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Erik Gudbranson re-entered the lineup Sunday night in the Penguins 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets but is the writing on the wall that Gudbranson is getting a ticket out of town?
Gudbranson hitting the trade block became news early last week but league sources say the Penguins started surveying the market for Gudbranson a few days prior to opening night and before Pittsburgh was ravished by injuries upfront.
The trade winds have become a shock to Gudbranson and his camp as exit meetings last spring with coaches and GM Jim Rutherford had Gudbranson feeling quite secure about his role in Pittsburgh moving forward.
What changed so quickly?
John Marino for one.
The jury is still out on whether the Penguins are greatly overvaluing Marino and trying to believe he’s something he’s not, but the front office is quite sold on Marino already in the short-term and future. And they’ve been sold on Marino before he even made his NHL debut last week as there’s even a small faction in the organization who feel Marino has all the tools to be a long-term replacement for Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"