LATEST TRADE DEADLINE BUZZ
Eight days until the trade deadline and the Penguins are in the big name conversations, namely Matt Duchene and continue to keep contact with the Blues on Kevin Shattenkirk to monitor the asking price, while the team is in quite a few conversations for mid-tier defensemen.
There’s also the Marc Andre Fleury situation that needs to be figured out.
The possibilities are wide open for the Penguins from doing something big, to just a tweak to nothing at all.
One conversation the Penguins weren’t in recently was for defenseman Michael Stone was was traded to the Calgary Flames on Monday for a third round pick and a conditional 5th round pick. Arizona also retained 50% of the cap hit.
Sources say over the last month Stone received very poor scouting reports from Penguin scouts and that took him out of consideration as a trade target. With the price Stone went for, especially with Arizona retaining 50%, it appears other clubs crossed Stone off their list.
— As some teams are dropping like flies due to what’s been described as an outrageous asking price, despite no pressure to add anything, the Penguins not dropping out of the Matt Duchene talks yet is showing they have the appetite to sell off some young assets to push for another Stanley Cup this season and beyond. For the right player with term, they’re willing to make a splash and it’s no secret around the league.
A surprising development, though, over the last couple days is the Penguins Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"