It may be that one key player was saved by the bell when the holiday roster freeze took place. The Pittsburgh Penguins made some minor transactions right before the freeze, but it appears that a major move was in the works, and could pick up where it was left off this week.
According to Sportsnet insider Nick Kypreos, GM Jim Rutherford, who isn't afraid of blockbuster deals, might be working on trading a top defenseman.
"One name that I do hear out there that is being bantered about is Kris Letang," said Kypreos as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "Kris Letang has had a horrible season so far. Certainly hasn’t regained some of that magic he had prior to being hurt by what, the 41-game mark of last season."
"Now, keep in mind that he has four years left on a very big contract. Pittsburgh would love to shed some salary, and he’s at $7.25 million guys for four more years."
Letang could be used to finally land a top forward, who is much needed to boost the Pens offense. Pittsburgh has been repeatedly connected to Buffalo Sabres star winger Evander Kane and dangling a player like Letang would certainly have to peak the interest of Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. If these two pieces are involved we would be headed for a blockbuster trade and one that could come as early as this week.
One more note to add here, Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman believes that if Letang is traded the Penguins will be looking for a forward in return, just one more factor that points to the possibility of those Kane rumors becoming reality.
"If Letang does go, I think it’s going to be probably for something like two forwards – a center and a winger, impact players,"said Friedman. "That’s what they’re looking for, forwards, I think that’s what he’s looking for in any kind of a Letang deal."
Unbelievable. We will keep you informed of this unimaginable trade!