Penguins need to get faster
Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t have the team speed they once did and others are faster now.
They need to change that this offseason, and according to GM Jim Rutherford, play a more “up-tempo, puck-pressure game.”
Rutherford may look to add a ‘swift skater’ or two this offseason.
Don’t think the Penguins salary cap situation will be a huge problem for them. GM Jim Rutherford knows that he needs to some bodies out – Kessel, a defenseman, maybe more. He could clear some space in those deals.
Can’t see the Penguins bringing back Carl Hagelin. They are looking to go a little younger. Don’t see them wanting to bring any players in their 30’s.
A Kessel trade may be more about the salary cap space than about the return. Some of said it won’t be easy to move Kessel.
If the Penguins move a defenseman, it could be Olli Maatta.
Penguins most likely on the move
Josh Yohe of the Athletic: Least to most likely on the move this offseason for the Penguins.
The big decision – Kris Letang.
The most likely to be traded – Olli Maatta and Tristan Jarry.