Trade Deadline Buzz
Six weeks out until the trade deadline, TSN released their Trade Bait Board today.
One Penguin made the list with Marc Andre Fleury coming in at No. 19.
With more goaltenders available than teams looking. the list is goaltender heavy with Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec (#9), Jaroslav Halak (#10), Ben Bishop (#13), Steve Mason (#14) and Fleury (#19).
Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million cap hit) who can be had for a bag of pucks, Steve Mason ($4.1 million Cap hit) and Ben Bishop ($5.95 million Cap hit) are pending UFA’s.
Halak who is available for next to nothing, cleared waivers, has one year left with a $4.5 million contract.
Among goaltenders available, Fleury has the biggest financial commitment, carrying a cap hit of $5.75 million for the next two seasons.
The Dallas Stars that have kicked some tires on a Fleury trade, are waiting to see what the Lightning do with Bishop, NHL sources say, before they consider pushing forward or not for Fleury.
Bishop is a top target of the Stars and is also expected to be a top free agent target of the Philadelphia Flyers this summer.
He’s the first domino that needs to fall on the trade market whether Tampa Bay keeps him for a playoff push or moves him.
A team that many are watching whether they enter the goalie market full throttle in the next couple weeks is the St. Louis Blues.
Tampa Bay would love to sell St. Louis on a Bishop for Kevin Shattenkirk trade if they can sweeten the pot enough to the Blues liking (with prospects and picks) and that’s a call Penguins GM Jim Rutherford Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"