Just a couple hours after Pittsburgh Penguins little-used winger Daniel Sprong noted there was little he could do about not playing much, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reported that the Penguins and the Anaheim Ducks are discussing a trade involving Sprong.
“Hearing PIT/ANA working on something involving Daniel Sprong. Let’s see where it goes,” Friedman tweeted.
Sprong, 21 and a second-round draft pick in 2015, has four assists playing limited minutes in 16 games this season. He has not seemed to find a place in the lineup that works, or that satisfies the Penguins coaching staff.
In practice Monday, Sprong took some turns on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist.
Asked after that how he is dealing with playing so little, Sprong said, “It’s out of my control, you know? That’s the coaching staff’s decision. I can just control what I can control.”
He said he had an opinion on why he’s not playing much, but he declined to make it public.
“Daniel is working hard in practice,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “When you look at some of the line combinations that we have, it makes for very difficult decisions on where certain players fit.”