Shero likely to be a player at trade deadline

The Penguins aren’t quite ready to acknowledge that Evgeni Malkin won’t play again this season, although that is nothing more than a formality at this point.

Putting him on the Long Term Injured List will free up $8 million or so in salary-cap space (the precise figure changes day to day, but it is Malkin’s $8.7 million cap hit, minus the amount separating the Penguins from the cap ceiling of $59.4 million).
That means general manager Ray Shero might well be busy between now and the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. Feb.28.

That wasn’t necessarily the case before Malkin was hurt, because any significant deal Shero would have made then would have involved giving up someone off the major league roster.

Because the Penguins should be reasonably set at center when Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Mark Letestu (knee surgery) return, Shero presumably will focus on trying to find a goal-scoring winger or two.

If precedent is any indication, guys from nonplayoff teams who will be unrestricted free agents this summer figure to get particular attention, because Shero has a history of adding such players — Marian Hossa, Bill Guerin and Alexei Ponikarovsky, for example — at the deadline.

The most intriguing member of that group, at least at the moment, might be PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders. He has 13 goals and 19 assists in 51 games and a salary of just $600,000.

Beyond that, players who meet the above criteria are mostly underachieving, overpaid or both. A sampling, with their full-season cap hits and stats, includes:

• Ottawa right winger Alex Kovalev ($5 million). 11 goals, 12 assists in 47 games.

• Florida left winger Cory Stillman ($3,533,333). Seven goals and 14 assists in 38 games.

• Florida right winger Radek Dvorak ($1.7 million). Six goals and 13 assists in 43 games.

• Florida left winger Chris Higgins ($1.6 million). Nine goals and 10 assists in 39 games.

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5 Responses to Shero likely to be a player at trade deadline

  1. hockey_lover says:

    Wow. This just in .. Crosby out until March. February is going to be a rough month for the Pens. Eesh. Well, if adversity is the word here, the Pens will be facing it in spades over the next several weeks.

    I certainly dont mind the addition of Parenteau. For $600K & 32pts thus far vs. a 3rd rounder, its worth it.

    I couldnt possibly be more out for Kovalev.

    Stillman … its so hit and miss. I really do like the guy but he aint getting any younger. I think the team is “ok” for veteran leadership with guys like Orpik, Rupp, Dupuis and Asham. Sure, not all “star” players but a leader doesnt have to be a star. I dont think they need to bring in aging guys. “Experienced youth” is the way to go.

    Dvorak I wouldnt mind either. Could probably be resigned for around the same rate next season so its not a total rental.

    Not too interested in Higgins. Good size, good hands but too slow.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Goligoski and Kennedy
    Antropov and Sopel

    What u think of this one hockey-lover, or anyone else who wants to weigh in. I think Atlanta might want Goligoski with Enstrom hurt and it could be a chance for Pittsburgh to bolster their centres with Antropov. Then when Gino and Sid are healthy Antropov slips over to the wing.

  3. hockey_lover says:

    I like Antropov but after last years fiasco that was Poni .. im nervous to try a former Leaf again.

    Its not a bad trade though. I do think Goligoski has some good value right now so him and Antropov cancel each other out (value wise). The other two are good as well. Sopel is a good veteran that can shore up the bottom two.

    I dont mind it man. Good work.

  4. Pittsburgh_HotRod says:

    I am not keen on Antropov.  He has a tendancy to be lazy (like Ponikarovsky), and not sure he fits the system the Pens play. With the mentioned wingers, do they fulfill a need??? They run hot and cold, which isn't what the Pens need at this time (unlike Hossa and Guerin when they were traded for). We have Goligoski, and Letang (depending on what we get back) as chips, because of the drafting of D-men high in recent drafts. The deadline should be very interesting, and the Pens always make some waves. Lets hope we catch the right one…..

  5. hockey_lover says:

    Uhhhh .. what?  Please tell me you didnt mention Letang as a "chip" for trading. You know … Kris Letang? The PP quaterback. The dman who is tied for 5th in defenseman scoring. The dman with a +21 rating. The guy who averages 23 minutes of ice time a game. The dman who, could potentially be a nominee for the norris.  Yeah that guy.   You want to use him as a trading chip?  Are you serious?

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