Although this is being speculated by I think more fans, I believe it is something that may be considered more as the teams move closer to the draft. The Pittsburgh Penguins will probably need to move one of the big 3 and the rumor mill is churning out Jordan Staal to the Edmonton Oilers for the 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Why is this interesting? Simply put, there is a tremendously talented Winger in the draft this year by the name of Nail Yakapov. He is really the best player in the draft this year, and is a ridiculous scorer. The Pens have lots of scoring, but it would be interesting to have Malkin and Sid both have a standout winger going forward.
As mentioned, this is merely a rumor and speculation by fans and some local analysts. Oiler’s GM Steve Tambellini has not mentioned this at all, and not that he would anyway, but I think generally it could be a stretch. Though, with the Draft in Pittsburgh this year, this could be a way for the Penguins to make another draft day splash as they host the event this season. That would not be the reason to do it, but it would make it special.
This talented player though does not address the problems the Penguins have and by getting rid of their only really great 2 way centerman when defense is such a need is a real risk. I would also like to address the fact that the wide open style of Hockey that the Penguins play is great during the season. Once you get to the Post Season, the clutching and grabbing comes out of the closet and is okay and legal. Not to mention, obstruction is just not called enough to enforce it. A Real Joke if you ask me.
Defense is the Problem, that needs to be addresses. I think it can be addressed just by going into their minor leagues. They have some really great young defenseman ready to step in. Also, this team lacks toughness. Not fighting ability but defensive toughness. During that Philly series, the Flyers got down and blocked 3 times as many shots as the Penguins did. They showed they wanted it more. This team needs more of those players.