3:48 p.m.: Friedman has backed off his original tweet, now reporting that the two sides are still in discussion about Deslauriers. Nothing is done.
3:24 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Penguins have been rumored to be interested in adding some size to their lineup and it looks like they’ve done just that as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Penguins have acquired winger Nicolas Deslauriers from the Anaheim Ducks. Terms or the trade have not been revealed.
It should be noted that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins removed prospect defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph today from their AHL lineup. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is part of the trade, it certainly is a possibility.
The 30-year-old Deslauriers would give the team the needed physicality it is looking for. Well known for his fights against top enforcers, the bruising forward should give the Penguins much-needed grit on the ice. Deslauriers can even put the puck in the net at times as well, posting four goals and eight points in 35 games. He has also racked up 38 penalty minutes, 102 hits and four fights this year.
It’s likely Deslauriers will be useful against players such as Washington’s Tom Wilson, who he has a history with as well as other impact players with the New York Islanders.
Crosby’s safety guardian..
Rakell, silfverberg, Fowler, Manson, and Gibson. These are the names I want to see traded by tomorrow.
Sounds like a Brian Burke player. Crosby Malkin and Letang will appreciate him
If they move POJ for this guy then Hextall and Burke are just going to continue to kill the future for a guy who isn’t a top 9 forward,
There is no way they trade joseph for a healthy scratch player more than not. That is an insane comment from the site. Ur talking about a potential number one d man for a 4 goal a year 4th center that won’t play 75 percent of the time. Geez
Glad I saw the correction before the original tweet. Getting Deslauriers would only make sense if they are moving Tanev to Malkin’s line, which I don’t hate.
But, I like keeping Tanev with Blueger and ZAR and getting Andreas Athanasiou from LA to play with Geno and KK better.
No way they give up PO for this guy- grit be damned!
Id love to see him in a Pens sweater to match up against Tom Wilson, Brad Marchand and Matt Martin but definitely not at the price of POJ. Hopefully if he was removed for purpose of a trade its for someone more impactful.
Why aren’t the Bruins interested in Deslauriers? They desperately need to add size and physicality.
Interesting spin with POJ being held out. Do you include him if Getzlaf is coming as well? Maybe Malkin is questionable with knee issues. Thoughts?