It appears Jim Rutherford was telling the truth when he stated that he was not done shopping for lineup reinforcements after brining in Jason Zucker. On Monday, Rutherford bolstered the Penguins depth with the additions of Patrick Marleau, Conor Sheary, and Evan Rodrigues. Everything you could possibly want to know about both trades can be found below.
Pens Points has the latest news from a busy deadline day...
Rumors began circling early Monday that the Penguins were possibly interested in acquiring Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks. Those rumors became reality when the Penguins sent a third round pick west for the veteran. [Pensburgh]
Patrick Marleau has yet to play his first game in a Penguins uniform, but his ties to the city are already extensive. He was drafted in Pittsburgh in 1997, scored his 1,000th career point in Pittsburgh, and played his first Stanley Cup game here as well. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
At 40 years old, there are a lot of questions about what Marleau still has left in the tank to help the Penguins. Given what the Penguins will likely be asking of him, having him as a depth option should have a positive impact on the ice. [Pensburgh]
After bringing Marleau into the fold, the Penguins welcomed back on old friend in Conor Sheary. Sheary came over with Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun. [Pensburgh]
Using basic math, the Penguins added three forwards while sending away just one on trade deadline day, meaning they will need to find two forward spots to fit everyone in. Until everyone gets healthy (big if) there is no shortage of openings. [Pensburgh]
Lost in the all the trade shuffle on Monday was the loss of forward Andrew Agozzino to the Anaheim Ducks. Agozzino was placed on waivers so he could be eligible for the postseason but instead he was claimed by the Ducks on Monday. [Trib Live]
More roster moves came down the pipeline as everyone sorted out their thoughts on the trade. Sam Lafferty and Anthony Angello were both sent down to the AHL with the new guys expected to be ready to play starting Wednesday. [Penguins]
As long as Brian Dumoulin and John Marino are out of the lineup, the Penguins will be down two of their top four defenseman. Missing those two is beginning to have a major impact on the ice, and Mike Sullivan needs to find a solution quickly. [Pensburgh]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Here’s a list of notable trades from deadline day...
Later in the day, the Red Wings and Oilers made another deal that sent Andreas Athanasiou to Alberta where he will remain teammates with Green. [NHL]
It was a busy day for the Oilers who brought in Tyler Ennis along with Green and Athanasiou to push for the playoffs. [NHL]
You can find the NHL’s full trade tracker right here.
Now for some non-trade news...
Long thought to be the trade target of many team around the league, the New York Rangers decided to hold onto Chris Kreider and sign him to a seven year contract extension that will pay him $6.5 million per season. [Blue Shirt Banter]
Many wondered about the future of Jake Muzzin in Toronto but those people need to onder no more. Muzzin re-upped with the Maple Leafs with a four year extension that will levy a $5.625 million hit against the salary cap. [Pension Plan Puppets]