Quiet on the Staal front at the Draft
Jordan Staal wasn’t on the trading block at the draft, so no teams even presented the Penguins with “serious trade offers.”
Therefore, it was very quiet on the Staal front this past weekend with the LA Kings being the only team to make an inquiry.
At the trade deadline Pittsburgh received five offers for Staal from the Nashville Predators, LA Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Burke eyeing Kunitz
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has his sights set on Penguins winger Chris Kunitz and inquired about the hard hitting winger over the weekend.
Maybe in a year in a half at the earliest but right now Pittsburgh has no intentions on moving Kunitz and the Leafs have nothing to offer that would entice the Penguins.
Sens approach Penguins about Veteran D-Man
The Ottawa Senators approached a number of teams including the Penguins, not about Dany Heatley but to gauge trade interest in defenseman
Jason Smith. Pittsburgh pursued Smith last summer in free agency and was regarded as plan B if Orpik signed elsewhere but the team doesn’t have the cap space to make a move on Smith now.
The Penguins informed the Senators they were not interested.
No Dupuis Trade in the works for now
Ray Shero did not actively shop Pascal Dupuis at the draft. Shero may explore such a move after free agency but right now nothing is in the works.
It’s believed Shero values Dupuis as a valuable asset and also doesn’t want to bite the bullet and make it seem like he made a mistake giving Dupuis a three year deal.
The Penguins extended qualifying offers to Ben Lovejoy and John Curry today.
With less than 48 hours until free agency, Chuck Fletcher remains very interested in acquiring the rights for Ruslan Fedotenko.
Pittsburgh will hold discussions with Fedotenko on Tuesday as the two sides remain apart on the amount of money per season and the term.
Could a deal go down by Tuesday afternoon if Fedotenko informs the Penguins he will infact test free agency? Unlikely