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Penguins & Oilers Emerging as Potential Trade Partners

Teddy Blueger Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers are two teams to watch as we creep closer to the 2023 trade deadline on March 3. Both teams are expected to be active leading up to the deadline with a focus on doing whatever it takes to upgrade their rosters, while creating some more flexibility moving forward.

While it’s not often you see two teams in the Stanley Cup Playoff picture making deals together, recently hockey insider Frank Seravalli linked the two clubs to a trade. Seravalli sees the Oilers looking to add a penalty killer and Penguins center Teddy Blueger being the potential trade chip involved.

Penguins Should Consider Moving Blueger

This trade could make sense from the Penguins perspective as they have recently given Jonathan Gruden and Ryan Poehling a look at fourth-line center. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a ton of cap space to work with and moving out Blueger and his $2.2 million cap hit for the remainder of this season could provide the team with cap flexibility to upgrade on defense.

Teddy Blueger, Pittsburgh Penguins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Blueger has appeared in 32 games this season and has only one goal. He’s managed to chip in with six assists but considering the cap hit, the return on investment isn’t necessarily adding up for the Penguins.

Blueger Should Be Moved for Future Asset

Penguins general manager (GM) Ron Hextall would be wise to trade Blueger for a third or fourth-round pick or a mid-level prospect. The Oilers have a few trade chips of their own, however most of their trade candidates are forwards and they too are also looking to add a defenseman.

Ron Hextall Pittsburgh Penguins
Ron Hextall, GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Evan Schall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pittsburgh would be wise to move Blueger out for either a draft pick or a prospect who is still a year or two away from NHL action and this would allow for them to totally rid of themselves of the $2.2 million cap hit. Adding this type of flexibility to the Penguins deadline financials is going to be key. Right now, Hextall is projected to have just over $500,000 in deadline cap space and frankly that’s not going to cut it.

Penguins Having Troubles Moving Other Players

Over the past few weeks, it’s believed the Penguins have been talking to other teams regarding both forward Kasperi Kapanen and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, but to this point no deal has been finalized. Kapanen has been in and out of the coach’s dog house this season due to his inconsistent play, meanwhile Dumoulin has…

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