How to fill: Trade
If I was told I was to become the next GM of an NHL club, my first order of business would be to make a name for myself, and to do that, I would make a big trade. While I stated in the first slide that I don’t believe the new GM should do this, I could understand why he would want to. Most likely, the new GM will have little to no experience running a NHL club, so making a big-time transaction could garner him some attention from around the league and maybe even a little respect.
I think the Pens are one of the staple franchises of the NHL, which is why I don’t condone such a move because they already have earned the eyes of the league. However, if something big were to go down, I think it would go something like this.
After his subpar performances in the last few postseasons, Marc-Andre Fleury helped silence critics this year after posting a .915 save percentage along with a GAA of 2.40. This was the first time since 2009 that he had his postseason save percentage above .900.
Despite his improvement in this year’s playoffs, I am not entirely convinced Fleury should be back in net next season. There were a few goals, especially against the Columbus Blue Jackets, that reminded me of how inconsistent he can be.
Fleury is an exceptional regular-season goaltender, and I believe there are plenty of teams that need just that, but one of those teams is not the Penguins. Let’s be honest, the Penguins could get to the postseason with almost any other goalie. Their talent up front is just too powerful not to.
So why not trade Fleury to a basement-dwelling club for a high draft pick and pick up maybe Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller in free agency.
It really is a far-fetched idea, and I am not very good at proposing trades, which is why I am here writing this article and not at the helm of the Pens organization. You can’t deny, though, that this would be the biggest move of the offseason.
All stats courtesy of NHL.com.