Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Penguins Acquire Oleksiak from Stars

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has made the first two of what could be many trades.

On Tuesday the Pens dealt Josh Archibald, goalie prospect Sean Maguire and a sixth-round pick in 2019 to the Coyotes for veteran AHL goalie Michael Leighton and a fourth-round pick in 2019. Pittsburgh then turned that pick around to acquire 25-year-old Oleksiak for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft.

“This is a guy who can really skate," Rutherford said of Oleksiak, who has three points and is a minus-6 in 21 games for Dallas this season. "He's an excellent skater for a guy that big. Plus, he sees the ice well and will make things easier for our left-handed defensemen because they won't have to play on the right side as much.”

Pittsburgh is struggling at 17-15-3, two points outside of the final wild card in the Eastern Conference and in sixth in the Metropolitan Division.