Jul 29, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>hockeyfanatic05</b></div><div>Because im pretty sure buffalo is only trading risto for a top 6 winger, which the pens would be stupid to do imo. Chucky doesn't have much value, and the other forwards are solid in their roles. Id rather just let Schultz walk, and finally have a little wiggle room for FA. Trading for Risto doesn't make that happen. And say they do trade for him, and Risto is bad. Now thats another overpaid dman the pens have</div></div>
Trading for someone and the risk of them being bad is always a risk when trading for a player. Galchenyuk hasn’t been great the last few years.
What wiggle room do you need? It’s not like there is going to be anyone really worth getting in free agency that the pens could afford that would be worth anything.
Crosby, Malkin, Guentzel, Rust, McCann, Tanev, Hornqvist, Kahun, Blueger, Simon, Lafferty, Johnson, and Blandisi are capable of being your 13 forwards. Trade Bjugstad for a pick for 4.1 million in cap space. ZAR trades in this scenario gets another million off. Trade DeSmith for a pick or ahl goalie and there’s another 125k off. And they are replaced by cheaper forwards. The defense is taken care of by Letang, Dumo, Risto, Petterson, JJ, Marino, Riikola, and your choice of Ruhwedel, Trotman, POJ, Addison, etc
Wouldn’t really need anyone in free agency.