Maple Leafs Trade Forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to Penguins

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March 2, 2010

Maple Leafs Trade Forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to Penguins The defending Stanley Cup champs may have improved their chances of repeating on Tuesday.

According to The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Penguins acquired left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Maple Leafs in exchange for forward prospect Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula

Ponikarovsky has recorded 19 goals and 22 assists in 61 games this season. The Ukrainian wing  gives the Penguins size and scoring ability to complement Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The forward has a salary-cap figure of $2.105 million this year and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.  

Caputi was drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round of the 2007 entry draft. The 21-year-old has 47 points in 54 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL this season.

Skoula has appeared in 33 games with the Penguins this season, recording three assists goals and five goals assists with Pittsburgh.

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