The All-Star break is over and now begins anticipation for the next major date in the Pittsburgh Penguins' season—waiting to see which star player will be injured next.
That, and the trade deadline.
The Penguins have accrued a little cap space over the course of the season by seeing most of their top-dollar players spend time on injured reserve. They lead the league in man-games lost to injury at 256.
CapGeek currently gives the Penguins $5.165 million in acquirable cap space for the remainder of the season, a number that will increase every day until the trade deadline with a number of players on long-term injured reserve.
Monetary considerations determine how most buyers handle the deadline. For the Pens, injuries to their big centers Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal and their projected returns will have more to do with how Pittsburgh approaches the deadline.
Of course, when Staal and (perhaps Crosby) return, that $5.1 million the Penguins have accrued from their absences will be lost for good.
The deadline hits Feb. 27 at 3:00 PM.
Given a healthy roster, the Penguins might not be making a single move this season. But having a healthy Penguins lineup seems as unlikely as seeing Zach Parise or Jarome Iginla don the black and vegas gold.
There are 25 days until the deadline. Instead of looking too far ahead to deals the Penguins may or may not swing, let's take a look back at General Manager Ray Shero's trade deadline history.