The Pittsburgh Penguins scouting efforts have amped up as the team looks to bolster their offensive attack and on Thursday night
the Penguins had multiple scouts in attendance for the Toronto Maple Leafs/New Jersey Devils game at the Air Canada Center.
Which teams have scouts in attendance is often over-rated but not at this time of the year, especially when Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon and Director of Professional Scouting Derek Clancey are the ones in attendance, which was the case last night.
So who are the Penguins scouting?
Sources say the Penguins are doing their due dillgence on Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kris Versteeg and New Jersey Devils center Jason Arnott.
Both are potential new targets compared to past weeks, since the Penguins now have up to $9 million in cap space.
The Penguins are said to not be engaged in serious discussions with either club at this time, but have made preliminary inquiries into Versteeg. The Penguins made a play for Versteeg during the 2010 NHL draft, while Versteeg was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. It is unclear if they intend to aggressively go after Versteeg again.
Right now he appears to just be a player whose getting some looks from a scouting standpoint.
However, a package centering around Eric Tangradi is believed to be what it would take for Pittsburgh to get into the mix. With the Leafs losing Francois Beauchemin and the likely departure of Tomas Kaberle, Alex Goligoski would surely become a player of interest for Toronto, but the Penguins wouldn’t consider moving Goligoski in any package for Versteeg.
Interest in Jason Arnott is high around the league, with the Kings, Canadiens, Lightning, Bruins and Rangers among the teams actively looking for a center.
Sources say, the surging Devils are likely to wait until right up to the deadline to move Arnott.