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Dan’s Daily: Trade Interest in Petry Grows, Do Penguins Need to Lose?

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The NHL trade winds often blow toward unexpected places. The interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry will be widespread, but an unexpected suitor has popped up, undoubtedly putting additional pressure on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Chicago Blackhawks’ potential dismantling could put Patrick Kane on the block, the Ottawa Senators have a couple of trade chips available, and Dave Molinari pondered the Penguins’ strategy.

Do the Penguins have to lose to retool?

I wonder if some teams are playing poker by expressing interest in Jeff Petry–not enough to get a deal done, but enough to raise the price on rivals?

NHL Trade “Rumors”

Montreal Hockey Now: Jimmy Murphy tweeted the New York Rangers more teams have entered the fray for Petry. Marco D’Amico recapped the trade market interest. Chatter is increasing, and a deal could come sooner than later for Jeff Petry. Montreal Canadiens “rumors.”

Update: I misunderstood Jimmy’s tweet. It included one of those fanbase abbreviations. Stop using those!

Also, I’ve decided to put “rumors” in quotes as a matter of format. These aren’t rumors, they are sourced reporting, but they’re still so often referred to as rumors that the quotes denote that acknowledgment.

Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports that teams are blowing up the Ottawa Senators’ phone for the seventh overall pick, and GM Pierre Dorion is listening. Ottawa wants a player who can push them to the next level.

The Athletic: Pierre LeBrun dove into the Alex DeBrincat situation. The NHL trade chatter is picking up, he reports the LA Kings are interested, and the fallout could mean a substantial rebuild that will also put Patrick Kane on the block. Fun times in Chicago.

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari’s one-timers include the benefit of losing to win eventually. Indirectly, must the Penguins lose to retool? Pittsburgh Penguins analysis.

And Rickard Rakell got some pretty good news on Saturday. Also, that’s some serious ink.

 

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Washington Hockey Now: Nick Backstrom opted for the surgery. That changes everything for the Capitals. As Sammi Silber writes, four major decisions are pending for the Washington Capitals.

Sportsnet: The Dallas Stars have a new head coach. Pete DeBoer, you’re up!

Colorado: Andre Burakovsky was injured in Game 2. Bad news for the Avalanche — he didn’t travel to Tampa Bay for Games 3 and 4. Colorado Avalanche news.

Boston: A hot new name on the NHL coaching carousel is former Northeastern coach and current Colorado Eagles (AHL) coach Greg Cronin. Could the Boston Bruins snag him?

NYI: The wine and dine recruiting process for Russian free agent Andrey Kuzmenko concluded Friday in Vancouver. Still, one countryman is doing his part to bring Kuzmenko to Long Island. A for effort to goalie Ilya Sorokin who is also recruiting Kuzmenko to the New York Islanders.

Florida: The Panthers lost coach Joel Quenneville due to his inaction in the Kyle Beech sexual assault incident. Andrew Brunette took over, and the Panthers rolled through the regular season. However, Brunette’s future is still undecided, as Florida interviews coaches. Colby Guy writes–enough, bring back Brunette. Florida Panthers analysis.

Detroit Hockey Now: I knew our boys in Detroit were talented writers. For gosh sakes, Kevin Allen is in the Hall of Fame, but they’ve become THE Detroit Red Wings coverage in less than a year. This week marks their first birthday.

Those Red Wings need a coach. Here’s the search update 4.0. Detroit Red Wings news.

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Eric Bouchard
Eric Bouchard
12 days ago

PLZ….NO. Not Petry. And at 6M per year. This would be awful for the Pens. They need to rebuild -retool the D….not with a guy like Petry.

Fredrick
Fredrick
12 days ago
Reply to  Eric Bouchard

I agree. If you are going to spend 6 million for Petry then spend the extra 2 for Letang. Petry is not as good as he was 5 years ago. Petry only makes sense if Montreal retains cap and he is on our 2nd pairing D.

concerned penguin fan
concerned penguin fan
10 days ago
Reply to  Fredrick

definitely pass on aging/decline d-man like Petry which is why they need to let Letang entertain offers from other teams

Fredrick
Fredrick
12 days ago

Burakovsky and Nichushkin would be fantastic wingers for us to target this offseason. I believe we should try to get some cap space and bring these players in. They are younger talent who are showing they can excel when we need them the most, in the playoffs.

Paul
Paul
12 days ago

If HexBurke has paid attention lately, they’ll know what younger puck-moving d-men who can skate are the wave of the present and future. (That’s why the Avalanche often look like they have an extra skater on the ice.) For that reason, Klingberg is the guy they should target in the open market even if Letang re-signs. Metrics show that he’s one of the best puck-carriers and slot passers at the position. This team needs to get a lot more production out of the back line, and Klingberg on the second pair would represent a substantial upgrade.

Last edited 12 days ago by Paul
Fredrick
Fredrick
11 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Getting him on a second pairing and trading Marino would definitely bring a different look to this team. Especially with the potential of Vancouver having a high value on Marino. It could potentially allow us to change this team significantly and one would assume allow us to bring in some younger talent with such trade.

Paul
Paul
11 days ago
Reply to  Fredrick

Plus, if/when Letang went down, there would be a suitable replacement on the roster. As we know, Klingberg isn’t much physically, but his upside is worth Malkin money. There are enough moveable pieces to acquire a No. 2 center in trade. Klingberg and Miller in return for Marino and a serviceable player/mid-round draft pick would make this team a lot better.

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
12 days ago

Penguins need to change their culture, and that starts at the top not at the player level. Flyers are doing it right with changing coach, good start. Tortorella is going to rattle a few cages and see who needs to be in a Flyers uniform and who doesn’t. In the end he’ll be there a few years before they kick him to the curb BUT he will have re awoken what is a great franchise.

DaGama
DaGama
11 days ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

Pens management isn’t perfect, but no thank you.

Bob
Bob
11 days ago

Just sign Letang and get this over with. No Petry please! Remember Hainsey? One thing I never understood was why they didn’t resign him for a few years yet bring in Matt Hunwick for the same kind of money? Puke!

Bachinga
Bachinga
11 days ago

I don’t get the interest in Petry at all…4-5 years ago? Even that was a maybe…

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