There is not a ton of time to get personal injury clarity and make a transfer, but these 3 defenseman could be on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ radar.
The Pittsburgh Penguins misplaced a activity Saturday evening, 4-3 in time beyond regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers, but they also had some noteworthy losses on the blue line. Defenseman Kris Letang (upper body personal injury) and Brian Dumoulin (concussion) have been wounded in swift succession and did not return.
With Olli Maata (upper body personal injury) currently out, Pittsburgh was remaining to full Saturday night’s activity with four obtainable defenseman. Justin Schultz and Jack Johnson each and every topped 30 minutes of motion in the activity, with Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel going over 22 minutes.
There isn’t a great deal recognised about the position of Dumoulin and Letang appropriate now, but it’s rather safe to think Dumoulin will pass up time dependent purely on the nature of concussions. Working from a place of perceived depth, the Penguins traded defenseman Jamie Oleksiak back again to the Dallas Stars previous thirty day period. Now, likely down 3 fellas on the back again line for a even though, common supervisor Jim Rutherford has to look at building a transfer for a defenseman in the a lot less than 24 hours remaining right before Monday’s trade deadline (3 p.m. ET).
Pittsburgh can not add a great deal salary, and the overall rental sector for defenseman does not look terrific. But as they cling to playoff competition, tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the closing playoff location in the East coming into Sunday’s motion, these blue-liners could be on the Penguins’ radar down to the wire of the trade deadline Monday afternoon.
3. Michael Del Zotto, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks obtained Del Zotto from the Vancouver Canucks just over a thirty day period in the past, but they are clearly trade deadline sellers (57 factors, 2nd-fewest in the Western Meeting) with couple realistically movable pieces.
Del Zotto has been a little bit a lot more lively offensively with Anaheim, with a larger level of shot tries and pictures on goal with just about as numerous factors (3) in 12 game titles as he had in 23 game titles (four factors) played for the Canucks. Possession metrics are normally neutral on him, as also mirrored by staying a best zero in in addition/minus this year, but he’d be warm body for a team that stands to need to have 1 in Pittsburgh.
Del Zotto is on an expiring deal, with a $2.25 million salary this year, so the rest of that income matches nicely inside of what the Penguins have for cap space (roughly $2.3 million, by using Cap Pleasant).