What to Expect from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Trade Deadline

February 25th, 2012 by Vince Comunale Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins appear poised to make a deep playoff run, with or without their captain Sidney Crosby. Of course, the preference would be to have Crosby on board for the postseason, but they will be a formidable opponent either way. 

However, as with every team, the Penguins’ roster could use some tweaking prior to Monday’s trade deadline.

Penguins management will have to be predictors of the future as to whether Crosby will return before the end of the regular season. If he does, the Penguins have very little room to work with under the salary cap. 

If Crosby does not return by season’s end or waits until the playoffs to return, then the Penguins will have his $8.7 million cap hit to work with. Given the fact that there is no salary cap in the playoffs, the Penguins could conceivably go out and acquire Jarome Iginla and his $7 million salary and then have Crosby come back in game one of the playoffs and not have to worry about any salary cap implications. 

The salary cap implications would come next season when the Penguins would be on the hook for $7 million for the final year of Iginla’s ...

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