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Pittsburgh Penguins Preparing for Big 2020-21 In-Season Trade [Report]

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been quiet as the offseason comes to a close. Is that because the team has big plans for an in-season deal?

Jim Rutherford has already gone on record saying he believes in-season trades during the 2020-21 NHL campaign will be difficult to pull off. He’s right, on the basis that trading a player from the United States to Canada or visa versa will require players quarantine and miss parts of an already condensed season. That said, Rutherford is a wheel-and-deal GM at heart.

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Penguins Have Been Relatively Quiet

Despite the fact that he was likely to make most of his trades before NHL training camps began — there’s technically still a little time to do so –, Rutherford hasn’t done much since the start of this year’s NHL offseason. He was busy early, then the Penguins got relatively quiet.

There’s always background talk about a rebuild, the age of the core roster members and the big names — including trade talk that includes Evgeni Malkin or Kris Letang — but no one really knows how serious that talk is. Rutherford speaks only in generalities when he’s not acknowledging what those names have mean to the franchise. Still, the Penguins have been silent.

It’s not like the Penguins to not be in on most of the free agency chatter and Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now believes there’s a reason we haven’t heard the Penguins name a whole lot.

Jim Rutherford Penguins GM
photo via Bleacher Report

What Are the Penguins Cooking Up?

If Rutherford doesn’t think mid-season trades will be easy, does that mean he’ll shy away from them? Perhaps not. Because the Penguins didn’t get in on free agents talks for affordable players like Carl Soderberg or Erik Haula, Kingserksi believes there might be a trade in the works down the line.

Kingerksi writes that a league source said, “When (Rutherford) locks in on a player, he can be stubborn.” The comments were meant to indicate that Rutherford usually gets what he’s after. In this case, the source added, ““I think Jim is waiting for (player name removed).”

The player’s name was apparently left out of the post because the source was not someone who worked for the Penguins. He didn’t want to get buzz going without more to go on. And, while this could be anyone, there is talk that whoever Rutherford has his eyes on, could potentially change the overall dynamics of the Penguins organization.

He adds:

“In a matter of days, opposing teams have scooped up the cream of the second wave free-agent crop. There are no longer free agents who could solidify the bottom of the Penguins line up.

If the Penguins aren’t looking at depth, they must be looking at something bigger. Interesting.

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