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Insider Only Rumors: Penguins putting First Round Pick, Top Prospect Sprong in play during trade talks?

The Pittsburgh Penguins only have around $800,000 in cap space but as Jim Rutherford always says, when two sides want to make a deal, there’s always a way to get it done and that’s how the Penguins are operating ahead of the deadline.

As the trade deadline is 11 days away, the Penguins are currently involved in so many conversations the organization is confident of adding at least one impact forward by February 26th.

Even with his team surging, sitting back doesn’t appear to be an option the Penguins GM wants to take. And what appears to be happening here in how active the Penguins are in talks is that Jim Rutherford doesn’t want to be in a situation where he looks back this summer and feels he didn’t do enough.

The Penguins have signaled to rival General Managers that draft picks and top prospects are the currency the Penguins are willing to move to bolster this group for a three peat and the next couple years.

League sources say the Penguins have put their Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" top prospects like Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

As there’s increasing chatter in league circles the Penguins are pushing hard to acquire Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" Jim Rutherford appearing on Sportsnet 590 Wednesday evening confirmed the team is willing to mortgage to future.

Host John Shannon to Jim Rutherford: Are you prepared in your offerings to perhaps mortgage the future to win a third Stanley Cup?

Jim Rutherford’s Answer: “Yeah. Based on what we’re trying to do here and the window we have, we’re certainly willing Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" there’s going to have to be a rebuild of some kind in Pittsburgh. But with the players we have and opportunity that we feel we have to win here over the next few years, we’re going to do what we have to do to Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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