Hearing a lot of rumblings about the Penguins looking for a winger. Nothing close yet, but know that D Simon Despres can be had for the right price. Question becomes is that price a veteran winger with a short-term future or if the scouting staff has identified the next James Neal and now GM Ray Shero is set on trying to bring said player to Pittsburgh.
Keep in mind:
Shero has twice (Ryan Whitney, 2009; Alex Goligoski, 2011) traded young defensemen for long-term fit wingers (Chris Kunitz, Neal). Each time he has made that move before the trade deadline, and in February.
Thoughts on the story? Complete nothing story. Every player on the roster can be had "at the right price", the Penguins have been looking for wingers for ages and Després is just the obvious name to pull out.
It's Rob Rossi speculating so I'd take that with a grain of salt at best.
Agreed. I wouldn't even trust Rossi to talk about scarfs and we all know he's fond of them. Eklund has more credibility by far than Rossi. Also, I think part of the locker room quit talking to him last year if I remember right because the organization was miffed at him over something.
Personally, I'd prefer to keep Despres. Of all the Pens D prospects, I'd trade one of Pouliot or Morrow before Despres. I know that sounds crazy, but I think it would be a mistake to trade him. Despres is going to be great for the Pens for years to come. I can also see that Despres/Letang pairing being stellar in time, when Despres is ready for that role.
I can see why Shero would move him though. He's playing NHL minutes already, young, loads of potential. That could get a good long term fit for Sid. IMO, he would have to be part of a package to do it. He's not as proven as Whitney and Goligoski were at the time of their trades. I'm not sure we could squeeze a winger + for him like those two did.