Penguins Rumor Update
From the start of the season, it seems that every other day a name has been thrown around that the Penguins may be looking to acquire. During that time, I have tried to keep up with those names as best as possible. I’ve decided to make things easier for you and have compiled a list of names that have been popping up more often than not in the rumor mill. I decided to ranked them in order of who is most likely to be seen in a Penguins sweater come April 4th.
Keep in mind that this is all speculation on my part. I am going off of what I am seeing and hearing from other professionals and pundits from around the league. The names that are on this list have all been linked at some point or another to the Penguins from last deadline to the current one.
Milan Hejduk. 40% – Would be a good veteran presence and solid third line partner for Sutter.
Jarome Iginla, 23% – A veteran leader with the ability to score goals. Who would he replace, though?
Nikolai Kulemin, 10% – Thought to be a major key in keeping Malkin long term, Kulemin has had success with Malkin in the KHL and has topped out at a 30-goal career high season.
Chris Stewart, 9% – The Pens were rumored to be interested in his services last year, It could be interesting now that the Blues have stated he may be available–but his production has significantly declined over the past two years.
Brendan Morrow, 5% – A talented winger, Morrow would fit in with Sutter on the third line. He also brings strong veteran leadership.
Ryan Clowe, 4% – Good size, lots of grit, this guy could bring a lot to the Penguins, unfortunately the Sharks may want too much for him. Rumor has it the club is looking for more than a 1st round pick.
Devin Setoguchi, 4% – Rumored early in the season to be coming to Pittsburgh in a trade, Setoguchi has a nice scoring touch. Unfortunately he hasn’t seen it in almost 5 years and his small size may have a lot to do with that.
Matt Cullen, 3% – Another veteran who could bring leadership to the team–but he may not fit the Pens up tempo system.
Cal Clutterbuck, 2% – A solid Winger who has the ability to make plays happen from hard work.
Sergei Gonchar, 38% – Gonchar can still bring a lot to a team. Smooth puck mover and calming presence, Sergei could be another attempt at keeping Malkin here long term.
Keith Yandle, 22% – The Penguins have been interested in Yandle for a while now, He is defensively sound and a very smooth puck mover. He could be the best fit next to Kris Letang. Not to mention, with Ekman-Larsson breaking out for the Coyotes, they may not be able to invest a significant amount into two blueliners.
Ryan Whitney, 18% – After leaving Pittsburgh via trade in 2009, Whitney has not seen much success. If he came back here it would be simply to add depth to the defense.
Jay Bowmeester, 8% – A strong body with good puck moving skills. Jay has had a few off seasons but appears to have brought back a bit of his old game again this season.
Ladislav Smid, 5% – A true defensive defenseman, He can block shots and move bodies. Would be nice addition to the struggling PK.
Robyn Regher 5% – A decent defender who could help solidify a defense but not necessarily make it better.
Jack Johnson, 4% – A poor mans Kris Letang. He brings speed and tenacity to any team he plays for , but his puck handling skills have slowly declined over the past couple seasons.
I will continue to update this as time goes on and make sure to check back to Hockeytracker.net on April 3, 2013 for updates on any trades that take place.
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