The Snapshot wrote:One thing is clear, the teams still standing in the Playoffs are getting significant contributions from rookies. With the Pens, there is a need for an infusion of youth upfront to go with the young veteran stars. I think the best options for trade involve D men to get some guys ready for shots upfront.
The Pens need to use their D and D prospects now to start filling the cupboard upfront. I would much rather see a D moved before they move Staal. If they can get something useful for some of the Cooke, Kunitz types I am on board with that as well.
I would not want to part with Morrow or Despres, but everyone else should be in play depending on the deal - including Letang. His style for his size worries me as far as the length of his career. He is as fit and strong as any player, but he doesn't seem to be able to avoid the big hits.
It's tough though. Is a team really going to seriously give us a young versatile forward for Paul Martin?
It depends on their needs, but we also have Orpik and Letang to offer. If a team needs quality NHL D and has a young forward who is not in the NHL now but on the verge, that is a deal they do. Letang obviously brings more than that.
I am 100% sold on Despres and he will need to be locked up when his entry level comes. At that time, some of our other $4M+ guys have to go anyway. I would definitely offer Letang around and take a large, physical D in return along with a promising young F prospect.
I think if you add Despres to the D and re-sign Niskannen you have flexibility to keep Morrow out of camp and start building a base of young hungry legs up front. That to me improves the mobility of the D and reduces the Cap hit for the group.
I think the team needs to be willing to risk a step back in order to move forward. As I said above, Cooke, Kunitz, Dupuis are all in that mix to be replaced as well - not because they are not solid but because we need to give to get. The team needs more size on D and speed and size upfront.
I don't even mean that we need young top six forwards, but we need young, strong forwards to be added that may have the potential to add offense as they get experience.