Dreger wonders about Penguins-Kings trade connection

The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped another decision Wednesday night, and the loss may push JIm Rutherford closer to making a trade.

The Penguins are winless in their past five affairs.

During a Thursday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, Darren Dreger was asked if he was expecting any changes to come out of this “terrible stretch from the Penguins.”

“I am. I don’t know that it’s going to be drastic,” noted Dreger. “My sources yesterday telling me that it might start with a smaller deal. Daniel Sprong, who’s a 21-year-old second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been a limited player within the organization in the last couple of seasons. He’s out there for trade. I don’t know what the return could be.

“But what you start to do is start matching teams who are struggling, right. The Los Angeles Kings have already made a pretty drastic move with Rob Blake firing John Stevens and putting Willie Desjardins in the chair for at least the short term, could be the rest of the year.

“But there’s all kinds of trade speculations that are swirling around the Los Angeles Kings. Some believing that teams in the East are calling on Tanner Pearson, who is struggling offensively - maybe Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, something like that.

“So could there - could there - be a connection with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings. That’s what you try and do in my world, is try and match teams who have struggled.

“What we know Jim Rutherford is exactly what you said - he’s not sitting back and allowing these guys to continue to bumble you-know-what through the next handful or 10 regular season games. He’s going to do something. It might start small, but it could escalate to something bigger as well.”

Sprong is in the first season of a two-year, $1.5 million contract.

Pearson is in the second season of a four-year, $15 million pact.

Muzzin has this season and next remaining on his five-year, $20 million contract, while Martinez is in the fourth season of a six-year, $24 million deal.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly