There are a number of teams that should be busy in the NHL at this year's trade deadline. Perhaps no team busier than the Pittsburgh Penguins.
TSN's Darren Dreger started the buzz when he suggested center Derick Brassard hasn’t meshed well with the Penguins this season and as a result, the team might look at moving him. “I know that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is at least listening to some of the interest in Brassard. The expectation is that he will get traded and that the Penguins at least in return need a No. 3 center back.”
This was followed up by a report from Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now who wrote it is more likely than not that Brassard is moved and suggested the Dallas Stars have called. He added that there were two Penguins scouts in Dallas last week watching a game. He added, apparently, the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche had a previous interest but sources aren’t sure if that’s still the case.
It isn't just Brassard that is garnering attention these days out of the Penguins organization.
Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette suggests that recently signed goaltender Casey DeSmith could create a situation where goaltender Tristan Jarry is moved before the deadline. Rutherford said of the speculation, “I like the idea that we have some depth there, preparing for the playoffs, but sometimes something comes along that you have to consider and maybe do earlier than you want.”
Jarry is a good, young goaltender on a two-way deal this season. If there is a strong return out there and moving him now avoids the Penguins create a logjam when he's on a one-way deal next season, a trade becomes much more likely.
What This Means
Pittsburgh has a lot of names they might look to move out. This isn't even accounting for the rumors on their blueline where names like Olli Maatta and Jamie Oleksiak have been tossed around.
The Penguins will be a team to watch and chances are they will look to add players that can help them make a run in this year's postseason.