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Old 02-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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Default Re: Go Go is Gone

Here's the skinny on both guys from the Trib.

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A look at the newest Penguins -- left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen -- who were acquired Tuesday from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Alex Goligoski:

James Neal

Age: 23

Height, weight: 6-2, 208

Shoots: Left

Contract status: Expires after next season

Salary-cap hit: $2.875 million

This season/career: 21 goals, 39 points, plus-8 in 59 games/72 goals, 131 points, minus-8 in 214 games

Notable: He has never played in the Stanley Cup playoffs. ... He has scored 11 goals and is a plus-6 on the road this season.

Quotable: "He's got the skill to make plays as well, but really he likes going to the net and getting those dirty goals - but if he gets open ice in the offensive zone, he can score from anywhere." - defenseman Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen

Age: 24

Height, weight: 6-0, 200

Shoots: Right

Contract status: Expires after next season

Salary-cap hit: $1.5 million

This season/career: 0 goals, 6 points, minus-1 rating in 45 games/16 goals, 82 points, minus-5 rating in 277 games

Notable: He has been minus-27 since finishing his rookie season with a plus-22 rating. ... He fought center Sidney Crosby in a game at Dallas on Nov. 3, 2010.

Quotable: "A change might be good for him. We have a good coaching staff here and pretty positive people. We're all U.S. guys, so good for Matt. Hopefully he can get back to where he was earlier in his career." - General manager Ray Shero

Sources: NHL.com; Capgeek.com; PittsburghPenguins.com

Read more: Neal deal a move for future - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...#ixzz1Eeh8IFBL
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