The Penguins have shown some interest in Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post. The pending unrestricted free agent has been on a hot streak as of late with a seven-game point streak, picking up 13 points in that span which has likely boosted his trade value with the deadline fast approaching. Zuccarello would certainly give Pittsburgh an offensive boost on the wing. However, Brooks notes that the Penguins’ prospect pool isn’t the deepest while they’re also missing two of their top three picks, which might make a trade harder as New York will undoubtedly be looking for futures in return. Given Pittsburgh’s salary cap situation, they would need the Rangers to retain a significant portion of his $4.5M contract as well to facilitate a move.
Elsewhere out East:
- Although he doesn’t have a full no-trade clause, the Red Wings will hold off on moving defenseman Niklas Kronwall if he indicates that he does not want to be moved, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports. In fact, Kypreos suggests that the likelier scenario at this point may be a discussion of a contract extension for the 38-year-old. Last offseason, Kronwall hinted that this could wind up being his final season, but he’s still averaging nearly 20 minutes per game and has held his own, so it’s certainly plausible to think he’ll want to stick around for another year. However, he may have to take a cut from his current $4.75M AAV to do so.
- While there has been some speculation regarding a potential offer sheet for Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner this offseason, Matt Larkin of The Hockey News examines why it’s very unlikely to happen. In particular, it would be difficult to find a threshold below the four first-rounder mark that Marner would be willing to sign and Toronto would not be willing to match. With there being numerous quality restricted free agents this coming summer, there is a chance someone tries an offer sheet, but it’s unlikely to involve the 21-year-old who already has 63 points so far this season.