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Big-Time Potentials; Should Hextall Rethink Penguins Plan? | PHN+

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Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall has been methodical and somewhat conservative throughout his managerial career, but maybe an overwhelming opportunity on the NHL trade front or free-agent market this offseason will tempt Hextall.

It’s happened to everyone. You go to the store for one thing. Maybe two. And you walk out with a shopping cart full of goodies. I call it the Target principle.

The Penguins seem set on a path that includes Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and most likely Jeff Carter for another bite at the apple. The team will lose a good player in the expansion draft on July 21 and add some size.

Somewhere.

Those are Hextall’s stated plans, per his last press conference. PHN also had a team source admit that they were looking at goalies with playoff experience last week, too.

But there could be a good reason to change course. Or fill up the cart.

As the third wave of teams settles into their offseason, anger and disappointments threaten to make new players available on the NHL trade market and free agents who could be game-changers.

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