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The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs all reportedly have some interest in acquiring Mark Letestu.

Letestu previously played for Pittsburgh and Columbus, so there would be some familiarity there if either squad acquired him. In any scenario, he would provide a playoff contender with some extra veteran depth on their third or fourth line. The Oilers aren't likely to get much for him, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so the Oilers might ultimately just take whatever's on the table.
Feb 22 - 5:22 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly interested in acquiring Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers.

The Penguins would seem to be a good fit for Grabner given his speed and scoring ability. His $1.65 million annual cap hit is also light enough that the Penguins shouldn't have an issue fitting him in. It might be that the Rangers will be reluctant to trade within their division, but given that the Rangers are now focused on the future, the return is expected to be their biggest concern. So at the end of the day, the big question is likely if the Penguins will be the top bidder for his services or not. If they are then it will be pretty exciting to see which line he ends up on.
Feb 20 - 5:40 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford's decision to acquire Jamie Oleksiak on Tuesday might set the stage for another trade this season.

The Penguins got Oleksiak from Dallas in exchange for a 2019 conditional fourth-round pick. While Oleksiak isn't likely to be a major factor in Pittsburgh, he does provide the team with some extra depth that Rutherford can take advantage of. "If we were to move a defenseman going forward, I don't get locked into having to get a defenseman back," Rutherford said. "I have more flexibility now. If the right forward's available, we can do it that way also." The NHL's roster freeze has begun and will extend through Dec. 28, so any additional moves Rutherford makes can't be imminent.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 07:24:00 AM


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