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MAY 6, 2:33a ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: Apr 17 / 11:22a ET
News: Lovejoy assisted on the Penguins' lone goal in Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: It's only the fourth point in 21 games for Lovejoy since joining the Penguins at the trade deadline. The absences of Kris Letang (concussion), Christian Ehrhoff (upper body), and Derrick Pouliot (lower body) have decimated the Pens' defensive ranks, forcing Lovejoy to occupy a top-pairing role in the postseason opener. While that assignment should net Lovejoy 20-plus minutes a night, it's unlikely to result in a dramatic increase in his offensive output.
Rotowire: Mar 2 / 12:16p ET
News: Lovejoy was traded to the Penguins on Monday in exchange for Simon Despres, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: The Penguins will surrender the younger, higher-upside Despres for the more battle-tested Lovejoy, a veteran of six NHL season. He started his career in Pittsburgh in 2008-09 before spending the past three seasons with the Ducks, where he's served primarily in a top-four role. He'll likely occupy a spot on the Pens' second or third defensive pair the rest of the way, where he should be a solid source of hits and blocked shots.
StatsLLC: Mar 2 / 12:00a ET
News: The Pittsburgh Penguins gave their defense an experienced upgrade on Monday, acquiring veteran defensemen Ben Lovejoy from Anaheim and Ian Cole from St. Louis.
Impact: The 31-year-old Lovejoy returns to Pittsburgh after spending two-plus seasons with the Ducks.