NHL Rumor Mill – May 11, 2018

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Latest on the Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in your NHL rumor mill.

Veteran winger Scott Hartnell is among a handful of unrestricted free agents unlikely to return next season with the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

WHAT NEXT FOR THE PREDATORS?

ESPN.COM: In the wake of the Nashville Predators second-round exit from the 2018 playoffs, Emily Kaplan feels they’re in good shape going forward if they stay the course. She suggests they re-sign restricted free agents Ryan Hartman and Juuse Saros and recommends they keep getting younger, including keeping an eye on prospect defenseman Dante Fabbro.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With over $67.5 million invested in 19 players, the Preds have more than enough cap space to re-sign Hartman and Saros and still leave some room for additions if required. I don’t expect any significant roster changes by the Predators this summer. Unrestricted free agents Scott Hartnell, Mike Fisher, Alexei Emelin and Anders Lindback aren’t likely to be re-signed. 

They could avoid taking on an expensive, lengthy contract via free agency as they must ensure they have sufficient cap space to re-sign Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala and Colton Sissons by next summer. Pekka Rinne is also slated for UFA status next summer, but they could take a wait-and-see approach with the 35-year-old goaltender. 

LATEST PENGUINS SPECULATION

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Noting Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford’s intention to have promising winger Daniel Sprong in the lineup next season, Jason Mackey wonders who could be moved out to make room for the youngster. He speculates Carl Hagelin or Conor Sheary are the most likely trade candidates. Hagelin has a year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $4 million, while Sheary is signed through 2019-20 at an annual average value of $3 million. Mackey considers moving Phil Kessel a less likely option.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Kessel’s career-high 92-point season ensures his trade value is very high, those numbers are also good reason why the Penguins will keep him for another run at the Stanley Cup next year. I expect Hagelin or Sheary will be dealt this summer. 

UPDATE ON THE BRUINS

BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports Bruins GM Don Sweeney intends to explore very option to improve his club this summer. Given the salary cap, he acknowledged it’s unlikely they can re-sign all their unrestricted free agents. Conroy doubts Sweeney will overpay to retain bottom-six forwards such as Riley Nash or Tim Schaller. It sounds as though the Bruins GM is interested in re-signing backup goaltender Anton Khudobin. If the Bruins pass on re-signing Rick Nash, they’ll have to find a top-six winger. It’s unlikely Brian Gionta or Tommy Wingels will return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Cap Friendly indicates the Bruins have over $65.3 million committed to 17 players with all their core players under contract for next season. There’s sufficient room to re-sign Khudobin, restricted free agents Sean Kuraly and Matt Grzelcyk and leave sufficient space for an addition or two via trade or free agency. Khudobin’s expressed interest in returning with the Bruins so don’t be surprised if he’s re-signed. I doubt the other UFAs will be back.

Sweeney must also ensure he’s got sufficient room beyond next season, as Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato will be restricted free agents. 

 








66 Comments

  1. The Penguins trading Kessel right now doesn’t make a lot of sense. He is by far their best offensive winger, and is a proven playoff performer with a near PPG pace in 85 playoff games, which is no small sample size for playoff hockey.

    His cap hit is a steal for a dynamic winger, at under $7M and while he is likely to slow down at some point in that deal, you need to have contracts on the books that provide far more value than their cost, and given the Pens can compete over the next few years, I think Kessel being a great value contract now makes him worth keeping even if later his play declines.

    Hagelin would be ideal to move, but the perception around fast players who don’t score a lot is that they aren’t worth $4M per year. With the league gearing toward speed though, someone may be looking at him as a bit of an underrated option that won’t cost a lot of assets to acquire.

    Pittsburgh can pretty much tinker around the edges of the team, make sure they manage their pipeline, and likely assume that their best bet to improve on last year is simply their guys having a bit of a longer summer for a change. The core is great, the cap is going up, and they don’t have any massive needs.

    • With a healthy Crosby and Malkin in the lineup, Pittsburgh always has a chance…it is almost unfair lol

      Add a healthy Letang, decent goaltending and secondary scoring like Kessel and they are still a favorite for next year.

      • agree w all of that besides Letang. He does not bring enough value at this stage of his career.

      • Absolutely. The core, Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Letang, Hornqvist, Schlutz, Maatta, Dumoulin & Murray guarantees Pit contender status. Add in the depth & young players & Pit still has 3 to 5 years as an elite level team.

      • Connor Sheary and Brian Rust need to get moved especially Sheary…Connor is young 25, speedy, coming off an 18 goal campaign. Wouldn’t he look good in a offensively wing challenged LA kings line-up. penguins could use s defense-man

        25 year old Connor Sheary straight up for 30 year old defense-man Alex Martinez (salary only $1 million apart)

        OR Package More With Sheary like a second round pick or another player For defense man Jake Muzzin?

    • I was just thinking about the Pens this morning and about the age of their top forwards. The one thing that they need to avoid is what the Canucks just went through. Keeping their aging assets to long and not getting young players to replace them. So at what time should the Pens look at trading Malkin? He just came of his fourth best season in points and played the most regular season games since 2008/09, the last time he played all 82 games. IMO I think this offseason would be the season to trade a 31 year old Malkin. The reason why I say Malkin is because other than Crosby, who you don’t trade until he asks to be, Malkin will get the Pens the best return.

      • Uh, yeah, that ain’t happening.

        98% likely that Geno retires as a Penguin and the odds of them trading him this summer are 0.000000000000000%.

        Most likely scenario is an exact repeat of the Vancouver situation where the Pens show their future HOF’ers the respect they deserve.

        But, just curious…what could they possibly get in return to make it worth trading one of the 5 best players in the league?

      • 98% chance Malkin retires from a KHL team. He will almost certainly finish his career back home. likely after this contract expires, if not sooner.

      • i also doubt Malkin gets traded but i see what you mean. there are some teams that need offense and would give up a lot. Does he have a no trade clause in his deal? if not a team like Carolina would give up a lot. Faulk/Aho +

      • What do they need a return for? They are absolutely stacked in the forward ranks and their top 5 D is pretty damn good to boot. Goaltending? Nope, they have the best young tandem in the league and have DeSmith and D’Orio to boot. Keeping Malkin, the third best Penguin(tied) in team history until he decides to Datsuyk it back the Metallurg is pretty much guaranteed. Malkin loves playing with Sid and that is genuine. The Penguins do not need a package, they are going to find it difficult to hold onto good players as it is because of the next class of NHL graduates. Guentzel is also a core guy and ZAR and Sprong will be this time next year. As a fan of the team this year was hardly a disappointment. It’s almost a relief because this team needs some r &r. Next year with a healthy roster and a lot of rest they should be a top 3 favourite to win the cup again. If the solve their 3RD issue then it would be a no brainer.

        Calgary gets- Carl Haglen, Connor Sheary, Dom Simon, 2019 second
        Pittsburgh gets- Rasmus Anderson and Sam Bennet.

        Guentzel Crosby Sprong
        Bennet Malkin Hornqvist
        ZAR Brassard Kessel
        Rust Sheahan Kuhnhackle

        Dumoulin Letang
        Oleksiak Shultz
        Maatta Anderson

        Murray
        Jarry

        Damn that looks like a championship roster right there and the Flames weakness(thin on the wing) becomes a stength.

      • Cal isn’t making that trade.

      • KevJam…I hear you, but i honestly think Crosby and Malkin are good for another 3 years! Especially Sid..Malkin seems more fragile. Sid was amazing in the first two rounds of the playoffs. but your point well taken but Sid is 30 and Geno 31 the sedins are what 37 38 big difference.

      • @black N gold – My whole thinking is why not trade Malkin now while the Pens can get the top return on him then wait until near the end of his career. It was 6 or 7 years ago when the Canucks started their decline when the Sedines were around the 30 age mark. The Canucks were hugely criticized for not trading a piece or 2 of their aging core for good younger players that could replace them. I am just seeing it happening again in Pittsburgh. Also I do realize the Malkin has a NMC which makes it difficult to move him, but not imposable.

      • Well Striker(a grown man who calls himself striker but isn’t a cast member on air wolf)we are all glad you are not a gm because no trade would ever be made. I’ve read a bunch of articles lately about how Sam Bennet needs a change of scenery and is currently rocking bust status and Oleksiak was acquired for a 4th round pick. I have also read multiple articles about how the Flames are thin on the wings. Plus Treliving has a pretty unimpressive trade history other than Granlund he hasn’t even won any of his best deals. https://flamesnation.ca/2017/05/02/ranking-brad-trelivings-trades/

      • kevjam… because rarely does the team trading the best player win the trade… very rarely… they lost vs caps for lots of reasons but malkin not showing up (injuries or not) was the main reason. a healthy malkin and the pens are playing the lightening. lastly there is no need to plan for the future… this is a win now team and will likely be blown up after crosby and malkin move on.

      • @Kevjam. That would be fine thinking if the Penguins were no longer contenders and they were looking to rebuild or at least retool but they are contenders and they have a ton of young talent surrounding the older stars. I’m not a huge fan of the Hornqvist deal. I thought ZAR could replace the type of player he is and Sprong could take his actual spot in the lineup. Right now the Penguins are built to contend, that goal is weakened by trading their second best player and a top 10 forward in the league to boot for a couple of middle 6 forwards or bottom 3 dmen or mixture of the 2. You don’t trade a Ferrari for 2 Hondas because you get more cars.

      • Jinx. You can’t type until any types your name deeee

  2. This year”s Pens team I believe was better than the last two. Sheary will move and Sprong takes his spot.
    Turris was brutal . 3 helpers ?? Need more from your second line. They will add a little youth and I like the Dante Fabbro suggestion and definitely Tolvanen. Pecker Rinne is not going anywhere

    • Rinne may not be moving, but is of an age where things sometimes get marginal quite suddenly. A common pattern is a great year followed by falling of a cliff. I’d have a replacement ID’d and under contract, and I’m not sure it’s Saros who is leaving the top half of the net open when he moves laterally.
      Yes the Pred’s D helps their goalie. Nashville pulled off beg and unexpected deal in the Subban trade, and another is possible. Do they dream of a second Subban?

      • Ya Richard, the Preds are in an interesting spot with Rinne. He has been up and down over the past few years as he has gotten older. I am far from a tender expert, but have listened to the guy from In Goal Magazine talk about Rinne a couple times and he says Rinne isn’t a technical tender and relies on his athleticism and reflexes, which are high end. So sometimes gets out of position, or isn’t square to the puck as often as he would like.
        So, as you said, at age 35 those attributes can start to diminish slightly, or in some case quickly because of injury. Preds do not want to waste prime years of their core players, do they believe Rinne is still the guy? He may win the Vezina so hard to believe they don’t, but that was a quick hook last night.

      • Having said all that, the Preds D, blew some zone coverage’s over the course of this series. That Stastny goal was a prime example.

      • Subban? As long as they have Subban hopefully they win nothing. All his goals came on the pp, 5 of his 9pts came on the pp. He finished game 7 with a -2, got a pp goal when he should’ve been sitting in the penalty box for diving.
        Wasn’t liked by his teammates in Montreal and all he cares about is PK Subban, just ask him. No Nashville didn’t win that trade with Montreal, I understand the media loves him, CBC give him more face time then any other player and constantly talked about him, I forget they were Canadian Broadcasters for a bit, but in the end the Winnipeg Jets made them stand up and take notice.

      • Saros is the heir apparent. He will assume the starters role from Rinne just a question of when. Rinne’s contract expires following the 2018-19 season. With expansion right around the corner hard to say what his next contract will look like. He will be 36 in Nov so almost 38 when his next contract is in force. He might get an extension but term, monies & expansion cloud that future.

      • @Caper, there is no way you can say with a 100% certainty what Subban’s colleagues think of him. Was his personality too big for Montreal, maybe? Did the coach/GM not like him? Maybe.
        One thing you can say for certain is that he is not all about himself, his work with sick Children in Montreal is a prime example. This is a fact, your suggestion is mere speculation.

      • Pretty sure they have a replacement in Saros. Every young goalie has issues, see Hellebyuck last year. Saros will be a top end goalie in the league in a couple of years, obviously playing behind that defense and defensively responsible forward group will help too

      • @TAZ I’m talking about Subban the hockey player. It’s known that Gallagher and Patches did not like PK; because PK was more interested in his brand and status then he was being a Montreal Canadian.
        He is also doing good work off the ice in Nashville no disrespect fine gentleman off the ice.
        Don’t like his attitude and me first attitude on the ice, just watch his interview with Scott Oak last night. As Gallagher said no one likes to talk about PK more then PK.

    • The pens d was no where near better than last yr.

      • Are you kidding? The Pens D is miles better this year than last year.

        Last year they had Hainsy, Daley, and Cole this year they have Letang, Oleksiak and Ruhwedal. The other 3, Shultz, Maatta, And Dumoulin are the same. I’ll deal with Ruhwedal to have huge upgrades in Letang and Oleksiak any day. Daley had a good 2016, Cole was a 5-6 dman that was only valuable when he blocked shots with his face, Hainsy was pylon that could not perform a simple zone exit to save his life. You are probably pining for the good old MAF days too.

      • Agreed the Penguins defense was laughable at times…especially letang…

    • Gotcha Kevjam that’s an idea not sure they are willing to move him though. They would get a nice return for him. how about the la Kings they are in need of a superstar…. Malkin for Doughty or a different package.

      • Having Doughty, Dumolin, Schultz and Letang a nice top 4 assuming letang gets his head out of his as***** Brassard moves to number 2 center and Sheahan goes to three center… Malkin was terrific this year though so…

  3. Pekka Rinne was brutal against the Jets; absolutely brutal! I am sure the Preds are glad that he only has one year left on his contract. Rinne may very well win the Vezina; however, I am sure his teammates would have appreciated a Stanley Cup. Subban said all the right things in Rinne’s defense and deserves a lot of credit for that. And Rinne rightfully took the blame for his performance. Goalies, I agree, do take too much of the blame at times; however, that first goal against Rinne last night should never go in on an NHL goalie. Winnipeg was throwing shots at him from those strange angles because they didn’t fear his skill set. That is a fact. I think Rinne got a pretty good view last night of where he will be sitting next year. Hellebuyck was shaky at times as well but was there for his team when needed. Go Jets!

    • Any goalie can play poorly on any given night. Myers goal was a fluke, bad luck if Nas great luck if Win.

      Rinne is 1 of the greatest goalies to ever play the game. His odd down years can be traced to injuries & time to recover from surgery. He will be Nas’s #1 for at least the final year of his deal, Saros will see nominal more starts next season 30 to 35 & depending upon Rinne’s contract demands he may be retained to share the role & mentor Saros as Nas transitions in the next 1 to 3 years.

      Nas lost to a better team. I had Win winning the cup to start the playoffs. Few teams have that scoring depth & D. Again no shame in losing to Win, who Nas shouldn’t have to face in the 2nd round. Pure insanity. Rinne didn’t play well enough & that’s playoff hockey. If your goalie doesn’t play better than average you are not going any where generally just ask some of the other cup contenders, Bos, Pit & Clb.

      • One of the best to ever play the game? What planet do you live on?

        Plante, Hall, Sawchuk, Durnan, Dryden, Esposito, Parent, Cheevers, Smith, Fuhr, Roy, Brodeur, Bower,Vezina. You rank Rinne among the best ever? The best ever all have one thing in common : Stanley Cups.

        Predators didnt lose because of Rinne, but he didnt help them win either. He may rate among the best currently playing but best ever? No way.

        Usually your comments have at least some touch of legitimacy but youre way way way off base on this one.

      • Rinne currently sits 15th in wins over the last 25 years. He will easily make the top 10 most likely top 5 in wins by the time he retires. making him 1 of the best goalies of his generation. His career .919 SV % good for 13th over those 25 years.

        Every goalie you named but Brodeur played a very long time ago & yes I would put Rinne in that class, not #1. I can’t compare the 50’s through late 70″s with the late 70’s to the early 90’s & then the early 90’s till the 1st lock out. The NHL game in those various generations changed significantly.

        Today’s game has never been faster, the players never more talented nor as many talented players. It was a hell of a lot easier to win a cup in a 6 team league, 12, 16, 21 team.

        Rinne since entering the league as a starter in the 2008-09 season, he played 3 games in the 2 seasons with Nas after coming over from Finland, spending those 2 years in the AHL & 1 more season in Finland after being drafted. In his 10 year NHL career Rinne sits 3rd in wins; 310, to Fleury 328, & Lundqvist 327 in wins. Games played tied with Fleury at 564 to Lundqvist 610.

        1 of the best goalies to ever play the game. How big is that list? Well if you want to go almost 70 years to the start of the 1950’s then that list is at least 30 players long for me as we are talking about 4 generations of the NHL for me.

        I don’t just grade goalies on their ability to win a cup especially when the NHL has stupid rules like today where the #1 team in the NHL can play the #2 in the 2nd round in what is now a 31 team league compared to a 6 team league several of your all-time greats played in.

      • So Osgood, Roy, Fleury, Belfour, Hasek? All time greats too?

      • Rinne is definitely the greatest overrated goalie of his era. He hasn’t won anything. He has always had a pretty good defense in front of him as well. Career wins is not an exclusively goalie attributed stat. That’s a team stat. Rinne cost the Preds any chance of winning last year in the finals series.

      • On any given night?! He was awful throughout most of the entire series!

    • During Tyler Myers interview last night, he basically said we was shooting there on purpose as they been all series they seen something on video that shown Rinnie was suspect to that shot.
      Rinnie reminds me a lot of Tuukka Rask, good goaltender but can’t win with him.

  4. Both Rinne & Rask have struggled at the wrong times. That said goalies take far to much blame & rarely enough praise when teams are winning.

    Happy to see Win advance. Wish I was in Win to catch the vibe but choose to catch that vibe in Vegas instead. Ha-ha!

    • Strike as you know I’m a huge Bruin fan and have many times said Rask scares me. I thought he played well this playoffs and in no way blame him for any losses. Bruins had zero bounces or calls if anything goes there way their still playing.

  5. Hagelin still has real value to the Pens. His next contract should be a fair bit less than his current deal, so they could easily keep him beyond this year, as well.

    Sheary is the redundant player if Sprong and Kessel are already in the lineup.

    I personally think he’d be a good fit in Buffalo with Eichel. A mid round pick and moving his salary would probably be good enough for Rutherford.

    Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist or Sprong
    Hagelin-Malkin-Hornqvist or Sprong
    ZAR-Brassard-Kessel
    Kuhnhackl-Sheahan-Rust

    The one player who quietly makes for an intriguing trade chip is Brassard. If they do have concerns with his ability to mesh here, a player of his caliber at his reduced salary ($3 M) would have real value.

    But, while I think Sheahan could play as a third line center, I’d keep that forward group I list above intact.

    • hags is unlikely to take significantly less than his 3.6 or whatever actual salary. cap is going up, he is a useful player… as an UFA if he has more than 2 suitors than he wont be taking a paycut. another example of what so frequently happens on this board. people talk about what SHOULD happen… not what WILL happen. then they act surprised when players sign for more then they should.

      • So, Hagelin has gone from untradeable to getting a raise?

        The odds of Hagelin making more than his current $4 million on his next deal are about the same as Malkin being traded this summer.

        Barring a career year or short of him getting the “we have so much cap space we’ll just openly admit to overpaying you” Derek Engelland deal, Hagelin will make $3 million AAV or less on his next deal.

      • again… talking what should happen. barring a disaster year next year, hags againtalks up his speed, his PK’ing, the fact no player has played in more playoff games than him since 2011… cap going up. hags should be a 3 million player… he will cost more.

      • Well, a friendly wager of my plate of crow for yours, then.

        I say Hags gets $3 m AAV or less, assuming a multi year deal.

        Bonino was a center and younger and he only got $4 M AAV. Hagelin will be 31 when his UFA contract kicks in and has no hands. As the league gets faster, his advantage diminishes. Any real drop in speed from him and he’s near useless. I could see him resign for a 2 year $5 million deal, actually.

      • I don’t see Hagelin getting a raise. He is a solid checker & complements players but his lack of scoring limits his salary. No way his cap hit exceeds 4 on his next deal in my opinion.

      • deal… (spits into his palm) What is his actual salary now? 3.something. I wager he gets that or more. loser has to call the other person the smartest poster on the site since Ol’ man George.

      • Penguins need to keep hagelin his speed is important to their line-up he was a spark when he came back..he does many little things let him finish out his final year…

      • Well first of all Haglens cap hit is an even 4 mill. Second he’s the redundant player. With Rust doing what he does but being younger and cheaper there is no need to keep him, he’s overpaid. If he stayed with the Ducks he may have been a buy out casualty and out of the league already. Not saying he’s not an NHL player but he’s a niche player and cannot play on just any team. That being said he has played more playoff games the last 5 years than any other player. A rebuilding team would be happy to take him this summer via trade only to sell him at the TDL to the highest bidder. The Pens need cap space and Haglen makes too much money. That plus his contract status makes his moving inevitable. A team like the Rags could give up a b prospect for him this summer and flip him at the TDL for a second, maybe even a first. That frees up 4 mill in cap space for the Pens to sign their big 5 RFAs and find a 3RD.

      • Really deeee. Actual salary is 3.667. Duh.

  6. Pekka Rinne, a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd for Carey Price with Montreal eating $2 million of Price’s salary per year for the length of the deal…

    Who says no?

    Rinne has one year left at $7 million. Montreal could save $8.5 million a year on Price and begin the rebuild they desperately need next year. Nashville gets Price for better or worse as their goalie for this core that they’d locked up long term.

    • 8.5 is still a lot of money for a goalie. and thats lots of years of 2 mil in dead cap space for montrael. the value is about right in three late in there round picks and a goalie for next season and possibly beyond. hard to see mont holding that much salary when they want to compete.

    • Preds dont have first round pick.

    • I say no. Nas isn’t doing that. Their goaltending now & moving forward is set.

      • Set for next year, after that it is kinda of a crap shoot Striker IMO. Saros has looked really good in a back up role playing 20-25 games per year, especially at the young age of 23. Give you that. That can change when you become the starter, and now it’s on you for 55-60 games. It will be interesting to see if Nashville just hands the job to him when Rinne moves on or if they look for competition. With that lineup it is a gamble to do that if your aspirations are a winning a cup or it’s a failed season.

    • DEE…let Hagelin play out his final year he is still valuable to this team. Brian Rust is extremely inconsistent Only 13 goals and injury prone…… I realize Rust is younger and cheaper but that does mean more better or more valuable Carl Hagelin flies all over the ice, fore checks the hell out of the other team, and is a strong penalty killer can you say that about Brian Rust..nope YOU CAN’T AND WHAT HAPPENED TO RUST he used to be fast..

    • What about Rinne to AZ for Raanta and Domi and a 2nd

      • Why would Arizona do that?

  7. Been away from loop for a few days… whimpering in corner after Pens ousting. I’m very pro on Sprong and think Sheary will bounce back. Brassard deal looked bad until it was announced today that he was suffering and playing through a substantial injury. IMHO now is the penultimate time to trade PK…. he is valued extremely high by most teams…. return WILL be much hire than true value this upcoming year. Of his 900+ games I have watched over 500; and seen a recent over performance peak and a progressive decline in fitness …. he is more and more winded every month. I duly believe that he physically will be worse in fall and then his excellent personal skills will no longer be able to compensate for his fitness as he’s been doing… the result IMHO will be a dramatic decline in points and therefore a winger not worth $6.8…. and then trying to trade him in-Year or next June will be a real didsapointment …. trade now high return in relative terms freeing up valuable cap space for maybe a younger 27 or so year old winger. Re—- the “let’s not mention the name” D anchor that was press box throughout playoffs …. don’t buyout…. cheaper to take back 1/2…. get ANYTHING in return….. someone will pay a 4th for him at half Sal. There must be something wrong (dressing room; attitude; hitting on players wives?????) re Brandon Pirri. His numbers in AHL are great; I’ve watched him play…. he signed 1year 2 way at NHL league minimum …….. Waaaaaaasay waaaaaaay waaaaaay better than Her Khunakl (sp?)….. unless there truly IS a personal/dressing room/wife chasing issue …. sign him to a league min … 1 year contract …. even a 1 way!!!!! Finally …. absolutely need a better 6th D…. bringing Cole back not a bad idea…. or splash bigger (see comment above re Kessel trade) and grab a solid 3rd D to shift current 3/4/5 down to 4/5/6…. imagine Oleksiak as ur 6D…. love it…. all above IMHO

    • Was finger typing on small screen …. sorry for brutal spelling/grammar

    • Uh……….. what? Kessel is not going anywhere and what could they get for him that would fill any kind of need? They can’t win every year and they can’t win with a team full of injured players. There is zero need for a huge shakeup this summer. Sign their FAs and find a 6RD and move a few wingers so they don’t lose them on waivers. They are stacked down the middle when healthy and they have one of the best forward groups in the league. There is no reason to give up on what has been working for them until there is evidence that it’s not working any more.

      • Phil Kessel was the best Penguin over the course of the regular season by far…

  8. the Penguins should just tinker with their lineup,see what happens,wait for Sidney and Gino to retire…..they will struggle on the ice and especially at the box office….then Mario will threaten to move the team to Fargo,N.D…..Bettman will gift them the next generation superstar…Mario is happy…Penguin fans come rushing back,furthering their claim as the “best fans in the NHL”….Bettman happy….THE END

    • F yah! That scenario works for us. Loser.

  9. PK is a high risk high reward player. I don’t believe that PK only plays for himself just because he has a big personality. Power play points count the same as the other points. Where would Nashville be without PK’s goals?

    In regard to the Penguins there are moves they can make to get some picks and/or prospects back but they are in win now mode. Moving Letang sounds good but who replaces him? If they could get Weber for him it would be better for the Penguins but only for a couple of years. If they could sign Bozak for Kessell it would be an upgrade for a while but Brassard was hurt so who knows how much better he could be if healthy. Picking up a good defenseman and staying healthy is all they really need.