The Most Intriguing Potential Trade Targets for the Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Most Intriguing Potential Trade Targets for the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Throughout the 2013-14 season so far, the Pittsburgh Penguins have constantly had their depth tested by injuries and suspensions. As the campaign rolls on and more dollars owed come off of current contracts, the Penguins are slowly finding themselves in a position to—perhaps—make a move to further add to their ranks.

During the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, the team Cupped up in a big way leading up to the trade deadline, supplementing an already substantial roster with Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow.

The sequence of moves didn't pay off, as the Penguins came up short against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final.

Three of those four players have also moved on to different pastures, and Pittsburgh ended up shelling out some futures (Joe Morrow, two second-round picks for Murray, etc.) for the failed shot at the Stanley Cup.

If general manager Ray Shero can find a few cheap options—think along the lines of the Jokinen trade—or falls in love with a particular player, it wouldn't be surprising to see the aggressive manager add some more talent to this team for the stretch run.

It's important to keep in mind that this is speculation and that the Penguins aren't necessarily connected to any rumors surrounding these few players specifically. It's just an examination of who could help the team, given the injury outbreak.

 

All statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com unless otherwise noted and are accurate through games played on December 28.

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