The Praba Insider- Jackman wants out?

Penguins defenseman Ric Jackman has been a healthy scratch for 12 of the team’s first 52 games, and if the trend continues, he wants out, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jackman, whom the Maple Leafs traded to the Pens on Feb. 11, 2004, has registered five goals and 19 assists in 40 games.

The Toronto native has asked general manager Craig Patrick to trade him if the Penguins don’t intend to use him.

“I’ve asked Craig if there’s an option,” Jackman told the Post-Gazette. “I want to play hockey. I don’t want to be sitting out games. I’m 27 years old. It’s a pretty important part of my career.

“I don’t want to sit around and not play. I don’t think anybody does, as a player. I love it here in Pittsburgh. I really want things to work out here. But the way things have been going the last little while, this is not working for me. It’s not working for them.”

Patrick, who said Jackman “hasn’t achieved what we thought he’d achieve,” declined to discuss Jackman’s trade request.

Asked if he expects to be dealt, Jackman told the Post-Gazette, “I would think so.” (According to www.thefourthperiod.com)

jackman was a solid blue liner for the leafs with a strong point shot. his lack of production caused him to be benched by the pens on several occasions, and has not turned out to be what they expected. teams that are struggling from the offensive blue line especially on power plays may be interested in him, such as the new york rangers who are now contenders-not pretenders for winning the stanley cup. the leafs may also want to look into this as he may be a great asset to their 3rd and 4th defenceman structure