A veteran team like the Pittsburgh Penguins won’t panic in early November, but roster changes may still be afoot.
The Penguins entered Wednesday evening’s action against the Washington Capitals having been winless in four straight games, and NHL Insider Darren Dreger was asked for his perspective during the pregame show on NBCSN.
“We also always know that Jim Rutherford is working some kind of an angle and deal on the phone,” noted host Kathryn Tappen. “What’s he up to right now?”
“Well, that’s exactly what he’s doing. He’s working his angles, he’s working the phones,” indicated Dreger. “I wouldn’t say that there’s a sense of urgency coming out of the general manager’s office, but he can recognize there might be some chemistry issues right now in the game and the lineup of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“If you look throughout that lineup, you see some young, interesting pieces that other teams around the National Hockey League definitely are intrigued by. And I look at 21-year-old Daniel Sprong. Now, he’s a healthy scratch tonight against the Washington Capitals. That’s not shocking, he’s been in and out of the lineup. In fact, he’s had a limited role since being drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“But because of his age and the belief that he can be a top-nine, perhaps project into the top-six, there is going to be some interest, and I’d be surprised if he isn’t moved.
“So that might be a small deal, but in the bigger picture you never know with Jimmy Rutherford. He might have something bigger up his sleeve as well.”
Sprong is in the first season of a two-year, $1.5 million contract, which is his second NHL deal.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly