Eric Engels of Sportsnet has added another name to the NHL rumor mill, this time discussing the odds the Pittsburgh Penguins move Alex Galchenyuk.
Engels documented a player that was supposed to be a top-six goal scorer in the NHL but is now on his third team, has struggled everywhere he’s gone and as the Penguins look for a new home for the forward, there is concern nobody will bite.
Galchenyuk is currently slotted on the Penguins fourth line and general manager Jim Rutherford is doing whatever he can to move him before his contract expires. The piece the team got back for Phil Kessel, the optics of that trade no longer look so good from a Pens persepective.
One NHL executive said, “Everyone knows what he is. Not sure who will want to acquire him”. He added, “And more importantly, what will they want to give up to get him knowing all that?”
A $4.9 million cap hit for the rest of this season, Galchenyuk is playing himself into a huge pay cut next year. As an unrestricted free agent, what will the value of his services be on the open market? His two goals and 10 points in 22 games doesn’t scream ‘Sign me!’
More importantly for the Penguins, can they even move him this season without retaining salary? No one in the NHL is going to pay the prorated remainder of his salary if he’s a fourth-line player these days.
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