Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby's Winger Could Come from Trade
The search for Sidney Crosby’s winger is ongoing and constant, but this year’s April 3 trade deadline could signal the end of the search.
Penguins fans are begging the front office to make a move so that head coach Dan Bylsma can reassemble the dominant line of last season featuring Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz when Malkin returns from his concussion.
Sidney Crosby has been turning rags into riches for a long time in Pittsburgh when it comes to wingmen, and one of these three trades could shore up that area significantly.
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars
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The Stars’ trade for veteran power forward Erik Cole suggests that the writing may be on the wall for Dallas’s captain. With the gritty forward stable getting crowded, the Stars may look to flip Morrow to a contender.
Morrow wouldn’t be the most skilled player on the Penguins, but he would meet a need. He’s only accumulated 10 points so far, but he might just be due for a change of scenery.
Morrow’s big impact would be felt on the power play. The Penguins have taken a perimeter approach to the man-advantage, and Morrow’s net-front presence would be just what the doctor ordered to remedy the situation.
On a team full of stars, a veteran grinder like Morrow would provide a bit of the toughness that Pittsburgh values. They’ve made moves for Bill Guerin and Gary Roberts in order to infuse some grit before, and they might look to Morrow this time around.
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
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In Anaheim, it looks like the franchise will have to choose between keeping captain Ryan Getzlaf and Perry. With a two-way center like Getzlaf, there really isn’t much of a choice at all.
The Ducks will be looking for defensive prospects to fill their empty cupboard, and the Pens have plenty to spare.
Perry isn’t far removed from his 2010 50-goal season, and he followed up with a 37-goal effort last year. He is a rare scoring talent that would look great on Sidney Crosby’s right wing. The power forward is only 27 years old, and he could be part of Ray Shero’s core moving forward.
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
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It seems that for the last few years the Penguins and Iginla have been connected in trade rumors. The buzz reached a fever pitch after the 2010 Winter Olympics when Iginla fed Crosby for Canada’s gold-medal-winning goal in overtime.
Since then, Pens fans have been pining for the chance to see Crosby return the favor.
At 35 years old, if Iginla waives his no-trade clause it will be to go to a contender. The Penguins certainly fit the bill. The issue could come down to the asking price. If the Penguins are asked to pay a king’s ransom, they might look elsewhere when it comes to upgrading the wing position.