Feb 26, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) carries the puck up ice against the Boston Bruins during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Eyeing Kesler, MacDonald, Moulson


The Pittsburgh Penguins ARE the trade deadline.

Or at least that’s how it’s panned out over recent years.

However, the cap-room Pittsburgh has left is conflicting their desire to add sufficient pieces for the stretch run.

Despite the payroll dilemma, expect general manager Ray Shero to do something. Even if it’s a minor move, like placing Chuck Kobasew on waivers as he did today, Shero’s going to be active.

And they may have some players in their peripherals.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, besides adamantly interested in acquiring Vancouver Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler, they’re also keeping their eyes on Buffalo Sabres’ forward Matt Moulson and New York Islanders’ defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

Although Rossi claims Moulson is on their radar, he also states that they’ll only move in that direction should the Kesler talks deteriorate. That, and Moulson is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, which doesn’t appeal to Shero because he won’t unload to acquire him.

That wouldn’t be the case for MacDonald.

MacDonald, who’s also a free agent following the season, is a defenseman Pittsburgh is considering adding because of the uncertainties surrounding Kris Letang and Paul Martin’s return from separate injuries. Rossi also is reporting that if the Pens do land Kesler, they’ll still pursue MacDonald – or any experienced blueliner – because Pittsburgh feels they can maintain the salary cap’s demands.

But wait, there’s more.

Rossi is also saying that the Pens’ sent one of Shero’s brass to the New Jersey Devils’ past two outings.

Now, Rossi alleges they could very well be scouting defensemen Mark Fayne, Eric Gelinas and Marek Zidlicky, who fit the veteran category and impending free agent status.

But could they also be looking at one Jaromir Jagr? Hmmm. Makes you think, huh? Crosby does need a right-winger.

Two days till it’s Christmas time in Pittsburgh.

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