Friedman: Penguins and Ducks make sense as trade partners

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks may have some common ground across which they could walk to make a trade.

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 Monday afternoon for a radio hit, and was asked about the possibility of the two teams striking a deal.

“It makes a lot of sense to me because one thing you learn is that general managers get certain guys they trade with that they like to make deals with,” said Friedman. “And if you take a look, Bob Murray and the Ducks - they’re not going really well either. Just to make it makes a lot of sense that the Ducks and Penguins are the two teams that want to shake it up a bit.

“And they’re also two old school GMs. It doesn’t happen as much anymore. I was taping an interview today with David Poile, and as you guys know, the Nashville GM has been around a long time. And it’s one of things we talked about, how much harder it is to make trades.

“David Poile and Bob Murray and Jim Rutherford are from an era where you made a trade just to shake up your team if things were going badly. So I see Murray and Rutherford as two old school guys who have teams that are not going as well as they want, and you make a kind of deal to see if you can shake your team up or rattle your cages.

“And don’t forget a couple of years ago they did one - it was David Perron for Carl Hagelin. So it just seems to me it makes a little bit of sense. It may not happen, but there’s some logic to what I said there, as opposed to most of the other things I say.”

Friedman was pressed for more info on potential trade targets from the Penguins.

“Sprong’s name has been out there,” noted Friedman. “But I think you’re looking at almost anybody who isn’t a Crosby, a Malkin, a Kessel, probably a Letang.

“I know they like Dumoulin a lot. But after that, is there anybody on that roster you’re saying they’re definitely not trading?”

The Penguins snapped a five-game winless stretch with a victory over the weekend, while the Ducks have wins in two of four after a seven-game skid without a win.

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