LATEST PENGUINS’ TRADE TALK
The Penguins have scouted three of the Winnipeg Jets last six games and winger [hide] Andrew Ladd is a player the Penguins plan to look into as the trade deadline is five weeks away.
Several of the bigger names out there the Penguins are having discussions internally about have cap hits in the neighborhood of $4.5 million or lower. Ladd a free agent at seasons end carries a cap hit of $4.4 million.
Pittsburgh currently has around $2.1 million in cap space.
With Ladd’s production down, 10 goals and 27 points, pro scouts from many teams including the Penguins have been keeping close tabs on Ladd to see whether he’s showing signs of a declining player at age 30 or is just having a down year on a bad hockey team.
Once considered a near lock to resign with the Winnipeg Jets, Ladd is now considered likely to be traded with a stronger chance of the Jets keeping Dustin Byfuglien, Gary Lawless of TSN reported today. Lawless well connected with the Jets organization reports things have reached the point where the Jets now have to move their captain Ladd.
Ladd has often been a favorite of many in the Penguins organization and was the Hurricanes 4th overall pick in the 2004 draft. He played three seasons for Rutherford, winning a Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina and also winning a Cup in 2010 with the Hawks. In 2008 in what ended up being a typical Rutherford move, he traded Ladd for a more established player at the time in Tuomo Ruutu. In two seasons Ladd would emerge as a 29 goal scorer in 2010.
Under Ray Shero the Penguins pursued a trade for Ladd during the 2013-2014 season before they set their sights on trying to acquire Ryan Kesler. Some in the front office who were there then, Jason Botterill and Bill Guerin among, also remain.
Ladd has often been viewed by those in the organization as a Bill Guerin type they have lacked for years, others have seen him as a long-term replacement for Chris Kunitz and as one team source put it, perfect type of linemate for Sidney Crosby.
The problem is Ladd’s asking price to keep him long-term and questions whether the Penguins are even a trade match. He was seeking a six year, $40 million deal from the Jets. Any deal over four years you’ll be paying for a slew of down years.
Despite Ladd’s production being down, the Jets are surely likely still going to net a top prospect and a first round pick for him. Pittsburgh is not eligible to trade (if they miss post-season) their 2016 first round pick until after the season as it is tied to the Phil Kessel trade.
If Dustin Byfuglien gets resigned, executives believe the Jets will look to land a high-end forward prospect for Ladd.
The Florida Panthers are among the teams expected to make a big run at Ladd prior to the deadline.[/hide]
AROUND THE LEAGUE
— Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported over the weekend the Lightning are believed to have offered Steven Stamkos an eight year extension worth $68 million ($8.5 AAV). There is no way Don Meehan and his group at Newport Sports are going to let Stamkos settle for anything under $10 million per season. Most continue to believe the two sides are headed towards a divorce. Where does Stamkos want to play? Lots of speculation continues to center around the Rangers as being a team to watch this summer. Barring a surprise development, the Lightning are expected to go for another Cup run and risk losing Stamkos for nothing.
— Blues GM Doug Armstrong put it out there on a platter through the media. Anything can happen with David Backes but for them to move him they’re seeking a win-now move (impact player or players in return) and not first round picks. “I guess you could always see it playing out any way,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told St. Louis Dispatch. “The least likely scenario would be to trade him because we’re trying to win. A first-round pick does us no good when we’re going to this year’s playoffs. I think we’re going to be a good team and he’s a big part of being a good team. He’s our captain, he’s our leader. We’ve had the most points in the NHL over the last five or six years. I mean, he’s doing something right. If we didn’t want to keep him, we wouldn’t have talked to him in the first place. We’ve got now until March to find out where we’re at.”
Another stellar performance from the Canadian Fraud’s team last night, losing 5-2 to the worst team in the conference dropping their record to 7-17-2 in the last 26 since the best goalie in the league hasn’t been there to cover up for the poor coaching. They need to get themselves a good American coach to save the franchise before it’s too late.
american coach wont last in canadian market .We all saw what happended to Tortz with Vancouver i said he would last 1 year i guess i was wrong he lasted 6 months
All the canadian coaches have been doing great – considering Montreal hasn’t won a cup since the Clinton administration.
Explains why no Canadian team has won in more than 2 decades and considering none may even make the playoffs this season that streak has no end in sight. Make my words, the Canadian team that finally ends the Stanley Cup drought will be the team that is wise enough to finally hire an American coach and stick with him.
How about making a move so lovejoy and cole never have to be on the ice again.
And finding a way to get Farnham back. The REAL Piece!
And eventually find the right diet for you and npl that would work
I find it pretty humorous when a fat guy like you is concerned with MY diet.
We have the ability to fix some issues in the offseason to complete the team and have a full top 6 and full top 4. Then next year we can look to add the type of guys that put you over the top. At a minimum with Kunitz we should be able to do a Perron-Hagelin type deal and take on someone with term whose not fitting in with his team in exchange for a solid guy with an expiring contract. Might even be able to move Kunitz for a pick and add a guy like Ladd in the offseason… Read more »
With the way this team is playing, they already have a shot at the cup. Just a few pieces away. Top 6 wing and top 4 D. Ideally a number 2 or 3 d which would push dumoulin or Daley to #4 which would then make bottom pair stronger.
Other than Washington, who scares you in the East? Being the 7th seed would be a blessing.
I literally see no series the can’t lose.
Lmao. Just a few pieces away.
Really hope we are not buyers this year. Need a year of not being buyers so we can build some assets and then push with a full team. Adding guys this year would only get us to being a contender….its not a year where adding could put us over the top.
This team is not a contender but they have to be buyers it doesn’t look good being sellers when you have sid and geno. Just thank shero what he has done for this club. He needs to go sit beside Ken Holland and just learn every year people say wings are done yet they always produce players tatar nyquist this year larkin. What do pens have beau bennett when half the time he is with the doctors instead of the teammates
Go get a defenseman and just let the guys play. Guys like Rust, Sheary etc have provide the energy and hunger they need.
An orgasm of content.
This team doesn’t seem close to a cup. Need to burn a year and try to get the pieces better next year.
Do you guys think Drouin gets traded in the next week? I’m not saying the Pens could or should get him, but the situation looks really bad and I could see a team like the Blues pulling something off.
I dont know… the Savard injury is really holding things up around the league…
blues,ducks,habs and sens are all in the mix
Ignore everything between my two posts
Dumb asss. your own mom ignores you
You live in a section 8 and you are an section 8 also
I’m not sure what is funnier, Sam thinking MT is a great coach or Sam thinking BB has trade value and the Pens should trade him.
sam thinks DB is and amazing coach. just look how well he has used Moulson this year between 4th line and healthy scratched games
Are you ever not thinking about DB? Your crush is taking you over.
Sam wants to have his babies.
Correction: Sam wants to swallow his babies
That’s because Moulsen was a product of Tavares dumbass
Wouldn’t mind ladd but agree top 4 d is more pressing of a need
Why are we even discussing forwards? If we don’t add at least a top 4 and probably a bottom pairing guy, it’s not worth giving up anything because we won’t have a chance. Our defense is absolutely pathetic. It has been all year. Anyone outside of people like yoda who can’t do anything other than look at a box score know that even when we are giving up 25-30 shots a game, there are way too many high probability scoring chances. Between Letang being hurt or out of position and the rest of the bums that make up our defensive… Read more »
Add ladd, dump kunitz, bonino and cole for cap space for top 4 d
I don’t mind Kunitz as much, but certainly wouldn’t be opposed to moving him. You would probably need to get a 2nd/3rd line forward as well if you were moving those 3.
Moving those 3 would be under the assumption ladd or another top 6 is added.
Still waiting for that Columbus deal king keeps talking about
When I see King post, I assume that’s the last possible thing that could plausibly happen. He has about as much inside knowledge as Sam does.
Savard’s injury has halted it for now, but it is not dead by any means
LMAO. Doesn’t that figure?
Thanks King! Any info. Is appreciated.
Bennett’s new gear.
Bennett injured yet?
PensInsider @ThePensInsider 46m46 minutes ago
Believe Bennett’s actually been dealin w/nagging injury datin back months. 2 b4 when he hurt himself celebrating (which I still cant fathom)
package this fraud in a trade already enough is enough i dont care if he costs 800k or not he is a waste of space and a nhl roster .Only dumb assess like stan,gaydogg and npl enjoys this fraud
I enjoy Letang making 10x what Bennett does and being just as reliable even less.
when letang is out of the lineup the team misses him and the record is not that great without him.
when Bennet is out of the lineup no one gives a shiit. Nobody even notices him not being the locker room not even the Equipement guy or the water boy
he has more chemistry with the doctors then his own teammates
what’s for lunch morons? – beerman