The Penguins play a regular season hockey game in like 69 seconds. So with that in mind here is number two on our Top 20 Moments of the Penguins 2015/16 Stanley Cup Championship season. For this moment we take you all the way back to July. July 1st 2015.
During the 2015 NHL Draft, there had been a lot of talk of the Penguins going out and trying to land a big name winger. Mainly Brandon Saad or Phil Kessel. Neither of those happened on that day and the growing frustration building off of last season's disappointing ending kept growing and growing. Six days later Brandon Saad was off the market. He was dealt from Chicago to Columbus. Columbus paid a pretty penny for Saad too, making everyone think the price for Kessel was going to skyrocket. With free agency set to begin at noon the next day, many thought that either GMJR would sell the farm for Kessel or completely leave the idea and just try to grab some free agents.
July 1, 2015. 12:58 P.M. 58 minutes after free agency opened.
GOAT GM Jim Rutherford went out and did the damn thing. He sent forward Nic Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, prospect Kasperi Kapanen, a 1st round pick in 2016, and a 3rd round pick in 2016, for Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, and a 2nd round pick in 2016. To say we were elated is an understatement. Phil Kessel was a Pittsburgh Penguin. We were also elated to hear how small of a price GMJR paid. The Penguins ended up getting the 3rd round pick back at some point during the season I believe, Scott Harrington was traded to Columbus, and Nic Spaling was traded to San Jose. This trade set the ground work for GMJR's vision of the way he wanted this team to be constructed. We could say a lot more but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So we are just gonna leave you with this...
Check back tomorrow for number one on our list. It is...oh...shall we say.....GLOOOORIOUS.
Also be sure to check out our Game Day for Pens/Caps tomorrow as well. We have a lot of content in a short period of time coming your way.
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