Friedman: ‘Very limited’ chance Penguins done dealing

Jim Rutherford struck a trade Wednesday, and the general manager appears to be working on more behind the scenes.

Elliotte Friedman shared that particular sentiment during a Wednesday appearance on Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid.

“No, I don’t think he’s done. I think there’s more coming,” indicated Friedman. “The fact is they haven’t been very good, and aside from their best players they really haven’t been scoring.

“This has been brewing for a little while. Rutherford has been doing a slow burn as to how his team has been playing. I think he’s got a couple other things on the go. I heard there was something going on with potentially Anaheim and Bob Murray over the last few days. From what I understand it didn’t involve Carl Hagelin, who was involved in this trade today. So I think the chances that Pittsburgh is done are very limited.

“Now the biggest question is going to be what is Pittsburgh willing to give up. A lot of their players they’ve talked about so far are not guys who are going to bring in a huge return, and unless they’re willing to give up something closer to one of their core players, it’s going to be very difficult for them to really move the needle like they want to.”

Wednesday’s trade saw the Penguins ship Hagelin, who is on the final season of his contract, to the Los Angeles Kings for Tanner Pearson. Pearson has this season and two additional campaigns left on his pact.


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