Gonchar set to return and Penguins looking for a winger

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that Sergei Gonchar is set to return to action once again and it is believed that he will play this upcoming Saturday night. Also with the Penguins it is believed that they are interested in finding a winger to play along side Sidney Crosby.

In the case of Gonchar it is noted that he is not only ready for game action but that he has looked great in practice. HTR believes that Gonchar will make a huge difference to the Penguins placement in the standings. Gonchar is very talented and can move the puck very fast to the likes of Crosby and Malkin.

Speaking of Crosby it is reported that the Penguins are continuing their search for a player who can play on his wing long term. Hossa was a great addition last season however he left to join the Wings and as a result he left the Penguins without any return on is talent when he left as an UFA. The article does not mention who the Penguins may be looking at however HTR believes that the likely candidates include Erik Cole, Mike Comrie, Steve Sullivan or Bill Guerin.

Read the article about Gonchar’s return here

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09042/948290-61.stm

Read the article about the Penguins looking for a new winger for Crosby here

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09042/948274-61.stm


15 Responses to Gonchar set to return and Penguins looking for a winger

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Shero is still living the life of the Hossa burn. I don't think he'll do much at all. MAYBE Cole, but certainly not the bigger names mentioned.

  2. KingCanada says:

    Maybe he could be interested in aquiring a guy like Ponikarovsky??

    Last year we traded Hal Gill to them and he had another year on his contract left so maybe Shero would again be interested in getting not just a rental but a player for next season too for a couple draft picks?

  3. canuck67 says:

    If Crosby wasn't so arrogant they wouldn't have problem finding or keeping a good winger.

  4. SK74 says:

    sent gonchar over to mtl, we have an abundance of wingers, they can have their choice of kovy, higgins, d'agostini, pleks(originally a lw), just not the bros or patches

  5. mojo19 says:

    Steve Sullivan is UFA, that could be an interesting one

  6. hockey_lover says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaand he cant get back soon enough. This should be a big boost for the team and specifically, the PP.

    A winger for the top line is also needed. It has nothing to do with Crosby's arrogance (as another poster so "eloquently" put it). Yes, the team took hit from the Hossa loss but its not unheard of. We have some assets that can fetch a decent return. Whitney and Staal being the two obvious. Both have a $4m cap hit and can be moved to make room for a top line winger. I would prefer to move Whitney myself but thats just my personal opinion. I have nothing against him at all. But I feel the Pens have a bit more depth at D than on the front end.

    So, figure out what teams need a #2 or #3 dman (depending on the depth of the team Whitney would go to) and go from there.

  7. intelligentscorpio says:

    Shero may be interested in Ponikarovsky, but only after he has secured a top flight winger. Please be patient. Ponikar or Anthropov would fill out the winger needs on the 2nd and 3rd lines.

  8. intelligentscorpio says:

    You Montreal fans live in a vacuum. Wake up and grow up!!!!!!!!!!

  9. intelligentscorpio says:

    Steve Sullivan due to his injury prone career is only worth a late round pick, if that.

  10. intelligentscorpio says:

    Ryan Whitney is 6.2, 220 lbs offensive defenseman who scored 60 points approx last year. You cannot trade that kind of player unless you find that special gem that will advance your team to the next level. Is St.Louis that, or is it a signed Hedjuk, or Kovalchuk who still has a year before he becomes a UFA?

  11. hockey_lover says:

    I believe St. Louis has two more years at $5.5m.  Hejduk has one or two more years at about $4m. Kovie has one more at almost $6.5 or so.

    I think the best "bang for the buck" is St. Louis. Fast, skilled, has put up big numbers with Vinnie and should do the same with Sid. Problem is, I think the Pens would be better served getting a bigger, tougher forward .. a forward who can clear the path a bit AND score some goals.

    Its a tough choice really.

  12. hockey_lover says:

    I have heard rumours that Chicago would like to get 2nd line center.

    The Pens have Staal.

    What do you think would be a fair trade for Chicago to get their 2nd line center and the Pens to get a good winger for the 1st line?

    Just curious.

  13. intelligentscorpio says:

    Who?

  14. mojo19 says:

    so it would probably be a gamble worth taking for the Pens

  15. wayne98-mapleleafs says:

    if chicago wants Jordan staal they would have to probably give up
    either havlat only if he is willing to sign a contract with the pens,( think of hossa)  if not havlat, maybe a package of versteeg, dustin bufflyn (not sure the spelling on him)   or patrick sharp, bufflyn

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