Rumor: Hoffman & Kreider To Be Traded To Same Team

New York Rangers' Chris Kreider & Florida Panthers' Mike Hoffman are both UFA's who have not expressed any intentions to re-sign with their respective teams. These players are excellent rentals who will give an extra advantage to teams who seek to contend for the Stanley Cup.

Kreider and Hoffman are said to be heading off to Pennsylvania to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins. After another significant loss to their lineup with the season ending injury to Jake Guentzel, the Penguins are looking to make significant additions. General Manager Jim Rutherford is known to offer high draft picks in exchange for immediate talent. Only one of these players were expected to be on their trade radar until Guentzel's catastrophic injury in yesterday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Jeff Gorton and Dale Tallon recognize they're in a position to lose top name players to free agency without compensation if they do not make a deal before trade deadline. The Penguins have already shocked the hockey world with their continued success despite their lineup issues. The addition of these players, coupled with the performance of their goaltending tandem, will allow the Penguins to remain Stanley Cup Contenders.
"Jim Rutherford has reportedly expressed interest in adding a scoring winger. Though Rutherford has not yet had a chance to view his team at full strength. The Penguins have been one of the most injured teams in the NHL this season." - Dan Kingerski
More to come.

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