Penguins GM Jim Rutherford continues to have his sights set on Toronto Maple Leafs winger Daniel Winnik, league sources confirm, but if the Penguins want to close a deal before March 2nd, it’s going to cost a young NHL roster player with upside, an asking price the Leafs continue to hold out for from interested teams, including the Penguins.
The names Beau Bennett and Brian Dumoulin are of interest of the Leafs. Both would be a significant price to pay for a role player.
As the deadline inches closer, some executives believe the Leafs will get at least a second round pick for Winnik and a mid-tier prospect.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to swirl around Daniel Winnik,” TSN’s Darren Dreger said on the NHLnetwork Tuesday night.
Bob McKenzie also talked of the Penguins looking into Winnik on a number of occasions.
“They need some bigger, stronger wingers,” NHL Insider Bob McKenzie said on NBCSN Wednesday night. ” Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs is a guy the Pittsburgh Penguins have looked at on a number of occasions and thought about maybe trying to close a deal on him.”