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Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Trade Rumors

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—————-February 28th

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—————-February 28th

If the Penguins are still looking to add another Defenseman, you can take Buffalo’s Craig Rivet off of the list.  He has been claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

—————-February 25th

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray said he’s forwarded a contract offer to Chris Phillips’ agent hoping to get him re-signed by the trade deadline on Monday. If they can’t get him re-signed they could attempt to trade him, first by getting a trade in place and then requesting Phillips waive his movement clause. The Coyotes, Rangers, Sharks, Canadiens, Penguins, Canucks, Flames and Blackhawks are all seeking help on defense. If Phillips is re-signed the Senators could try to trade Filip Kuba, as it’s believed the Rangers have interest in him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The Penguins will seek an affordable blueliner if they shop for one.

ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside speculated the Pittsburgh Penguins might not be done dealing, perhaps to add another defenseman. He suggested Craig Rivet could be placed on re-entry waivers where the Pens would only be on the hook for half his remaining salary (he’s earning $3.5 million this season), plus possible trade targets like Colorado’s John-Michael Liles or Ottawa’s Chris Phillips.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Penguins GM Ray Shero hasn’t fully closed the door on another deal so it’s probably worthwhile to keep an eye on them.

—————- February 24th, 2011

Not a rumor: The Penguins have traded a conditional 7th round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators for Alexei Kovalev . *the conditional 7th round pick in 2011 will become a 6th round pick in 2011 if the Penguins win one round of the playoffs and Kovalev plays in over 50% of the games.

PenguinPoop Staff writer Jean Pronovost > Penguins trade for Kovalev puts Crosby’s return in doubt
PenguinPoop Staff writer Reg Dunlop > wrote this yesterday: Could Kovalev be a Good Fit for the Penguins?

Rob Rossi @ TribLIVE via Twitter > Pens looking at another D before deadline. … Hearing pick for Kovy may be 6th, at least according to players.

Ray Shero > “The cost asset-wise, to get a defenseman in the League right now is pretty high”  “Outside of something coming my way that’s not there right now, I don’t anticipate picking up a defenseman at this point, but we’ll see. You never know what could happen by Monday at 3 p.m.”

Kevin Allen @ USA Today > “Although (Ray Shero) hit a home run with his acquisition of James Neal, he’s probably going to land another scoring winger, and Ottawa’s Alexei Kovalev seems like a logical move, provided the price isn’t too steep. But Shero’s decisions aren’t easy this week because he doesn’t know when/if Sidney Crosby (concussion) will be back in the lineup”

—————- February 23rd, 2011

Corey Masisak @ NHL.com > Pens’ Shero still looking for forward help > “I would like to add another forward if possible, but it depends on what is going to be available and the price is going to be,” Shero said. “This year I’m not into trading our first-round draft pick or something like that. That might take me out of some things, but if there is a right player, a rental, that makes sense for us.”    ” If Crosby isn’t going to be available, that would free up a lot more cap space but if Shero is reluctant to pay a big price that may not matter much. Colorado’s Milan Hejduk could be a good fit, but Avalanche GM Joel Sherman has said he doesn’t plan to trade Hejduk.”

*Krundles Thoughts: Philadelphia placed Nikolay Zherdev on waivers today. Zherdev could be an inexpensive ($2 mil a year) answer to the Pens scoring woes.  He was a first round 4th overall pick back in 2003.  The only questions are why he’s been on so many teams in the last few years and whether Shero would be willing to take a chance on another player from Kiev, Ukrainia. (ala Ponikarovsky).  Another interesting Waiver addition today Pens could look at is Nashville’s winger Marek Svatos.

Eklund @ HockeyBuzz >”Amidst the rumors this past week about (Paul) Stastny I have found the Penguins may have been the most aggressive and interested in Paul. It didn’t happen of course, but these clues are always worth remembering.  On Kovalev…  Don’t rule out Kovalev to the Penguins. I am not. However, I would say it is far from a certainty and there is some competition out there.”

*Krundles Thoughts: Paul Stastny is being paid $6.6 million a year through 2015.  To make room under the cap, and to get him on the roster, the Pens would most likely have to give up Jordan Staal.  I don’t see that ever happening. *There is a slight humm going around the internet that the Pens might be interested in Colorado’s 35 year old right winger Milan Hejduk.  I will let you know if the humming gets louder.

Rob Rossi @ TribLIVE via Twitter > Tangradi also being talked up as available by Pens.

PenguinPoop Staff writer Reg Dunlop > ” I think (hope) that if (Alexei Kovalev) were to come to Pittsburgh, he could find that certain inspiration that allows him to lift his game to a higher level.  If you look at his career statistics, he consistently put up good numbers while playing for the Penguins.  It just seems like a good fit.  The positive influence of the Pittsburgh coaching staff and the overall style of hockey that the Pens play would allow Kovalev to prosper.”  Read More: Could Kovalev be a Good Fit for the Penguins?

*This page will be updated several times a day if needed.

—————- February 22nd, 2011

Mike Harrington @ Buffalo News > “Tim Connolly has been with the Buffalo Sabres longer than any other player on the roster, coming from the New York Islanders in 2001 for Michael Peca. But this could be Connolly’s final week with the team.  The center is in the final year of the controversial two-year, $9 million extension he signed at the trade deadline in 2009. He’s an unrestricted free agent after the season and could be the kind of third-line center and special teams player that a club like Pittsburgh, Washington or Los Angeles might be interested in as the NHL trade deadline looms next Monday.”

Rob Rossi @ TribLIVE > “Here is another option for the Penguins, at least a name I’ve heard has come up in discussions: Panthers LW Corey Stillman, also on an expiring deal at $3.533 million. He has scored seven goals, half the total of Kovalev. I fully expect the Penguins to wait until later this week, and probably until Sunday or Monday, before making their next move.”

Eklund @ HockeyBuzz > “The Penguins and Devils have interest in Andy McDonald. The scouts all recall his outstanding playoff run for Anaheim a few years back…”  “Obviously (Adam) Foote loves Colorado, but he is also a fierce competitor and would probably have a hard time turning away a legit shot. I have heard the Penguins, Flyers, and Rangers are all considering Foote.”

 Shelly Anderson @ Post-Gazette.com > “This trade doesn’t preclude further Penguins moves before Monday’s deadline.  Despite being publicly noncommittal in recent weeks, the Penguins have a genuine interest in acquiring winger Alex Kovalev, a former Penguin, from Ottawa.  Kovalev, 37, has 14 goals and 13 assists in 53 games with the Senators. His cap hit is $5 million, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has been harshly criticized in Ottawa for his inconsistent, often indifferent, work this season, although some attribute that to his handling by Senators coach Cory Clouston. “We have some room to look for some other pieces,” Shero said. “We’ll let the dust settle a little bit.””

*Krundles Thoughts: I think Shero should try to spend the money elsewhere, Kovalev turns 38 Thursday and I’m not sure he has the abililty to keep up with Bylsma’s style of play.  If Shero cannot land one of the many better players out there and he is sure Crosby is coming back this season, then maybe Kovalev will be a last minute deal like Guerin was.

—————- February 21st, 2011

This is not a rumor, the Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars for winger James Neal & defenseman Matt Niskanen

Also read:
Penguins fans will love James Neal as much as they will miss Goligoski
Penguins Trade Goligoski to Dallas for Neal and Niskanen by the numbers

—————- February 21st, 2011

Darren Dreger @ TSN.ca >   “However, sources say the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins may be working on a deal involving two high quality players. It’s believed the Pens are willing to move defenceman Alex Goligoski for the right forward, and a trade involving Stars winger James Neal has been discussed. Not saying it’s going to happen, but considering what went down in the wee hours Saturday morning between the Blues and Avs, it’s most certainly possible.”

*Krundle’s thoughts: This could end up being the big one, maybe Dallas’  Brad Richards and James Neal to the Pens for Goligoski and a prospect or draft pick.    Also maybe the Penguins look into 1/2 price defenseman Sheldon Souray

—————- February 20th, 2011

Pierre LeBrun @ ESPN.com > “Sens GM Bryan Murray has been a mighty busy man, and he’s not done. I was told Saturday that three teams have shown interest in UFA-to-be winger Alexei Kovalev over the past few days, and one of those teams is the Pittsburgh Penguins. Speaking of the Pens, they had interest in UFA-to-be winger Curtis Glengross of the Flames but that was before Calgary got so hot it stopped listening to offers and is focused on trying to make the playoffs.”

Spector @ Spectorshockey.net> “If the Penguins or any other club trade for Kovalev it’ll likely be due to a lack of quality scoring wingers available in the trade market. His performance over the past three years should be the basis of his value, not the years before that…”

—————- February 19th, 2011

Read PenguinPoop’sThe Pittsburgh Penguins and Brad Richards, the Perfect Match

Craig Custance @ The Sporting News >  “Dustin Penner, Edmonton Oilers: Penner would certainly look good in either Los Angeles or Pittsburgh, but has publicly expressed an interest in staying in Edmonton long-term. “They have decisions to make and my value might be higher than it has been in the past,” he told the Edmonton Journal. “Depending on what they can get in return or the conversations we have, will (impact) on how they act, I guess.”

—————- February 18th, 2011

PenguinPoop Staff writer Jean Pronovost > “I still think the Center spot can be filled by Jason Arnott.  While his numbers may appear similar to those of Kovalev, at least for this season, you have to remember that New Jersey stunk up the joint for the first 4 months of the season until Ilya Kovalchuk decided to show up.  He has playoff experience, but he also seems to have that gritty will to win attitude that could benefit many of the Penguins’ younger players.”

Read More: Penguins possible trade acquisitions drying up while Shero waits on Crosby

—————- February 17th, 2011

Scott Burnside @ ESPN.com > “I talked to a scout last night that thought he (Alexei Kovalev) would be a nice fit in Pittsburgh (assuming Sidney Crosby returns at some point from a concussion), and I tend to agree. Can’t believe Murray would be asking for anything of value (fourth-round pick? fifth?) to get Kovalev and his salary off the books.”

—————- February 16th, 2011

Tim Gulitti @ NorthJersey.com > ” (Jason) Arnott said the decision is his to make. He is under the impression that Lamoriello will trade him to a contender if he asks him to. That would also allow the Devils to get something for Arnott before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.“We’ve talked a little bit about it,” Arnott said.”I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t have many years left, so I want to try to win another Stanley Cup.” “I think he’d be gracious enough to move me to a team that has a chance. But it’s a hard situation now.”  (Pittsburgh, Montreal and Washington are among the teams rumored to have interest. Pittsburgh and Montreal have had multiple scouts at more than one Devils’ game in the last few weeks.) ”

—————- February 15th, 2011

Bruce Garrioch @ Toronto Sun > “Sens try to ignore trade rumours – “It’s part of the business. You don’t have any control over it. You’ve just got to go out and play,” said rugged winger Chris Neil (Ottawa Senators), who has been drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.”

Sorry, just found this from a few days ago:

Ken Warren @ Ottawa Citizen > “Before the Malkin injury, there was speculation the Penguins were interested in Alex Kovalev of the Ottawa Senators or Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers, provided they could find a way to fit their salaries under the cap. With Malkin now on the long-term injury list, however, the Penguins are in a position to add contracts equivalent to Malkin’s $8.7-million U.S. salary. While Shero didn’t talk about specific players, it is possible the Penguins could pursue several big-name centres who are due to become unrestricted free agents following the season. At the top of the list are Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars, who is making $7.8 million this season, and Jason Arnott of the New Jersey Devils, whose contract pays him $4.5 million.”

—————- February 13th, 2011

Dave Molinari @ Post-Gazette.com >  “There is one guy, though, that Shero probably could add in the next five minutes, if he were so inclined.  That’s right winger Alex Kovalev, with whom Ottawa seems eager to part and who is not likely to draw serious interest from anywhere in the league.  Penguins officials are noncommittal about whether they have any meaningful interest in Kovalev, and it certainly is understandable if they have mixed feelings.  It’s easy to make a case for bringing him back, and just as easy as it is to show why they shouldn’t even think about it.   Here are both sides:”

—————- February 11th, 2011

*Krundles Thoughts:   Eric Tangradi being sent back down to the WBS Penguins when the Penguins have called up half the team from down there and have all the cap space they would need with Sidney Crosby on LTIR, does not bode well for his future.  Tangradi may not fit into coach Bylsma’s future, but would be a highly sought after prospect for most other organizations.

I need to say this also, you keep hearing Goligoski’s name everywhere, if the Penguins trade him, their top +/- defensemen they would have two rookie defensemen, and if anyone, especially Letang got injured, they would not have an offensive defenseman and would be working with 3 rookie defensemen on the roster in a time when defense is their top priority.  I don’t think Shero is that dumb.  This does not rule out Goligoski being traded for a defenseman, but that would be unlikely.

*Tangradi is out with concussion like symptoms nixes the above for now.

—————- February 10th, 2011

* I found this from a few days ago at a fantasy hockey site.  It makes way more sense than the Eklund trade Goligoski crap bandwagon that everyone has jumped on for lack of creativity…

Dobber @ DobberHockey.com > “I get: Kris Versteeg, Alexei Kovalev, Jarkko Ruutu, Ryan Shannon, P.A. Parenteau, Jason Arnott (another center, but could be moved to wing), Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner (a tad high for next year though) and Ryan Jones.”     “I predict three of the above nine will be dealt at or near the deadline and barring a bigger trade that shocks us all, the Pens will get one of those three. Hell, two of the above nine have already played in Pittsburgh.”

“Dustin Jeffrey owners – much like Luca Caputi of a year ago, be prepared for a possible address change. The Penguins coveted Caputi (but I believe they covet Jeffrey a lot more), but all the same, you have to give a little to get a little. He is a bargaining chip who will be a common name mentioned by the other GM’s whenever Ray Shero comes calling.”

(* with Jeffrey getting hurt last night this may change)

—————- February 9th, 2011

Kevin Allen @ USA Today > “Right wing Alexei Kovalev (Ottawa): Although Kovalev hasn’t had a tremendous season, there is still a league-wide romance with his skill. He has a no-trade clause, but why wouldn’t he waive it if the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted him to play with Sidney Crosby?”

the 4thPeriod > “Because of the injuries to his star players, Shero admits his plan had been “adjusted.” The Penguins have been linked to Edmonton Oilers sniper Ales Hemsky, Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville, Columbus Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius, and Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss.”

Shelly Anderson @ Post-Gazette > That puts the club in the market for a top-six forward with the NHL trade deadline less than three weeks away.  And right there in Consol Energy Center Tuesday night was a possible answer — Columbus winger R.J. Umberger, a Plum native who is putting together perhaps his best season with 19 goals, 38 points going into the game and getting accolades from Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel about his leadership skills.

—————- February 8th, 2011

Darren Dreger @ TSN >  “Because of long term injury relief, cap space is no longer a problem. However, if Shero hopes to lure players like Stephen Weiss from the Florida Panthers or pry a talented young forward like Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks (as examples), he will need to present a package of assets containing either a combination of a young roster player and high ranking draft pick, or a top prospect and draft picks.  In San Jose’s case, assuming Sharks GM Doug Wilson is willing to consider moving Setoguchi, a young defenceman such as 25-year-old Alex Goligoski may have to be included.”

*Krundles Thoughts: With Evgeni Malkin out probably the rest of the season, everyone seems to think that Penguins GM Ray Shero will be making some big moves come trade deadline. When a player goes on long term injury reserve, the NHL raises the cap room up that players salary minus what was left under the cap. With Evgeni Malkin, Comrie and Letestu out right now, the Penguins salary cap will be moved up about 9 million dollars. That is once Malkin has been out either 11 games or 26 days.  There are rumors that Crosby may be out the rest of the season also…  That would change everything.

With just Malkin being out, my opinion of what the Pens will do is a bit different than what I was thinking before (read my article below).  To get any of the players listed below, the Penguins are going to have to give some stuff up.  I have always said that the future is now with this team, and with Crosby and Malkin having 15 more years in them, I have absolutely no problem with the Pens trading prospects because they won’t be able to afford them once they come around anyway.  That being said, I wouldn’t be suprised to see prospects Eric Tangradi or Simon Despres names being offered up for a chance at a really good player.

Something not considered by any or these people proposing trades and players pickups is whether the Penguins ownership wants to spend millions more on top of what they are already spending. I will be posting the latest rumors and such on this page right up until the deadline. It sounds to me like Shero is going to do something:

Ray Shero:I can only speak for myself and I’ve talked to a few (GMs), I haven’t talked to all the teams, but I have kept in touch with a few guys. With our team I have a pretty good idea of what we want to do so I’m not contacting every team.”

—————- February 7th, 2011

Dave Molinari @ Post-Gazette.com>The most intriguing member of that group, at least at the moment, might be PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders. He has 13 goals and 19 assists in 51 games and a salary of just $600,000. ”   Molinary goes on to mention  Ottawa right winger Alex Kovalev, Florida left winger Cory Stillman ($3,533,333), Florida right winger Radek Dvorak ($1.7 million), Florida left winger Chris Higgins ($1.6 million), Brad Richards of Dallas ($7.8 million), Colorado’s Milan Hejduk ($3 million) and Radim Vrbata of Phoenix ($3 million).

Eklund @ HockeyBuzz > RJ Umberger to Pittsburgh. I have talked to the two sources who tipped me off on this today and neither had a great answer, but one said, “there is another player the Jackets are looking at acquiring who is indirectly connected to moving RJ.”

E.J. Hradek @ ESPN Insider > Shero will make the phone calls. Maybe he’ll even be able to pry potential unrestricted free agent Brad Richards from the Dallas Stars.

—————- February 6th, 2011

PenguinPoop Staff writer Jean Pronovost > JP suggested this list as possible targets for GM Ray Shero:
Kristian Huselius, Stephen Weiss, Mike Fisher, Alex Kovalev, Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky, Brad Richards
Weiss and Fisher still have multiple years left so problem there.  Kovalev can be had for nothing.  Richards only if Dallas starts to fall out of contention.

Read More: What will the Penguins do next?????

—————- February 5th, 2011

David Kalan @ NHL.com > “One player expected to be on the block who could be appealing to Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero is New Jersey center Jason Arnott”    also:   “Where Pittsburgh would go is anyone’s guess, though if Edmonton chooses to move Ales Hemsky or Dustin Penner, the Penguins could certainly make the numbers work. And if Shero truly wants to dream big, could a run at Calgary’s Jarome Iginla be in the mix?”

—————- February 1st, 2011

Corey Masisak @ NHL.com > “Given the depth on defense (and lack of it up on the wing), expect Alex Goligoski‘s name to be in some trade rumors this month. Verdict: BUYERS”

—————- January 11th, 2011

Here are my original thoughts about the deadline from mid January:

Once again the Pittsburgh Penguins players names are being thrown around as possible trade candidates to try land a top winger for Crosby. Ray Shero himself has a bit over three million in cap space available to pickup a winger thanks to his usual cushion and the savings from the salaries of long term injuries to Jordan Staal and Mike Comrie.

One Rumor being mentioned are the picking up Penguin fan favorite winger Alex Kovalev, this rumor is slowly fading as Kovalev is now out with a knee injury, and his production over the last few years hasn’t been that great anyway.

Another rumor that has been spreading is the trading of Alex Goligoski to Columbus for a winger. This has been mentioned by Pro sports daily and my favorite, Eklund at HockeyBuzz. I say my favorite Eklund, because it has been proven that he is wrong about rumors more than if you just pick a player and a team from a hat. You can read about that at HockeybuzzHogwash.com. Back to Goligoski, this rumor of Columbus being interested in him started in February last year and has just re-surfaced, it made more sense back then when we had Gonchar. While the trade names have changed, the rest remains the same.

It was rumored that the Columbus GM was scouting the Pens during the Phoenix game.

The players mentioned by Eklund that the Penguins would be trading for is Nikita Filatov (Columbus) or Petr Prucha (Phoenix) both of which have a combined goal scoring total of zero goals this season. Another reason this is stupid is because if you trade Goligoski for a winger, that would mean the Pens would have two rookie defensemen, and if one of the main four defensemen get injured in the playoffs, that would mean half of the Pens defense would be rookies, Shero is not that dumb. That and the fact that Goligoski is the Pens best defensemen value wise.

Another name being tossed around the trade circuit is Pascal Dupuis. As much as I’d hate to see it happen, he is the top candidate for moving as he has the highest salary of the free agents next season and it would be his spot they would be filling.

Right now the defense that the Penguins have in place is perfect, any change in that would be a big mistake. As far as offense goes, the Pens have a surplus of players, and come trade deadline there are a few that stand a better chance of getting moved than the rest.

The Pens have 6 main players available for Unrestricted free agency come the end of June (not counting Comrie) Pascal Dupuis, Max Talbot, Michael Rupp, Eric Godard, Arron Asham and Craig Adams. If Shero tries to work out deals with these players for next season and the players are reluctant or want more money, there is a good chance they and draft picks or prospects could be used to land a quality rental player for the playoffs. Especially knowing Shero has $3 million in cash burning a hole in his pocket.

As for now, I’m personally not wishing for a trade, I believe there is great team chemistry and the fact that the team is toying with first place overall also curbs my enthusiasm for a move.  I am expecting a big pickup this year come trade deadline.

Additional Reading:The Goligoski trade rumor:  http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Filatov-or-Prucha-possible-Crosby-Wingers-Habs-and-Frolov-pt-2-Versteeg/1/32683


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    Stephen Weiss for Chris Kunitz and cash. Seems to be imminent though….

  6. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    February 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Martin Hanzal and a 2011 PHX 6th Round Draft Pick has reportedly been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Chris Kunitz and a 2011 PIT 4th Round Draft Pick.

  7. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    February 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    BUF acquires:
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    – Teemu Laakso
    – 2011 7th Round Draft Pick of NSH

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  8. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel with any of Hejduk, Svatos or Zherdev. Those kinds of guys, like Kovalev as well could be had at 2:59 on Monday. Better to keep waiting and see if a team feels like it has fallen out the race this weekend, and see if you can pry something better off of one of them. I’m thinking a Cory Stillman, Teemu Selanne or David Backes type

  9. BillV's Gravatar BillV
    February 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    The Staal for Stastny almost seems like a good idea on paper. Stastny is only 3 years older at 25. He is signed through 2015 for not much more than Staal is signed for. Stastny’s numbers are way better. The one thing I think many don’t look at is that Stastny was getting main powerplay time and the good pairings. Staal got 2nd line powerplay time and not much of it. The Penguins penalty kill did fine if not better without Staal. The intangibles with Staal far outweigh Stastny’s. As good as it looks on paper, I think Shero should stick with Staal. Plus I think all the puckbunnies in Pittsburgh would hate Shero if he made the move. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

  10. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    February 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

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      February 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

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      February 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Good Call!

    • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
      February 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Excellent call Ecklund. Yep, you sure are brilliant. Just throw out every possible name in the NHL, and when one of them gets traded to the Penguins, start shouting, “Told you so….In your face”
      Let’s see, you also told us Vanek/Nick Crawford were coming as well as one of Sharp, Umberger or Simmonds and Neuvirth and Schultz. Am I forgetting anyone? You threw out eight names(Actually nine if you count Brian Sutherby), and one of them was actually traded to the Penguins. Guess we should just call you Nostradamus, huh?

      • Jag.off's Gravatar Jag.off
        February 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

        That’s is really not that bad of odds considering how many players there are in the NHL. Plus most of the players he said wern’t being mentioned all over the net and are not ufa’s next season. it’s kind of impressive and the deadline is not over. You wrote a list of players, I think just as many. How’s that lookin? The annoying part was he had Comrie in every list.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        February 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

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        March 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

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  11. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Souray cleared waivers and has been sent back to the minors

    • February 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Teams have been know to ask other teams to re-place a player on waivers to get the player at half price. I wouldn’t be surpised if Shero did that. What do you know about Souray, how did he go from so good to bad in one year? Is it just because he wants out of Edmonton?

      • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
        February 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Souray was already put on Re-Entry waivers which are the waivers that allow another team to claim him at half of his salary. He cleared that as no team claimed him(Thought the Rangers might take a stab at him). He signed with Edmonton for an overinflated salary coming off a great year in Montreal and then could not stay healthy. He then told Edmonton that he wanted out, but no one wanted him at his Cap hit. I think teams are too worried about his fragility at this point.

  12. Brian K.'s Gravatar Brian K.
    February 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Are the Islanders rumors useless now? Any change Garth Snow and Ray Shero would talk? I doubt it.

    • Brian K.'s Gravatar Brian K.
      February 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I meant any “chance” not change.

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      February 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      penguins deal forward ryan craig,nick johnson,derek engelland, and a 2011 4th and 3rd round pick in exchange for alex kovalev, david rundblad and a 2012 5th round pick

      • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
        February 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        oh ye

  13. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Well if you think Ecklund is an idiot, Bruce Garrioch makes him look like a Mensa member. This guy is wrong more than my lottery tickets.

  14. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 11, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Tangradi getting sent down had to do with, as Bylsma put it, “Him not skating at an NHL level”. I’m pretty sure this guy has been skating since he was 5. By now he should know what it is going to stay with the big club but for some reason doesn’t seem to be doing it. Could we be looking at a career minor leaguer?

    If the Pens do trade Goligoski (Still a huge possibility), look for them to acquire Chris Phillips

  15. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    The Umberger thing will never happen.

  16. Bobby's Gravatar Bobby
    February 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    To St. Louis.

    Dustin Jeffery/Mark Letestu (could be either)
    3rd Rnd pick.

    To Pittsburgh

    David Perron
    Vladimir Taresenko

    Any thoughts?

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      February 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      i love it

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      February 9, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      not even close

    • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
      February 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      You folks still don’t seem to get it. The Pens can not trade Comrie as you are not allowed to trade a player on injured reserve. Why would any team take him any way when he only signed a one year deal here and is a free agent at the end of the season. If some other team wants him, they can just wait until July 1st and sign him without giving up anything in return. He certainly will not be with the Penguins next year so stop including his name in any trade speculation.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        February 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        who wrote this…? this is the most sh**tiest trade. I love it , but it is wayyy to lobsided. Perron and Tarasenko are two very good players. V Tar did an amazing job at the Wrl Jrs. No way this is gonna happen.

  17. Natalie's Gravatar Natalie
    January 27, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I sincerely hope Talbot stays!

    • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
      March 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink


  18. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    January 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    REPORT: David Booth, Nick Bjugstad, Erik Gudbranson, and Mike Santorelli has reportedly been dealt by Dale Tallon to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chris Kunitz, Mike Comrie, Pascal Dupuis and their 2012 1st round pick has gone the other way.

    • PJ's Gravatar PJ
      February 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      This site should somehow ban this user from using this user name.

      • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
        March 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        eff off PJ..u the dumshit

  19. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    BREAKING NEWS: I HAVE JUST RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE FROM PENGUINS gm RAY SHERO!:… “It is my delight to inform you that we have struck a deal between the Buffalo Sabres. We have acqired winger Thomas Vanek, prospect Nick Crawford and a 2012 BUF third round draft pick in exchange for PWF Chris Kunitz, prospect Alex Velischek, and a 2011 PIT fourth round draft pick. I am very excited to have Thomas on our team. We will unveil him along with Nick on Thursday January 20th, 2011. I hope you find this trade fair and a benefit for both teams. And I pray to God on my knees that he will reproduce goals like he did in 06-07 season. See you tomorrow Mario.”

    PIT acquires:
    LW Thomas Vanek
    DF Nick Crawford
    2012 Buffalo Sabres 3rd round draft Pick

    BUF acquires:
    LW Chris Kunitz
    DF Alez Velischek
    2011 Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd round draft Pick
    -If Thomas Vanek scores more than 28 goals OR if the Penguins go past the Quarter Finals in the 2011 Playoffs, the Sabres will have the rights to negotiate with unrestricted free agent Craig Adams and will acquire their 2012 3rd round draft pick.

    So, all in all, it was a complicated trade, but I think it will benefit us more than it will Buffalo. I hope you Pens fans are happy about this trade as much as Ray is. Have a good one.

    • DCheck's Gravatar DCheck
      January 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      I think Buffalo would immediately fire their GM and get the NHL to abolish the trade on insanity if this happened. Wishful thinking, Vanek would be an incredible addition, but the Pens would have to give up much more.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        disagree…Vanek will only get 25 goals this year with 62 points. Kunitz will get the same no. of pts but better plus minus. You watch. Next year Sid will get 140 pts (46G, 94A) with Vanek getting 40G and 40A. Just watch and learn. Crosby, Vanek, and Dupuis. (Dupuis will get 30 pts)

  20. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Send a young player- Brian Strait or Nick Johnson to Calgary for Alex Tanguay

    • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
      January 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Tanguay maybe a very good fit. 🙂 adds size and has a great wrist shot.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        DEAL!!! Ray has acquired Alex Tanguay for Robert Bortuzzo and a 3rd round pick for 2011

  21. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    January 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    We need that final missing piece for the Stanley Cup…Crosby’s and Malkin’s linemates aren’t just good enough. That’s why we are trying to lure Sharp, Simmonds, Umberger, or any one who can flourish big time with these types of centers.

    • Cunneyworth15's Gravatar Cunneyworth15
      January 16, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Yes,I understand why the Pens need star wingers,but do you really think that the Hawks would give up Sharp?,it would take a lot to get Sharp from Chicago,and Simmonds is a young talented player,with L.A. being so close to having a cup contender,I can’t see them moving Simmonds,you built with youth,not trade them away. The only player you mentioned that I could potential see in Pittsburgh is Umberger,and is he really a star player to play alongside Crosby or Malkin?…I don’t see much of an upgrade with what we already have.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        yes yes very true about Sharp. But Simmonds isnt doing very good at the moment. 17 pts in 44 games with a -3…LA arent doing that good themselves either. They need that horse that will boost them up be title contenders. They missed out on Kovalchuk in the summer and Iginla isnt going to be moved for some time. So who do u look at? Maybe Kunitz or Comrie is the answer. Kunitz has 31 pts in 44 games.

        • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
          January 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

          Yes,the Kings might not win the cup this season,but their getting the pieces put in place. As for Simmonds,he is one of the pieces of the puzzle,as for Kovalchuk,the reason why they missed out is because their GM was too smart to give that much money to one player,look at the way Devils are playing at the moment,all because Kovy bankrupt the team.

          I totally think the Pens need a better winger,but the only way they can move Kunitz is if another team picks up his contract for next season,which at 3.7 million is a hard deal for some teams.

          Iginla I don’t see getting traded,just because his salary is HUGE,there is only a couple of teams that could afford him ( which is why LA was rumored for the longest time)

          It’s hard to say what players I would like to see,it’s just the matter of the right fit,and what Shero got to give up,with so many players up for contract renewal at seasons end,I can see Shero trading for someone. A player like a Bobby Ryan,Patrick Sharp,or even a Devon Setgucchi(spelling) could look good playing with either Sid or Geno.

          • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
            January 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

            Another player I wouldn’t mind seeing in Pittsburgh would be Nick Foligno or Mike Fisher from Ottawa,with the way the Sens are playing,both players could be up for trade.

          • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
            January 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

            Wait, you can’t see LA trading Wayne Simmonds, but you CAN see Anaheim trading Bobby Ryan or San Jose trading Setoguchi?

            • Cunneyworth15's Gravatar Cunneyworth15
              January 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

              I’m using those as examples only,players similar to those types. I really don’t see much difference in a R.J.Umberger type of player,then what the Pens already got.

        • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
          February 9, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

          ur forgetting one thing u thin that the blackhawks will let that happen NO WAY

      • shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
        January 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

        WE don’t NEED a star winger, we need wingers that can score

  22. Cunneyworth15's Gravatar Cunneyworth15
    January 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I really can’t see Chris Kunitz being moved in any trade. He’s still under contract next year for 3.725 million,can’t see many teams picking him up.

    As for players like Comrie,Adams,Rupp I can see being shipped at the deadline because they will be free agents this summer,unless Shero decides to re-sign them

    I would hate to see Goose leave,especially since he’s playing well lately,but I guess it would depend on what we get back for him. I wouldn’t mind seeing either Patrick Sharp or Wayne Simmonds in a Pens sweater.

    And finally,it wouldn’t make any sense in the world to trade Johnson back to Washington,the guy is a steal for 600,000 a year,and plays solid whenever the Pens need him. I can’t see the Caps dealing away Neuvirth anytime soon,with the inconsistent play of the Caps goaltending,I think it might be another season before they deal one of them,and you got to keep in mind that Brad Theissan(spelling)on the farm team is the AHL starter for the all-star game,I really think Pittsburgh is fine in goal for some time.

    • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
      January 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Comrie is pretty much out for the year. You can’t trade a player who is on Injured Reserve, and not team would trade anything for him when they can just sign him next year if he’s healthy. He certainly won’t be back here.

  23. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    January 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    How about this big one- Alex Gologoski to Columbus for
    Jan Hejda and Jakub Voracek

    • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
      January 14, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      I would have been all for this one until the new Goose appeared a few games ago. He might be our best offensive weapon right now.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        ok…let me get this straight…CBJ are never ever in the history of man kind going to give up their jewel. Jakub voracek, nikita filatov, ryan johansen, rick nash and steve mason are the future of Colombus. So no, we are not going to move for Mr. Voracek.

        • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
          January 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

          Columbus may not have any choice but to give up their “jewel”. He is an RFA at the end of the season and will be free to sign an offer sheet from any other team if he wants. Yes’ Columbus has the right to match, but only if it fits within their salary cap confines. Don’t forget that Steve Mason’s new deal kicks in next season, and they are already overpaying Mike Commodore for two more years as well as being saddled with bad deals for Tyutin and Huselius.

  24. McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
    January 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t Penguin trade related, but I was just reading that Brian Burke may be in cahoots with Jim Balsillie and is purposely running the Maple Leafs into the ground in an attempt to move the team south just north of Hamilton where Burke said all the true Leaf fans are from anyway. Anyone hear anything?

  25. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    January 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    How about this- Robert Bortuzzo and a pick to Minnesota for Andrew Burnette,
    Pen’s need a winger for Malkin, leave the Staal-T.K.-Cooke

    • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
      January 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      This is the only piece of non-nonsense I have read here.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

        why would we do that..? Brunette is already 37 yrs old…we want to look in the future and for someone who is already established in the NHL. Brunette will retire soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired in June 2011.

        • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
          January 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

          Brunette is the kind of player that gets moved at the deadline. Guys that are either UFA’s, RFA’s or most likely going to retire at the end of the season. These types of players don’t cost you a lot other than draft picks or prospects. The Pens won’t be looking for a player to build on for the future, they will be looking for one that can help them win right now. Brunette has consistently put up around 60 points a season for the last five years, and is the kind of finisher that would look good on either Sid or Geno’s wing.

  26. shoot87's Gravatar shoot87
    January 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    How about this– Brian Strait and PAscal Dupuis to Phoenix
    for Radiam Vrbata???

    • McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
      January 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      This may not be a bad move, but you have to wonder why Vrbata gets moved every other day.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        why would we want Vrbata?
        Dupuis is only 26 and Vrbata can’t put up good pts and he’s very small in stature..
        Those are the type of guys we want

        • BrWilson's Gravatar BrWilson
          January 14, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

          Dupuis 26? Ha. You really are clueless. Vrbata had 24 goals last year on the Coyotes, I bet hed do better on Crosby’s line.

          • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
            January 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

            sorry dupuis is 31 and talbot is 26.

            • Penguin871's Gravatar Penguin871
              January 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

              Wow, I’ve been reading this place for a long time, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen someone apologize in the comments. hats off!

  27. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    January 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Ray Shero may have made a blockbuster trade for offense, but he is also looking to add some toughness and consistency at the back end too. This is a sure deal that will happen in the next week or so. So don’t be surprised if you see a new face in the Pittsburgh camp soon.

    To Washington:
    Backup goalie Brent Johnson
    Prospect Steve Wagner
    2011 2nd round pick
    Craig Adams

    To Pittsburgh:
    Michael Neuvirth
    Jeff Schultz

    • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
      January 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Maybe you Pens fans maybe cheering for the second trade (which looks like on paper, we could win). However, you have to remember Schultz is only a +1 and 5 pts (5a) in 35 games. While Adams adds some tougness, hits and reasonable pts, Johnson is 8-3-3. Terrific stats for a backup. So who knows..maybe the caps will win the trade.

  28. MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
    January 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Since no one ever goes on this page…I will confess. This is no joke. Yes, Ray Shero is in talks with a team. Not CBJ, not LAK, not CHI, not PHX and most certainly not going to Russia to lure Petr back to the East. He is in dead serious talks with the unsuspected Dallas Stars. Dallas has just made a move for Brunnstrom, and looking to add brit, young talent and that final piece for a playoff push. That’s why they opted a move for Stefanovich instead of a Leafs draft pick. Ray has personally told me that is what Dallas GM Nieuwendyk told him.
    Now, here are the players that are involved in the trade (some of the recent previous comments were close, especially Julian and Evander):

    To Dallas:
    Chris Kunitz
    Mike Comrie
    Arron Asham
    2011 4th round pick

    To Pittsburgh:
    James Neal
    Brian Sutherby
    2011 7th round pick

    • McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
      January 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      So if I have this correct, all of you people who are most likely the same think the Penguins are going to trade Mike Comrie who is an unrestricted free agent and wont be back this season.

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      February 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      loe love love it!!!!!

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        February 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        told u

  29. Evander's Gravatar Evander
    January 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    that comment by Julian was certainly true…Ray Shero is certainly in talks with Kings GM Lombardi. However, I’ve heard differently. Apparently, the Pens are in advanced talks with want-away winger Pat Sharp. Here are the full details:

    The Pens trade : Chris Kunitz, Michael Rupp, Mike Comrie, and inspirational leader Ryan Craig.

    The Blackhawks trade: Patrick Sharp, and Phillipe Paradis

  30. Julian's Gravatar Julian
    January 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    rubbish lads…i personally heard from ray shero (while he was talking to Mario)in the Boston game(4-2 loss for pens), that he is in talks to move the reliable Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, Mike Comrie and a 4th round pick for Canadian born Wayne Simmonds, and prospect Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings. Recap:

    To Penguins:
    -Wayne Simmonds
    -Dwight King

    To Kings:
    -Chris Kunitz
    -Craig Adams
    -Mike Comrie
    -4th round pick

  31. rick's Gravatar rick
    January 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    staal still gets paid idiot

    • January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      I have had long debates with the other writers here at PenguinPoop trying to convince them that readers should have to pass a hockey IQ test or an overall IQ test to be allowed to post comments on the site here. Since I have come up on the losing end of that argument every time, I present you with a link about how the NHL Salary Cap works. I propose you peruse the document, especially that part about long term injuries, then at your convenience offer an apology. Thank you for reading.

      The NHL Salary Cap Explained

      PS. You are correct that Staal still gets paid. I took the liberty of reasonably inferring that your comment was directed towards the salary cap savings.

      • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
        January 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        Don’t listen to Eklund,…. listen to me. You can see my post above.

      • PJ's Gravatar PJ
        January 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

        you post a trade rumor story and then expect intelligent banter. this is all your fault Krundle

        • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
          February 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

          f u. I told u Neal wud come to us.

  32. January 12, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Prucha defected to Russia yesterday

    • January 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Why Eklund thinks the Pens are interested in guys who can’t score goals is beyond me.

      • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
        January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        Well, let’s see. 1. He’s an idiot. That’s it, there is no #2

  33. BrWilson's Gravatar BrWilson
    January 12, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    There are lots of good winger options out there, I don’t believe Columbus is where the Pens will be looking other than Umberger. Ben Lovejoy just happened to play the night the Columbus GM was in town and with him not seeing much playing time, he could be the one being shopped.

    • January 12, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      For all anyone knows, the Columbus GM was there scouting Phoenix, if he was there.

      • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
        January 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        I could see the Pens taking a flier on Jake Voracek if he could be had for next to nothing

        • January 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

          They might, but with the excess of players on the roster and with cash in hand I think Shero’s deep sea fishing for a big Hossa sized fish.

          • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
            January 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

            Here’s a small list of players who will be UFA’s next year that team’s may look to get rid of:
            Teemu Selanne (Only if Anaheim falls out of it)
            Corey Stillman
            Justin Williams (Same for LA)
            Andrew Brunette (Same for Minnesota)
            What’s really going to hurt the Penguins’ chances of landing a big fish is the fact that teams in the West are bunched so tightly(at least right now) that more of them are going to look to be buyers and not sellers until they feel they have no shot to make the playoffs. If you have more buyers than sellers for any product, it drives the price up, sometimes so much that it is not worth what you’ll have to give up. Right now, in the West, only eight points separates 8th place from 15th while in the East, Carolina is pretty much the only team on the outside that has a legitimate shot of still getting in. That leaves on 7 teams that will think they are out of it, and if you look at the rosters of those 7 teams, they really don’t have much the Pens would want.

          • MarioLemieux's Gravatar MarioLemieux
            January 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

            what the f don’t you guys get…? Voracek will not be moved..and if he does who will we ship away? Voracek is not consistent and we are looking for a North American skater. Neal, Simmonds, Umberger, Sharp are the guys we are shopping for.

        • dr.rosenrosen's Gravatar dr.rosenrosen
          January 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

          What? Voracek…No frigin way the Jackets trade him. If Ray can get him for cheap steal of the century, but it will never happen. I think the Jackets are more likely to trade Nash. Boy he would look good in the black and gold, that would mean Geno would have too move on. I could see Teemu coming here for a season.

          • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
            January 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

            I’m pretty sure I did say Jake Voracek, right? The one with 8 goals on the season? Because from your response, I thought I might have said Steven Stamkos. Voracek is an RFA next year, and Columbus may not be able to afford his asking price. There is a better chance that the Pens talk Mario into coming out of retirement than there is of Columbus trading us Rick Nash. There is no way in Hell even if Scott Howson got really drunk one night that Shero brings in a guy who is signed through 2018 at $7.8 million per season.
            Teemu, on the other hand would not be coming here for a season. This is pretty much his last rodeo, and if Anaheim falls out of the playoff picture, he could be a decent rental for the playoff run.

            • Jakub's Gravatar Jakub
              January 13, 2011 at 5:15 am | Permalink

              Who the hell is Jake Voracek??? How about Jakub Voracek. You must be drunk! I honestly do not think they will trade Nash really, wishful thinking on my part. That is why I said the only way they could do it was trade Geno, but I do not think Ray is ready to do that.

            • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
              January 13, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

              Speaking of drunk, where in my previous posts did I ever say, “Who the hell is Jake Voracek?”? I know who he is, but I’m not sure you do. You seem to have him confused with Daniel Sedin, Corey Perry and Martin St. Louis. The one I’m talking about has 25 points on a team whose season is slowly slipping away and is not signed for next season. That’s the kind of player that teams move at the trade deadline so they can get prospects or draft picks moving forward and don’t lose their player and get nothing in return after the season.
              And again, with Rick Nash, do you really think a guy whose last few seasons saw him with point totals of 57, 54 and 57 is worth not only $7.8 million but $7.8 million for the next seven years? Trust me, he will be a Blue Jacket for a very long time.

            • Jakub's Gravatar Jakub
              January 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

              In previous posts your reffer to Jakub Voracek as “Jake” Voracek.

            • Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
              January 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

              Really??? That’s what you’re going with? The fact that I, just like most folks in the hockey world referred to him as Jake and not Jakub (Which I’m pretty sure only his mother calls him). Seriously, have you ever listened to George Matthews call a Blue Jackets game? I guess we’re all idiots for referring to Evgeni as Geno?

  34. pENZrULE's Gravatar pENZrULE
    January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    oops. My comment below was in responce to Cunnyworth15

  35. pENZrULE's Gravatar pENZrULE
    January 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Something to think about with the whole wanting to trade Malkin away is the if Crosby sustains more concussions as players are susceptible to once they get one, His career could be ended early and without Malkin, we’d be left with just a regular team.

  36. Cunneyworth15's Gravatar Cunneyworth15
    January 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I personally would hate to see the Pens trade Gogo. I feel that’s he’s way too valuable to the blue-line. Sure Filatov got some skill,but he’s been a no-show this season.

    As for Kovalev,I love the guy,but I can see why people hate him,he decides when he wants to play,and Murray is finding that out in Ottawa this season,if the Penguins actually made a trade for him,then all I hope is that they don’t give up too much youth for him,after all Kovy is getting up their in years and don’t have too much gas left in the can.

    I really like the chemistry of the team also,but getting some wingers for Sid would be a good idea. I know most people wouldn’t agree with me on this,but what about dealing Malkin?…he’s a big name,and would get several players back in return,one of which could be a proven winger to play with Crosby. I realize that it’s a huge contract to move,but a part of me would rather see Malkin be traded then Gogo or Staal. The Pens 3rd and 4th lines are fine,but they need some help on the 1st and 2nd lines,and this could help.

    Either way,I’m sure Shero will pull a trigger on a deal before the deadline,and as always,keep up the great work,I enjoy reading the articles!

  37. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    January 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Yes to RJ Umberger. 20 goal scorer on Sids line. Playing in his home town. For what? I dont know.

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