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Pens Trade Deadline Updates
February 28, 2011
3:01 p.m. Caps acquire Arnott

The Washington Capitals paid a steep price for Jason Arnott. In return for Arnott, Washington gives up David Steckel and a 2nd round pick. Pittsburgh was never going to come close to that asking price.

2:30 p.m. Shero to speak at 3:30 p.m.

Shero to speak at 3:30 p.m., team has just announced. A sign that a deal has likely fallen through.

2:10 p.m. Pens up to something big?

A ton of chatter in Pens circles that the team could be up to something big. They are said to be willing to move Eric Tangradi. Rob Rossi (@Rossi_On_Pens) of the Tribune-Review adds more fuel to the fire via twitter: “Just had second NHL person tell me, based off what they’re hearing, not to be surprised if Pens pull a stunner.”

2:05 p.m. Glencross negotations hit a snag

Darren Dreger of TSN reports negotiations between Curtis Glencross and the Calgary Flames have hit a snag. Pittsburgh has looked into Glencross several times over the past couple weeks but the Flames don’t want to move him.

1:45 p.m. Arnott followup

There’s some chatter going around that the Penguins could make a late offer for Arnott. The Penguins are said to have expressed “preliminary interest” in Arnott and that the price “has to be right”. No one inside the organization will deny that the Penguins have not at least looked into him.

1:30 p.m. MacArthur remains in play

Pens source tells me Toronto’s Clark MacArthur remains in play but for a high asking price as the trade deadline is less than 90 minutes away. He’s a player the Penguins like but concerns about his asking price this summer makes him a major risk to give assets up for. Any move for MacArthur would center around Eric Tangradi. Brian Burke in an interview with TSN.Ca just said that he has several offers for MacArthur but he likely stays.

1:20 p.m. Reasoner staying put

Panthers beat writer George Richards reports Marty Reasoner is staying put and will not be traded. The Penguins had looked hard into him.

1:04 p.m. No denials on Arnott yet

Indications are the Penguins are not likely to move on Jason Arnott but the team continues to express what is being described as “preliminary interest”, team sources tell me. They are said to be “monitoring” the asking price. Pittsburgh is among the teams Arnott would waive his NTC to, sources in Arnott’s camp tell me. Montreal, Washington, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay believed to be among teams in the mix.

12:59 p.m. Pens still active

Two hours left until the deadline and a team source tells me that there is “still a chance” that the Penguins add a forward as the team remains active in their pursuit of a forward.

12:49 p.m. Habs, Kings, Preds going hard after Penner

The Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators are among the teams chasing Edmonton’s Dustin Penner very hard as he’s looking like the most likely “big name” to be moved at this point.

12:45 p.m. Post-Practice Notes

Link to Post-Practice Notes from Consol: Bylsma talks roster and where Kovalev fits on the power play once Paul Martin returns.

12:10 p.m. Johnson day-to-day

Goaltender Brent Johnson is day-to-day with a lower body injury, Dan Bylsma said in his media session.

11:48 a.m. Maintenance day for Kovalev

Alexei Kovalev did not practice today for Pittsburgh. Maintenance day per team contacts.

11:47 a.m. Capitals acquire Dennis Wideman

The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman inexchange for a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a prospect.

11:20 a.m. Johnson not practicing

Goaltender Brent Johnson is not practicing which is causing some trade talk. Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review mentions via twitter that Pit had previously had talks with Florida about Johnson. The Red Wings also checked into Johnson’s availability weeks ago, sources indicate. There has been no indication that Pittsburgh is looking to move him.

10:36 a.m. Dvorak dealt to Atlanta

Radek Dvorak has been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in-exchange for Niclas Bergfors and Rissmiller. Bigger return than expected on Dvorak.

10:12 a.m. Pens have varying degrees of interest in available Panthers “rental” forwards

Pittsburgh has scouted the Panthers heavily over the past two-three weeks. Sources indicate that the team has had some minor discussions with Florida about a few different scenario’s, showing varying degrees of interest in Marty Reasoner and Chris Higgins (who we can’t confirm if the Penguins are willing to go after due to his injury.

10:00 a.m. Pens focus on the forward market

We are 5 hours away until the trade deadline and the Penguins focus is said to remain on the forward market. A deal for a defenseman is not expected.

9:40 a.m. Panthers have high asking price for Reasoner

With a small group of centers available, Panthers GM Dale Tallon is seeking a second round pick for the 34 year old center, sources indicate. The price will have to come down for Pittsburgh to move on him.

9:30 a.m. Pens hit the ice at 11:00 a.m.

Pens practice today at 11:00 a.m. The team is not inclined to move any roster players. Paul Martin and possibly Chris Kunitz are expected to be full participants in today’s workout.

9:20 a.m. Higgins back in play?

Kevin Allen of USA Today reports, Panthers winger Chris Higgins will only be out for 7-10 days with a broken thumb, not the presumed 3-to-4 weeks. Higgins is a player the Penguins previously had on their radar, prior to the injury. As of yesterday, he was said to be off their radar due to the injury.

9:00 a.m. Pens still looking to add

The Penguins have gone into today with the intention of adding “if the price is right”. The team continues to monitor the market for a top-9 forward.

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