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NHL Trade Rumors: Penguins Broached the Idea of Boeser, but No Serious Talks

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The economics and fit are challenging, but the prospect of adding a 50-point forward in his mid-20s was also enough to merit discussion. According to a source with direct knowledge, the Pittsburgh Penguins did indeed broach the idea of acquiring Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser before the March 21 NHL trade deadline.

But the idea stage and a light inquiry are where it apparently stopped for the time, too. To date, there have not been serious or intense talks, nor is anything expected before the deadline.

Of course, in this world, everything comes with a caveat. Things can change in one phone call, especially when Jim Rutherford is involved.

After this season, Boeser, 25, is an RFA and is one of the handful of Vancouver Canucks whose future is in flux with new GM Patrik Allvin and Rutherford, the President of Hockey Operations. The new Canucks management is currently gauging the interest and values of several players, but J.T. Miller is essentially off the market.

Boeser carries a $5.8 million AAV, but a new team would have to offer him well above that price range to maintain his rights beyond this season or get the player to agree to a longer deal at a lower AAV. Vancouver or an acquiring team must offer Boeser $7.5 million to keep his rights because that is Boeser’s most recent salary.

Perhaps that was a slick move by Boeser’s agent (Ben Hankinson) to get Boeser into UFA free agency faster, but it does complicate any trade talks.

The first  Pittsburgh Penguins don’t have the salary-cap space to take on such a player without sending out similar or more salary. Penguins winger Kasperi Kapanen has been prominently mentioned in NHL trade rumors and speculation. However, the source dismissed the talk.

“There were talks, just like every GM talks to every team,” the source said.

Boeser has 33 points (16-17-33) in 51 games and is a minus-8, which are acceptable numbers (except the minus-8), but not quite worth $7.5 million per year.

For now, look for much less expensive Pittsburgh Penguins trade targets.

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Chris R
Chris R
2 months ago

Boeser would be a nice add, but has anyone floated the idea of Travis Konecny? He’s also a right winger and is a lot cheaper than Boeser. Plus he’s signed till 2025. A change of scenery—even to the hated Pens—would probably do him a world of good. And even though he’s on the small side, he’s feisty. Of course it would stink for any player going the other way.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris R

I Love It!

Éric Bouchard
Éric Bouchard
2 months ago

Still think they should go out and try for Lawson Crouse Top 6 or 9 Forwards. WOnder how would he look with Geno.

Again I think they need a good physical right Dman.
Heard they watched Colin Miller….(i dont think he’s a physical player…..but still)

Even Nick Deslauriers as a 12th…13th..14th Forward. This guy CAN play. Really good both sides of the ice.

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Éric Bouchard

I do think after this stretch of games, Hextall is going to look into a net front player and maybe a net front clearing type of player for this team. I think as we play more and more playoff teams. That weakness is going to be exposed. Crouse is a great target and I would love to see him get a chance to play with an Elite Center like Malkin

Cal
Cal
2 months ago
Reply to  Éric Bouchard

If Deslauriers can be had great! One of the toughest guys, hits like a Mac truck and can play defensive hockey. He even has more goals than some of the Pens current forwards.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
2 months ago

Makes me wonder what Rust is gonna get… Now that McCann got his $5M per.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago

Hextall will not be active at the deadline he thinks this team is all set pathetic GM so far Rust will be low balled and move on poor decision on other players i hope im wrong

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

Bringing in Carter, Heinen, Friedman, Boyle and McGinn

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Fredrick

But passed on Reinhart, Duclair, and Bennett. All of whom I lamented not signing earlier in the season AND making matters worse they all went to one team that just lit up Pens. 20 goals each!

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

How could we have landed Bennett and Reinhart? We couldnt make those trades. We really didnt have the type of prospects left in our prospect pool. Flordia has plenty of good prospects in their system. Ours system has maybe 3-4 good prospects left. I agree with Hex not selling the rest of our prospects off and trying to land some with his Lafferty trade. This isn’t NHL 2023. You have to be calculated with your moves and players need to fit in with Chemistry, game plans, and cap space.

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Fredrick

My point was landing ONE (or possibly two) of that ilk–not all of them like Florida. Duclair was a free agent so no trade necessary. Bennett was traded for prospect and pick–but with a lower pick coming back other way. So I think the Penguins could handle that. Especially with losing McCann! Bennett would have been great replacement. Yeah maybe Boyle doesn’t get that call as a result–or maybe he still does. Pens need another young center for future and long season ahead–you of all people should agree with that at least.

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

I definitely do agree with that Ethan. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to Land a good player or 3. I just think Hextall is getting crucified for doing a good job so far. He came in with no 1st round pick. A lack of prospects and still was able to land a bigger solid Center in Carter without shipping off any more prospects. Hopefully he can free up some space and land more prospects this offseason while being aggressive in FA.

Cal
Cal
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

I was so wanting Bennett . He is a frickin warrior. It cost Calgary a 2nd and a prospect the the pens could have matched.

Cal
Cal
2 months ago
Reply to  Cal

**Cost Florida from Calgary

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Cal

Absolutely agree! And I think Florida also got a 6th round pick.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

As the recent 0-2-1 record versus Carolina and Florida confirms, this team needs a major trade to become a legit contender, and HexBurke aren’t into little trades let alone big ones. #WastedBreath

Last edited 2 months ago by Paul
JT Dub
JT Dub
2 months ago

Lawson Crouse

Chuck
Chuck
1 month ago

Calling him a 50 point forward is a bit of an undersell. He has averaged 65 points /82 games over his career. Slow season this year but just under a point per game last season.

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