Now that Hartnell is off the board, I think it all comes down to whether Shero can re-sign Roberts or not.
If he does not sign Roberts, he might be tempted to go for Walker, one of the few wingers left that are worth taking a look in the market because he would be relatively inexpensive compared to the others, which Shero I think is set to not even look at. But he won’t have much time to decide that, because I think Walker is interesting enough to other teams that he will be signed within the first 1-1.5 weeks of free-agency.
I have the firm belief, and I have express this ad nauseum since last year, that the way the Penguins will have to obtain a winger that will fit in their team is via trade, and not through free-agency. However, I do believe that of the prominent wingers left in the market, Brendan Shanahan is the only one that would be worth having with the team for a year while Shero brokers the trade for the winger they need. They could even use Shanahan as an asset in that same trade. In fact, as far as trades go, I would be willing to sign both Roberts and Shanahan, because they keep their worth and could make trading the winger easier for the Pens, while it does not mortgage anything for their future. However, the point is moot in two fronts. My understanding is that Shanahan will only consider signing in Detroit, NYR, and perhaps with a couple of Canadian teams. And besides that, both Shanahan and Roberts are at the stage of their life that they do not like being trade bait and therefore always request no-trade clauses in all their contracts. I don’t blame either one for that aspect.
I wish somehow they were able to swing a trade for Vanek, but that is wishful thinking. You think Buffalo would go for say Armstrong, Goligoski, Christensen, a 2nd round pick and your left nut for Vanek?
Oh, come on… It’s for a good cause!!!