The Pittsburgh Penguins are banged up beyond belief. The good news is that even though in pain, James Neal and Craig Adams hope to return tonight against the Sens while Kris Letang continues to skate.
This does not mean that the Pens are out of the woods, though. Missing both Staal and Crosby will hurt the Penguins in the scoring department. Even more dangerous, Staal was one of the best penalty killing players in the league, and losing him for an extended period could jeopardize one of the biggest advantages Pittsburgh has.
There have been calls for Ray Shero to make a move already. However, it is more than likely that he will wait before pulling the trigger on any moves. If the walking wounded of the Pens cannot play competitive hockey, Shero's hand will be forced and he will have to trade to maintain playoff contention.
With that in mind, here are three names that have popped up in conjunction with the Penguins that could be safe trade bets for Shero. These are players who not only provide a need for Pittsburgh, but also would be easy to acquire and do not require all of the Penguins $5 million cap space.