On Tuesday, Ray Shero alluded to the Pens not having the best cap situation this year to make a move and whatnot.
Some took that as Shero declaring himself out of the trade-deadline craziness. We didn’t have the same takeaway.
In fact, we think the Pens may be working on something.
The end result?
How we got to there:
First off, read this piece by Mike Colligan. Colligan formulates a great point about the Penguins returning to the three-center system they had with Crosby, Malkin and Staal.
Sutter is due a qualifying offer of $2.7 million when he heads to restricted free agency this summer. How much will Shero be willing to pay for a young player who hasn’t really shown consistency or intensity? With Sutter trying to carry a third line, are the Penguins still at risk of being shutdown like they were in Boston last spring?
Maybe it’s time to revive the three-center model.
Some will take this as an assault on Brandon Sutter...