Despite Struggles, Any Sidney Crosby Trade Talk Is Still Just Fiction…for Now

December 17th, 2015 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

It is more of a parlor game at this point than a reality-based situation. Real-life check-ins with a couple of top NHL general managers by Bleacher Report on Thursday regarding the question, "Is Sidney Crosby available in a trade right now?" yielded the following nutshell answers: "Not that I've heard, no."

Here's the barstool question of the moment in some hockey circles, however: Would the best thing for both parties be for Crosby to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade?

Think it's impossible? Hey, Wayne Gretzky was traded once.

First off, there are a couple of great reasons why Crosby is not believed to be on the block despite his slowest start to a season in his career (six goals, 13 assists in 30 games) and a disappointing last few years of playoff showings by the team.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins are for sale, and I don't see how trading Sidney Crosby right now would enhance franchise value," NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire told Bleacher Report. 

Good point. The Penguins are indeed for sale for a reported asking price of $750 million. Whether they get it or not, anything remotely close ...

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