Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors: Forward Expected to be Shopped

After failing to make the playoffs this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have made serious changes to their front office. The same is expected to be done with their roster, as it is clear that this group could not get it done. As a result, one player who already is emerging as a trade candidate is 2023 NHL Trade Deadline acquisition, Mikael Granlund.

The Penguins acquired Granlund as their big deadline addition. He was expected to be a big part of their top six for the final stretch of the year, but he struggled rather noticeably following the move. In 21 games, he had just one goal and five points, which is far below expectations for him. He did not seem to fit well in their system, so the Penguins could look to move him and his $5 million cap hit until the end of the 2024-25 campaign. 

When Granlund is on his game, he is a serviceable second-line forward, so there could be some interest in him even after his rough start as a Penguin. In 79 games this season, the 31-year-old scored 10 goals and recorded 41 points.

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