Report: McKenzie Says Penguins Trade Could Include Gudbranson
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Report: McKenzie Says Penguins Trade Could Include Gudbranson



Erik Gudbranson Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Speculation
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 05: Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) looks on during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers on March 5, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Add another name to the Pittsburgh Penguins trade block. For several months, Penguins trade rumors have centered on the defense because the team needed to clear salary-cap space and have at least one extra defender.

Now, the Penguins have three spare NHL defenders and have been carrying nine rearguards on their roster. Tuesday night, TSN analyst Bob McKenzie added more fuel to the fire. McKenzie said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would love to deal a defenseman for a center, but it would have to be a dollar-for-dollar trade because the Penguins will eventually be healthy.

McKenzie made news when discussed the players which he believes Rutherford has made available. Jack Johnson is a given, but McKenzie said also said to add Erik Gudbranson’s name in the mix, too.

Gudbranson, 27, has been a staple of the Penguins third pairing. The Penguins acquired him from the Vancouver Canucks for the fading Tanner Pearson at the NHL trade deadline. He added only two assists in 19 games last season but was generally regarded as playing well. Gudbranson also adds a physical element in the defensive zone, and the increasingly rare ability to drop the gloves to protect teammates.

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Rutherford has been attempting to trade a player with a significant salary since July. Johnson’s name has been a permanent inclusion into the conversation. Bryan Rust, Nick Bjugstad and now Gudbranson who makes $4 million per season.

The giant defender is 6-foot-5, 217 pounds. He has only 64 points (16g, 48a) in 470 career games, but also has 486 career penalty minutes. Part of Gudbranson’s job is to keep star players safe. Since he takes a regular turn on the blue line, he is ever-present in that role.

The Penguins have weeks before their salary cap is again an issue. By most estimates, Malkin will be out four-to-six weeks and Bjugstad will be out four weeks. However, given the Penguins’ inability to score goals Tuesday, they made need help sooner than later.

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  1. Vince Goei

    October 9, 2019 at 6:52 am

    The defenseman he should move, and get an impact type player and open cap space is Letang.

    • Ricardo58

      October 9, 2019 at 9:08 am


  2. jopensfan

    October 9, 2019 at 9:40 am

    I think Gudbranson has been far better then people gave credit too. He s Ald put coons in check since he s been here. Christ he even tossed tossed trash can Tom Wilson around. I m sorry but Letangs not as good or valuable as he once was and paying him like he is has to e need to trade him and a few team’s will probably over pay for him . That’s were we should start . I also think Jack needs to go obviously as that was a boneheaded move by osing Kessel hurt as most of us knew it would and it’s a shame they couldn t have made it work. racing Rust would be stupid and I m glad they changed there mind.. Hope we figure this mess out..

  3. Matt Luda

    October 9, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Trade Letang and Gudbranson/Johnson for a top six scorer(s) and draft pick(s), promote Marino, extend Schultz.

  4. Edgar

    October 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Letang is 32 and has 2 ore years after this one at over $7M per. Who can you trade him to, and what will they give you back? Not much anymore. The other 2 guys will net you nothin in return.We’re screwed.

  5. Hatrick Pornqvist

    October 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I can’t imagine the reaction by the fan base of Letang were to be traded while Johnson remained on the roster. Also, the idea they trade Letang is just crazy in my opinion.

    Marino should take Gudbransons spot. Trade the big guy for a Center. This seems obvious. Who is looking to unload centermen and add D, and has a C making around $4M who they no longer want?

    Really that should be the only question right now. That’s what’s going to happen.

    • Edgar

      October 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      I don’t think he’s worth a top 6 center, tho. That would be a steal for us. His salary is just far too much.

      • Hatrick Pornqvist

        October 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm

        I don’t think he would get us Malkin’s replacement by any means but I think he could get us a decent 3C or a real nice 4C.

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