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Penguins Notebook: Best Trades (and Moves) Not Made; Power Out Again (+)

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Jason Zucker Pittsburgh Penguins Trade

There was a lot of speculation after last season about moves Ron Hextall might make to improve the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Would he try to break up the logjam on the blue line by trading Marcus Pettersson?

Would he try to open some badly needed salary-cap space by dealing Jason Zucker and his $5.5 million cap hit?

Would he try to upgrade his backup goaltending by allowing Casey DeSmith to depart via free agency and shopping for a replacement?

Turns out that, even though Hextall had a busy offseason, the only move he made involving any of those players was to re-sign DeSmith.

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