Friedman: Gudbranson ‘basically got run out of Vancouver’

The Pittsburgh Penguins added depth on defense Monday, but did Jim Rutherford do enough?

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, a little over three hours after the trade deadline had passed.

The Insider was asked about the Penguins’ relative lack of activity Monday with the team fighting for a playoff spot, and if he’s worried about them.

“I look at it, and I’m kind of like, ‘What exactly is going on there,’” indicated Friedman. “That’s a team that you’d think should be better than they are. Matt Murray struggled for a lot of this year. He’s been better until he had a rough night last Saturday. Letang and Dumoulin got hurt.

“The Gudbranson trade, that’s going to be a really interesting one. He basically got run out of Vancouver. One thing I think Pittsburgh does is they say, ‘We’re in it every year that Crosby and Malkin are in their primes,’ so they take their shots.

“There’s a lot of people making fun of them on Twitter today, and I don’t know - we’ll see. But it’s a gamble, there’s no question about that.”

The Penguins acquired Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks Monday for Tanner Pearson, and also added Chris Wideman from the Florida Panthers for Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Gudbranson is in the first season of a three-year, $12 million contract.


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