Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has made it known that he is looking to shake things up on his roster, and while a number of names have been linked to the Penguins, the two on the front burner now appear to be two National Hockey League stars.
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman recently conducted a radio interview in which he stated that he believes the Penguins may even be looking at making more than just the one move, and it was during those comments that he brought up two big names.
“I think they’ve had some interest in Evander Kane," said Friedman as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "I wouldn’t be surprised if they were interested in [Max] Pacioretty. They’re looking. I think if they could, they’d add a winger and a center. I wouldn’t be surprised if they could do both."
What makes these comments even more interesting is that Friedman doesn't believe Rutherford will wait very much longer to make his move. In fact he believes that the the Penguins GM knows that with his team floundering in arguably the NHL's toughest division, he is running out of time.
“Jim Rutherford, we’ve talked about he’s a guy who likes to move early, but I think he realizes he’s just at a point now – I think that’s the toughest division in hockey. There’s going to be three teams there that could make the playoffs just about anywhere else who are going to miss it. I just think that they’re running out of time. They’ve got to do something, and they know."
Not only may a blockbuster trade be coming to Pittsburgh, but it may be coming very soon indeed.