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Trade Deadline Update: Prices Drop, Penguins Interested in Nick Leddy?

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade deadline, Nick Leddy

The NHL trade deadline is now just hours away. Some GMs may even go to bed Sunday night. Some may not as an empty chase reaches the finish line. The Toronto Maple Leafs snared former Norris trophy winner Mark Giordano. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers both continued getting better with small but significant moves, and…the Pittsburgh Penguins took care of their own.

However, the boys on 32 Thoughts tagged Nick Leddy for the Penguins.

The prices on Sunday returned to reality, perhaps because the dealt assets were not lusted over like an Instagram model’s latest thirst trap (perhaps the blessing of maturity is to roll my eyes when they once would have popped out)

First, the Penguins “move”…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins and GM Ron Hextall dished a two-year contract to their edgy defenseman, Mark Friedman.

NHL Trade Deadline Updates…

Sportsnet: The Toronto Maple Leafs made the big move on Sunday. Perhaps it came out of nowhere, but there were some rumblings a few weeks ago, and Toronto got a fair deal. The Kyle Dubas cap gymnastics, two second-rounders, and a “pretty please” brought Giordano home to Toronto.

Dubas needed other teams to do some defenseman swapping to facilitate the Giordano deal. Enter Jim Rutherford and Pierre Dorian.

Vancouver Hockey Now: The Canucks finally dealt Travis Hamonic. GM Patrik Allvin dealt him to Ottawa for a third-rounder. Then Allvin and Rutherford turned around and picked up Travis Demott from Toronto, a significant cap saving for the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks save money. Toronto got to shed salary. And Ottawa picked up a good d-man. It was a three-way deal without being a three-way deal.

TSN: Mathieu Joseph, brother to P.O. and Stanley Cup champion, is headed to Ottawa for Nick Paul. Tampa Bay keeps getting better and better.

Philly Hockey Now: Claude Giroux is in Florida. Justin Braun is next. GM Chuck Fletcher discussed Giroux, Braun, and more Philadelphia Flyers trade chatter.

Calgary: The Flames snagged Tyler Toffoli, working out exceptionally well. Zdeno Chara? Carson Soucy? Steve Macfarlane reports there could be one more deal for the Calgary Flames.

And…Florida placed Aaron Ekblad on LTIR. Then, they turned a sixth-round pick into steady-eddy defenseman with grit, Robert Hagg. Another Florida Panthers trade.

A sixth-rounder for Hagg is nothing. Another great get for Bill Zito and Florida.

Pittsburgh Penguins Connections

Detroit Hockey Now: It might sound like a minor deal, but it could have implications that reach the Pittsburgh Penguins. The LA Kings acquired defenseman Troy Stetcher from the Detroit Red Wings.

Now, how it could affect the Penguins at the NHL trade deadline–Detroit is down to just $39.9 million committed to 14 players next season. They have tons of cap space to sell, take on players, and use as they want. Kevin Allen did a great job explaining the Red Wings situation, and with Stetcher gone, Nick Leddy is on deck.

32 Thoughts Podcast: Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek tied Leddy to…the Penguins.

Leddy makes $5.5 million. If Leddy is a target, it won’t be a small deal–one player who makes real money will have to go. The obvious choice would be Marcus Pettersson. Detroit would replace Leddy on the left side with someone signed for several more years.

Wild idea, what if the Penguins deal a different LHD? I know your head will jump to Mike Matheson, but doesn’t Brian Dumoulin make sense?

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Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago

That would be awesome if that happens but does that mean the pens are not looking for a middle 6 forward or what can we expect to happen on that front Dan? Ty

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Yeah, Nick Leddy is just what an old, soft team needs — another old, soft defenseman. #Yawn

Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Are you sure you follow hockey? He is still very fast and offensively skilled. If you have been paying attention all the defensemen that have been traded are around or over 30.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason.C

Do you follow hockey? Nick Leddy is a Defensive Dman. He can skate and pass the puck. He has some Offensive skill but he’s known for his Defense. Would you take Chara for a 6th Rd? Think he could help this team.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason.C

What games are YOU watchin’, brah? Leddy has one goal, a minus-33 rating and 31 hits in 55 games with the Dead Wings this season. If he’s so valuable, then what the hell is he doing there? He hasn’t been productive in at least five years.

That said, if Bertuzzi is part of any deal with them, then I’m probably in favor of it regardless of whatever jamoke is included in the mix. He would address a lot of what this team has needed for years.

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

Hey Scott Stevens…you know “bone crushing” hasn’t won a cup since they outlawed 100% unregulated obstruction, right?

Alan Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

Caps, Lightning and St Louis were goon teams that crushed their way to Cups!

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

None of those teams were “goon teams”…certainly not the bolts and the caps have a soft D just like the pens. St. Louis was “heavy”…but won on clutch scoring. Just like the pens in 2017

Put the biscuit in the basket. That’s what needs to happen

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago

I see Rangers took care of Carolina no cake walks in the Metro I see either way if we get in its a quick exist they will compete unless a major injury but will get beat up hope Im wrong no backup Goalie if Jarry goes down and are still too small period for playoff hockey

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

The canes lost to Pit-Tor-Wash- NYR in their last 4 games in regulation

If you want to know how to lock down a division…that’s NOT it

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

ON the back of their goalie…

Bachinga
Bachinga
1 month ago

Putting aside that Pettersson was signed by exGMJR as a RFA for well over his projected value as an UFA, that rental trade makes sense to the Pens only if a) Detroit retains salary and b) someone somewhere thinks Leddy is the or a missing piece of the puzzle…and a) Detroit is willing to grossly overpay a 3rd pairing defenseman and b) he fits in to their future…

Last edited 1 month ago by Bachinga
Frank
Frank
1 month ago

It is amazing that even this late date some Penguin fans are waiting for a deal that impacts the team. Not going to happen. No way, no how. You might a well sit by the fireplace and wait for Santa to come down.

Hextall is doing what he can and what he said he would . . . nothing. You can expect the arrival of outraged fan reaction e-mail at around 3:01 this afternoon.

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