Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dallas Acquires AHL D Carl Sneep from Pens

In early news this morning, the Dallas Stars have acquired Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Carl Sneep from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Sneep was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 32nd overall. Sneep was traded for a conditional pick in the draft. He was immediately assigned to the Texas Stars after the trade.

Sneep will ensure experienced defensive depth. He is in his third year and has 102 games played with four goals and 23 assists. Texas needed the depth after losing Jordie Benn and Brenden Dillon to the Dallas Stars, likely both for the season. It's a good thing for them, but leaves Texas in a lurch. Max Fortunus, Tyler Sloan, Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, Gord Baldwin, Jace Coyle and Hubert Labrie were your remaining defensemen. Texas alternated between Labrie and Coyle being the scratch this past week, but was clearly not 100% on either.

Jason Iacona of Chirps from Center Ice, a Pens blog, had this to say about Sneep:
"[He is a] third year guy, not a liability by any means. He was just shuffled out of the system by the lockout / pedigree first year D-men. He was injured last season, upper body, and that plagued him this season getting shuffled out. He was temporarily sent to Wheeling to get games."
The biggest news out of this trade is that it happened at all. Texas needed something to maintain their success, and Dallas made a move to help them out. That is a sign of a healthy ownership group in Big D and a health relationship between Texas GM Scott White and Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk.

Case in point, if you look back to last year, San Antonio got Jon Matsumoto thanks to a trade by the Panthers. That trade had no benefit to Florida but they made it to help their farm club. With solvent ownership, GM Joe can follow Dale Tallon's example and make the right moves to help both Dallas and Texas. Success now from the farm club ensures that the prospect in the system grow and mature in a winning environment.

Sneep should be in the lineup this weekend against San Antonio.

2 comments:

  1. i don't think so look at the transaction page it says he has been reassigned by pitssburg to pittsburgh.

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    1. The transactions are out of order. Usually what happens with a trade is that the player is 'recalled' to the parent club (shows up on transaction sheet, traded in the NHL (not shown on transactions, and then assigned down to the new minor club (on transactions).

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