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Pens land missing piece; more rumors

Updated: February 22, 2011, 11:12 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek

Before I get to my regularly scheduled Tuesday NHL picks, I thought I'd weigh in on yesterday's Dallas Stars-Pittsburgh Penguins deal and pass along a few things that I've heard in the past 24 hours.

Monday's trade: Dallas sends W James Neal and D Matt Niskanen to Pittsburgh for D Alex Goligoski.

My take: Like most, I think the Penguins made out nicely in this deal. In Neal, they get a speedy, young, top-six winger who can score goals. Penguins GM Ray Shero has been seeking just such a player to place alongside either of his superstar centers, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Neal, 23, should be a great fit.

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