Penguins remain active in trade talks
The Pittsburgh Penguins have points in nine of their last 11 games and are now just two points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division.
That’s the good for Pittsburgh.
A reality check for the Penguins is the same as it was 3-4 weeks ago:
They’re the second best team in the Metropolitan Division, no matter where they currently are in the standings.
As Jim Rutherford and his staff look at this team with a full lens they have that going for them.
What Rutherford, though, continues to evaluate this team is how they stack against the rest of the league and the numbers don’t lie.
Despite the recent surge, this is still a team 19th in the NHL in points.
Pittsburgh is by no means a bottom 10-12 type team, but there’s a group of 6-7 teams a level above the Penguins and team officials privately see it that way.
That’s why you’re not going to see Jim Rutherford decide to sit back as the Penguins GM continues to set the stage to make another impact move or two before the deadline:
Among the Rumblings around the League on the Penguins:
1. — *When Matt Murray’s name was getting thrown around a week or two ago, one team kept coming up linked to Murray.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
— From an aggressiveness standpoint, Industry buzz is that Jim Rutherford has pulled back Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
— Pittsburgh has struck 1-for-1 deals with Los Angeles and Anaheim thus far this season.
The Penguins have put some balls in the air with both clubs where it wouldn’t be a shock that another trade transpires at somepoint with either club and it wouldn’t be a minor one.
— Wildest rumor out there among executives linked to the Penguins:Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"