Word on the street is that God-like Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero may still have moves to make before Monday's NHL Trade Deadline. Rumor has it that Shero could be in the market for another defenceman, and may well seek to supplement his already revamped forward corps. with another move. There are alot of decisions to be made, and alot of options out there.
On Friday (Feb.25), the list of options got a little larger, with a number of players were put on waivers by their respective clubs, and a few of those player might just fit the bill for what GMRS is looking for.
Here are Friday's Waived players:
A few of these guys fit the bill for what Shero may be looking for. Nick Boynton or Craig Rivet may make an appealing option, as both can be had for relatively cheap (Especially Boynton who makes $500,000 this year, Rivet makes $3.5 Million, halved.) They both have considerable NHL experience and are gritty stay at home defenceman. Both are also UFA's at seasons end, so we don't have to carry over any contracts for next season.
Another name that jumps out is Marco Sturm. The oft injured winger was put on waivers by the Kings, ostensibly to make room for a possible trade deadline move. There is also a line of thought from L.A. that they are hoping that Sturm clears waivers, and reports to the AHL until the playoffs. At that point, the Kings can bring Sturm back up, without having to worry about salary cap ramifications.
All this is merely speculation on my part, and definitely not endorsing any of these choices. Personally, I don't think we should pursue Boynton or Rivet, but if Shero is determined to add a defenceman, then maybe they should be considered. On the other hand, if we have the available cap space, picking up Sturm might not be the worst idea. The winger is a proven goal scorer who can play a decent two-way game, a product of playing in Claude Julien's stringent system in Boston. If he can stay healthy, he would make an excellent 2nd line winger, and a good 1st line winger while we await others to get healthy.
There are many other options out there, and as proven on many occasion, Ray Shero has the ability to surprise us all with a move no one saw coming. It's possible too that Shero decides to work with what we've got and stands pat going into the final days before the deadline.
The trade deadline, what a time of year for hockey fans (especially us Pens fans)!
Now to get to the important part.... what are your opinions on where the Pens stand and who, if anyone, they should pick up? Interested in any of the above guys, or anyone else rumored to be moving? Or are you happy with what we've done so far?
Leave it in the comments!
IN SHERO WE TRUST!
And of course, GO PENS GO!!