What Should the Pittsburgh Penguins Do at The Trade Deadline?

February 15th, 2010 by Will Jefferson Leave a reply »
Ray Shero is not afraid to make a move or two to try to put his team over the top.

Last year, Shero traded for Bill Guerin and the Pittsburgh Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup, making the gamble worthwhile.

This year, after a strong start, the Penguins have been playing mediocre hockey for what amounts to almost half a season.

Sitting 14 points back of rival Washington, the Penguins aren't going to catch the Capitals in the regular season.

If they hope to beat them in the playoffs, it seems an upgrade or shakeup is in order to get the team back to the level it played at during last year's playoff chase and Cup run.

The biggest need is a winger to play with Sidney Crosby. Minnesota's Owen Nolan would fit the bill perfectly. Nolan plays a physical style that will create loose pucks for Crosby, and he finishes scoring chances. The ornery Nolan's presence on the ice might also make potential playoff opponents (see Philadelphia Flyers) think twice about taking liberties on Crosby.

Nolan could probably be obtained for a 2nd round pick and a medium grade prospect.

In order to create cap room ...

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