Henry Hank wrote:Wolski isn't enough for Whitney. Whitney has the upside to be an elite producer on D at a bargain deal for the next four years. Wolski's a nice young player, but he's likely to top out at just being "pretty good." If they move Whitney, it needs to be for a player with a similar kind of upside and a similar contract status.
I also wouldn't move Goligoski for Hejduk. Why throw a valuable asset away on a one year plus stop gap when you can just sign a similar player in free agency? Despite what some want to believe, Hejduk isn't a great winger anymore. He's down to the Sykora tier. I'd be open to them moving Goligoski, but again only for a young player with a similar upside and contract status. If I was dealing Goligoski for a guy only signed for another year, it'd be as part of a deal to get someone truly great like Kovalchuk or St. Louis, not just a pretty good player. Goligoski's and Whitney's value shouldn't be underestimated given what teams have been willing to spend on "offensive defensemen" in free agency. $6.5 million for Redden and $4.5 million for Hainsey show you what a valuable asset that type of player is when average guys are getting those kinds of deals.
I would do a Wolski-Whitney straight up deal in a second. First, it saves money in the short-term. Secondly, Pens don't need offensive dmen and DO need wingers. Wolski is a former first rounder projected to be a top-6 winger and scorer for years. Whitney does have upside potential and he also has the potential to be a 5th/6th dman. He is not a very strong puck carrier and doesn't have that good of a shot from the point, so he is not a logical choice at all to be a PP QB. He's a very good passer, but it's just as likely IMHO that his point totals never exceed what he's already done.
Gogo is weaker defensively(at this point) but has more upside as PP QB than Whitney. He doesn't have very far to go to match Whitney in his own zone. He also could be in some team's doghouse next year because of his D. I'd really think about a Gogo-Hedjuk deal or a Gogo+something for Wolski.
Then again, I also don't see Wolski being available either.