- May 14, 2015
Penguins DWFs were happy when the team traded a first round draft pick to get Ryan Reaves, but not anymore. He's a very good fighter, but fights are becoming close to extinct in the NHL, as are goons in general. Reaves as a hockey player is garbage, no talent whatsover, but he is still getting minutes each game on the Penguins' crap fourth line. It was ridiculous to trade a first rounder for him. Wouldn't surprise me if he's traded or sent to the AHL at some point, but that might be admitting they made a huge mistake in obtaining him in the first place.
The Penguins in general are a big disappointment so far with the regular season nearly half over. Their third and fourth lines have AHL level scoring ability if that, and the team seems incapable of putting together more than 20 or 30 minutes of focused hockey in a game. I wasn't worried about it in the beginning of the season as it seemed like it could be excused as a slow start after winning the Cup back to back, but now it's getting close to the point of worrying about whether they'll even make the playoffs this season.
Reaves has been traded to Vegas, and there's some chatter that this will now leave Crosby and Malkin exposed, especially come playoff time. But I'm not so sure. I think goons and enforcers are more like deadweight these days, specifically someone like Reaves with his 4-6 min playing time and non-NHL hockey skills. The Penguins may still pick up a big body, but I don't think this trade is that big of a deal.