npv708 wrote:Although I think some of the options from Dallas might fit with the Pens decently, does anyone think that Nieuwendyk might be a little hesitant to make any deals with Shero after the Gogo for Neal/Nisky trade?
JS© wrote:Crush_Me wrote:Hi there fellow Pens fans,
I do not post very often here so bare with me on this one.
I have been trying to assess the most pressing needs for this team (top-six winger, depth defenseman, a new backup?) and with the recent signing of free agent Eaton, I believe the most pressing need is a top six winger, as is pretty obvious from the lack of scoring on the second line aside from Malkin and Neal (before the injury to Malkin).
Here's a list of potentially available pending UFA wingers (with current season stats) from teams currently out of playoff contention (bottom 4 of each conference) if they were to start this week:
Alex Kovalev - RW
GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG TOI S PtsPG
YTD 14 2 3 5 -1 6 1 0 1 15:40 21 0.36
On Pace 43 6 9 15 -3 18 3 0 3 15:40 65 0.35
This might be the worst idea ever in the history of ever. I would rather have TK chest-snipe a goalie 3x a game, shoot pucks out of play, and/or make bad passes than see Kovy in a Pens' sweater for the 3rd time.
Hasn't scored a goal in a month, has one assist in his last 13 games, has all but disappeared when he is on the ice, and has recently been a healthy scratch for the Panthers. Simply put, there is no benefit to trading for him....not even a conditional 7th (similar to what was sent to Ottawa for Kovy last's appearance in Pittsburgh.)
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