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The Pittsburgh Penguins Need More Than Daniel Winnik

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So now what? This can't be it for the Penguins before the expiration of the NHL's trade deadline on Monday. Rutherford needs to add more, precious little cap space be cursed.

The Penguins need a second-pairing defenseman to play with Christian Ehrhoff. They also need to be prepared for not having Ehrhoff at all, because players returning from lengthy concussion absences always are risky bets to stay in the lineup.

More than anything, the Penguins must find some help for Evgeni Malkin, because he is their best hope for turning this postseason into something magical. No player, not even Sidney Crosby, is more capable of becoming an irresistible force than Malkin — the closest thing these Penguins have to a Mario Lemieux or Jaromir Jagr, because big, skilled players are built to shape postseason series.

Speaking of Jagr, Rutherford should stay on the watch for New Jersey's saltiest trade bait. Malkin sure sounded like somebody itching for the right winger when I brought up Jagr's name Tuesday.

“Yes,” Malkin said. “Of course. Yes. Jagr is great with (the) puck, still great at passing, still has (the) shot. You watch. He is still great. He would be great for us. Guys (would) see him work. He works hard every day. He makes big plays still. He wins. Yes.

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Jaromir Blogger's avatar

It’s nice to see a Pittsburgh writer have the guts to assert that Malkin has more of a “next gear” than Crosby - he’s absolutely correct. Malkin has the capacity to truly take his game to the next level in the playoffs - something that Crosby has never demonstrated to the same degree.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 02/26/15 at 06:12 PM ET

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