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Penguins Trade Talk: Rebuffed on Fleury, Dreger Thinks Crosby Deal Possible

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Pittsburgh Penguins trade, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury

Don’t shoot the messenger, all right? Over the past 24 hours, a pair of national Canadian reporters have confirmed or otherwise dropped Penguins trade chatter on a thirsty audience. From trying to acquire Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights to the possibility of a Penguins trade of Sidney Crosby, it’s been an interesting week.

Yes, PHN agrees. We would be floored, flabbergasted, and downright shocked if Sidney Crosby asked for a trade. Like Mario Lemieux before him, this is Sidney Crosby’s franchise.

Then again, the hot rumor in 2004 was that Mario Lemieux temporarily flirted with putting the team in escrow and taking one last shot with the Montreal Canadiens. But that legend was probably more myth. It was never confirmed and faded away.

So, the Sidney Crosby Penguins trade rumors. To be clear, new President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and new GM Ron Hextall flat out said their job is to build around Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

But Darren Dreger of TSN floated an alternate scenario.

“How will you bring the pieces in to help Sidney Crosby win that Stanley Cup in the next two or three years. So, for me, it’s all about this season,” Dreger said on TSN radio. “If the Pittsburgh Penguins miss the playoffs this year, I think it’s a really tough conversation for Ron Hextall, Brian Burke, and Sidney Crosby and company in the offseason.”

Remember, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just reporting what a national TSN insider is saying. Dreger envisions a scenario in which Crosby could try to save the Penguins by leaving. That would seem like a Sid thing to do, wouldn’t it?

“It wouldn’t shock me at all if Sid said, ‘look, I want my legacy to be you collecting the pieces by moving me to the Colorado Avalanche or the New York Rangers, or whatever the team is,” Dreger continued. “Colorado makes a lot of sense to me, by the way, (getting pieces) that are really going to jumpstart a rebuild…”

Now–here’s a little something we’ve not touched previously. After Jim Rutherford resigned, there was a hot rumor that a Crosby trade was broached with the Montreal Canadiens. The inside hockey gossip was that Lemieux and old friend Marc Bergevin, who is the Montreal GM, talked about the possibility before Lemieux snapped out of it.

That rumor was being discussed among scouts and some hockey executives. PHN did not print it because one Penguins team source vigorously shot it down and offered something we knew to be true:

“Don’t touch it. You’ll look stupid.”

But there’s chatter. Yes, I find it mostly ridiculous, too. But, Dreger’s alternate reality in which Crosby does the Penguins a solid doesn’t seem insane in that context.

Now, onto another Penguins trade target, Marc-Andre Fleury.

According to Bob McKenzie on NBCsn, those rumors we heard over the summer were true.

“They tried very hard,” McKenzie said of the Penguins trade efforts. Not only did Rutherford try to pry the Flower from the desert, but interim-GM Patrik Allvin also tried.

But Vegas, which doesn’t have enough salary-cap space to afford a free lunch, wouldn’t budge.

Fleury spent the first 13 years of his career in Pittsburgh, and the mere mention of his name excites fans. This season, the future Hall-of-Famer is 5-0-0 with a jawdropping 1.80 GAA, and a .920 save percentage.

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Noah
9 months ago

I refuse to believe Sid will ever be traded, no matter the source. I just can’t see it.

David
David
9 months ago
Reply to  Noah

You are right. It isn’t going to happen.

Katz
Katz (@paul)
9 months ago

The one to keep forever is the one they move and they one they should MOVE they keep forever.

Stupid is as stupid does.

If true that is odd .

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago

I believe if a Crosby trade ever happened it would be Sid going out as a hero. Things will be interesting if they don;t make the playoffs. I believe new management will see quickly what Letang is worth and he will be gone this year or the offseason. Malkin seriously needs to get his act together. It is no longer what have you done in the past but what have you done for me lately. YES!!!!!

hockeynut87
hockeynut87 (@hockeynut87)
9 months ago

Hope someday Flower comes back…so he can.retire here…where he belongs.
GMJR should have never moved him….I dont care what anyone says.
Though I am sure I will get comments on that.

David
David
9 months ago
Reply to  hockeynut87

I was never on the MM bandwagon. Give him credit for his part in the SC wins — but he was already leaking oil. 3 years later MM is gone, is a train wreck on a train wreck team in Ottawa, and Fleury still looks good.

Kane
Kane
9 months ago

You know I like vegas and the flower but sometimes hard choices have to be made especially when it is a blockbuster like did for the flower

dweth2
dweth2 (@dweth2)
9 months ago

Crosby will retire as a Penguin.

Kurt Hartz
Kurt Hartz
9 months ago

If the penguins trade Sydney Crosby I will never watch hockey again period!!! Nobody ever thought Wayne Gretzky would be traded either and we see how that worked out for the Oilers??? If there is a player for the pens that should be traded its Chris Letang, did anyone else notice the juicy turnover Letang gave to the islanders tonight while on the power play in the 3rd period? He has been costing the penguins in crucial times of games trying to do too much, and once again his sloppy and selfish play trying to be fancy is affecting every… Read more »

Rick
Rick
9 months ago
Reply to  Kurt Hartz

“and we see how that worked out for the Oilers???”

Yeah they won a cup!

Last edited 9 months ago by Rick
jason koch
jason koch
4 months ago
Reply to  Kurt Hartz

Yeah, they won their 5th cup.

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
9 months ago

MARK ANDRE is clearly better than Murray at least it seems now but both help win the cup they wanted him back because they know it was mistake not protecting him not sure how long he can play time to move on now.

Steve
Steve
9 months ago

I hate to say it, and yes I know it’ll never happen, but, for the hell of it. Put together a trade from the Rangers. Lafranierre, Kravstov, Nils Lundquist, this year and next years first…

Sirdc
Sirdc
9 months ago

The only way I believe that Lemieux kicked the tires on Crosby is he was drunk, or said in jest to a friend, yea I’ll give u Sid for all your picks for next 6 yrs or something along these lines. No matter what, if it happened, I think Bergevin is a shitty friend for reporting it.

William Pataky
William Pataky
9 months ago

It’s Crosby’s team lol so trade Malkin FFS🤣🤣🤣

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
9 months ago

He didn’t report it. DD did. Why would he not talk about it?? Vendetta much??

joe dee
joe dee
9 months ago

Gtfoh, dumbest thing i ve ever read ,

Ether
Ether
9 months ago

Get the Flower back soon so there is just enough time to lose him to the Kraken

David H
David H
9 months ago

I simply can’t see Sid being traded. He hates change and Mario has said repeatedly that he wants Malkin to finish his career here. Why would he not want the same for Sid?

David
David
9 months ago

Penguins should have traded MM to Vegas for Fleury. But then again, they would not have taken MM. I’m surprised Ottawa did. The handwriting was already on the wall.

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