PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – USA Today’s hockey writer Kevin Allen knows the hockey scene as well as anyone, and takes a look around the league at what pieces the Penguins could be targeting in a trade.
When it comes to the rumors of the Penguins being interested in Columbus Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson, Allen says he’d be surprised if Columbus lets him go because they’re building around him, but acknowledges that for the right price, they’ll make a move.
Calgary Flames’ forward Jarome Iginla is another guy mentioned as a player the Penguins are interested in, and Allen tells us what the cost would be for renting Iginla, who is in the final year of his contract.
While talking about all of these moves, Allen mentions the Pens could stand pat and still be considered a favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
“To be honest, I don’t think they need to do anything. I think they’ve got as good of a chance as anyone to win the Cup,” said Allen. ”Saying all that, if you could add a premium defenseman, if you can add a guy who can score and add grit, why wouldn’t you do that?”