The handwringing was understandable. After fans initially resisting the Pittsburgh Penguins contract for Brandon Tanev on July 1, 2019, the Penguins high-energy winger became a locker room and fan favorite. His nickname “Turbo” is apt as he’s become part of the Penguins heart with his blood-and-guts style of play.
He also may become a Seattle Kraken on Wednesday.
Seattle may also select Penguins LW Jason Zucker, meaning the Penguins get nothing for the winger for whom they sacrificed a first-round pick and top defenseman prospect Calen Addison.
But losing Zucker now would clear $5.5 million off the Penguins salary cap. Losing Tanev would purge $3.5 million.