The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have acquired a 2013 7th round draft pick in return for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Tangradi.

Tangradi was selected 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. On February 26, 2009, Tangradi was traded along with Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney, before he even had even played an NHL game. Tangradi made his NHL debut during the last game of the next season, on April 11, 2010 against the New York Islanders, and the following season, Tangradi made the Penguins out of training camp. During a February 11, 2011, game vs. the New York Islanders Tangradi was a victim of an elbow to the head by forward Trevor Gillies. Gillies was suspended 9 games for the hit. Tangradi was sidelined for two months, due to concussion symptoms.

What does he bring to the Jets? Tangradi has demonstrated an outspoken nature which has led him to be a team leader at many stops throughout his short career. He is developing into a decent bottom six power forward and should be a key third liner for the Jets throughout the next few seasons. Definetly a low cost for a decent, young player who still has room to hone his game.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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