Category Archives: Pittsburgh Penguins
"We're still in business." Rutherford isn't closing the door on any possible deals before the deadline -SK
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) February 27, 2016
As the clock ticks steadily toward Monday’s NHL trade deadline, general manager Jim Rutherford makes no bones about what’s at the top of his shopping list.
He wants a defenseman.
With Ben Lovejoy out long term with an upper-body injury, the Penguins are down to six players with meaningful NHL experience on the blue line. That almost certainly will change before the deadline.
A playoff spot is hardly assured to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but, as currently constructed, they are all-in.
And if they get in, who knows in this parity-filled league — particularly the Eastern Conference — how far they just might get.
There’s a growing desperation for scoring around the league. Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim … the list of potential buyers goes on. And if their desperation enables him to get greater value than what Kessel is providing, he has to consider the option.
Keep an eye on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although shackled to some degree by the salary cap, Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford is believed to be putting together his shopping list for the days leading up to the Feb. 29, trade deadline. If he can make it work, Rutherford would like to add a top-four defenceman and a depth forward.
* Now’s the time for the Penguins to trade Sidney Crosby. The No-Longer-Kid is on the downside of his peak and won’t achieve his heroics of yesteryear. Still time for the Pens to cash in on a return. Who’d be realistic trade partners? How about the Canadiens, Maple Leafs or Kings?
The Anaheim Ducks are also on the clock. That team suffered a horrific start, putting coach Bruce Boudreau on the spot. Randy Carlyle is the best NHL coach currently not working, but the Ducks could turn to former Senators coach (and yesteryear Blues winger) Paul MacLean instead.
Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal
Dreger: Unlikely Kessel ends up with Pens
PIT is in the market for top 6 forwards. Not easy to acquire but I expect, with Martin/Ehrhoff going to UFA, PIT will be quite young on D.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 5, 2015
Nine players who finished the season with the Penguins — forwards Craig Adams, Blake Comeau, Steve Downie, Max Lapierre and Daniel Winnik, defensemen Paul Martin, Christian Ehrhoff and Taylor Chorney, and goalie Thomas Greiss
Pittsburgh Penguins should seriously consider dangling star Evgeni Malkin
Blake Comeau, Maxim Lapierre, Steve Downie and Daniel Winnik, defensemen Paul Martin, Taylor Chorney and Ehrhoff, and goalie Thomas Greiss set to become UFA’s in Pittsburgh.