Former Penguins player Goligoski standing out on defense for Stars

| Thursday, March 1, 2012

DALLAS — There is a perception among Penguins followers that last year's trade of defenseman Alex Goligoski for right wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen was a steal for general manager Ray Shero.

While no one in the Stars organization is questioning Neal's spectacular season nor Niskanen's solid play, the feeling in Dallas is that the trade was perfect for both sides.

"That's how trades are supposed to work," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "They got what they needed, and here in Dallas, we got what we needed."

Goligoski leads all Dallas defensemen with 26 points. He has played only 52 games because of a broken hand earlier this season. The Stars signed Goligoski to a four-year, $18.4 million extension in January. Gulutzan said Goligoski has been a force.

"Everything is going well," Goligoski said. "I'm happy down here."

> > Center Sidney Crosby skated with the Penguins during their morning skate, and then remained on the ice with right wing Tyler Kennedy, center Dustin Jeffrey and assistant coach Tony Granato for a grueling workout. Crosby was clearly pushing himself, looking exhausted at times during a multitude of drills.

> > Crosby and Niskanen decided to have some fun during the morning skate. When the Penguins visited the Stars last season, Niskanen, then a Dallas defenseman, was challenged to a fight by Crosby. They re-enacted the "scuffle" Wednesday morning.

> > Kennedy also skated with the Penguins, the first time he has shared the ice with his teammates since sustaining a high ankle sprain Feb. 5 in New Jersey.

> > Right wing Arron Asham returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury.

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