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Penguins Target Right Handed D-Man, Brandon Montour?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were thrust into the trade market last night after top defenseman Kris Letang was injured in the first-period brawl which followed Wayne Simmonds aggressive hit on defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

Before the game was over, Pittsburgh Hockey Now was told by a source close to the Penguins front office the Penguins were pursuing right-side defensemen. The severity of Letang’s injury is not yet known, but there was a concern in the Penguins organization.

One name which has re-emerged is Brandon Montour of the Anaheim Ducks. Pittsburgh Hockey Now has heard for months the Penguins were interested in Montour but weren’t able to get a deal done. Today, the Penguins urgency may be heightened enough to make an aggressive push for Montour.

Montour, 24, is a fast-skating playmaker with a booming shot. In 62 games this season, the third-year defenseman has 25 points (5g, 20a) which fit with his 32 points (9g, 23a) last season. Not only would Montour be a perfect fit for the Penguins quiet youth movement–most moves this season has involved a player 26-years-old or younger–he is signed through next season at a reasonable $3.387 million.

Montour may remind some of a younger Kris Letang as he is a high-risk, high reward defenseman. This season, he’s a minus-16.

But the Penguins have coveted Montour for a while. Anaheim not only fell out of the playoff chase last month, but they’ve also nearly hit rock bottom. They are currently next to last in the Western Conference with 57 points, just five ahead of the LA Kings.

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Montour would certainly cost the Penguins significant assets, perhaps their first-round pick and more.

Anaheim and Pittsburgh have already completed two trades this season, including the Dec. 4 swap of Daniel Sprong for Marcus Pettersson. Rutherford and Anaheim GM Bob Murray–who is also coaching the team for the remainder of the season–have completed four deals in the past four seasons. Rutherford and Murray first hooked in March 2015 when the Penguins acquired Ben Lovejoy for Simon Despres. Their second deal was a swap of players who needed a change of scenery–the Penguins acquired Carl Hagelin for David Perron in January 2016.

Adding further fuel to the Montour possibility, former Jim Rutheford player Mike Commodore who dabbles in trade talk (and won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006), tweeted:

Another right side defensemen to keep an eye on–Colin Miller, who has recently been a healthy scratch in Vegas. Rutherford and Vegas GM George McPhee have already completed two trades in Vegas’ short existence. Rutherford sent a second-round pick to Vegas to ensure they would select Marc-Andre Fleury in the expansion draft. And Vegas kicked in $2 million towards Derick Brassard in exchange for Ryan Reaves.

Miller, 26, is in the first year of a four-year, $15.5 million contract. His play has recently bottomed out, which might make him a target, however, PHN has not heard his name in trade talks.

 

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Rich Filardi

    February 24, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Dan, if this GM trades a first round pick for anything before the off-season, he should be fired on the spot. I am aware what “he has done”, but he hasn’t been good since. Believe the organization needs a fresh perspective from that leadership position.

  2. Skippy

    February 24, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Jesus, Somebody take the car keys away from Rutherford. This team is not one or two players away from being a cup contender and they have a huge hole in goal.

  3. Matt Luda

    February 24, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Would not trade a first-rounder in a stacked draft for Montour or Miller or any other average player.

    This team isn’t close to good enough to reach the SCF. Like I said two months ago — bite the bullet, dump salary (read: Kessel, Maatta) and reload this summer. #MacKinnon

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  5. BIG B

    February 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    With steady goaltending this team would be in first place.The goalie cost last nights game ,he cost the Calgary game last week , he cost the game we lost to Vancouver earlier this season. Goaltending cost the overtime game we lost to Montreal and it cost the first game we lost to the flyers and so on and so on.

    • Matt Luda

      February 24, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      Yeah, like MAF cost us with all those gag jobs in the postseason over the years. It wasn’t until MM came along that we finally won Stanleys. Two in a row, in fact, something that Smiley Boy will never achieve.

  6. drc72

    February 24, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I agree 100% that we are not making it far in the playoffs with how we are playing and injuries. I also say that we need to get rid of some high salary like Kessel, Maata, etc… If you can get rid of Pearson as he is not working and I would even do Hornqvist if we got an amazing return from a playoff team looking for leadership. I am not looking to get rid of Hornqvist but like you said, time to get younger and look toward the future. I feel that Rust and Ashton-Reese can do what Hornqvist does. The problem would be the leadership if he left.

  7. networkedrealist

    February 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Monitor to Buffalo for Brendan Guhle & 1st round pick (conditional)

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  9. joe

    February 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    We are a day late,traded to Buffalo..

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  11. Matt Luda

    February 24, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Schultz can replace Letang at ES and on PP for a week or two. Need Dumo to return soon then Johnson and Pettersson to step up.

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