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NHL Trade Deadline Blog: Penguins Miss Out, Giroux Done, Bruins All-In

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The march towards Monday at 3 p.m. and the NHL trade deadline took a big step forward on Saturday when the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Philadelphia Flyers agreed where Claude Giroux would play out the season. The Minnesota Wild further stirred the pot and, in the process, swiped a player previously linked to the Pittsburgh Penguins. And the Boston Bruins went all-in.

The Penguins’ lack of finish was again evident against the Arizona Coyotes, but what can they do about it? That’s going to be the million-dollar question. The Penguins dominated three Western Conference opponents and won twice. They should have won three. Despite bombarding the Arizona net, the Penguins and Coyotes were tied after 40 minutes. And after 52 minutes.

The Penguins pulled away with a pair of late goals by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, then Crosby popped the empty netter, so the score looked proper, but would someone finish a golden chance?

Instead of a report card, check out our change of pace–The Penguins speak. The players and head coach Mike Sullivan had the insights and the jokes after the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 win.

NHL Trade Deadline

The Penguins missed out on a player we thought they acquired at last year’s NHL trade deadline. The Minnesota Wild acquired Nicolas Deslauriers for a third-round pick on Saturday afternoon.

Call that a Penguins missed opportunity.

Deslauriers, 31, makes $1 million and is a pending UFA. He’s a 6-foot-3, 219-pound fourth-line player who can kill penalties, add plenty of jam, and impolitely remind opponents they’ve gone too far. The Penguins need an edge on Carolina, which can skate with them and is probably just a little better. The threat of physical violence can alter a playoff series, especially when the player is as judicious and hockey-capable as Deslauriers.

Zach Sanford in Ottawa is still a very under-the-radar name we heard a few weeks ago, who could do the same. Sanford was a warrior for the 2019 St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup championship.

The Penguins surely want middle-six help. Even if Kasperi Kapanen snaps awake, which is still a big “if’ despite a couple of pretty good games, including a genuinely good outing against Arizona, the Penguins must beat Carolina and Florida/Tampa Bay in a seven-game series to win a Stanley Cup.

They probably need a little more.

Of the nine periods against Carolina over the past month, I think Carolina won most of the periods and two of three games. Carolina is just a wee bit better than the Penguins because they play almost the same game but are deeper and maybe a hair quicker.

It’s Hextall’s move. The clock is ticking, but I would not be surprised if he holds his cards and lives to fight another day.

Claude Giroux:

It appears that Claude Giroux decided Florida and the Philadelphia Flyers were obligated to honor his wish. It also appears that the Colorado Avalanche made a better offer, including prospect defenseman Justin Barron.

A first, a fourth, and polarizing prospect, Owen Tippet. That was the price the Florida Panthers had to pay for Giroux. There are heavy rumors of a better Colorado offer.

Here’s the full scoop from ace reporter Sam Carchidi. We’re biased, but he’s the last big-time beat reporter in Philly. He was all over this story. The Philadelphia Flyers side.

Here’s the analysis and reaction from the Florida Panthers.

Florida must be considered solid Stanley Cup favorites, eh? I wish I had laid that 20-1 bet at the beginning of the season. However, since I did not, those of you who did have a much better chance.

And, Justin Barron just got a crash course in the business of hockey as the rumored centerpiece of the Colorado Avalanche offer.

Hampus Lindholm, Bruins ALL-IN

The Boston Bruins put their chips on the table, too. They handed over a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2024 second-round pick, and prospects Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore for the top-pairing left-side defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

The Bruins top pairing is now Lindhold-Charlie MacAvoy. Get the whole dish from Joe Haggerty. Boston Bruins analysis.

That’s a pretty good get, and it makes Boston significantly better. The 28-year-old Lindholm is working on an eight-year extension with Boston, which could be done today, so at least Boston will have something to show for their coffer-emptying deal.

And, make no mistake, Boston dealt the last of its prospects and gave away a good number of prospect pool-enriching draft picks.

Perhaps two Atlantic teams could make it to the Eastern Conference Final if Boston wins the second wild card and comes through the Metro Division.

Perhaps Boston could upset Carolina in Round One?

Who’s Next?

The boys at Sportsnet have circled Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano as the Toronto Maple Leafs target so that Toronto can keep pace with the Atlantic Division arms race.

There are rumors that teams are kicking tires on Marc-Andre Fleury, but the more-prominent outlet reports indicate there’s nothing serious. If I’m reading tea leaves and properly drawing inferences from Fleury’s actions, it seems like he’d rather be with his family in Chicago than a cheap deadline rental with a shot at the Stanley Cup.

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Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
1 month ago

Is it me wishing or does the Pens 3 rd line starting to get a little edge because of their size? if The Big Z & Kappy start to use size & some speed around the Wiley vet, it could become very interesting.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Heyl

Wishing

Brian
Brian
1 month ago

Dan, I would’ve loved to at least seen us take a run at Deslauriers, to provide some much needed size, grit and nasty when times come to shove. Maybe I’m expecting too much- Oh well, maybe Hextall will surprise us and make a move. Tick tock, tick tock is right!

Last edited 1 month ago by Brian
Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Acquire Deslauriers so that Sullivan can staple him to the bench and force us to play with only 11 forwards? Hard pass.

Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

You got it Kris. This is Sullivan’s roster. Has been his roster . He vetoed Reaves and the Brassard nightmare appeared. His roster will be tested again in the playoffs, and if a 4th First Round exit occurs i’d fire him .

Cal
Cal
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

Disappointed by not getting Deslauriers for sure. Now try and get that mean sob Mcdermid from Colorado? It would be tough because Colorado values these types of players.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

This new Ownership don’t play. Hextall was poor and weak hire. Sullivan arrogant and will get fired again. Well known Crosby upset when Reaves and Grubanson traded. These owners want to win, not just make Playoffs. Look at Red Sox. More highly respected people for Red Sox than Hextall and Sully was fired.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

Your right! Guess they will not learn their lesson again from last year getting physically beat and shut down! There was talk after last year playoffs about this and even Guetzell getting shut down because of his size and even talk about trading him. How soon we forget…

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

Yep…health scratch for Zar And Simon

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Looks like they missed the boat again on Deslauriers! Where’s Burke and his toughness and size he likes? Sanford still in talks but I guess they’ll pass or miss the boat on this as well!

Bachinga
Bachinga
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

LOUDLY SO YINZ GET IT:

A BOTTOM SIX DEFENSIVE LIABILITY WHO ROUTINELY TAKES A PENALTY A GAME IS NOT GOING TO GET A REGULAR SHIFT WITH MIKE SULLIVAN BEHIND THE BENCH.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Mn getting Deslauriers is huge! We need def and power play kill in a big way! He’s a tough badass grinder! Love it!

Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago

I am guessing the Pens want to get some who skates better and faster has a edge and can finish that’s the only reason I can think they would pass on Nicolas Deslauriers. I would have liked to see him here. I have a feeling Sully is getting the types of players he wants while the core is together and when the core is no more I think you will see Hextall and Burke start to put the hand print on the team meaning they are going to want to get and build a heavier team at least it sure… Read more »

Katz
Katz
1 month ago

“. The Minnesota Wild acquired Nicolas Deslauriers for a third-round pick on Saturday afternoon. Call that a Penguins missed opportunity.” _______________ A missed opportunity is when you make an attempt and lose out. If the Coach says to the GM “I’m not interested and don’t want that type of player’ is it a missed opportunity? The roster is on Sullivan IMO and Hextall is saying the result is in you Sully and you will be responsible. Perhaps I’m wrong but the Reaves affair certainly lends credibility to my feelings. It’s up to people in your position Dan to ask Burke/… Read more »

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

The lack of activity on the part of the Penguins should come as no surprise. They have been saying this for week after week after week. So far all the “activity” that they have or had is rumor . .. or media. . . or fan fantasies. They may try to scotch tape something together by 3:00 tomorrow, but it will be just that. If a team is not willing to part with 3rd and 4th round picks . . . it most certainly is not going to make any move of substance or real help. I would like to… Read more »

BocaMarine
BocaMarine
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Every GM knows the position he’s in. There’s very little he can do.

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago

This market doesn’t seem to match up well with the sort of deal that the Pens can make. There have been no major deals where the seller takes on salary. Instead, sellers have been retaining salary to improve the asset package acquired and facilitate deals with contenders up against the cap. The Pens aren’t going to retain salary to move on from one of GMJR’s moves, and they lack the assets to pay the high market prices for players that I am not sure would move the needle, so they may make a small move or do nothing.

Fredrick
Fredrick
1 month ago

At this point. I think a win this deadline for the Penguins would be shipping off Pettersson for a pick and prospect while prices are high for Defensemen. Then lock up Malkin, Letang and Rust. Then worry about a bigger Vancouver trade in the off-season where you can afford to trade Marino and sign a player to replace him without giving up more of the farm.

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

The problem with that strategy is that it doesn’t make the team any better for this year, and likely worse. The Penguins could do the same thing that you suggested in the offseason at or before the NHL Draft. There is no need to do it now. I expect them to trade Zucker or Kap, and one of the defensemen to free up space for their own signings in the offseason.

Timbert
Timbert
1 month ago
Reply to  ThePenguin71

We really don’t think have the prospects to add a player who would exponentially improve this team. Especially with the prices at this years deadline being so elevated. Deslauriers is one example. Last year it was predicted that it would take a 5th round pick to obtain him and we were thinking of obtaining him. This season it was a 3rd round pick for him. He is a 4th liner. Last year a conditional 3rd and 4th round picks allowed us to obtain Jeff Carter… I agree with Fredrick. I would try to sell off some players who have some… Read more »

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

Malkin, Letang and Rust would have been resigned. Malkin and Letang are old and this team needs to get younger. These owners got money, and want to win. They know this team needs to get younger. Look at Red Sox. They want championships. Not just make playoffs. This team is not a Cup team

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Irish Hammer

Geno will sign a multi-year team friendly contract after the season and retire a Penguin.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Irish Hammer

Ive watched FSG as a baseball fan for 20 years now. yes…they want to win…but they also have tinkered with the formula a lot. They like to have eyes on their teams and keep their figureheads most of the time…but also will take a step back in-between money deals and let their Ivy league geeks take over. There is zero way to predict what they’ll do. But they won’t “dump” two 35 year old guys and think the other 35 year old guy is “the new core”. You’re fooling yourself like you have a sports show on the radio in… Read more »

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
1 month ago
Reply to  Irish Hammer

Malkin better take a substantial pay cut to stay since he’s not been much help the last 3 years with injuries.Him saying he’s already rich should substantiate that!

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  A. Lifeson

Both the top centers have missed significant time. He lead the the team in points (not that it was much) last year on a shredded acl…the vaunted top line got locked down…again…

Don’t let the facts stand in your way. They’re both old and that’s a concern that will have to be accounted for. If he’s reasonable – he’s getting signed – if he is fair. Burke and lemieux aren’t going to allow him to be pissed on at this point.

You need to not do open mic night anymore.

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

When they have a chance to loosen the cap hell handcuffs should they choose to retie them resigning old stars? If they don’t go deep into the playoffs this year, even Sully should realize this model isn’t working.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  DaGama

I can’t disagree. They’d need to make tough choices if they go down softly again

Kenneth Joseph Troutman
Kenneth Joseph Troutman
1 month ago

They are getting their best 2 middle six forwards back from their own injury list. I’d say both of malkins linemates. If they upgraded the team we just saw on the road trip with out of town players named zucker and McGinn what would you think?

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago

I think that is a great point. If you can get some bottom-six size that would be great, but the Pens might get a better deadline addition by getting their own players back.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  ThePenguin71

Nope. Definition of insanity time.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago

Zucker is a bust and McGinn can’t play on the 2nd line

You’re delusional there

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

Zucker has dropped off huge. I’m glad the Wild traded him away. Is he still hurt? Haven’t seen anything on him lately.

CountryPickle
CountryPickle
1 month ago

IMO, I can’t see any deal being made.Pens scoring is down,yes,but in time they’ll figure it out. The chemistry has been the best it’s been in yrs, and Zucker coming back may help with the grittiness. Carter and Boyle know how to get down and dirty come playoff time(Something we lacked,,,Carter only having limited amount last yr).
I’d say go with what we got and hope for the best.

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
1 month ago

I thought of Carson Soucy from the Kracken and Zach Sanford from Ottawa when I posted on the Sportsnet Page, both are big, both are 27 and I thought both were attainable without putting much of a dent on the roster.

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago
Reply to  Crazyhorse87

I think Sanford would really help this team in the playoffs.

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
1 month ago
Reply to  ThePenguin71

Soucy is 6’5″ and has a decent shot, it looks like his size can be intimidating, it’s a start.

Shane
Shane
1 month ago

The Bruins didn’t deal all their prospects for Lindholm. They sent Urho out but kept Lysell, Lohrei, Achan and Studnicka. The fact that they DIDNT trade their prospects is the best part of this trade, aside from getting an absolute stud in Lindholm who they just extended. What’re you talking about?

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

So it’s Giroux that tips the scales? Just like Hossa for Pens and RW?

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Uros

You mean when they didn’t win the cup?

Uros
Uros
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

If Hossa was there they didn’t. And Hossa was elite if not more. Names don’t win games. If they did it would all be over once the rosters for the season are officially announced and we wouldn’t watch any hockey.

ehasenel
ehasenel
1 month ago

I really hope they don’t make any moves. The prices this year are astronomic, and the chemistry on this team is important. Depth scoring used to be a strength, now it is a weakness, stick with it. Work through it. This team is more than the sum of its parts.

John Miller
1 month ago

Are you even watching the games? Pens are dominating there opponents. Teams have to beat us in a 7 game series? Matheson coming on and Jarrry playin like he is . With the Center depth we have and Zucker and Brock coming back for playoffs ? Why give up anything for a 4th liner that migjt not dress? Sometimes the best move is the one you didnt make

Last edited 1 month ago by John Miller
RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  John Miller

Oh you’re gonna be throwing stuff at your 13” tv if this is what they roll out under sully’s iron fisted “system” in the playoffs.

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago

GMRH will make at least a small trade to keep fans interested. As to the longer term, ownership will probably have to decide if winning in the post-season sells more tickets than do aging stars.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago

The pens have 3 wings for the top 3 lines and we’re lamenting the loss of more 4th liners? 🤔

Bachinga
Bachinga
1 month ago

The Penguins’ lack of finish was again evident against the Arizona Coyotes

NHL goalies are paid to stop the puck. You’ve been a hockey writer for how long and you still don’t know this?

Last edited 1 month ago by Bachinga
RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Bachinga

3 goals and an EN on 50 shots where you hold the puck for about 45 minutes ain’t gonna cut it. The pens don’t have enough finish…it’s been a problem since 2017

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