Hull says trade 'win-win' for both Stars and Penguins
Brett Hull is never afraid to voice his opinion, and he shared some interesting thoughts about the Penguins' trade with Dallas on Tuesday on Triblive Radio with hosts Chris Mack and Rick Tocchet.
The NHL Hall-of-Famer was critical of new Penguins' defenseman Matt Niskanen's work habits.
"The thing that's missing in his game is a little bit of commitment," said Hull, who is Dallas' executive vice president and alternate governor. "He's really easy going, happy-go-lucky. In the summer back in Minnesota, I think he wakes up and fishes all day. If he spent a little of that time in the gym working on quickness and strength, (then) he's definitely an NHL-caliber guy."
Hull said that Niskanen is "a good kid" and a talented player.
"He should be a power-play guy," Hull said. "I just don't think he's quick enough and strong enough right now to do that."
Hull provided glowing praise of new Penguins' left wing James Neal, who he believes will someday be a terrific linemate for Sidney Crosby.
"Neal has an incredible amount of potential," Hull said. "He has to mature a lot. That will happen in that dressing room with the people they have in it."
Hull believes Neal is going to develop into a new-age, NHL power forward largely because of his exceptional skating ability.
"Neal has tremendous upside," Hull said. "He's big, strong and fast. He still needs to learn a lot. With Sid there, it will be quick-schooling for him."
Hull explained that Dallas pulled the trigger on the trade because of its need for a puck-moving defenseman, something Alex Goligoski can provide.
"It's a win-win for both teams," Hull said.
Penguins vs. Sharks
7:30 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center
TV/radio: VERSUS/FSN Pittsburgh/WXDX-FM (105.9), Penguins Radio Network
Season series: First meeting.
Who to watch: Center Joe Thornton leads the Sharks in points (49, 14 goals, 35 assists), but he also has the team's third-worst plus-minus (minus 11). ... The Sharks (33-21-6) won three in a row before playing at Detroit on Tuesday night and are one point off the lead in the Pacific Division.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.