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Monday, February 21, 2011
Quotable: Pens GM Ray Shero on the trade

By Mark Stepneski

Penguins GM Ray Shero talked to the Pittsburgh media about today's trade in which he sent defenseman Alex Goligoski to the Stars for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen. Here's a quote from Shero on the trade:
"To me, a lot of teams have called about Alex in the last couple of months and I made it clear to every team that called that I was not looking to trade him. Our defense was playing well as a group; the strength of our team was our defense and our goaltending. In the back of my mind, if I was ever going to move Alex it was going to be for the right forward, and with James Neal I think we’ve found that up-and-coming winger. His best days are ahead of him. And it’s difficult to give up Alex. He won a Cup with us here and he’s a really good young defenseman. So they’re difficult to give up, but getting Matt Niskanen in the deal was also important to us, especially by trading Alex during the season. It’s hard to get defenseman at this time of the year, so we’re looking forward to having Matt join us. He’s a young guy, only 25 years old, and he’s had some pretty good years so far in the NHL."