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‘Not Going to Kiss Anyone’s Butts,’ Burke Spits Quotables on Sportsnet

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The 2021 Pittsburgh Penguins trade deadline activities probably ended before the 3 p.m Monday NHL trade deadline. When President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke hopped on Sportsnet to chat with his old colleagues, the quotes started flying, but so did Burke’s confidence in the Penguins team.

Burke certainly has a way with words and knows how to command an audience.

“We believe this team is capable of making some noise, especially adding Jeff (Carter),” he said. “We had chances to move some guys out and refused to do so. These guys have worked so hard. We’ve got good chemistry, and we’ll start getting healthy here pretty soon.”

The Penguins added Carter, officially around 1:40 a.m. on Monday, in exchange for a conditional 2022 third-round pick and a 2023 fourth-rounder. The third-round pick can become a second if the Penguins make it to the Stanley Cup Final and Carter plays in 50% of the games.

Perhaps in the coming days, we’ll find out more about GM Ron Hextall’s chances to move players out, to which Burke alluded. We will certainly find out more about the Penguins’ plans for Jeff Carter, who played right wing in LA this season but spent most of his career as a center in Philadelphia, Columbus, and LA.

As a center, his point totals dropped last season. He scored only 27 points (10g, 27a) in 60 games. LA head coach Todd McClellan moved Carter to the RW this season, and he skated beside Blake Lizotte.

Carter has 19 points this season, including eight goals in 40 games.

“He’s a versatile guy that can play wing or center–He can fill lots of different holes in the lineup–He can play up on the first line, play down on the third line,” Burke said of Carter. “He’s got size and can still skate despite his advanced age. We’re really excited about him.”

Burke was joking about Carter’s advanced age. The Penguins PoHO was having a good time with his old buddy David Amber, who often anchored when Burke was a Sportsnet analyst.

The Penguins currently have holes at two positions in their lineup. They are short two centers with Evgeni Malkin’s absence and the potential of Frederick Gaudreau’s injury. We’ll learn more on Tuesday about Gaudreau.

And the Pittsburgh Penguins are without two right wings, Brandon Tanev and Kasperi Kapanen. So, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan will have his choice where to play Carter.

Hextall said during his presser on Monday that he does not expect Tanev back before the end of the regular season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three games in a row and eight of their last 10 games. They’ve put a double-digit point differential between themselves and the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot in the East Division.

Carter should be in Pittsburgh soon.

“(Hextall) talked to LA, made the deal late last night, talked to the player. He’s quite excited,” Burke said. “He’s actually getting on a plane in about two hours to head here. We’re really excited to have him.”

That should put Carter in Pittsburgh sometime late Monday night, assuming about a five-hour direct flight. NHL players don’t get weird Expedia discount stopovers in Charlotte or Dallas, do they?

It seems Carter was hesitant to waive his no-trade clause, at least when the Penguins came calling weeks ago. Burke said Carter was comfortable in Los Angeles and didn’t want to move. But things began to change. And then Burke dropped the most quotable line of the entire 2021 NHL trade deadline.

“I don’t think anyone had to sell (Carter) on coming here,” Burke began. “We’re the Pittsburgh Penguins. We’re not going to kiss anyone’s butts to come play here.”

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Katz
Katz
3 months ago

Tanev broken hand. Could have been prevented with lighter than air fiber sewn in glove. Malkin iDK but doesn’t sound good, the way the team is playing and the PP w/o Malkin he can take his good ol time and get healthy . Tanev and Kapanen back would be more important , the stats don’t lie.

Ether
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Here’s a stat…3 cups with Malkin. None with the other two, yet. (Only 2 with Crosby and Letang in lineup if we are being sticklers as well!) Sure Pens are playing well now with a healthy D-Corps and often against lower teams but do you really think they would stink with Geno? Changes like putting McCannon on left side for power play would not be affected much by #71 in line up as he plays the right side. (Would be kinda cool to have first line plus Letang on 1A unit and Kappy, Geno and the McCannon on 1B with… Read more »

Frank
Frank
3 months ago

I guess Burke is always going to be Burke, but sometimes that “I am a tough guy” stuff can wear thin very quickly. That is especially so when the on ice actions do not match the blustery words. I do not think it so outrageous that a guy at the end of his career . . . . . no doubt living the good life in LA . . . might not find Pittsburgh all that attractive. And in the event this deal does not work out so well (see Patrick Marleau/Derrick Brassard/Brenden Morrow) . . . that lipstick may… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago

Where is the Truculence? I am guessing we will get that in the off season.

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
3 months ago

Deslauriers – Hmmm very wierd

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
3 months ago

WTH happend to Deslauriers ?

Cal
Cal
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed Andrews

Yeah, I was jacked with the thought of Deslauriers coming here. I think Carter is going to fit in really nice here if he still has his wheels as stated. The guy is a winner.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed Andrews

I think it would have been a great day if we added Carter and Deslauriers!

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago

Deslauriers would have been a complete waste. He would have been somewhere around our 18th best forward option. He would have added one dimension, but sullivan never would have used him anyway.

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