Pressing question with July 1 looming is whether Penguins can help themselves and not spend on older players they’re mulling runs at

 

View image | gettyimages.com Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins left the draft Saturday without accomplishing their primary goal of acquiring an impact top-6 winger. Rutherford’s No. 1 priority continues to be to finalize a deal for Phil Kessel but it’s a deal that may take a while or it might not happen at all as neither side is ready to give in at this point. On the flip side, all of the Penguins so called “Plan B” Targets internally were also not traded, Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler, Jeff Skinner among them, but Kessel is the big fish Rutherford really wants, multiple sources continue to indicate. Some parameters were established in the Leafs taking on a few roster players, Chris Kunitz was one player the two sides agreed on, to help ease the Penguins cap situation for the short-term, but Toronto isn’t coming off their ask of Olli Maatta, andRead More »

Struggles to score against East playoff teams has Penguins now leaning towards adding a forward

 

LATEST PENGUINS BUZZ Penguin management has gone back and forth over the last couple weeks on whether the biggest need is a defenseman or a top-9 forward. Limited cap space has the Penguins unlikely to be able to add both. Last week the buzz in league circles is the Penguins were looking for a top-4 defenseman over a forward and were in the mix for Cody Franson, who was traded to Nashville on Sunday. The team is very high on Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and have had advanced talks with the Oilers and New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky to a lesser degree, sources confirm. However, what the Penguins want seems to change by the day  and GM Jim Rutherford tells Jason Mackey of the Tribune-Review that adding a forward now appears to be the top priority. “We kind of go back and forth on what’s our priority,” Rutherford told the Tribune-Review. “IsRead More »

Source: Penguins brass in attendance last week came away with a high opinion of Oilers d-man Jeff Petry

 

PETRY, ZIDLICKY ON PENGUINS RADAR? Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and assistant general manager Bill Guerin were among the prominent front office members who traveled with the team on last week’s three game Western road trip and while the Penguins have been getting a read on the right handed d-man market over the last several weeks, one player left a strong impression on the Penguins brass.

NHL: Penguins, Bruins eyed by Oilers as two ideal trading partners this summer for Taylor Hall?

 

BRUINS, PENGUINS TO BATTLE FOR TAYLOR HALL? Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been dipping his toes into many trade scenario’s and most team officials contend an opportunity to land big fish, hence, a star next to Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin will likely have to wait until the off-season.