The Pittsburgh Penguins scored six goals in the second period, including five goals in a 4:27 span late in the period, en route to a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. How wild of a night was it for the Penguins? A 4th liner in Drew O’Connor opened the scoring in the first period for the Penguins, ………Teddy Blueger, yes Teddy Blueger scored a goal at 16:20 of the second period, only to have Jeff Carter score a 1:20 later and as the flood gates opened, Brian Dumoulin scored with 5 seconds remaining in the second period to push Pittsburgh’s lead to 7-2. How rare was it to see a Brian Dumoulin goal? It was Dumoulin’s first goal of the season and the last time Dumoulin scored in the regular season was January 21, 2022, a span of 102 games.
The Penguins needed a night a like this, and they’ve come out of Thursday’s debacle on home-ice with a 2-for-2 weekend. Talk around the league entering the weekend before the St. Louis game is Pittsburgh had been regarded as being doubtful to go the Capitals route and start selling their UFA’s. As vaunted as the Eastern Conference is, one reason to this point Pittsburgh has not made the likes of Jason Zucker available is Pittsburgh feels they’re best players are playing at a much higher level than Washington’s for example that gives them zero reason to punt on the season like the Capitals are doing.
One league source says Penguins GM Ron Hextall has been operating with a playing with fire strategy that prices will come down closer to the deadline like last year where the Penguins made a shrewd deadline move in the final hour by acquiring Rickard Rakell for a second-round pick.
This might be the season, though, where prices don’t come down whereas a Rakell went for a second rounder in 2022, a Sam Lafferty might go for the same price in 2023.
As the Penguins were in the middle of routing the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bolts struck a trade Sunday night with the Nashville Predators for winger Tanner Jeannot in-exchange for Cal Foote, a 2005 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick, 2023 third-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick, and a 2023 fifth-round pick. The return has sent shockwaves through the league.
In a season where the Penguins ceiling no matter what move they make between now and Friday is likely a first-round loss, a burning question will be whether they’re going to miss out on a golden opportunity in a year they could get better than expected value for Jason Zucker or even a Brian Dumoulin as some around the league sense Pittsburgh could get a second rounder for Dumoulin.
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— Here’s something Penguins’ management should probably keep in mind. Since December 21st, the Penguins have six regulation wins in a span of 27 games. Those six wins have come against Arizona, Vancouver, Ottawa, Anaheim, San Jose and now Tampa Bay.
— For what the Penguins lack at the forward position, Nino Niederreiter from cost and type of player he is has always stood out as an ideal target dating back to the summer when he was a free agent to now at the deadline before he was traded to Winnipeg over the weekend. The agent never heard from the Penguins once during the summer and doesn’t sound like the Penguins were looking into Niederreiter as a trade deadline target either who went to Winnipeg for a second-round pick. That would have been a smart add to move a second-rounder to get one and half years of Niederreiter.
— Fair to wonder if the Penguins 2-for-2 weekend, has the team circling back to To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— One rumor that won’t go away: The Penguins still kicking around the idea of acquiring To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
–Word out of the organization is two Rental Defensemen are said to be very high on Mike Sullivan’s wish list ahead of Friday’s deadline: To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
Leafs going all in
Anyones Guess to who Pens add at the deadline?
with Hextall maybe Jagr??
Kane to rangers
That is a shocker….LOL
Also would like to add Tyler Bertuzzi to the list lol
As much as a lot of people want to see them Rebuild they won’t an why should they Crosby an Geno are still playing extremely good. If they want to retool the team in the off-season that makes sense too because they have a decent amount of players on expiring contracts. Then again they also can compete this season because the Number 1 or 2 seeds don’t always win it all the NHL playoffs are totally different from other sports. I would like to see the Penguins add at least 1 or 2 forwards. I said it before I would… Read more »
The trade market is out of control. The leafs gave up a first and second for Lafferty and McCabe.! Hextall needs to start selling and now.
I do agree what Toronto and Tampa gave up for Mcabe/Lafferty and Tampa Jeanott is crazy.
Unless they can get McDavid and Makar, there’s no point in mortgaging futures to help this team this year. A couple minor pieces isn’t getting this team past Boston or whoever wins the Metro.
The future is now not sure why people don’t understand that. Look the two dominant teams are Boston and Carolina and though we are 0-5 against them everyone of those 5 games was a one goal loss…everyone We have beaten Toronto we have beaten Tampa so with a couple small but smart moves we can compete…not sure why we are talking about the future because in two three years we can worry about that….it will be ugly so lets not pass today and look at tomorrow just yet we aren’t the Blackhawks..
Would love to see the penguins get someone like a Henrique or Max Domi
Agreed especially Henrique who is battle tested , playoff tested, 20 goals, good face off man , plays a 200 ft game on a crap team.
How many Cups has McDavid won 0…..
Lol yeah, screw McDavid. He’s no good because he hasn’t won a cup. And you try to defend your point by pointing out we’re 0-5 against top teams. Excellent! I’d make more points, but it’s like trying to teach a dog how to build a rocket.
McDavid is phenomenal but he has been in the league 7 or 8 years now and he his teams consistently get bounced.
Crosby in his first 4 years was in two Stanley Cup finals winning one losing one.
I wonder as great as McDavid is does he makes his teammates better like Crosby does. Mc David is the most dynamic and best offensive player in the game not the most complete..
Allen will be available pens need a goalie
Massive upgrade over DeSmith…
Great observation. This team is going out in the first round regardless. Sell off assets now while prices are high.
Damn Diego what a pessimist you are…you dont sell assets while you have Crosby Malkin and Letang…it is not a rebuild bro..
some players we can move sure to get better not to hope for next ear that is for quitters.
You sell assets when you clearly don’t have the roster, cap space or futures to obtain the amount of pieces to contend. That perfectly describes the Penguins current state. Pretending like you’re playing a video game every year isn’t the way to go about things.
A big 4 points and once again they proved they can play with the elite teams… BUT-Make no mistake we need a third line center and another d-man. to make us more competitive.
would love to get past a round or two for a change with a full and healthy team.
One game doesn’t prove anything. It’s very naive to think otherwise.
Wow glad your not my coach..LOL
You play hockey? Who do you play for?
I played 4 years at Penn State University division 1 and two years semi pro for Erie ECHL and Milwaukee IHL…that’s who !!