Thread: Proposal: Mtl & pit:
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01-29-2013, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SidsBackhand View Post
Despres won't be moved. It was a nice thought until Niskanen went down in Ottowa and ENGELLAND/LOVEJOY had to log more than 6 minutes of game time. The number of minutes the top 4 defensemen are seeing right now will not be able to hold up throughout this rapid schedule due to the abbreviated season. The Pens will need to rely on Despres and Bortuzzo down the stretch.

Demoulin is the only guy who MIGHT be moved (most likely not) and Pouliot is out of the question. Let's get back down to reality here. The Penguins trading away a defenseman = personnel suicide.

Penguins have a collection of young high caliber D prospects. Trading away an NHL ready defenseman at this time is suicide. Trading away one of those six prime D prospects for a long term solution, not a rental or a non producing older player would be a play. I wouldn't say Pouliott is out of the question. If he was the lone guy, then probably so. You trade him, you still have Morrow, Dumoulin, Harrington, Maata in the pipeline. That isn't bad at all.

Bottom line, you certainly don't trade Despres now.

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