It has been a busy week for the Pittsburgh Penguins and it seems like it is far from over. In the wake of the Penguins’ recent moves, after they shipped out Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2019 Entry draft, it appears that there is now another trade being worked on behind the scene in Pittsburgh.
The Pens retained no salary in the latest trade, which can also be called a clean salary dump, and now general manager Jim Rutherford seems to already know what to do with the money. According to NHL insider Darren Dreger, who gave additional information on the Pens' offseason plans during a radio segment on Montreal's TSN 690 on Thursday, the former Stanley Cup champions are not done yet.
“I don’t know that the Penguins are done yet, to be fair,” noted Dreger. “I had someone tell me yesterday that maybe – maybe – they’d consider trading Tristan Jarry. The only reason they would be because someone is in a full panic mode. Like the Islanders need a goaltender, the Hurricanes need a goaltender. Tristan Jarry is going to be a good goaltender, he’s just not going to get that starting opportunity, I don’t think, with Matt Murray in Pittsburgh.
Seeing that the Carolina Hurricanes are looking for a netminder, it is believed that the Penguins could offer Jarry as part on a deal to land forward Jeff Skinner. Amongst trade chatter right now, it has been said that the Penguins are frontrunners to acquire Skinner.
Cap Friendly indicates they have a projected $8.1 million in cap space but his $5.725 million cap hit will eat up most of it. The Hurricanes could be asked to take a salaried player back or pick up part of that cap hit.
The Penguins have been actively working the phones to find some interest for their trade candidates. Now that Sheary and Hunwick have been moved, Derick Brassard is expected to also attract interest. There’s a market for quality centers and Brassard might be the next best thing once things settle on John Tavares and Paul Statsny on the unrestricted free agent market.
Let's hope Rutherford has the time to sleep to make sure he is rested to make the upcoming important decisions...