no name wrote:Any major deal happening at the deadline will involve a top 4 defenceman and maybe in the same deal or a seperate deal a forward for Malkin and Neal. I get the feeling Sid is comfortable with the Kunitz and Dupuis.
I just don't see that top 4 guy being Jack Johnson.
The more I watch a healthy Neal/Malkin/Cooke and Kunitz/Crosby/Dupuis set of lines, I don't see a real pressing need for a top 6 wing pick-up. The two threats on each line along with a worker bee is a great make-up of a line.
The Pens needs are more for a physical wing or two to populate the bottom six and to help with the PK. The other glaring need is for a more dependable, stay-at-home and physical Dman.
Jack Johnson is not that.
Add to this the concept of the Salary Cap for next year and beyond, and you need to keep the list of targets to either cheap or UFA. The fact that Letang, Malkin, Kunitz and Sutter all need deals in the 2014-15 season adds some spice. It would not surprise me to see Letang traded at all, but that would be a block-buster for sure. More than likely he will be retained and Despres goes under the microscope along with Morrow as to whether they are ready replacements.