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Brian Burke Says Penguins Will ‘Make Some Trades Probably’

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“…We’ve still got three main pieces on the chessboard. Our goaltending has been spectacular since I got here. The guys are getting the job done really well,” Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke concluded. “So, we’ve got to see if we can add to this group without forfeiting futures. People say — How do you do that? You have to make some trades probably. But we’ll see if we can do it. We’ll look at some free agents. We’ll have to make some tough decisions. Ownership gets that.”

In exclusive clips from the fubo Sports Network show “Drink with Binks” provided to Pittsburgh Hockey Now, Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke didn’t shy away from the challenges facing the Penguins, including the high probability we will see one or more Penguins trades before the April 12 deadline.

“Drinks with Binks” is an interview-based TV show hosted by Julie Stewart-Binks that airs every Wednesday at 8 p.m ET / PT on fubo Sports Network. It’s available nationwide on fuboTV, FREE on XUMO, Samsung TV Plus, LG smart TVs, and the Roku Channel.

The show airs tonight.

Burke certainly hasn’t been coy about the Penguins trade hopes.

“That’s the goal, to see if we can add this year. See how far we can get with the group. Yes, the team is getting older. The stars are getting older. But since I’ve been here, they’ve all been excellent,” Burke said. “There’s not a drop-off in play–maybe from 100-point seasons, there is. But there’s been no dropoff, and I put Kris Letang in there too because he’s been unbelievable lately.”

The Penguins are in the midst of an up-and-down season. The team is 12-8-1 but has only five regulation wins. The Penguins tamed the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, 5-2. They did so without Sidney Crosby, who in the NHL COVID protocols.

Evgeni Malkin picked up some slack. So did Bryan Rust who scored a goal. Kasperi Kapanen had two goals. But everything still revolves around Crosby, Malkin, and Letang.

“So, we think we’ve got three-star players,” Burke said. “Maybe they’re not in their best producing years, but they’re still really good players, and we’ve got to see if we can put something else on the team and see what we can do in the playoffs if we make the playoffs.”

If?

That’s a real concern. The Penguins, which have the longest current active streak in the NHL at 14 seasons, are currently in fifth place of the East Division with fierce competition from the Flyers and the New York Islanders. The Penguins have a winning record against New York but have ceded overtime points, including a split last weekend in which the Penguins earned two points, but the Islanders claimed three.

That’s why the coming trade deadline is vital. It seems this may be the Penguins’ last gasp. Missing the playoffs would be the cataclysmic end to the most successful team in the salary cap era.

GM Ron Hextall said last Saturday that the team would “consider” adding toughness to the lineup but added caveats, including affordability and availability.

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Katz
Katz
7 months ago

Most likely move will involve acquiring 4th line physicality/ character. Inexpensive. Also if possible a large body on the Blueline . Thought they might have grabbed Tinordi from waivers but they passed and Boston claimed him. No major moves until summer just some size toughness that fits . Who leaves? Prob Pettersson or Lafferty or O’Connor . No huge deals for now IMO. And please G-d please do not pick up Domineeeeek Seeeemone.

Jay95
Jay95
7 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I agree that they’re most likely going to go for 4th line options. The top 6, outside of Malkin at the beginning of the season has done it’s part. That 3rd line is much more dominant than most expected.

The only players that I could see moving for upgrades/better fits would be Petterson or Zucker. No one else makes sense to move at the moment.

David Gregg
David Gregg
7 months ago

I am not sure there is a need to jump to action right this minute. Watching the Penguins this year has been more frustrating than most other years, the poor goaltending, the powerplay entry, the unending number of times a player shoots or passes right into the stick or skate of the defense….maddening…but they are right in the middle of standings and unlike all of the other 4 teams they have yet to play Buffalo or NJ, so essentially no breaks in the season. So I would not make a panic move just for the sake of movement… Boston –… Read more »

Big B
Big B
7 months ago

No room for Simon.With Dummo, Jusso and Rodriquez coming back they already have to move out 2 D-Men and a forward.Simom has no points and is a negative on the possession corsi front and combine that with his one way contract why take him?

Dave Davies
Dave Davies
7 months ago

I’m interested to see what the new front office is going to do with the roster this season, but as usual this spoiled fanbase will expect them to improve the team to Stanley Cup contender level without giving up any future assets while at the same time adding future draft picks to deepen the prospect pool. They will also be expected to not give the players actually what they deserve compared to other players in the league contract wise. They will expect the front office to trade all of our worst players and contracts for other teams all star players… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave Davies
CLINT B CASTELLI
CLINT B CASTELLI
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave Davies

“AH, Hello Newman…”

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