Asked if he’s devoted any attention to the matter of why he was traded to Pittsburgh on Monday for younger defenseman
The trade hurt the 31-year-old defenseman, who for most of the season joined
As the team skidded through a 6-7-1 slump that started in late January, Lovejoy was twice made a healthy scratch and once had a minus-three game amid rumors his team was looking for defensemen on the trade market.
The Ducks (42-17-7) acquired three -- Despres,
The goal changes now. Just four days ago, Lovejoy was pouring all of his energy and attention into Anaheim’s pursuit of a
Lovejoy returned to the beach-area home he was renting in Orange County, loaded up six duffel bags of belongings and will take them back with him to his new home.
"I'm excited to be a Penguin now, and this is going to be an emotional game for me," Lovejoy said. "I loved my time here."
He said battling against the Ducks is part of being “a professional,” saying he "still views them as the best grinding team in the league," anticipating that Friday night’s game will be more intense than the practice sessions in which he previously tried to defend Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and
Lovejoy will wear his college number, 12, in what he called "Pittsburgh Penguins 2.0."
He expressed satisfaction with how his first game went playing with Derrick Pouliot.
"The people in Pittsburgh knew my work ethic, my personality. They have watched the things I've done with the Ducks and appreciated them," Lovejoy said.
"I'm a completely different player than the last time I was a Penguin. The Penguins saw a need and felt my personality and my game and the fact I'd been there so long would be an easy fit to come back."
That's probably the best answer to why Pittsburgh made the deal.
The fan favorite who accommodated autograph seekers, who was kind enough to provide a smile and hello to reporters each morning, said he was emotional before arriving at the arena.
"If I didn't have a problem touching people, because I don't like germs, I would give everybody a hug," he said.