It is the week just before the NHL trade deadline and rumors are of course traveling all-around fast and furious. Elliote Friedman’s newest 31 Ideas only has a few described of the Pittsburgh Penguins as the deadline strategy, but they are juicy!
Zuccarello and Wayne Simmonds may have to wait right until the Duchene/Stone/Panarin situations settle. A blend of identical groups searching at both: Boston, Calgary, San Jose, perhaps Pittsburgh and Vegas.
That’s a good deal of groups searching for just a pair of gamers, which indicates a good deal of them will be remaining standing when the trade deadline will come all-around.
And, truly, I’d pump the breaks on remaining as well thrilled about this. From Phil Kessel to Bryan Rust to Patric Hornqvist (and possibly Nick Bjugstad) the Pens have all the appropriate wings they want and more.
Hornqvist in particular is really much the identical participant as Simmonds for the tough-as-nails appropriate shot appropriate wing that drives to the internet, internet-entrance on the power engage in.
There’s also the make any difference that the Flyers have a identified mandate to charge Pittsburgh increased than usual charges in trades (as the Mark Streit 2017 negotiation proved) so that is one more rationale to not assume Simmonds in Pittsburgh.
Also, not for nothing at all, this 30-year aged defeat up variation of Simmonds most likely is not as sterling of a participant as track record, historical past and memory tells you he is. His 1.17 points/60 at even strength this year ranks 303rd out of 388 forwards in the league (bare minimum 300 minutes performed). Simmonds can nonetheless get to the internet and rating on the power engage in but he’s a redundant piece that the Pens by now have in Hornqvist as a limited ES appropriate wing.
The trade rate for Simmonds most very likely will exceed the price he’s bringing to the ice, so Pittsburgh is possibly better off letting a single of all those other groups meet up with it.
As significantly as Zuccarello although, he had an magnificent audition (if you want to simply call it that) on Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was the Rangers very best participant on the ice. His puck abilities would incorporate to any team’s leading 6.
That would be the direction the Pens are very best served going, if they are searching to incorporate up entrance, which in and of alone is nonetheless questionable for want as very well as dwindling remaining trade items.
As Friedman also points out, the temptation to deal a initially round decide on for a rental may have been taken out of the Pens’ hands by Carolina’s wonderful the latest engage in.
Can Carolina, a single level out of the playoffs and producing some enjoyment in the current market, truly trade Micheal Ferland? 8 points in his very last 8 video games. The Hurricanes absolutely just cannot send out him to Pittsburgh, which has been interested.
The concept of Ferland to Pittsburgh was a excellent a single and unquestionably had some movement behind the scenes, but it is not going to arrive to move. The Pens will have to shift gears to locate a participant on a team they’re not competing with down the extend if they want to incorporate.