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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Penguins Trade Dany Sabourin for Mathieu Garon

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Dany Sabourin to the Edmonton Oilers
The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a 2011 fourth-round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for goaltender Mathieu Garon [TSN]

It seems like a strange trade. It makes sense for the Penguins to try and shore up their goaltending, but it's not like Garon is having a very different season from the one Sabourin is having. His stats are 6-8-0 with a 3.17 GAA and a .895 SV%.

Dany Sabourin is 6-8-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .898 SV%.

They're very similar.

Both goalies are unrestricted free agents after this season and Garon makes almost double what Sabourin does (Garon's cap hit is $1.1 million while Sabourin's is only $512,000.) Also, not that Ryan Stone or a fourth-round pick were going to be major components of the Penguins' future, but it seems weird for Ray Shero to trade away additional minor league assets. It's not like the Penguins organization is full of depth.

It's a very strange trade. Perhaps Shero felt that he would end up having to pay Sabourin more next season than he would Garon.

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