If the Penguins have to go searching for a No. 1 goaltender this winter, look for Simon Despres to be the trade bait

 

LATEST RUMBLINGS The Penguins get criticized for not embracing a youth movement and some wonder if they will ever embrace one, and actually open up spots in the coming years for their young core blueliners. Will the team really not resign Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and so on? That’s a story for another day. Word out of the organization, though, is they envision Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta and Scott Harrington all being in the NHL around the same time (Maatta, Harrington closer than Pouliot) and being a huge part in the Penguins top-6 for years to come. There’s no sense the organization feels the same way about Simon Despres and I’m hearing some question whether Despres ceiling is anything more than a No. 3 pairing defenseman. Hence, expect to hear a lot of Despres trade rumors this season and expect the Despres trade talk to ramp up if Marc AndreRead More »