Despite the announcement that Sidney Crosby is going back to cautious mode in his recovery from concussion-like symptoms, the Pittsburgh Penguins figure to be the subject of some trade discussion as we head in to the second half of the NHL season.
Even if Crosby was in perfect health, Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin would not have been among the trade discussions.
If you are looking for unrealistic blockbusters, this probably is not your article.
What this article is about, is finding some small deals that seem possible. These are not based on anything more than looking at the Penguins strength and looking to find a good match.
That might not be super exciting for you if you believe the Penguins were ever going to trade Jordan Staal or somehow could magically create the cap space for Jarome Iginla. If you are based in reality, this could give you an idea of the type of trade the Penguins could look to make.
According to capgeek.com, the Penguins basically have $0 in cap space. That complicates any potential deal, since they will need to remove payroll from the roster—as long as they plan on Sid returning during the regular season.
Each slide in the article will feature realistic pieces that the Penguins would consider moving. That does not mean they will be moved, nor will I attempt to figure out what they get in return.
Most likely the team would go after wingers. Not the big splash types, but someone that could click and make a late impact like Bill Guerin.
If you have anyone that you think the Penguins would deal, or that they should look to acquire, leave a comment and we can see how it looks.