Not every team which may be interested in a goalie is out of the playoffs and thus genuinely able to begin trade talks, but most of the teams which need a starting goalie are now home. After GM Jim Rutherford ignited the first offseason Penguins trade last week, despite the ongoing Round One of the NHL playoffs, the goalie trade is the big move remaining on the Penguins checkerboard.
The Minnesota Wild are a team with a publicly stated need to improve in the net. GM Bill Guerin didn’t mince words following the Minnesota season. A goalie improvement, whether through trade, free agency, or starter Devan Dubnyk proving he can reverse his recent decline, is coming.
If or when the Penguins trade Murray, it will be the probable grand finale to the offseason moves, unless one of their core players such as Evgeni Malkin or Kris Letang begins to draw genuine interest.
By all accounts, Penguins goalie Matt Murray is the netminder on the block, though Rutherford has maintained a stance that there is interest in both Murray and Tristan Jarry.
In case you missed the full analysis of the potential market value, here it is.
And if you missed the first two parts of our series, We’ve also looked in-depth at what other teams which need starting goaltending could offer. Here are the potentials for the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
So, who else would know Matt Murray’s better than former Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin? Rutherford and Guerin already hooked up on one major deal when the Penguins acquired Jason Zucker for a No. 1 pick, a top defenseman prospect, and struggling winger Alex Galchencyuk.