It may not come as a surprise. Pittsburgh Penguins winger Alex Galchenyuk has become a fourth-liner who no longer receives significant minutes with the Penguins and often plays less than 10 minutes per game. Now there is a report Galchenyuk is on the Penguins trade block.
Saturday night, Sportsnet reporter Elliot Friedman confirmed the Penguins are shopping Galchenyuk, who had 19 goals last season with Arizona but has just two goals this season.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now speculated Galchenyuk would be in the Christmas break trade rumors, and Friedman’s report is the first to confirm the Penguins are looking to move the winger.
Galchenyuk makes $4.9 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Given the arc of the Penguins towards speed, physicality, and responsibility, Galchenyuk has struggled to fit in.
His confidence also appears to be waning. When he spoke to PHN two weeks ago, he was forthright and hopeful but not necessarily confident.
“The Penguins are looking around to see what fits there might be for him. I do think Buffalo is one of the teams whose looked at him,” Friedman said. “but Galchenyuk is someone who could find a new home.”
On the Hockey Night in Canada intermission segment, the crew also discussed Taylor Hall and trade rumors. Chris Johnson reported some teams it could take as many as four pieces to get Hall out of New Jersey.
Of those pieces, a first round draft pick is expected to be involved, per other sources and reports. Insistent Penguins fans will be disappointed to know the Penguins have not been linked to Hall.
The full Headlines segment from Hockey Night in Canada on Sportsnet is below.
Galchenyuk on Penguins Trade Block
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