Source: Asking price for Higgins higher than expected
With the trade deadline just 5 days away, indications are Penguins GM Ray Shero fully expects to add at least one more top-9 forward to the mix. While Alexei Kovalev remains on the Penguins radar, there continues to be chatter surrounding the Penguins and Florida Panthers.
The Penguins have varying degrees of interest in 27 winger Chris Higgins and 37 year old Cory Stillman.
There has been intrigue surrounding Higgins inside the organization, but sources tell me today that the Panthers asking is higher than expected.
Higgins a three time 20 goal scorer, has 10 goals and 21 points on the season.
Meanwhile, veteran Cory Stillman is indeed on the Penguins radar and being explored as an option I’m told. Scouts around the league have told me Stillman is no longer a top-6 forward but can still be a factor in a third line role and remains a creative player from a play making standpoint.
The consensus though from those around the league is that he wouldn’t be a good fit in Dan Bylsma’s system.
Stillman has 7 goals and 16 assists in 43 games and is available for a mid-round. There is not believed to be a very strong market for him.
The Penguins have been scouting the Panthers heavily over the past 14-17 days.
The Panthers are in action this evening against Alexei Kovalev and the Ottawa Senators.