Tick-Tock on Alex Galchenyuk’s Future in PIT

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has soured on winger Alex Galchenyuk to the point that Rutherford has informed rival teams of his hope to move Galchenyuk by the middle of January, at the latest, one sTo read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!


— Despite back-to-back shutouts from Tristan Jarry and a short trip to Detroit, it was a no-brainer for the coaches to start Matt Murray against Detroit and an easy call for them. It’s early December…….

— Multiple scouts tell me since playing on a line with Jake Guentzel, this is the most dominant Evgeni Malkin has been in driving play off zone entries in seven to eight years. Meanwhile, one of the biggest frustrations the organization has with Alex Galchenyuk is a lack of ability to make 1-on-1 plays off zone entries.

— Dominik Kahun has done a phenomenal job in changing the narrative. His training camp, practices and first 9-10 games of the season just had the Penguins puzzled on what they were seeing compared to the player they scouted with the Blackhawks. He’s now up to 8 goals and 17 points in 29 games. Meanwhile, it’s been a complete reversal for Dominik Simon who does just about everything well except finishing plays around the net where he looks like a player that doesn’t want to score goals. It’s become maddening for the organization.

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