? Or will Shero pull something off at the last minute that nobody saw coming? In two days, we will have the answer.