It wasn’t the high-profile one many wanted, but Pittsburgh did trade for a center on Wednesday.
The Pens have acquired Florida’s Marcel Goc in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick, according to Sportsnet. Goc, 30, has spent the last three years with the Panthers and is in the midst of a decent campaign, racking up 11 goals and 23 points in 62 games while averaging close to 18 minutes per night.
The German forward is a pending UFA with a $1.7 million cap hit, so it’s a fairly low-risk move from the Pens. Of course, Pittsburgh was rumored to be in the mix for Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, in the hopes of recreating the “big three” center situation it had with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. The trio was instrumental in helping Pittsburgh win the 2009 Stanley Cup, but Staal was traded to Carolina at the ’12 NHL Entry Draft.