Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz
Prior to the last two debacles defensively in losses to the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins have surged with a depleted lineup due to finding an identity as a hockey club:
Playing with structure in all three zones, excelling with their play away from the puck to levels that haven’t been seen in quite a few years, to just playing a smart brand of hockey in critical areas of the ice that have hidden deficiencies with the personnel.
There’s been a near 100% buy-in from even some of the most reckless players in their lineup.
Injuries or not, what’s fascinating with this club is whether they are a group that’s been underestimated.
With the East Division not as daunting as it looked that it might be, they probably have been a bit underestimated. Among the top teams, there’s not one team that stands out significantly above the rest.
But, the new regime is still in a tough place with the deadline just days away. You hate to punt on any deadline to improve the club when you still have Sidney Crosby playing at a top-5, top-10 level. but Ron Hextall and Brian Burke have to toe that line of giving this years club the best chance it can without depleting the cupboard even more.
More in the mold of setting up deals for the summer, Hextall has been in a lot of discussions of hockey type moves, player for player with term type scenarios and or recouping picks, while planning to wait out the bottom-6 rental market where some bargains for late round picks or marginal prospects are expected to emerge, sources say.
The burning question is whether the Penguins do anything more than some minor tweaks on the edges. That’s the expectation of how things play out but…………
The Marcus Pettersson for [hide] Scott Laughton trade talk is certainly out there, though, others say Brian Burke is a big fan of Pettersson’s size on the backend. Laughton’s more likely a summer type target though via trade or free agency, there’s certainly some smoke…..[/hide]
Among the recent bigger names to move, Pittsburgh was not in on Kyle Palmieri nor an older rental like Eric Staal. Ron Hextall is a believer as a builder that 1st-2nd-3rd round picks are all premium picks. Pittsburgh has no intentions of going that Patrick Marleau route again for a player 35+ in just throwing out third round picks like they’re seventh rounders. Now on deadline day in the final hour or hours, someone like a Tyler Bozak, that Brian Burke knows well, could be an exception in targeting an older player as the anticipation is a player like Bozak could be had for a late round pick and some bargains will be out there.
Pittsburgh’s 2021 draft is gutted due to past moves. They own a second, fifth and multiple seventh round picks.
The one rental forward that greatly interest at least one prominent member of the new brass is To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
“According to the math, Bennett’s 12 points in 37 games is better than Carter’s 18 points in 40 games.” – Hockey11
Carter centering Zucker and McCann in practice. Could see some potential with that line. Zucker playing the LW.
There is no potential with Zucker. He’s a waste of a $5.5 million cap hit. Thanks for the trade pappy.
Zucker is fine in a complimentary role. GMJR was here for 6 seasons and the Pens won two cups….
This site still blows.
1.) no article for trade deadline day
2.) Sam still the best poster
3.) Gaydogg, Stan, NPL still running around under fake names.
Only thing that has changes is they have stopped thumbs downing sam.
Settle down stan.
Ok Simply Sam(e) Jr.
How did Anaheim get young stud defenseman Hayden Fluery. from Carolina..That boy is big, strong, and skilled way better than Marcus Pettersson.
If thats what youre into Id suggest Grindr.
I feel like someone should notify Chris Hansen.
on the ice you freaking weirdo…grow up
Where is Jim Rutherford when you need him….Caps just laid low boom !!!!
Penguins negotiated for two days lost three of the four players they were interested in the…. two ducks Getzlaf & Delaurias missed out on Bennett too..
good god we end up with Jeff Carter i smell Patrick Marleau all over again
The Fourth Period makes things up, just fyi. Its like Qanon for hockey.
Like tbj 233…..makes sense !
Carter at 36 is better than Bennett at 24. And every player past their prime doesn’t equal Marleau. Carter is faster and more productive than Marleau. He adds a good net front presence and is a good trigger man for the second PP. I’d give it a chance.
OK Bozo Bennett 24, $ 2.25 million 4 goals 12 points 37 games Sam is good in the locker room, great defensively is a perfect third line center.. Carter 36, $5.35 million 8 goals 18 points 40 games do the math.. slowed alot… Bennett at 24 we can have for the future with guys like Mccann, Guentzel, Kapanen, Marino, Blueger, Pettersson etc Dude i Live in LA and I WATCH Jeff carter every game and he is a shadow of what he once was….now can he contribute yes but this was a bad deal when there were better and younger… Read more »
A. You living in LA means absolutely nothing. That’s like me critiquing a ballet in Pittsburgh. B. The Athletic cited his locker room issues and wanting out of Calgary. You aren’t in their locker room (regardless of how badly you want to be) and have no idea what you’re talking about. C. We are paying half of Carter’s salary, which puts him right near Bennett. Id tell you to do the math, but that’d be like telling my lab to build a rocket. This makes your salary point, much like every other point you’ve made on here, ridiculous. D. McCann… Read more »
A. Living in LA means I see Carter way more than you do dip shit…so I have better understanding than you how he is playing and that a fact of the matter is he has slowed Great source bro…The Athletic.. I watch every Kings home and away game so yes that makes a difference compared to what you have seen of Carter. B. You brought up Marleau last post I responded to that….wake up boy C. Yes he needs a change of scenery he wants a chance to play more minutes, there is nothing wrong with that, and he wasn’t… Read more »
“ F. Mccann is playing center only out of necessity you moron! He will go on malkins wing when he returns….kind of why Sullivan uses him more at wing…”
Not arguing with you but McCann is a natural Center.
If Sully is smart he will keep him on the first PP Unit and move Geno to the second. Something I have been advocating for for years now.
The thing is even when he was with Florida he had the same MO…He is a natural center but never seems to gain the coaches trust and ends up on wing….for whatever reason. Look I agree Mccann is a good center. Mccann and Carter have the versatility of playing both wing and center. It seems only Kapanen can mesh with Malkin (Zucker doesn’t fit) he is better with Mccann and Rodriquez…… Carter could be our new third line center and they move Mccann to Malkin’s wing on his return. Or they ry Carter with Malkin and Kapanen when they return…who… Read more »
I agree love McCann on the 1st power play…..
Im sure you see Carter more than most. It doesn’t matter though considering you’re a complete moron. FFS, you called Malkin a bust! Then advocate for Bennett who sucks out loud. Jesus, you’re a nightmare. It’s amazing that you think age means more than skill, production and versatility. Hey, why not move Crosby for Collin White? And I said their cap hits were similar, and they are. A half mil is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Serious question… are you autistic? On top of all your ridiculous takes on a sport you clearly know nothing about, you apparently… Read more »
I was hoping someone else noticed the alphabet go off the fukkin rails there! Hahahahahaha
Well TBJ lock jaw started the alphabet so I responded with it… LOL
He was making fun of you struggling to get past the letter “E”. lol what a stooge.
If Bennett was such a bust why was he in so much demand dip shit… Five teams were in on Bennett so he can’t be that much of a bust. Yeah you made a shit comment about their salaries asshole. You said something like you do the math you fucking moron….so don’t say you made a simple comment about their salaries being similar….you were rude as usual !!! What the fuck are you talking about moving Crosby for Colin White…you are an idiot. I never said move or trade anybody you just make shit up… I simply said Bennett would… Read more »
Since it’s enjoyable embarrassing you, here we go again… “If Bennett was such a bust, why was he in so much demand?” – He wasn’t. If he were, he would’ve been worth more than a second round pick, especially considering he’s only 24 with a small cap hit. “What the **** are you talking about moving Crosby for Colin White” – I’m exercising your idiotic rationale for valuing age over skill and production, especially on contracts with shorter term. You said trade for Sam Bennett over Jeff Carter (a more productive and talented player), so no, I didn’t make anything… Read more »
He was in demand you munchkin ! Hockey central live Saturday nationwide T.V which is more reliable than any site you quote said as many as 6 teams were in on Bennett. All the insiders are live on that show. Not a published quote from the athletic.
Again, a 24yo center with a small cap that is traded for a second rounder isn’t in demand. There could have been 20 teams “in” on him, but if they won’t give up more than a second, they aren’t viewed as a big piece. Common sense. Find some.
Malkin is a terrific player he just isn’t consistent or elite anymore and most fans will agree with that. If he had half Ovechkin’s, Crosby’s, or Patrick Kane’s drive he would be impossible to stop…His motor isn’t running all the time..
He has all world talent and basically 0 drive…..
Serious question do you have any manner and who raised you? seriously your always rude snarky and you seem unhappy…poor boy get a snickers !!
I said Carter is better at 36 than Bennett is at 24, then stated why I thought this. You’re initial reply is “Ok bozo” then cry about me being rude. LOL I don’t think I’m the one with the issues. And I can at least credit those who raised me with teaching me the alphabet. More than you can say….
Rumor has it Getzlaf nixed the trade bc it did not help the Ducks get better.
Jesus, Mantha to the Caps
Washington is sending a first round pick and second round pick along with forwards Richard Panik and Jakub Vrana to Detroit,
Yea not a good trade by the caps. Significant overpay imo
Mantha looked great last night with he Capitals…change of scenery
I saw that holy crap and Michael Raffl from the Flyers also a solid depth piece…what did we get jeff bleeping carter.
Boston got Tylor Hall.. How do the Caps and Flyers make a trade aren’t they enemies too.??
Eklund is the worst oh Pittsburgh leading the way on Sam Bennett along with Montreal and Carolina…he goes to Florida WTF
Hextall / Burke hug fail for their first trade deadline..
Washington gave up a lot for Mantha. If H/B made that trade you would be screaming for their heads.
And what do the Pens have left to trade? Their farm system is depleted, their draft picks are few and far between and no one wants Peterson.
I get it… But Marcus Pettersson, a second round, and third round pick in 2022. Detroit has one defenseman under contract after this year….. we could have added a Lafferty
Who says they want Petterson and his terrible contract. At $4,025,175 per yr for 4 more yrs with a MTC in the last two I would laugh at that offer. Washington over paid and Detroit got what they wanted. If Mantha turns into the 30-40 scorer Detroit thought he would then maybe Washington doesn’t look as crazy but regardless, JR emptied the cupboard and now H/B need to refill it while still keeping this team competitive.
Yes Washington overpaid for Mantha agreed…If he returns to form that is bad news for the Penguins. That team is already big and nasty with Wilson, Ovi, and cheap shot Oshie…now add Mantha..
But did they over pay? Vrana was in the doghouse, Panik is well not much, a first round pick ok, but a second round pick guarentees nothing in any draft except maybe the NFL.
your talking a young, skilled, big forward to help move your organization forward…i would do that deal
Fleury traded to Anaheim
I would love it if he was traded to the Panthers.
Oh, I see what you did there lol
I get tightening up the D is not going to happen.
LOL Ek is reporting Brandon Sutter may end up a Penguin. FFS, please, NO. With it coming from him though, you can almost guarantee it won’t happen.
Ek sucks read post above on Bennett and that whole podcast of Buffoons…worst
The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Mattias Janmark and a fifth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second-round pick and a third-round selection
Get rid of ZAR
Heard the Penguins are working hard on Sam Bennett from Calgary. I like this, 24, center with grit nd sandpaper he will help and Carter can play wing.
Crosby Guentzel Rust
Malkin Kapanan Mccann
Bennett Carter Zucker
Blueger Aston Reese Tanev/Rodriquez
not too bad..
He’s a bust with a bad attitude and minimal production. No thanks.
Malkin is a bust! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
Funny Sam mentioned Carter few years ago now that he is 37 makes npl and the droolers happy.
Fact Check: He Is 36.
Your point fatso ? You didn’t see the team the costly mistake.
Stick to your KFC job buddy and leave the hockey to the grownups
Coming from the guy who said Pacioretty was a locker room cancer.
59 – 87 – 17
19 – 71 – 42
16 – 77 – 9(?)
13 – 53 – 12
Interested to see if they move Carter back to center, or keep him at RW and use ERod or Gaudreau in the middle. Or really age the team and acquire Getzlaf to man the middle.
Trade is official. Conditional 2022 3rd and conditional 2023 4th. Not sure what the conditions are. Kings retaining 50%. I personally dont mind the deal. Never expected anyone amazing considering they dont have much in terms of valuable assets. A potential 3rd line with Zucker and Carter has some offensive promise.
Pretty sure they don’t have a third this year, so it would be for next years. If the conditions are based on team success this year, I wouldn’t mind that. The more I think about the trade, the more I like it. Also doesn’t hurt to have a right handed sniper in the lineup.
2022 is next year lol
If LA retains half the salary and the two picks are late rounders, the trade is fine. He was on pace for almost 25 goals last year and he’s on pace for around 40 points in an 82 game season this year on a bad offensive team. He still has a high end shot and if he plays with a center that can create space, I can see it working out well. Worst case scenario, we lose a couple low value picks for a 2.6 mil fourth liner signed for one more year. Best case scenario, he clicks with Malkin… Read more »
He is a center.
He plays both. Gabe Vallardi was his center for the majority of this season.
Carter plays both center and wing.. He will play center and when malkin comes back he might play wing since nobody but Kappy meshes with Malkin..maybe Carter Zucker Rodriquez..
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a first-round pick in 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2022
I liken the leafs to the 2012 pens when they got Iginla and morrow. Too many pieces.
The Boston Bruins acquired forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round draft pick
Of all the teams needing o, this makes the most sense
Jeff Carter is Penguin.
Multiple conditional picks. Kings retain salary.
Awful first move Jeff 36 year old lazy ass Carter….dreadful
Of all the players that were out there why him that Stanley cup in 2012 together Hextall was a long time ago..WTF
I agree, this was a horrible move. And he has one year left on his contract at 5.27 million or something. The Kings better be retaining at least half!
Murray is the goalie of the future.
Glad the Deslauriers trade appears to be false. You cant win in the playoffs with French Canadians.
Another shutout for Fleury
And ties with Ed belfour 4th place in all time wins with less games played
Good for him.
Fleury remains first in losing his job during the playoffs
Only goalie in NHL that blew three 3 games to 1 leads. Yikes!
Hall of fame goalie and will be #2 all time when he hangs them up. Glad pappy bent over backwards to get rid of him to protect his overrated alcoholic goalie who has NEVER carried a team through the regular season and playoffs.
According to Yoda and npl murray was the best goalie penguins ever had
Lol you’re an idiot. MAF couldn’t even keep the starting position, let alone carry a team. I’m guessing you weren’t watching hockey between 2010-2017, as well as the last two years. Lehner end up there because he was lost?
Pens going after Miles Wood, Devs price is currently too high
Id be all for this.
Miles Wood is 5,000 times better than Jeff Carter…uuuggghhhhhhh
POJ late scratch for WBS
Pens landed Nicolas Deslauriers.
Nope, not yet at least. And he’s currently in the lineup for the Ducks tonight.
No deal and probably won’t happen, per Molinari. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jankowski off the roster,. He reminds me of a less skilled Bjugstad.
No they didn’t…false You jumped the gun
I’d like to see Alex Edler in Pens uni
He is a solid player but his contract and price tag may be too high… A good skater, veteran who could step in to the number two pairing with Marino.
Savard to Tampa.
The rich get richer. .I see Montreal put young defenseman Victor Mete on waivers he is fast, talented and would be a good fit in Pittsburgh..
I believe Columbus and Detroit are paying his salary. Lol.
I’d like to see the Pens get Adam Gaudette from Vancouver, assuming he’s healthy after contracting Covid. Not having a good season but has the speed, physicality, and offensive talent to be a potential difference maker. Might just need a change of scenery.
Getting anyone from Vancouver right now is a high risk, even their Zamboni should be worried.
Well, if they all have covid now, they should be good through the rest of the season lol
I think there is still a quarantine time after trades.
Nobody from Vancouver they are infested with the covid virus…. 25 total players and staff…that includes Edler who i like but?? all scary
Who wants to help me plan the parade?
Pens biggest need is a top 4 LH dman
They need at least 3 top 4 defensemen. Lol.
Finally a new article on this pathetic site….. So weak we all pay for inside access to nothing..one article a month !!
I have not been a fan of Pettersson good player, size, but is soft….Matheson while he has been a lot better concerns me come playoff time with his give aways…
Petterson, Matheson, Marino.. all worry me. I never thought I would have said that Ceci is a reliable defensemen but here we are.
Marino has seemed to finally rebounded nd playing more like last year, Matheson great skater is prone to give aways, and Petersson is soft…
agree, I will not renewing this time for sure,,, TOTAL WASTE OF $$, better spent on DK and Kingerski !!!
JR did it right. F the future when you have Sid and Geno in the present. I’ll take a couple “X generation” years of crap hockey when they’re gone. Go get whatever you think this team needs to win the cup this year.
Got it right? After those two cups the team went to crap. There was so much turnover the team could not get any traction. No one was used to playing with each other. The players admitted to this.
He did it right in the beginning, then he just became a joke. He made too many knee jerk trades and betrayed his own design.
I mean his mindset was right. Don’t worry about future assets because there’s opportunity in the present. I don’t like hearing about saving future picks or trading prospects. Sid and Geno will be further removed from their primes when any draft pick is able to help. Capitalize when you have these exceptional talents. When they leave, blow it up, and hope to get lucky with the next generational talents
Agreed Sam… We have a 2 year window this year and next.
– We keep all our 2022 draft picks
– Move Malkin in the summer to the team of his choice (out pf respect to his contributions) get what you can get and clear $9.5 million..
– take that money saved and go out and sign a second / third line center..Maybe Chris Kreider (having a good year) with the Rangers UFA
Anybody notice Sidney Crosby id tied for 8th in scoring three points from being 4th….he is amazing
Somehow you agreed with me while making terrible points lol.
1) F draft picks. If you can get immediate help, use them to get it.
2) Not trading Geno ever. He has a no movement clause and remains dominant.
3) Chris Kreider is a winger who signed a long term deal just last year. Wtf?
This Hockey 11 -My bad Kreider did sign a long term deal at $ 6.5 million (you can still get him in a Malkin trade and save $3million Malkin at $9.5. You can take someone else in the trade or move Zucker. use $ 3million to sign someone else. – If you think Malkin is dominant you are in serious need of a reality check. He recently had a hot streak yes, but he is a defensive liability, he is stupid, inconsistent, and he is where he always is injured and inactive. -Malkin is not dominant anymore everyone knows that….except… Read more »
Geno literally led the team in scoring last year by a wide margin. He started slow this season then started to turn it on. If Im the only one who thinks Geno remains dominant then there are a lot more stupid people in this world than I realized.
your stupid Malkin disappeared in the playoffs last year, he is moody, inconsistent, and injury prone..
Sam wake the fuck up..Malkin has more turnovers and bad passes than Kris Leturnover..that’s scary He doesn’t play any defense, does circles, never goes hard to the net, has a great shot but never uses it…
That two on 0 in Boston earlier in the season where he didn’t even get a shot on goal pathetic.
malkin is a good player when motivated (which is rare) he is not elite anymore…he isn’t accept that
Move Malkin and sign Kreider! Hahahaha
If you’re moving Geno, you’re 100% committing to a rebuild and that absolutely shouldn’t happen if Sid is still playing at an elite level. If you don’t think the window is open, trade the assets you have for picks and cap space. Then, weaponize the cap space to acquire more of both. Not on an aging winger with a large cap hit that will be beyond his prime when the rebuild comes to fruition. FFS
Dude it is not a rebuild if you move a aging 35 year old that is over paid, inconsistent, moody and injury prone. Crosby is still on top of his game. He is 8th in scoring and 3 points from 4th overall in the league in scoring, Letang has rebounded since Dumoulin has returned as has the team 18- 6 – 2 upon Dumos return. – You move Malkin to a team of his choice (out of loyalty for what he has done) get what you can for him. – You clear major cap space $9.5 Million – You can… Read more »
We do have a shot and we should go get some depth and some grit. Hopefully Malkin, Kapanen and Tanev are back soon…
I like Sam Bennett, only 24, would thrive in Pittsburgh.
Jusso Rikola (who i like and has always played well when called upon) and a 3rd or 4th round pick in 2022 for Bennett.
Scoring is not really the issue, and once (if) this team ever gets healthy, and if Sully is smart enough to finally move Geno to the second PP to spread the wealth, the scoring will come. If anything they need a net front presence on the PP.
Their real problem is the bad defense lapses and this goaltending tandem is not playoff tested. There needs to be a vet presence to calm them down if things go south.
I don’t see them making much noise at the trade deadline. If Petterson could get moved that would be great!
100% right on Carramrod 148 well said couldn’t agree more..
Malkin to second power play unit not at the point though…..down low
The defenses lapses are a concern ! Matheson has rebounded and has had an impact with his skating but his give away blunders along with Leturnover scare me in the playoffs
Dumoulin has stabilized a lot and the Penguins are 17-6-1 since his return !
Honesty not sure I’d want foligno
That was quite a Bender DePaoli.
ZAR for Foligno. Win-win!
Foligno is terrific but he is 33 and broken down….where Reese is thriving…
for wat we pay pay for this site the $ can be spent better at many other sites without naming them
I thought covid claimed depaolj
No, laziness did.
Maybe a hey. Gonna take a month off. Post next time.
Holy Shit!!! What is this weird box of text?