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Dan’s Daily Links: Penguins Back on Toffoli, More Teams Need D



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The NHL trade rumor mill swirled back to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, as Penguins trade chatter picked up. From the Pittsburgh Hockey Now report on Saturday morning to Hockey Night in Canada trying the Penguins to a scoring winger, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has 15 days and counting to address a growing number of roster issues. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a holding pattern until doctors diagnose their defensemen, and Tampa Bay may also jump into the blueliner chase.

Powerhouse teams with needs. Yeah, that won’t help the price.

First, the Pittsburgh Hockey Now reported that Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is shopping for a third-pairing defenseman out west (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Saturday night, Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston said the Penguins trade targets again included LA Kings winger Tyler Toffoli (Sportsnet)

If Rutherford is shopping out west, perhaps they could afford two plane tickets. Police escort to the arena is optional, but always fun.

The most complete breakdown of the Penguins 3-2 win over Florida. The tactical mistakes, adjustments and player report card (PHN+)

Winnipeg needs top-four defensemen, but teams are calling the ‘Peg and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff about young forward Kyle Conner. “It has legs” (Winnipeg Free Press)

If you’re Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, do you retire a Shark, or do you accept a trade for one more Stanley Cup run? While both are pondering that, here are potential landing spots for either one (The Athletic)

Top-four rentals are expensive. San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillen is expected to fetch a second-round pick (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Also from the big subscription site, Ryan Getzlaf has no desire to chase a Cup anywhere but Anaheim. He’s willing to go down with the ship (The Athletic)

It also helps that Getzlaf has a Stanley Cup ring from early in his career when they had the twin towers, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.

While Penguins trade talk dominates, the injury bug is a stealth passenger. It also took a big bite out of Tampa Bay on Thursday, too.

Some crazy Penguins trade rumors are floating out there, too. Just remember, an anonymous account is anonymous for a reason. It’s a Twitter game for them and not real.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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2 years ago

Pens defense definitely need help. 3rd pairing / depth is a huge issue for the 2019-20 team. What can they do with Galchenyuk? How is it possible that he just doesn’t fit anywhere in the line up?

David Heyl
David Heyl
2 years ago

I know this is blasphemous however with Crosby’s return & Gentzel injury the team only has the #2 & 3 lines producing. Losing Kahun has neutralize Crosby’s line. The fourth line does not exist, the return of the captain along with the injuries has changed the mindset from grind & defend to pretty Hockey! Behind the back passes, 10 passes before a shot on a 5 on 3 against Tampa, Pens are back to what they have been for the last 2 years. No more 60 minute hockey!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  David Heyl

Crosby neutralizes the Crosby line with his pass-first, pass-second mindset. It’s contagious. This team is 8-2 when he scores a goal. That’s not a coincidence, people. He needs to average 3.0 SOG per game. Minimum. He’s at 2.5 right now.