NHL Rumors: Penguins Looking to Trade Defenseman

The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to add another forward and will have to clear up some cap space to do so. There's been rumblings of the team trying to move a defenseman, with Marcus Pettersson as the prime candidate and John Marino potentially being in play as well.

Both blueliners are signed to long-term contracts, with Pettersson making $4.02 million in each of the next three seasons and Marino locked in for five more seasons at $4.4 million annually. There's no doubt, the Penguins prefer to keep Marino and move Pettersson, however the return for the right-handed Marino may be much more and too appealing to turn down.

It's been a wild 48 hours in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been busy re-signing some of their core, including a once disgruntled Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell. Head coach Mike Sullivan wanted management to realize how close this team was too winning and wanted them to run it back for another shot with this group. It's great to see that's taking place and now general manager Ron Hextall turns his attention to moving a blueliner to free up some cap space.

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