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Penguins Trade Talk: Friedman Ties Pens to Roslovic

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade rumors: Jack Roslovic, Winnipeg Jets

After an 0-2 start, anxiety is growing about the immediate future of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team’s best line has been the third line with minimum wage Mark Jankowski at center, but on Saturday night Penguins trade chatter picked up as GM Jim Rutherford was officially linked to bigger fish.

According to Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada, Rutherford and the Penguins are one of the teams most interested in Winnipeg Jets holdout center Jack Roslovic.

Roslovic, 23, was the Winnipeg first-round pick in 2015 (25th overall) but reportedly wants a greater role and a more generous contract. Roslovic is an RFA and is home in Columbus while he holds out.

“Roslovic is unsigned. He’s asked for a trade. He’s not with the Jets,” Friedman said on the famous Headlines segment. “The Pittsburgh Penguins have started the season 0-2. We know Jim Rutherford is not afraid. I also believe the Penguins are one of the teams very interested to see if there’s a match.”

The basis of a potential Penguins trade would appear to be on the blue line. Winnipeg appears to need defensemen, and the Penguins have nine, including P-O Joseph on the taxi squad.

Derek Forbort and Neil Pionk are the second Winnipeg defense pairing. Nathan Beaulieu with Sami Niku is the third pair, and top-pair defenseman Tucker Poolman was placed in COVID protocol on Saturday. According to Corsica Hockey, none of the pairings rank in the top half of the NHL.

As a third-line center, Roslovic scored 24 and 29 points in the last two seasons, his first to full NHL campaigns.

PHN should note we can add further corroboration to Friedman’s report. During the autumn offseason, second-hand Penguins sources told PHN that Rutherford was interested in a Penguins trade for Roslovic. However, we could not get firm confirmation from primary sources.

Stick tap to Friedman for the legitimate report to tie the Penguins to Roslovic.

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Eric Bouchard
Eric Bouchard
9 months ago

They are looking for top 4 Left shot Dman

Plz not Po Joseph for another 3rd line Centerman

Would they trade Pettersson?

Or is Rikkola enough?? Ishhhh i dont think he’s a top 4 right now. I still beleive in him….more than Sully thats for sure

Katz
Katz
9 months ago

Desperation and pressure are the worst ingredients surrounding a trade. Another dash of sugar added to a disjointed haphazard recipe mix only produces a stew of high calorie nothingness. The time to thoughtfully put together a Blue Ribbon stew with both potatoes and prime beef has passed. The last few years have emptied the cupboard , added random hodgepodge and retained moldy soured high priced beef stock. The sad part is this was preventable and the next moves will cause more harm . Two more losses are about to occur ( cue Jawa theme music) and the Capitals will expose… Read more »

Jeff Arnold
Jeff Arnold
9 months ago
Reply to  Katz

ie the “core” needs not to be sacred and held above the success of the team. Held Murray too long, and have avoided the tough choices with the rest. The cup years’ success was largely due to the energy and desire of the AHL call ups, not wild trades.

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Arnold

Jeff, your comment about the core not being held sacred is spot on in my opinion. Katz, your creative way to describe your displeasure with the ingredients of team is much appreciated. Neither of these comments will be popular with most fans, but other than 87, I’ve always thought everyone else should be on the market if the GM can make the team better. Go Pens.

Katz
Katz
9 months ago

Sorry to make you sick to you stomach so at least laugh at the moves made since and including the Reaves acquisition. . That was June 17,2017. Prob Rutherford last good move which was panned by those who failed to understand what was needed after the grueling wonderful Cup march and victory against Washington. Sadly , Sullivan preferred players in the mold of Dom Simon and fell victim to his own stubbornness and bias’s. Here is the list , begin on page one and continue to Reaves trade. You trust Rutherford-Sullivan to elevate the now bubbling mess they created? Please… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Katz
Frank
Frank
9 months ago

Speaking for myself I give Rutherford high marks for bringing Cup winners and entertaining teams (it is an entertainment business) to the city. But . .. while he is regularly given credit for correcting his own mistakes and not being afraid to deal . .. he has fallen victim to correcting his mistakes by duplicating the ones he is correcting . . . just with new names. I am not a fan of the merry-go-round of coaching and front office changes that is the core of the NHL, but I also think both positions can get locked into their own… Read more »

JcNorthStar
JcNorthStar
9 months ago

I think they should of kept Reaves it made them tough to play against the issue as always is Sullivan and his guys his stubbornness not to play Reaves it made the stars play with a confidence and a swagger. Murray should have been trade 2 years ago to cash in big in a trade every year since he won the cup his health and play has dipped but it was Sullys boy. Sully to me is a big issue I love a GM to swing for the fences the stars have 2 maybe 3 years until the window is… Read more »

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