Pittsburgh Penguins trade on Tuesday is sure to stir debate. And it should as GM Jim Rutherford didn’t wait for the NHL playoffs to conclude before making the first big splash of the 2020 offseason.
Tuesday morning, the Penguins horse-trading GM dealt his first-round pick (15th overall) prospect Filip Hallander, the rights to RFA Evan Rodrigues, and minor league defenseman David Warsofsky to the Toronto Maple Leafs for RW Kasperi Kapanen, Swedish defenseman prospect Jesper Lindgren, and bubble NHL player Pontus Aberg.
If you think that’s another trade win for Toronto? You will probably be correct.
If you’re wondering why Rutherford dealt another first-round pick for a winger who hopes to be a complementary piece but is neither an impact player nor a sure thing, you’re not alone.
If you’re wondering about Filip Hallander? We’ve got that part covered. He wasn’t close to ready and may never be, based on his skating in training camp.
But let’s dive into the Penguins trade analysis.