NHLTR: Pittsburgh and Anaheim are once again talking trade

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks are familiar with each other and how each team likes to operate, as their transaction history speaks for itself. It turns out this season is no different as both clubs have been active in discussions and more specifically with each other.

Pierre LeBrun of the Athletic reported the teams could be coming to terms on a deal for defenceman Erik Gudbranson who is a pending UFA at seasons end. The Penguins have been openly trying to trade Jack Johnson, however, due to the 3 years left on his deal at $3.25 million, it's believed by hockey's best insiders the Pens have shifted their focus to moving Gudbranson.

The Ducks are in the market for a RHD after the trade for Justin Faulk fell through due to the contract extension talks with the now Blues' defenceman. The deal was for 23-year-old forward Ondrej Kase but never materialized.

The Pens are looking to upgrade their bottom six and Ducks forwards Kase, or Carter Rowney an ex-Penguin have been linked to this deal.

Would a depth move like this be enough for the Penguins? Hard to say. Perhaps an early move before the new year could propel into something bigger towards the trade deadline.

Pens GM, Jim Rutherford will be the first to tell you he isn't shy and as long as #87 and #71 are Penguins, Pittsburgh will be going for the cup. Every. Single. Season.

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