Forward Tim Wallace has been recalled and accompanied the Penguins to Chicago today. Janne Pesonen has been re-assigned. Pesonen was recalled yesterday and practiced today rotating with Chris Minard (waived today), Bill Thomas and Eric Godard
The Penguins trade today will not be their last trade prior to the March 4th trade deadline. The Penguins have about about $4 million in cap space ( not pro-rated) and they remain very active. I‚Äôm hearing two more trades will be made between now and March 4th
As mentioned a few days ago, Ruslan Fedotenko is drawing some interest. Chicago, Edmonton and Columbus are of interest and it‚Äôs believed the Blackhawks have made an offer.
There continues to be significant interest in
defenseman Hal Gill from several teams. The Penguins are unlikely to bring Gill back at the same price tag and they are strongly interested in receiving something for him but they are not giving him away for free.
Sources believe Shero has something working with Toronto and Edmonton. Edmonton has been linked to Hal Gill recently.
Marty St. Louis is now off the table. Lightning GM Brian Lawton was given the opportunity to re-start talks and he declined. Lawton Continued to insist on Jordan Staal instead of Ryan Whitney. When Milan Hejduk went off the board late last week (unwilling to waive NTC), it is likely Shero put his focus on Kunitz.
Eric Tangradi sealed the trade but the Penguins are in a win-now mode which is the main reason more moves are going to be made.
An interesting thing to watch as the trade deadline approaches is whether we see a ownership trade or a Ray Shero trade.
The Kunitz acquisition is seen by some in the media as a Ray Shero trade because of his strong desire to build towards the future.
If the Penguins still want to make a play for Ryan Smyth they still can because the Av’s have been eyeing Staal as the center piece of any deal for Smyth.
Nothing new on Chris Neil. Penguins are still the monitoring the market for Neil and are interested. They are not believed to be the favorites to land him.
This can change within the next 24 hours but the vibe I get right now is the Penguins will add a physical defenseman and another grit forward. I still wouldn’t discount the Penguins making another significant trade as the plan coming in was to add two forwards at the deadline with top 6 potential