This isn't a surprise. Lovejoy was a playoff trainwreck, Martin was skated around and over, Michalik looked slow as molasses, and even Engellend and Orpik looked bad.
I'm not surprised, their forecheck made them look better than they are for most of the season. When the fore-check is working hard for the Penguins, then all the forwards are buying in and their defense can enjoy it. When they can't get in the zone or grind the puck like they want to, the pressure shifts onto their defense and the forwards (who are so used to expending their energy in the attacking zone) often phone in their back checks and forget who to cover. Toss in some pathetic goal-tending and you got bigger problems then moving a couple mid-tier blue liners.
I can't see Engelland being dealt. Considering his salary and the unique skillset he brings to the table (ie. legitimate "heavyweight" who can actually play a regular shift), there's really no point. He's the ideal #6/7 guy on a league minimum salary.
Not sure, I read that the Pens want a helpful asset in return, they don't want Martin to be a cap dump, I don't know if they're looking for a top 6 winger or a bigger, more physical defenseman.
I suggested something around Cammalleri and Martin in the past but was quickly nixed by Pens fans because of Cammalleri's cap hit, but I don't think I would be willing to pick up Martin unless he was a) super cheap, or b) significant salary was going back
Let's just say Jordan Staal was traded for arguments sake (not going to speculate where or what return he would bring). You'd need a 3rd line centre in theory unless you feel someone from within the organization can fill the spot.
Zack Smith and Patrick Wiercioch
Maybe a pick from Ottawa? I have no idea if I am way off base here. You get some cap space here, Smith is a gritty player who is only 22-23 and Wiercioch, while he had a down year (big injury), is not a bust as of yet.
The connection to Ottawa I'm sure is pretty evident...