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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Trade Rumor Scott Hartnell to the Penguins

First, this article is speculation on how a trade with the Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins would go.  I  have been reading reports of trade rumors of the Penguins that indicate interest in Scott Hartnell. I wanted to look into the possibility.

Let's first look at who Scott Hartnell is.  He has spent time on the Predators, Flyers, and is currently on the Blue Jackets.  At 33, he currently has 39 points (19G, 20A).  His career total is 636 points (297G, 339A).  His reported salary is 4.75 million until 2020.  He is then UFA.

The other not-so-minor detail is...  If you are a Pens fan, you would know that he is a Penguin killer.  Not surprising that he is not well liked in Pittsburgh. 

So how would the trade work?  The only way I can see it working is to trade Chris Kunitz.  It is doubtful that the pens would do this.  Now, if they did this, the upside for the Blue Jackets would be getting a veteran winger.  His contract also only has one year left on it.

The other trade options are...    Sheary?  He has a lot of potential.  So the upside would be mostly for the Blue Jackets.  Patrick Hornqvist - Wrong wing.  So again, it doesn't make a lot of sense for the Pens.  Trading Carl Hagelin makes even less since for the Pens. 

So my guess is... This trade will not happen.  Unless the Pens will trade Kunitz.

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