Penguins Rumors: 2 Trade Candidates for 2022-23 Season

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be a powerhouse in the eastern conference this season in large part to the heavy lifting management pulled off last summer. General manager Ron Hextall was able to lock up his core and ensured the team will be going for the Stanley Cup each of the next three seasons. Expect some tinkering to the roster throughout the season as Hextall continues to put his fingerprints on the roster. Here's two Penguins who are likely to be dealt this season:

Pierre-Olivier Joseph

In one of the harshest reports I've seen, Pierre-Olivier Joseph was reportedly offered to every other team at some point this preseason and nobody budged. The former first-round pick appears set to be the odd man out on the Penguins blue line after playing 20 games combined the past two seasons. Joseph was linked to the Vancouver Canucks, but after the Riley Stillman acquisition, it appears that ship has sailed. Look for the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks to circle back on a deal here.

Casey DeSmith

The spotlight will be on Casey DeSmith to start this season as Filip Lindberg is waiting in the wings for minutes as Tristan Jarry's backup. Ideally DeSmith is solid as the Penguins just signed him to a two-year extension. The Penguins backup will be looking to build off his .914 save percentage from last season, however keep an eye on Lindberg as it's likely he'll see some NHL game action this season and could push DeSmith out the door.

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