Penguins: 3 Trades to Consider Ahead of 2023 Deadline

The Pittsburgh Penguins are barely hanging onto a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and general manager Ron Hextall is expected to be busy ahead of the trade deadline trying to upgrade the roster. Here's three trades GMRH needs to consider before March 3 this season:

Trade for Jonathan Toews

The Blackhawks are expected to retain half of Toews' $10.5 million salary and the Penguins should have some interest. Pittsburgh is in desperate need for a shut-down center and having Toews in the mix behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could be an ideal set up. It's all going to come down if Toews' wants to join the Penguins as his no-movement clause gives him all the cards.

Trade for Sam Bennett

If the Penguins can't land Toews, or there's no interest from his end, an amazing plan B could be Bennett. Some would argue this should be plan A. Bennett has two years left on his deal at just over $4 million and could do wonders for the Penguins in all situations. He plays nasty and this is something the Pens could use more of.

Trade for Radko Gudas

The Penguins are trying to find sandpaper for their blue line and some shut-down forwards. Gudas is tough as nails and loves to use his body in any way possible for his team. He's battled tested, you know what you're getting and as a pending free agent, wouldn't cost a ton to acquire. Hextall should be interested here and Gudas would be a great depth addition.

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