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Is It Time to Consider Trading Malkin?

Is it time to consider trading 71?  I never thought that I would be able to consider this as a possibility.  After watching the winning streak, the last four games without him. and the two game losing streak with him scoring all three goals, I am open to the thought. 

Bylsma likes his team to play North-South hockey.  Every player on the team tries their best to play that type of game.  Everyone except Malkin.  He likes a game that takes risks at times instead of the simple play.  While thrilling to watch when he executes those plays, the turnovers he causes when he doesn’t, go completely against the way Bylsma wants the team to play. 

The questions are:  Could this team be better without 71?  What wingers might the Pens be able to get in trade or with the $8.7Million cap spare? 

As I look over the NHL, I see two players that I would like to have who would be great fits for the Pens.  Both play for Anaheim — Corey Perry 16-20  5.3 and Bobby Ryan 14-12  5.1.  A trade involving one or both of these players might be just what the Pens need.  Since their cap hit together is $1.7M more than $7M, there would have to be some other tinkering.  I would like to see the Pens get both, so we have to also give up a $2-3M a year player.  I’m thinking Goligoski.  I think this would be a bold move by both teams, and one that would benefit each club.

The other alternative is to find a way for Malkin to play a little safer game — not stifle him, but definitely shorten the leash a little.  If he can’t or won’t do this, it may be time to pull the trigger.  That’s the view from 207.

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  1. dr.rosenrosen's Gravatar dr.rosenrosen
    January 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Trade him! I think Geno’s better days are behind him. Trade him now package him up to the Jackets for Nash. The team needs to expect more from him.

  2. PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
    December 21, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Got Malkin? Thank God we do! GO PENZ!

  3. PJ's Gravatar PJ
    December 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Like any trade speculation agreeing or disagreeing all depends on what you would get in return. I dont think the Ducks would part with Ryan and Perry for Malkin. I do believe that Malkin is showing signs of becoming more like Jagr every game.
    He doesnt seem to have matured into what it takes to sustain superstar status. I sat by the Pens bench for the Ranger game and watched him go pouting directly into the locker room after a shift that didn’t go his way. He seems to be the lone player that isn’t reading from the same sheet of music. Having said all of that it would have to be one hell of a deal for me to be in favor of a trade. For the other posters that are blaming his poor play on injuries….Players dont play when they are injured they play when they are hurt. Great players play well whether they are hurting or not. How can you blame his sub par play on an injury when the Penguins purposely held him out until he was 100%.

    • FlapJack's Gravatar FlapJack
      December 20, 2010 at 1:07 am | Permalink

      I agree with all of the people who think that it would be stupid to even consider a trade and that someone of lesser hockey knowledge who is just trying to cause contraversy would write such an idiotic thing.

      Dismantling or changing of the chemistry of this team in any way would be one of the dumbest things a general manager could do, luckily hacks like yourselves wouldn’t be allowed to breathe the same air as Shero.

      Malkins troubles both last season and this season stem from injury, yes he did play injured for a good long time before they held him out and his knee is still bothering him. Malkin problem is that he is being handled horribly by the coaches, you don’t put a player of his caliber on wing then center then wing then point on the powerplay everywhere else. They keep moving him. When was the last time he was given a decent winger? He’s not playing from the same sheet of music because he has not been given the same sheet of music. Every player he has been given a chance to play with is either someone we paid $500 thou or was a minor leaguer last year.

      You say you sat behind the bench and saw Malkin pout, you have no idea what he was upset about and are just making shit up.

      Malkin won the cup for the Penguins, not Crosby, when Crosby was out injured just 1 1/2 years ago, everyone was wondering if Malkin was better than Crosby. Now you’ve become idiots. It’s not name calling it’s a fact.

    • PENSFAN's Gravatar PENSFAN
      December 20, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Why does everyone compare Malkin to Jagr and Crosby to Lemieux? They are four separate people. It drives me nuts. What exactly constitutes him pouting? Can I have an exact thing he does, so I can now look for it? Paaleeze. Noone else pouts on the team? Malkin is a star player and I would hate for him to leave the team. When he starts playing well, you will all jump on the bandwagon again. (The Malkin haters.)

      • PJ's Gravatar PJ
        December 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

        See STH post from today entitled “Malkin on board with the Penguins”….I know what Im talking about..STH35 had the courage to write about it. Even Malkin himself apparently agreed that his performance,before Mondays game which was incredible,had been subpar.Could it be that we are inside deeper than you realize?? Your welcome.

        P.S. If you read closely I never said I wanted to trade Malkin or that I hated him. I wear his jersey to about 30 games a year.

        • PENSFAN's Gravatar PENSFAN
          December 22, 2010 at 7:19 am | Permalink

          Another pet peeve of mine….Why does everyone back their facts up with “I go to several games a year.”? Does that make you have better hockey knowledge than the rest of us? How many games do I go to a year? You will never know. I am just giving my opinion like everyone else on the board. Agree or disagree. Malkin may be having a subpar year, but he is not JAGR! That is my point. LETS GO PENS. At least we are all Pens fans. LOL

        • PENSFAN's Gravatar PENSFAN
          December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink


          I am sorry, I don’t mean to fight on this, I guess that I just think “pout” is a weak word. Makes him sound like a girl. He knows when he has bad games and the word upset would make more sense. I am a huge Malkin fan obviously. By the way, what does “we are inside” mean? I am guessing your are STH35 and are sticking up for yourself?

          • PJ's Gravatar PJ
            December 25, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink

            I can assure you I am NOT STH 35.My point about wearing the Malkin jersey is that I am also a Malkin fan. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

  4. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    December 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    But if RAY trades Geno he has to send him to the west

  5. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    December 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I think it is not a terrible idea, but I would wait until the summer to decide his future in Pitt, but Shero should look at getting rid of GO-GO $1.2 mill for him? Two playersfor Ray D-man Jan Herda- Blue jackets and winger Andrew Burnette -Wild both UFA at end of season.

  6. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    December 18, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure that the Ducks would trade Ryan and Perry straight up for Crosby let alone Malkin

  7. wypensfan's Gravatar wypensfan
    December 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I think Malkin is a little over paid but he still part of this team. Because the Pens didn’t make it to the cup three years in a row i guess that means we should definatley get rid of him and break the team up. Plus I’m not sure why the Ducks would want to get rid players like Perry & Ryan.

  8. PENSFAN's Gravatar PENSFAN
    December 17, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    The guy who just got back from a knee injury and was the only guy who scored in our last two games. Yeah, we should trade him. NOT! Luckily, it is only you who is considering it, not the Penguins. Teams need all kinds of players, because each game is different.

  9. tanger58's Gravatar tanger58
    December 17, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Seriously? It is a little early for April fools jokes. I guess since the Penguins have been doing good lately, we need to pick apart a player. NO WAY SHOULD BE TRADE MALKIN!

  10. Corey's Gravatar Corey
    December 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I am definatly not up for that idea… He was hurt alot last year and hes been battling through injuries again this year. He commands alot of money but he is a great player.

  11. Brian Venerose's Gravatar Brian Venerose
    December 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    THIS iS THE DUMBEST THING I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!! By far. Only 1 1/2 years ago Malkin won the Art Ross trophy and was the MVP of the playlets. That was the year we won the Stanley Cup. No Malkin. No Cup. He had a shoulder injury last year and has had a knee injury all this season. YOU ARE AN IDIOT,

    • PJ's Gravatar PJ
      December 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      save the name calling for the kiddie blogs.


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