Penguins and Blues swap Maxim Lapierre and Marcel Goc

Penguins and Blues swap Maxim Lapierre and Marcel Goc

In exchange for a two-way defensive center, the PIttsburgh Penguins acquired another two-way defensive center. On Tuesday, after a win over WInnipeg the Pens picked up Maxim Lapierre from St. Louis for Marcel Goc.

From the PIttsburgh release:

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Lapierre has played 579 games in a 10-year NHL career with Montreal, Anaheim, Vancouver and St. Louis, recording 65 goals and 72 assists for 137 points with 570 penalty minutes.


The Penguins acquired Goc from Florida late in the 2013-14 season. He had two goals and six assists for eight points in 55 games over two seasons in Pittsburgh.

It's not exactly a major swap for either team -- just a move to bring in assets with different skill sets at the same position. As TSN's Darren Dreger tweets, Lapierre gives the Penguins fourth line depth. Goc won almost 54 percent of his face offs, but wasn't much of a scorer. Lapierre 55 percent, and has more of a physical presence.

Said St. Louis Game Time:

Is this an upgrade? A lateral move? Just a shake-up to the fourth line for fun? Goc really can't play anything but fourth-line center. He's a solid guy who won't be disappointing, I suppose, because no one's really sure what to expect out of this

Just a minor trade, and that's about it.

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