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The Pittsburgh Penguins trade chatter took a sharp left turn on Saturday night. Rumor became report. Scouts popped up in a hotbed of NHL trade scuttle, and a source from a rival team expressed some expectation of the Penguins movement.

It’s going to be an exciting week. We’re now eight days from the gong show of the NHL trade deadline, and no one has yet made the first move to set the market or unclog the drain. Things are backing up, but more teams are falling out of playoff contention.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a pair of scouts on hand to watch the Montreal Canadiens host the Seattle Kraken, including director of pro scouting Ryan Bowness.

A source from an Eastern Conference team told PHN to keep an eye on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot. The 30-year-old d-man is a UFA this July, and the rebuilding Montreal Canadiens will most likely move him by the deadline. Interestingly, the source said Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke thought highly of the player.

(Editor’s note, the original story listed Chiarot at 34-years-old. The sentence was corrected).

Chiarot is 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, plays with jam, and a bit of offense. This season, he has 16 points, including seven goals. For context, Mike Matheson leads Penguins defensemen with eight goals.

Chiarot is naturally a LHD, but he played the right side on Saturday night against the Seattle Kraken. His cap hit is $3.5 million.

The rumored price tag for Chiarot: a first-round pick.

Instead, the rumors in the Montreal press box focused on gritty winger Artturi Lehkonen, not Chiarot. Lehkonen would fit Ron Hextall’s stated desire to add a winger who can score. He would also add a bit of sandpaper in the middle of the Penguins lineup.

The Washington Capitals were rumored (or should we say rumoured) to be sniffing around Lehkonen, as well.

I’m spitballing here, but what about Jordan Eberle of Seattle? Montreal hosted the Kraken on Saturday, after all. Eberle has two years remaining at $5.5 million AAV. We know he can score goals at PPG Paints Arena, and he’s a RW with finish. Eberle has 34 points (15-19-34) with Seattle this season but is a whopping minus-28.

Sounds like a perfect fit with Evgeni Malkin, eh?

Just spitballing, so don’t get too excited. We don’t like the rumored asking price on Chiarot, not even a little bit. So, if we’re wrong on Lehkonen, why not Eberle? I’m told our colleague Josh Yohe at the Athletic has mentioned third-liner Calle Jarnkrok, too.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Vancouver Canucks, NHL Trade Rumors

Hold onto your hats.

During his second intermission segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in John Marino. However, Friedman echoed PHN’s skepticism (Read: Penguins – Canucks Trade Rumors, What Makes Sense, What Doesn’t).

Of course, Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations is former Penguins, GM Jim Rutherford. Vancouver GM Patrik Allvin is the Penguins’ former AGM, under Rutherford and Hextall.

Vancouver is looking for young defensemen.

“I don’t know if this is going to happen. First of all, the Penguins consider Marino a very good player,” Friedman said on the broadcast. “Secondly, it sounds like it has been difficult to get a match, so he’s a target, but I’m not convinced that’s going to occur.”

Vancouver AGM Derek Clancey was in Pittsburgh for the Penguins-Florida tilt last week. Marino was one of Rutherford’s most significant wins on the NHL trade market. As Marino completed his collegiate career at Harvard, the sixth-round pick refused an entry-level contract from the drafting team, the Edmonton Oilers. Rather than lose him without compensation, the Penguins acquired Marino for a sixth-round pick in the summer of 2019.

Marino signed with the Penguins and finished eighth in Calder Trophy voting in 2019-20. A year later, Rutherford dished a six-year, $26.4 million contract, which kicked in this season.

Marino has 18 points (1-17-18) in 59 games this season but is a minus-7. His contract runs through 2026-27.

As Pittsburgh Hockey Now noted several days ago, a trade may have more legs in the offseason because the Penguins do not have a top-four replacement on the right side.

Marc-Andre Fleury

Since a few of you (Ok, many of you) still keep tabs on the first cornerstone of the Pittsburgh Penguins 21st century Stanley Cup dynasty, Friedman has been tracking the interest and potential of a Marc-Andre Fleury trade out of Chicago.

Friedman said he believes Fleury will accept a trade if he can win a Stanley Cup. Colorado and Toronto were mentioned as possibles. Selfishly, I’m rooting for Washington. That would be an AMAZING story to cover if it happens.

If Washington has a chance to get out of Round One, it will be because their goalie stole a series. Right now, Washington would play Carolina in Round One as the second wild-card, but Carolina and Tampa Bay are within two points for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

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Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Dan, NO NO NO to Fleury going to the Crapitals!! Hahahaha

Jason.C
Jason.C
2 months ago

MAF is not going to capitals it would have happened by now plus there not a high favorite to win the cup. I love the idea of Atturi Lehkonen. Dan keep your spit balling to yourself Eberle is to much money and is not even close to the same player he youst to be I am glad that is your thoughts and not the Pens. I would let Marino go if they can find a replacement for him maybe GMJR will over pay to get him…

Timbert
Timbert
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason.C

I am confused on your comment. Eberle is trending to put up the same amount of points that he normally averages. His shooting % is the same. He is trending to put up more block shots, hits, and takeaways compared to his normal trends. As for too much money, he makes the same average cap hit per year as Zucker. I believe his minus -28 is due to playing on a brand new team with not many elite players. He is someone I think we can use with his net driving ability. Idk who we would scout from Edm. I… Read more »

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Timbert

I agree. I like Eberle. I think you meant Montreal lol. I have said it quite frequently on here. Anderson would be great. I wouldn’t mind him being next to Malkin for a few years. We need players like Anderson. Gallagher definitely worries me much like Hornqvist did, that his body will breakdown after a while playing the type of game that he does. Both players are priceless during the playoffs for what they can do.

Kris
Kris
2 months ago
Reply to  Timbert

How can you be confused unless you are not looking past the next two months? Eberle has two more years at $5.5-million left on his contract. How you fitting that both this year and beyond. About the dumbest suggestion I have seen on these “expert” sites.

Timbert
Timbert
2 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Idk how they would fit $5.5 million for 2 years. Maybe a trade sending Zucker and his $5.5 million the other way? Trading Pettersson and E-Rod and sending someone to WBS. That saves in the immediate and the future Lets take a look into next season. Saw Rust doesn’t resign. Well $5.5 million for a top line RW doesn’t seem to break the bank does it? Lets say Rust, Malkin and Letang all resign. Reports have Letang at 7-8 million per season (1 million raise), Malkin previously eluded that he would take a pay cut, Rust is looking for 6-7… Read more »

Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
2 months ago

How about Chiarot for Letang?
#1 pair Dumo & Math
#2 pair Marino & Chiarot
#3 Dragon & who everyone.

Kris
Kris
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave Heyl

How about NO. Move Marino and Kapanen to Vancouver for JT miller. Leave Letang with Matheson on first pair, but Dumo with wreckless but fun Friedman and have Ruhwedel and Petterson as third pair.

Ted Vantroba
Ted Vantroba
2 months ago

Dan, I’m starting to worry about us finishing in fourth or fifth place I see the boat taking on some water 💦

Kris
Kris
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted Vantroba

The Pens have a 5 point cushion on Washington with a game in hand. What exactly are you worrying about.

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted Vantroba

I’m not worried about them missing the playoffs…but there’s a good chance they’re DOA once they get there. Fans have to start asking themselves: does every player on the roster from the sully/rutherford era have to stay (other than kapanen)? Or are you interested in titles?…if you’ll settle for hyping up the same couple of players every year and drinks at the captain Morgan’s club in November and January…then they’re set.

Jack McCrory
Jack McCrory
2 months ago

Should don’t need a -28 player. We already have enough forwards That don’t like to play defense. More odd man brakes. No thanks

Fredrick
Fredrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

Plus/minus never tells the whole story.

Marc Badger
Marc Badger
2 months ago

Eberle would be sick! The guy was a menace in the playoffs, and always a factor against the Pens.

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc Badger

So was miroslav Satan…until he got to Pittsburgh.

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Naturally a dude named Satan is always going to play better in a Devil’s sweater!

Sjf928
Sjf928
2 months ago

I’ve heard the Pens linked with Seattle a few other times. I wouldn’t mind having Soucy and Johansson. As far as Montreal, maybe Hoffman or Armia.

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago

If you can package Marino and one of their deadweight forwards and get a piece back…you do it. For both this year and for the summer which is going to be a mess.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
2 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

It would be better to package Pettersson than Marino.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

I want Eberle only if he can shoot against the Pens D and goalie. As for Marino, he hasn’t been the same player since his rookie season. His availability should not be in question.

Last edited 2 months ago by Paul
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Bachinga
Bachinga
2 months ago

Eberle would be a step backwards…

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