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Penguins acquire forwards Goc, Stempniak

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't go for the big splash at the trade deadline this time.

General manager Ray Shero believes the little ripples his team made instead can be just as effective as the franchise pursues its fourth Stanley Cup.

The Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins acquired two-way forwards Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers and Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for draft picks after making a fruitless run at Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, who stayed with the Canucks.

"There wasn't a deal there to be made," Shero said. "I think our goal was to try to increase our depth up front and help our forward group ... and I think we've done that."

A year ago the Penguins dominated the deadline, bringing in forwards Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen and Brendan Morrow along with defenseman Douglas Murray. All that star power, however, netted only a four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Penguins find themselves with a comfortable lead in division with a month to go in the season. Rather than part with any significant pieces, Pittsburgh opted to added depth along the third and fourth lines to help take some of the pressure off stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Goc had 11 goals and 12 assists in 62 games this season for the Panthers, and the 31-year-old Stempniak had five goals and 18 assists in 52 games with Calgary.

"I think that we're comfortable with our team," Crosby said. "We know we need to play better as a group. That's up to us. That's something we feel is important. But that being said, I think the guys we have are confident. These guys are going to provide a lot of depth for us. They're good additions to our team."

Pittsburgh sent a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft to Florida in exchange for Goc, while the Flames received a 2014 third-round pick for Stempniak.

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