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.