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Penguins Trade Deadline - T minus 19

As you can imagine, Kukla’s Korner will be all over the upcoming trade deadline.  Paul will be burning up the phone lines, while the rest of us will do our best to get the latest trade news to ya.

In reference to the Penguins, what I plan on doing will be perusing the various hockey websites and will provide links to the various credible rumors, as well as of course letting you know when Penguins’ deals have gone down.  Just to let ya know, I don’t pretend to be an insider by any means, so just keep that in mind.  I’ll also throw my .02 in the rumor, so whatever the hell that’s worth.

I’ll try to throw something up here on a daily basis, if there are new rumors floating out there.

So as we’re now under three weeks away from the deadline, here’s the latest rumors;

The biggie right now has been reported for a couple of days by colleague David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, where David reports that the Penguins and Lightning have been discussing a trade involving the principals Marty St. Louis and Ryan Whitney.  David also reports that the Lightning had a scout in attendance at Wednesday’s Penguins game vs. San Jose.

Tony’s Take

:  I realize Tampa’s not going to make that deal straight up, I mean their scouts aren’t blind.  But unless Tampa Bay is demanding a high draft pick or a top prospect along with Whitney, meaning a mid-level prospect(s) and/ or picks, I’d make that deal every day and twice on Sundays.

TSN’s “insider” Darren Dreger (don’t believe me, just ask him) reports that the Penguins have interest in bringing Colby Armstrong back.

Tony’s Take

  Meh.  Sorry Colby lovers, I never understood this guy’s value beyond the clubhouse.  If the Penguins want to re-sign him in the offseason, fine.  But in my view he’s not worth a deadline deal, unless it’s for virtually little, which I’m sure Atlanta won’t offer.

The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson reports that the Pens might be interested in the Blues’ Keith Tkachuk.

Tony’s Take

:  Well, Tkachuk would surely help the Penguins in front of the net, where they’re woefully soff.  However, this falls into the “rental” category, with Tkachuk being a UFA after this season.  I don’t see Ray Shero giving up the farm (again) for someone with no guarantee that he’d stay.  In addition, his $4 million salary doesn’t exactly blend in with the Pens’ payroll.

There are some others floating around, but those are the ones making the rounds so far.  As always, take them with a grain of salt.

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Welcome to The Confluence, a Pittsburgh Penguins blog since 2006.

Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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