NHL Rumors: Schenn Linked To Interesting Team

As the Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to switch up their defensive personnel again, they have a few defencemen on their radar. One in particular includes Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks according to Elliotte Friedman. The Penguins are trying to move Jeff Petry and the Canucks are still altering their roster and also looking for a new look on defence. There is potential for a swap of some sort here.

The Canucks are very likely trading Schenn, and he could fit in on the right side of the Penguins' defence this season for the playoff push. He's cheap and would free up some much-needed cap space for Pittsburgh to work with to upgrade. As for the Canucks, they will be down Schenn and are also trying to move Tyler Myers before the final year of his contract. That team will have room on their right side and Petry could be one piece of the puzzle.

It won't be easy for the Penguins to outbid the other team pursuing Schenn, but they may have the upper hand if the Canucks are intrigued by a defenceman also coming back with some salary retained. This would give Petry time to acclimate to Vancouver in a lost season before the team plans on bouncing back in 2023-24.

Schenn has proven he can play on all three pairings, but would help the Penguins' middle of the pack penalty kill and add more toughness to their back-end. They would also be off the hook for the next two seasons and have room to properly address their defence. Keep an eye on the Penguins as they search for a defensive change before the deadline.

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