According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts Blog, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to pursue Jason Zucker, but with Minnesota sitting 7 points back of the final wildcard spot with 3 games in hand, the Wild aren’t ready to start shipping out roster players.
Zucker, 28, has 13 goals and 14 assists in 39 games for the Wild this season. He is signed through 2022-23 at a cap hit of $5.5 million.
Minnesota had previously agreed to trade Zucker to the Penguins last summer as part of a Phil Kessel trade, but Kessel exercised his no-trade protection to stop the trade. The Wild also nearly traded Zucker to the Flames at last season’s trade deadline, but the deal fell through due to a “timing issue”.
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford put an end to the recent rumors that the team was considering dealing superstar center Evgeni Malkin.
Rutherford went on to say that both sides were happy and Malkin’s goal is to win in Pittsburgh. Instead the team will focus on adding quality wingers to complete their offense with the hope of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Penguins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-1
series loss to the New York Rangers.
Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area discusses the possibility of the Sharks attempting to acquire Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During a recent press conference, Sharks owner Hasso Plattner stated the team could not buy the Stanley Cup, and mentioned Malkin as someone they couldn’t just go out and spend to acquire. These comments along with Malkin’s supposed unhappiness in Pittsburgh have fueled trade speculation.
Most likely there is very little validity to the speculation, but Malkin’s name may remain linked to the Sharks considering both Pittsburgh and San Jose are in need of changes and the Sharks are one of the few teams in the league that could accommodate the Russian superstar’s hefty contract .
Mark Spector reports that the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues for Robert Bortuzzo.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Penguins are also sending a 2016 7th round pick to the Blues.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Zach Sill, Pittsburgh’s second round pick in 2016 and their fourth round pick in 2015. As part of the deal, Toronto is retaining half of Winnik’s salary/cap hit.
The trade comes as no surprise as Winnik is set to be a UFA this summer and the Maple Leafs are currently in a rebuilding phase.
[UPDATE: Friedman says he did not say this]
Elliotte Friedman reported Monday that the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are involved in a three-team race for Leafs’ winger Joffrey Lupul.
As widely reported yesterday, Lupul has a list of 14 teams that the Leafs can trade him to without his consent.
The Fourth Period reported that the Leafs are believed interested in Lars Eller, Michael Bournival and Christian Thomas (son of former Leaf Steve Thomas) from the Habs.
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Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins are interested in re-acquiring Jordan Staal.
The Penguins traded Staal to Carolina to play alongside his brother Eric in 2012 for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first round pick which ended up being Derrick Pouliot.
Staal, 26, is signed for seven seasons after 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $6 million per season. He has a full no-trade clause, but Yohe reports that those close to Staal say he would waive it to return to Pittsburgh.
As Elliotte Friedman points out, it would take a lot of cap-maneuvering to make a trade work.
Yohe says that any trade would be more likely to happen in the off-season than before the trade deadline.
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From TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger suggests that it’s unlikely that any trades for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf happen before the March 2nd trade deadline. The Globe and Mail reported today that a full tear down and rebuild has the full support of MLSE.
Bob McKenzie reports it’s more likely we see “hockey deals”, not rentals for Habs at the trade deadline. He says Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin have been floated around in potential deals for players with years on their contract past 2013-14 for weeks or even months. Both Eller and Emelin are signed through 2017-18.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Penguins are after a rental defenseman, with Cody Franson, Jeff Petry, Jan Hejda, and Scott Hannan among the potential targets.
Dreger reports Jets looking to add top-9 or top-6 forward. He also says teams have been calling about Tyler Myers, but he’s not going anywhere at this moment.
Dreger says that, although teams keep asking, a Malcolm Subban trade is very unlikely. The Bruins might trade Subban for another high end prospect, but the draft is a more likely time than the trade deadline.