On another day in the NHL, more trades were made by teams. Earlier today, we saw big NHL names get traded; most notable was Jonathan Quick from the LA Kings and Lars Eller from the Washington Capitals. This time it is Teddy Blueger from the Pittsburgh Penguins getting traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Peter DiLiberatore and a 2024 third-round pick.
Blueger, like many, was set to become a free agent in this upcoming off-season. Penguins GM Ron Hextall released a statement following the trade:
In the 2018-2019 season, Blueger was finally called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he has been able to play since then. The 28-year-old forward has spent the last eight seasons in the Penguins’ organization. He started in the AHL with the affiliate of the Penguins, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his time in the AHL, Blueger played 179 games, racking up 49 goals and 66 assists for a total of 115 points. The native of Latvia scored 92 points (33G, 59A) in 220 games at the NHL level.
Blueger played his college hockey at Minnesota State University (Mankato) for four seasons. In 155 games at the college level, he scored 31 goals adding 77 assists which were good for 108 points. Teddy has been playing for his home country of Latvia since the 2010-11 season, where he started the journey on Latvia’s U17 squad and made his way all the way up to the senior national team. In his time with Latvia, the left-handed shooter scored 42 points (17G, 25A) in 63 games.
Peter DiLiberatore has a lot less experience in the game of hockey, as the 22-year-old defenseman has yet to play in the NHL. He has played most of his time in the minors with the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights from 2021-2023; he has most recently played 18 games with the ECHL’s Savannah Ghost pirates tallying three assists. In his time with the Silver Knights, DiLiberatore played in 88 games racking up 25 points (3G, 22A).
DiLiberatore played his college hockey at Quinnipiac University, where he got 15 goals and 45 assists, good for 60 points in 101 games.