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ALEX GOLIGOSKI, Penguins
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Trade: On Feb. 21, Pittsburgh trades D Alex Goligoski to Dallas for LW James Neal and D Matt Niskanen.
Quick summary: Pittsburgh was hurting for forwards and they got a very good one in James Neal. But they had to give up Goligoski, a good young offensive defenseman, to get him.
Analysis: A good trade season just keeps getting better. No one expected Dallas to part with Neal, who at 23 has already scored 20 goals (including 21 already this year). Naturally they demanded an equally promising young player in return, and that's what they got in Goligoski. We like this trade better for Pittsburgh than we do for the Stars. Dallas was desperate for a shake-up after plummeting in the Western Conference standings recently, but that was no reason to give up one of your best young talents. Goligoski has played well lately and should definitely help the Stars blueline. But in the long-term, Neal seems more likely to be a legitimate star player.
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