It is the start of a new era in Pittsburgh, one that will be without the services of Russian superstar Evgeni Malkin who is on his way to Manitoba. The deal sent shockwaves throughout the NEFHL and left some wondering why the Penguins would part with such a dynamic player. Geno is one of the longest standing Penguins having been acquired over six years ago in a blockbuster with the Dallas Stars. 

"It is never easy trading one of the best players in the league. Geno was great for this organization. He was a great teammate, leader and friend. He is and always will be a fan favourite here in Pittsburgh. We wish him nothing but the best. One of the main factors in moving Malkin was the realization that we cannot afford both him and Sidney while remaining competitive. We have some excellent talent making their way through the ranks and would prefer to keep them rather than putting all of our eggs in two baskets. It was a difficult thing to do but was unfortunately inevitable," said the Penguins GM.

Making their way to Pittsburgh are Jamie Benn, Jack Johnson, Laurent Brossoit, Tomas Jurco, and NSH 2 in 2014.

Jamie Benn possesses an excellent skill set that is accompanied by lots strength and solid defensive play. 

"Benn was a big reason why we pulled the trigger. The kid is an absolute horse and makes us stronger at both ends of the ice. We feel that he could eventually be a point per game player for us while being dynamic from a special teams perspective. He is a winner and someone we are happy to have," added coach Dan Bylsma. 

Jack Johnson is a beast on the back end that is capable of logging a ton minutes. He can play any scenario, possesses a tremendous amount of strength and at times a nasty side.  

"Jack has been a great friend of mine for years. He is very difficult to play against and should be an integral part of our team for a long time," stated the Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby. 

The additions of Brossoit and Jurco should help to bolster an already deep prospect pool in Pittsburgh. Both prospects are highly sought after commodities and are assets that should help the team moving forward. 

"Laurent we envision to be a future backup at worst. He has been great in the Dub and was awesome the other night against the Russians. Tomas the magician still has a lot to learn but has skills for miles. The kid could turn out to be something special one day and we believe that he just needs a little AHL seasoning before he is ready to contribute," added the Penguins GM. 

Only time will tell whether this deal will aid the Penguins in their pursuit of the Cup.