The Penguins and Islanders have spoken
Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A source said that the Pittsburgh Penguins have called the New York Islanders about forward Josh Ho-Sang.
The ‘New York’ source said the Penguins GM Jim Rutherford made the call but didn’t say whether talks were serious or advanced.
Ho-Sang has cleared waivers and has requested a trade. The asking price for Ho-Sang likely isn’t high, but the two teams are division rivals.
What will the Penguins do with their blue line?
Kingerski notes: “Sullivan could make the call based on keeping the three defensemen involved and the rotation, however imperfect it may be. Sullivan could also ride Johnson-Marino as the naturally balanced pairing, but lose the physical presence Gudbranson provides.”
GM Jim Rutherford could move Johnson or Gudbranson based on which player brings back the greatest trade value.
Sportsnet Elliotte Freidman noted that defenseman Juuso Riikola could also be a trade candidate.
One thing to keep in mind with regards to their blue line is that Justin Schultz is a pending UFA and could be looking for big money on a new deal. Schultz could also potentially bring back a nice return if they looked to trade him. Not saying that the Penguins will trade him.