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Major obstacle in Pens' recent trade plan!

Otherwise, this would be a perfect fit!

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Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been up front about this since the start of the season: he is always scouring the market for potential third-line centres that are made available. 

And things have changed since October, and as he showed before the Holiday roster freeze, Rutherford is ready to make some moves to make sure his team remains a Cup contender. 

Now, Rutherford is said to be eyeing Ottawa Senators forward Derick Brassard, who might be interested to play for coach Mike Sullivan, who was his assistant coach with the New York Rangers. 

However, there's seem to be a huge osbtacle in the way to make that move possible. Though New York Post's Larry Brooks believes Brassard would thrive in Pittsburgh, an important element in the transaction needs to be reviewed. 

While Brassard would certainly address the Penguins need for a skilled two-way third-line center, Rutherford would have to shed salary to make room for his $5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19. 

That might be an issue. Defenseman Kris Letang is reportedly on the market, but the blue liner is sidelined for tonight's game and his value might be decreasing as we speak on the trade market. 

Rutherford will certainly look for a solution - or he will find another option on the block.