The Pittsburgh Penguins remain active in trying to move salary in attempt to upgrade their roster and according to sources, the team is actively looking to trade forward Ruslan Fedotenko.
Fedotenko, 31, has 8 goals and 22 points on the season along with a team worst minus-12 rating.
According to a source, Fedotenko’s agent met with a Penguins front office member this weekend in Montreal.
Fedotenko has a cap of hit of $1.8 million and has drawn interest around the league. Among the teams to make inquiries include the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and Minnesota Wild. It’s believed former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher is highly interested in acquiring Fedotenko and keeping him beyond this season.
Pittsburgh is in talks of trading Fedotenko and an unknown defenseman in separate deals before the February 12th roster freeze to finalize a deal with the
Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Raffi Torres. The two teams have a deal in place that would send a conditional draft and mid-tier prospect believed to be Dustin Jeffrey in ex-change for Torres.
However, Columbus is still listening to offers from others and will not take a salary off of Pittsburgh’s hands.
If Pittsburgh is unable to strike a deal to move Fedotenko and the unknown defenseman (I have not been able to confirm yet), in separate deals, the Torres deal will not happen before February 12 and Pittsburgh will not make any significant deals until close to the March 3rd trade deadline.
Pittsburgh is not considered a serious suitor for wingers Ray Whitney and Alexei Ponikarovsky at this time. For cap reasons and asking price, Pittsburgh is not in on Whitney, while the asking price for Ponikarovski is too high for Pittsburgh right now.
Reportedly at least 10 teams are in on Ponikarovski.
However, if neither player is moved before the February 12th trade freeze, Pittsburgh could get involved but right now their efforts are with Torres.
The team is also exploring a few longshot deals involving the likes of Alex Goligoski but nothing is close on that front right now.
more to come