Pittsburgh Penguins Must Boost Their Forward Lines to Stay Among NHL Leaders

December 5th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

How quickly things can change in the NHL.

Injuries are a fact of life, but since Patric Hornqvist left the Pittsburgh Penguins' game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday with an injury, the Penguins' top six has been effectively wiped clean of skilled wingers.

The team announced that Hornqvist was being evaluated on Friday.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are extraordinary players, but they can't work alone.

Penguins fans have been asking for a trade to enhance the forward ranks. General manager Jim Rutherford obliged on Friday, sending defensive prospect Philip Samuelsson to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for utility winger Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional draft pick, per NHL.com.

The deal is far from earth-shattering, but it helps to fill a need.

Dejan Kovaceviic of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports that Klinkhammer was about to be put on waivers by the Coyotes, who sit 13th out of 14 teams in the Western Conference and rank 12th in goals. The left winger had three goals in 19 games with Arizona and was averaging 11 minutes and 55seconds  of ice time per gam ...

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