Pens Keep Fleury, Acquire Mark Streit & An Italian Guy Before The Trade Deadline
Per Jason Mackey of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
CHICAGO — It took a while. Until the very end, actually. But the Penguins made a flurry of moves before the NHL trade deadline had passed.
Just none involving Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Penguins hung on to their longest-tenured player, committing to a two-goalie system the rest of the way, while they acquired defensemen Mark Streit from Tampa Bay and Frankie Corrado from Toronto in two separate deals.
For Corrado, the Penguins sent Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a fourth-round pick in 2017 to the Maple Leafs. The Penguins dealt a fourth-round draft choice in 2018 to Tampa Bay for Streit.
Corrado is 23 years old and viewed as a project on the back end, something the Penguins have had success handling in the past.
He's a right-handed shot and is regarding as an an above-average puck mover. Drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) by Vancouver in 2011, Corrado has three goals and eight points in 69 NHL games, two with the Maple Leafs this season.
He will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while the Penguins also reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to the American Hockey League.
Streit comes from the rival Flyers. He’s 39 years old and has played 765 NHL games.
The Penguins hit four solid points in my athlete preferences with these deadline moves: (1) I love me some grizzled vets (hello Gary Roberts, "Wild" Bill Guerin, Mark Recchi), (2) their net still has depth, (3) Philly is now paying part of a Penguin's salary, and (4) everybody needs an Italian dude on their squad (like the Vin Diesel character in Saving Private Ryan, except he doesn't die). So what if Streit has a +/- of -10. A little extra veteran leadership always does wonders for a team, and look at these stellar stats from one Frank Corrado:
Love it. Goose eggs across the board and I'm totally fine with that. He's Italian so it's cool and he should absolutely come skating out to Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night" to really keep the Cervelli style rolling in Pittsburgh. Let's think of some nickname ideas. "Corrado's Way"? "Godfather Don Corrado"? Ever play "Sunset Riders" on Sega Genesis? Look at this statline:
Food & drink is necessary knowledge when hunting down a heroic 16-bit gunfighter.
Who needs Shattenkirk when you have Frank "Cormano Wild"?
Let's Go Pens.