February 26, 2009

Penguins ship Ray Whitney to Anaheim

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded defenseman Ray Whitney Thursday to Anaheim for forward Chris Kunitz and a future prospect.

It is the first of several moves that could be made by the disappointing Penguins make before the end of the NHL's trade deadline next Wednesday.

This season, Whitney, a four-year NHL veteran, has been limited to just 28 games after a slow recovery from off season foot surgery.

He has scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists), and missed Wednesday's 1-0 win over the New York Islanders because of a family emergency.

Kunitz, in his fifth NHL season, has scored 35 points in 62 games (16 goals, 19 assists).

The prospect, forward Eric Tangradi, a second-round pick by the Ducks in 2007, had scored 87 points (38 goals and 49 assists) while playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.

It is the second straight season that Pittsburgh acquired a high-scoring forward during the trade deadline period.

In 2008, it was Marian Hossa.