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With thePenguins’ quest for a third consecutive Stanley Cup derailed by the Brandon Carlo Jersey Capitals, local pundits were left to ponder the club’s po sible offseason moves.Kris Letangsurfaced in the rumor mill at times this season. The 31-year-old defenseman struggled at times to shake off the effects of last year’s season-ending neck surgery. Some Penguins fans prefer shipping out his $7.25 million annual cap hit.
General manager Jim Rutherford, however, said he has no plans to move Letang.The Athletic’s Josh Yohe reportedRutherford was reluctant to project Letang’s future with the Danton Heinen Jersey club, but he expects the blueliner will be on the roster next season.
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Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notedRutherfordintends to insert promising forward Terry O’Reilly Jersey Daniel Sprong into the lineup next season. With Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon cracking the roster this season, Bombulie proposed shopping a surplus winger for help on defense.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackeysuggested the Penguins attempt to ditch the remaining four seasons of right wing Phil Ke sel’s contract. The 30-year-old winger is coming off a career-high 92-point season. While Mackey believes Ke sel’s trade stock has never been higher, he admitted the Penguins are unlikely to peddle him.
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