Latest on the Sharks and Penguins – December 19, 2017

by | Dec 19, 2017 | Rumors | 31 comments

With the holiday trade freeze beginning at midnight tonight, here’s a look at the latest speculation on the Sharks and Penguins in your NHL rumor mill.


NBC SPORTS BAY AREA:  Marcus White recently examined potential options for the San Jose Sharks to replace leading scorer Logan Couture (concussion) if he’s sidelined for a lengthy period. One of them is trading for a center, though White considers this the least likely move because of the potentially expensive asking prices. He also suggests trading for a winger, allowing them to move Tomas Hertl to center. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with White that a trade seems unlikely. He feels the most likely option is giving second-year center Danny O’Regan more playing time. I expect general manager Doug Wilson will remain patient and hope Couture can soon return to action. If he’s out longer than expected and the Sharks start sliding down the standings in his absence, Wilson could be prompted to go shopping early in the New Year.  


PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Jason Mackey wonders if changes could be coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve dropped five of their last seven games, including a 4-2 loss last night to the Colorado Avalanche. He suggests it could prompt the roster shakeup GM Jim Rutherford alluded to last week before the club embarked on its recent road trip. Their offense has sputtered of late, with just 10 goals in those five losses. Mackey suggests they could make a trade or call up promising forward Daniel Sprong. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Pens have been lacking a skilled two-way third-line center since Nick Bonino departed for Nashville via free agency last summer. Late last month it was reported defenseman Ian Cole was being shopped, with the Vegas Golden Knights, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche thought to be interested. However, a deal involving Cole has yet to materialize. Rutherford could swing a trade before the holiday trade freeze goes into effect at midnight but I expect he’ll instead call up Sprong.


Rutherford was busy in the hours leading up to the holiday freeze. As per NBC Sports, he acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019. He also acquired goaltender Michael Leighton and a fourth-round pick in 2019 from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Josh Archibald, minor-league goalie Sean McGuire and a 2019 sixth-round selection. 

The move gives the Penguins a little more depth in goal and on the blueline. However, it still doesn’t address their most pressing need: a skilled two-way third-line center. For that, Rutherford might have to wait until sometime in the New Year for find a suitable option. 



  1. Sources keep saying Daniel Sprong is not ready to play for the Penguins.

    • the penguins arn’t ready to play for the penguins.

    • Sprong played for the Penguins as an 18 year old and did OK under a bad coach. They are insisting he work on his defensive game and it was interfering with his offensive game but he is back on track now with 15 goals in 25 games and 22 points. The Pens need someone who can put a puck in the net and If Sprong can click with Malkin and Sheary it can move Kessel down to his own line and away from top 4 defenders. I really hope they do bring him up. And then sell off some of these extra wingers and bottom 3 dmen for picks or prospects.

      • my Pens are in need of a major shake up and a wake up call… I have noticed one thing about this season. Both times Justin Schultz has been out for a fairly long time like he is now and the team struggles..he is a more important piece than people realize

      • Didn’t you feel Schultz was a washed up Dman when he left Edm at 25 having played less than 250 games? Now at 27 fast approaching my breakthrough point for Dman of 400; sits at 367 reg season games played, he actually is developing into a solid NHL Dman that’s just weird, who new!

        Just another player I defended endlessly.

      • You really like tootin your own horn there striker. Need some ego lotion to prevent chafing?😳

      • When you get post after post by these same people saying your wrong, many of a personal nature its a 2 way street. You want to tell me over & over & over again that I’m wrong this player is a bum refuse to accept the facts & statistical data, I’m going to take the same opportunity to respond in kind.

      • Yeah… cept the people targeting you are bumholes… but when you get up on your horse you kinda do the job for em? Make sense? You’re obvi a smart hockey man but how often does I told you so come off as not turdy?

      • Agreed with Chrism….! You’ve been wrong a ton as well. Hall, Weber , Subban won’t be traded…. x team will finish in …the other day claiming victory about NYRs being a wild card team ( I think they had it secured for 20 minutes before you went there…)

    • but all our forwards suck at defending, he will just be another one in line-up, lol

      • True that Jeff the penguins forwards are to blame as well. Justin Schultz has a calming effect when the penguins have played well this season he has moved the puck up and controlled play.

    • Just a quick question, the Pens are terrible at 5 vs 5 scoring. Defense is soft and awful. Team is out hustled, out scored nightly. How many times can you reshuffle the deck thinking it is line combinations and getting the same ole results! Sprong has 15 goals in the minors. let’s give him a try, cannot but help.

  2. If teams are looking for centers Boston should consider moving krejci
    If he would accept it. Declining player salary way too high.

    • Krejci made of glass

      • Krejci & Letang + fragile…LOL

    • Don’t disagree that the B’s should consider moving Krecji as they are deep at center.
      Not sure I would call him made of glass or fragile.
      Pens fans – he has played 20 less games than Crosby over the last 5 full seasons.
      Sure he has missed some time and played through some injuries but still a decent 2C.

      • Keep Krecji, I’ll take Letang.

  3. First thing that you want to do is not listen to anything that Mackey has to say…

  4. Off topic, sorry. Isles win Belmont bid and will build a new rink closer to Long Island. Could have an impact on JT’s decision about resigning. Could also give some much needed long term stability.

    • I hate to see people resign so young ; ) … I’m sure isles fans would have preferred he re-signed instead of quitting .

      • I kid, I kid! Glad to see the Islanders staying right where they belong! Congrats!

      • Indeed 🙂 English my first language is.

  5. Pens get olecsiack from stars for a 4th. And send archie and mcquire to arizona for Leighton

    • so whos cole going to?

      • Chrisms…..if i were to guess its to Toronto somehow in a deal involving Tyler Bozak..or to Ottawa in a deal involving Codi Ceci or Jean Gabriel Pageau!

    • desperation, its a stinky cologne

    • I don’t understand acquiring Leighton he has been with three teams this last year…and struggled on all of them? Murray and Jarry are fine didn’t need to make this move. The tall defenseman they got from Dallas has a good reach, can skate, saw a video he can fight, but not really physically at 6 ft 7….


  6. I hope Botterill can pry away Sprong from his old team. I would love him to play for Buffalo.

  7. Idk. I can see a deal for with buffalo for kane. Cole and sprong maybe couple picks flipped in the deal also.

    • Evander Kane is trouble and not worth the money he will be asking after this season..i know the cap is going up not for Kane..

  8. Proposal
    R. O’reilly. E. Kane
    V. Mete,M. pacioretty,2nd 2018