TIOPS DAILY FIVE
*Rumblings, Musings, Opinions*
1. Penguins management is building their roster with a 3-4 year window in mind where they don’t want to be locked into many bad contracts four to five years down the road when the time comes that some of their core might start to begin regressing.
How much do the Penguins value Patric Hornqvist with the Penguins window still wide open to win a couple more Cups?
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3. Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette created a stir today with a column titled “Don’t Be Surprised if the Penguins Trade Phil Kessel.”
Among the blurbs from the column:
[“I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later.
Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process.
It was clear in June, by the end of the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup run, that the organization wasn’t thrilled with Kessel. He scored 23 goals in 82 games during the regular season, not nearly enough for a player with his marvelous shooting skills. He had a huge goal — one of the most significant of the postseason — to beat Ottawa, 1-0, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final but scored just two more goals in the final 11 playoff games. Even though he had 23 points in the 25 postseason games, it was hard to find anyone in organization to say he was playing well.
My belief is Evgeni Malkin wasn’t thrilled to play on the same line with Kessel. And Sidney Crosby? Sullivan acknowledged Crosby and Kessel have no chemistry together. None.”]
I’m sure Cook is getting crushed from many angles because Kessel seems to be a touchy subject with some, but I will say this — there are many in the organization who feel Kessel’s a diminishing asset entering his 30’s and it’s going to be even more difficult to deal with his act Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"