Provost Posted December 21, 2017 Share Posted December 21, 2017 I have doubts that Benning would do this as it would likely result in some more embarrassing nights for the rest of the season not having Sutter's defensive abilities, but Pittsburgh is in a win now window and has serious issues at centre. They badly need a 3C and are limited in not having money to spend to do it, so they need a trading partner with the right asset who is willing to take money back. That leaves relatively few options. To Pittsburgh: Sutter Baertschi To Vancouver Hagelin Pittsburgh's 1st round pick One of Pittsburgh's bottom end forward to even out the value, cap space, and roster spaces (Sheahan/Rowney/Reaves) Sutter produces decently 5 on 5 and is solid defensively, which is pretty much what Pittsburgh needs in a 3rd line centre. He is a known quantity for them and they don't have nearly the depth they had when they traded him away for Bonino. Baertschi gives them some scoring for cheap to replace Hagelin's spot. Hagelin is a cap dump to make room for Sutter, who is using up cash and not producing like they need him to. He is really fast and might produce better in Green's system. He is only signed for this year and next so it isn't a huge risk to take on. We have the chance of getting a decent 1st round pick, possibly even a lottery one if Pittsburgh doesn't make the playoffs. Next year we would have to have a combination of re-signing the Sedins; bringing over Petterson, and/or signing a short term veteran centre to play on the 3rd line.... possibly all three if you think that Petterson comes over as a winger initially. We lose Baertschi, but he may command more dollars than we want to spend, and scoring wingers is a relative strength of ours coming up the pipeline. Hagelin probably provides similar numbers in the short term. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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