NHL Trade Chatter: A Dozen Moves to Shake Up Pittsburgh Penguins

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NHL Trade Chatter: A Dozen Moves to Shake Up Pittsburgh Penguins
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Jordan Staal excels as a third line center, but could the Penguins benefit more from a scoring winger?

Pittsburgh finished the 2010-11 season with the second-most wins and points in franchise history.

Their 49 victories were second only to the Vancouver Canucks, and the team placed second or better in the Atlantic Division for the fifth straight season.

For the second straight year, the team was dismissed from the postseason by a club that went on to play in the Conference finals.

That kind of success came in the absence of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal for much of the year, in addition to countless other injuries that led the Pens to have nearly 400 man-games lost to injury.

Still, roster uncertainties loom as the Penguins have half of their forward spots to fill and only a little space under the salary cap to do so.

In spite of the turnover, if their top-three centers can return healthy for all of next year, there is no reason to assume they can't continue the success of this season.

To trade away any of these players, given the success and chemistry they displayed throughout all of last season, would be asinine by any measure.

Let's break them up anyway.

A dozen trades to turn the Penguins into cup favorites (or put Ray Shero out of a job):

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