3 Pittsburgh Penguins 2023 Trade Targets

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team to watch leading up to the March 3 trade deadline. The Pens are going for it again this season and have a team that could do some damage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Penguins general manager Ron Hextall is in the market to add a forward and potentially one defenseman to his group before the deadline. Here's a few options for the Penguins to consider:

Colton Sissons, Nashville Predators

The Preds could quickly become sellers and if so, the Penguins would be wise to keep Colton Sissons on their radar. The shut-down center would allow the team to shift Jeff Carter from the 3-hole and give the team a defensive-minded pivot who could do wonders in the playoffs.

Andrei Kuzmenko, Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are sellers this season and have a number of forwards in play. One of their most attractive candidates is forward Andrei Kuzmenko, who is taking the NHL by storm this season. He's also making less than $1 million and is an attractive candidate for the Penguins. He's familiar with Evgeni Malkin and could provide some punch on the team's second line, allowing them to move Jason Zucker down a line into a more suited checking role. Kuzmenko has recorded 17 goals and 34 points in 37 games this season.

Matt Nieto, San Jose Sharks

If the Penguins want to improve their bottom six, adding defensive specialist Matt Nieto from the Sharks may be a good start. The 30-year-old winger is great penalty killer and comes cheap, at only $850,000 for the rest of this season and is a pending free agent heading into the summer. Nieto has scored 13 points in 36 games this season and can chip in offensively. His resume also includes 55 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the kind of experience the Penguins need more of on their bottom two lines.

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