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.