Thursday afternoon, it was reported that former New York Rangers star prospect and current Arizona Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair requested a trade.
For any Pittsburgh Penguins fan hoping to land the dynamic forward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's beat reporter Jason Mackey dispelled any chance of that occurring.
"That's not the type of player they need. I'm sure he'd be fine, but he doesn't address their needs," Mackey reported.
Why does Mackey say this? Duclair is a left winger that could be a good piece for Pittsburgh, but as Mackey explains, he doesn't fit a current need. As it has been reported endless times - Jim Rutherford needs a 3rd line centre. As of now, Jake Guentzel occupies that position, as Carter Rowney succumbed to injury recently and will be out for several weeks.
While the Guentzel at centre experiment may pay its dividends, the ideal scenario is to have him on the wing where he is at his best. It all comes down to optimizing the performance of each and every player - and while he could be an effective centreman, he is likely most effective on the wing.
For this reason, Rutherford needs to concentrate on finding that natural centreman, and Duclair does not fit that bill.
Still - some may hope that the Penguins' general manager finds a way to land the player, along with a 3C. Do you count yourself among those that want Duclair in Pittsburgh?