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There hasn’t been a draft weekend in the Sidney Crosby era that saw the Penguins be in on pretty much nothing on the trade front like they were this past week where little was percolating around the Penguins.
As one source joked, ‘Welcome to the Ron Hextall Era’.
As stated weeks ago, the days of Jim Rutherford putting the Penguins in on everything is over. However, it was still something to see how dead quiet it was on the Penguins end after the losses of Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev upfront in a span of a couple days.
Penguins’ General Manager Ron Hextall had made it a priority internally of trying to toe the line of moving salary without having to trade futures (high draft picks and higher end prospects) which saw the Penguins take the route they did with McCann and then exposing a Brandon Tanev, while others around the league have gone much more bold.
As the Penguins have quickly found out this summer, attempting to move Marcus Pettersson’s cap hit without attaching a high pick or taking salary back is some tough sledding in a flat cap world for at least the next three seasons. The Penguins have also been said to be hesitant to include future assets for any major roster overhaul this summer.
While the Penguins were eerily quiet last week on the trade front over the last week, whispers around the league have the Penguins behind the scenes trying to line up some deals at the opening of free agency.
Two particular targets have emerged, according to multiple NHL sources.
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