Goligoski's gone to Dallas for Niskanen and Neal... Neal's nice for sure, and maturity on the blue-line is nice but Goligoski was a lot to give up. He's only going to get better. We've got extra puck-moving d-men so that's good, but Goligoski's youth (and free agency at the end of the year, I think) and the fact he was playing great right now all make me sorta shakey on any deal... Not to mention no Crosby or Malkin for possibly the rest of the year (Malkin's a definite on that), eh...
A local guy made the point that you owe it to the guys playing to try, and I agree. From the broader business POV I just question it I guess, but yeah. It's interesting anyway. I always love deadline time. I'm shocked they didn't go to the last hour on it though.
I don't know a ton about Neal though, beyond some basic stuff, so I hope he fits in well. I like size and hitting, and he seems like he'll improve as he gets older too. I like his style of play because it's not really common. I don't get to see him play often besides any highlights he makes though, but I dig him. It seems like a general concensus to a lot of folks that the Pens made out like bandits, but that seems like an underestimation of Goligoski to me personally.
I was honestly surprised Kennedy didn't get dealt (it ain't over yet though of course) because he lands in the doghouse at various points all season it seems. I like him and his style but he does sometimes seem to slack.