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Penguins Trade Needs: 3rd Line Centers Available, but Worth It?

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade talk, Adam Henrique

The NHL trade deadline is about six weeks away. The clock is ticking a little louder. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ needs are specific, but the obstacles to a deal are many. Despite recent signs of life, the Penguins’ third line remains a net negative.

Third-line center Jeff Carter has been on the ice for more shots against than for, more scoring chances against than for, and most importantly, more goals against.

If a third-line center is on the wrong end of the puck, it can have a rippling effect on the lineup, and the Penguins are not immune.

If there is a primary Penguins need at the NHL trade deadline, a third-line center should be a strong consideration for GM Ron Hextall.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.