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NHL Trade Rumors Roundup 2/9/20

Happy Sunday everyone. Today’s smorgasbord of Trade Rumors will take us from Pittsburgh to Winnipeg and all over the NHL landscape. Buckle up and let’s go.

Penguins On the Hunt

Perennial contenders Pittsburgh are looking to get themselves loaded for the playoffs. According to Pittsburgh Hockey Now they are targeting teams out West to deal with. At forward they are interested in Minnesota forward, Jason Zucker. They are interested in the UFA rental department, specifically Alec Martinez (1 year left), and Brenden Dillon. Additionally on Sportsnet, the Penguins were linked to Tyler Toffoli.

Martinez (USA Today)

Alec Martinez Likely Next to Go

If I had to pick the next player to be traded, it would be Alec Martinez. Sounds like there are a number of suitors and Chris Johnston said on Sportsnet last night Winnipeg are in the mix. You can include the Leafs and Panthers in that mix as well.

Not Available Habs

Earlier in the week rumors surfaced that Tomas Tatar was available in Montreal. Well pump the brakes on that one.

Oilers Getting Slick

The Oilers will be buyers at the deadline, but I wouldn’t expect a major move like say Chris Kreider, although if they give up Jesse Puljujarvi and their 1st, it could happen (remember Kreider’s has a list and will he ok the deal?). It’s more likely that Edmonton will target guys like Ilya Kovalchuk and maybe Kyle Palmieri for the playoffs.

2 thoughts on “NHL Trade Rumors Roundup 2/9/20

  • February 9, 2020 at 11:07 am
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    If Kreider still has to go and he’ll allow Edmonton to be included then Puljujarvi and their first this year will work. Now if we can get Kreider to take $6.5 for 5yrs will still allow him one more decent size contract. This guy is a freak of nature and I don’t see him slowing down in his early to mid 30’s. He’s a big part of this rebuild and needs to stay or come back.

    • February 9, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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      I love that deal and then resign him as a UFA. At least we’d get future assets and it keeps the rebuild rolling.

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