Orpik's played well with Martin. Engelland has not played that well imo and Bortuzzo is iffy as a top 4 D. I don't think Engelland and/or Bortuzzo make Orpik expendable right now.
Neither one does.
Interesting that you think Engo hasn't played well overall (I'm guessing you mean aside from the 2-3 really sweet showings with Borts). That seems to run counter to one of the great popular myths around here.
I don't see any way picks/prospects are getting us a top line guy. This is going to be a crazy trade deadline with so many teams feeling they have a chance at the playoffs.
The offers are going to be high and risky. If we are going after a top tier fwd Nisky is most likely going the other way.
Touche, I agree with you. There are way more scouts at games already than there were last year. It's going to be a bidding battle...
An exception possibly would be a team needs to rebuild the farm. The Penguins have an abundance of prospects for those teams, seeds waiting to grow into great players. But this would only work if the other party is truly a sinking ship.
The problem with this theory is the whole Blue Jackets situation. They're the poster child for a team needing to melt down it's parts and start anew. Well, the CBJ game last night (as I'm sure you're aware) was filled with over 15 different team scouts including a Pens scout.
This year is going to be tough to acquire a wing, but the top two lines DESPERATELY need a quality one.
If I were Ray, I would probably move Niskanen (and soon). Tough choice, but if they don't...I'm afraid it's going to be another early round exit for the Pens...
I think if he is sent down right now he wouldn't be subject to waivers. I think if he plays 10 games or spends 30 days (or is it 45?) in the NHL, he then would be subject to waivers.
Something like that.
Oh ok i thought it was the other way around that he had to play so many games before he could be sent down. Looks like hes gonna be sent down soon hopefully he doesn't have to go through waivers really dont wanna lose another def.
Even if another offensive guy goes down for a few games later in the season, I'd rather they call up Dumo instead, since he's a better option anyway, and to give him some NHL experience so if, god forbid, the injury bug hits in the playoffs (or there's a trade, or both), he could step in for a game or two.