MONDAY’S PENGUINS BUZZ
The Pittsburgh Penguins feel internally they have one of the best forward groups in hockey 1-12. If you believe the Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz from the 2013 lockout shortened season are going to show up, then they probably do.
Unfortunately for the Penguins that’s not realistic.
Kunitz, 36, and Dupuis, 36, are why the Penguins are in a tough spot with David Perron who they surrendered a first round pick for that ended up being the 16th overall pick in the 2015 entry draft.
The player drafted in that spot, Matthew Barzal was a top-5 talent who dazzled in training camp with the Islanders and has the look of being a sure fire impact top-6 player down the road and likely contributor at the NHL level next season.
The Penguins have a history of bad asset management when they keep non-core players who are not a necessity for a Stanley Cup run instead of trading them for future assets before they sign elsewhere in free agency.
There have been so many players who fit the profile that the Penguins got nothing for because of the Stanley Cup or bust mindset every season.
Not moving Paul Martin for a lottery protected first round pick last winter was a blunder by the staff.
However, moving Brandon Sutter instead of playing the year out with him was Jim Rutherford’s best move as Penguins GM when it comes to value, acquiring Nick Bonino, young upside defenseman in Adam Clendening and a second round pick.
With David Perron a pending free agent and making $4.5 million this season, the ideal scenario for the Penguins is being able to get value for him before he walks for nothing by preferably trading him for a defenseman or getting a high pick back which is unlikely.
On the flip side, the dilemma with Perron is whether he’s expendable right now?
On paper he certainly looks to be but Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"