Penguins Trade Talk

Jim Rutherford

Seemingly since acquiring David Perron at the beginning of January, Penguins fans have been clamoring at the bit to see what General Manager Jim Rutherford will do next.  Because of this I decided to outline, as best I could, the names that have been rumored in connection with the Penguins over the past few months.

Offense

Jaromir Jagr ($3.5 million): Currently of the New Jersey Devils, Jagr could bring much needed leadership and stability to the top nine forwards of Pittsburgh. On top of that he is more proficient than any of the current Penguin players on the Power Play.
The downside to Jagr is his age and Cap hit ($5 million including the bonuses). At 43 years old can he still be impactful enough if the Penguins were to go deep into the Playoffs?

Daniel Winnik ($1.3 million): Currently of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnik is looking for a quick out. The Leafs are rebuilding and Daniel wants to win now. He is a strong possession player who would fit nicely in a bottom six role. His physicality is there most nights, but not as often as you would like.
The downside to Winnik is his asking price. As you read this his price is rising due to demand and the longer Toronto waits, the higher it will be.

Curtis Glencross ($2.5 million): Currently of the Calgary Flames, and just like the other two names mentioned above, Curtis is due to become a UFA this summer. It’s because of this his name has come up in multiple trade rumors. At 6’1” Glencross plays a big game, but leaves a lot to be desired possession wise.  If acquired he would surely be a bottom six depth player on any team.

Sean Bergenheim ($2.75 million): Currently of the Florida Panthers, Bergenheim requested a trade from there nearly 1 month ago. Since then rumors have been swirling where Sean could land. A strong possession player as well as physical, Bergenheim would be a nice upgrade for the Penguins bottom six.
The downside is the Panthers have nearly 20 teams interested in him and the Penguins may not be able to match what others are willing to part with.

Jordan Staal ($6 million): Currently of the Carolina Hurricanes. It seems very recently GM Jim Rutherford, at the least, called Carolina GM Ron Francis to inquire what it might take to pry Staal from them. Unfortunately, as of now, there is no indication that this would be a real possibility and who knows what Carolina would want in return. We do know however what type of game Staal plays and he would surely be an upgrade to the bottom 9 forwards group.
The downside is his $6 million cap hit for the next 7 years. Not the type of money you pay a third line center. If he could be officially converted to a winger for the top six maybe this wouldn’t be as uch of a downside. Problem is, he has not adjusted well in the past to the wing position.

Defense

On top of the offensive needs of the Penguins, GM Rutherford believes they may still need an upgrade on defense, or at the very least someone to replace the injured Olli Maatta, who is out the rest of the year after shoulder surgery. But who would be available?

Jeff Petry ($3.075 million): Currently of the Edmonton Oilers, Petry has shown a lot of growth this season. A sound player in his own end, Jeff can also jump up on the rush and pitch in on the offense from time to time.
Dowside for Petry would be the price to acquire him. So many teams are looking for defensive help right now and Petry looks to be the top candidate in many teams eyes.

Andrej Sekera ($1.75 million): Currently of the Carolina Hurricanes, Sekera is an up and coming defensive stud. A low cap hit and his upcoming UFA status makes him the ideal rental player for any team looking for defensive help.
His biggest downside is lack of experience.

Jan Hejda ($3.25 million): Currently of the Colorado Avalanche, Jan is a veteran blue-liner who, while responsible in his own end, he may not be the type of defender the Penguins need in making a deep run in the post-season.

Above are a handful of the names talked about in tandem with the Penguins and obviously while there is a chance that any of these players could be acquired, there is equal amount of chance that a name not mentioned could be as well.

So, as the March 2nd trade deadline quickly approaches, all eyes will be on General manager Jim Rutherford and what he can and will do to push this team to the top.

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.

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