NHL: Leafs Send Ponikarovsky Packing To The Penguins (Say that five times fast...)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Martin Skoula and forward Luca Caputi. The Leafs have since unloaded Skoula to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2010.

With anticipation that the trade might take place, Ponikarovsky was kept out of Tuesday's line-up as a healthy scratch for Toronto's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"I didn't think this was a deal we'd be able to do. If you'd have told me we could do it a few days ago, I'd have said no way," Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Canadian Press.

via www.tsn.ca

In what has been a pretty slow start to the trade deadline (this deal actually happened last night) the Leafs and Penguins pull off the only noteworthy trade thus far. Ponikarovsky heading to the defending Stanley Cup champions ultimately makes a lot of sense. He isn't the flashiest player in the league, but he'll get you 20 goals a season and is a great set-up man to boot.

This is one Toronto fan sad to see him go.  Thanks for the memories, Alex.

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