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Pittsburgh Penguins trade target Tomas Tatar
MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 02: Montreal Canadiens left wing Tomas Tatar (90) considers his options with the puck during the Columbus Blue Jackets versus the Montreal Canadiens game on February 02, 2020, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire)

While the Pittsburgh Penguins worked on their power play and Evgeni Malkin promised the Penguins would be ready for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, Toronto finally moved the NHL trade market forward. Elliotte Friedman listed Tomas Tatar as a Penguins trade target, and Bryan Trottier grabbed his guitar for the NHL.

After getting a day in the sunshine following their emotional win over Washington on Sunday, Malkin says the Penguins will be ready for Tampa Bay. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Bob McKenzie followed Boston Hockey Now by linking the Boston Bruins and Columbus thumper Josh Anderson (Boston Hockey Now)

Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman wrote the Penguins are one team interested in Montreal forward Tomas Tatar (Sportsnet)

I’m sure the Penguins would love a player like Tatar, or Tatar himself. The cost is going to be steep, and I don’t believe the Penguins have enough in their pockets to make it happen. A first-round pick is only the beginning of the negotiations. Tatar has 50 points (20g, 30a) in 55 games. There isn’t an argument if he could help the Penguins. The problem is beating the other offers from more well-stocked teams around the league.

A more budget-friendly option for a Penguins trade which could yield premium results is Mike Hoffman in Florida. He’s available, and Florida wants a hockey trade. They want defense. (TSN)

Montreal media is also beginning to wonder about Max Domi’s future in Montreal because of Nick Suzuki’s emergence (Journal De Montreal)

Yes, the Penguins liked Domi and 18 months ago made an offer before he was dealt to Montreal. In retrospect, the Penguins trade offer to Arizona was HUGE  (Bryan Rust or Conor Sheary, plus Dominik Simon. That was a PHN scoop later confirmed by multiple reports from The Athletic and others).

Domi and Tatar are signed through next season, so add a little more to their price tag.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is getting a good reputation. He gives his team what it needs. Late Wednesday night, he delivered a goaltender and some muscle. Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford will wear the blue and white (Toronto Sun)

Great move for Toronto. However, I believe Casey DeSmith is a better goalie. Take note, Campbell essentially cost a third-round pick. Consider that a market-setting price.

Hockey Hall of Famer and Penguins Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier is pretty good with a guitar and microphone. He looks forward to Hockey Day in Canada every year because he’s part of the entertainment (NHL.com)

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Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I stand by believing this is what needs to happen, Schultz gets shipped for a FW to someone like WGP hopefully for a guy like Ehlers who is young and been pretty good but they need a defenseman. Then use Bjuds and Gally to get Colin Miller and Zucker. You get all term back and upgrades in terms of Miller is cheaper than Schultz and better suited for the third pair, anybody is better than Gally has been and Bjuds is very solid but too expensive for what he probably brings

King Penguin
King Penguin
1 year ago

Haha. No way do the Jets trade Ehlers for Schultz. Ehlers is on a longterm deal, while Schultz is a UFA after this season.

King Penguin
King Penguin
1 year ago

Oh, and Miller is a dud, too. That’s why the Knights dumped him after last season.

I’m all in on Pageau and Hoffman in that order.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  King Penguin

I’d take Hoffman for schultz but the other guys I’d still like
Zucker-Crosby-Horny
Hoffman-Malkin-Rust
Simon-McCann-Kahun
Tanev-Bluger-ZAR
Dumo-Tanger
Petterson-Marino
JJ-Miller

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago

I’d trade Schultz for Hoffman, except . . .

What if one of the other top five d-men (Dumo included) goes down for an extended period? There are more injuries to come.

I seriously doubt this team can win it all with either Riikola or Ruhwedel as a regular in the top six.

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago

Would require a second move — Bujgstad or preferably Galchenyuk for a dependable No. 4-5 d-man.

Cal
Cal
1 year ago

Ugh, Pageau wouldn’t be more than the 3rd C the Pens have now in Bjugs, Why do that? And he would be expensive to obtain so I hope the team doesn’t pick him up. There has to be cheaper and effective players available to compliment the team the have. Go get Buff!

The Binker
The Binker
1 year ago

Pageau is superior to Bugjstad in every way except for size, which Bujgstad doesn’t use, anyway.

Pageau can play against an opponent’s top line, is a terrific penalty-killer and wins 53-54 percent of his draws, which is an overlooked problem with this team. Can’t expect Crosby to take every freakin’ face-off in the defensive zone late in close games.

Oh, yes, and go get Buff, too!

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