Top Trade Candidates For The Pittsburgh Penguins In 2023-24

The Pittsburgh Penguins went through a good deal of changes in the offseason. All signs point up for them as the changes were all positive. They missed the playoffs for the first time since Sidney Crosby's rookie season despite great performances from the stars. Even though a lot of changes were made, there could still be more during the season. Let's take a look at what more the Penguins can do.

Alex Nylander

Alex Nylander was in line to fight for the open spot in the top-six to start this season with Jake Guentzel out. That didn't happen as he was sent down through waivers to the AHL. Just because a player isn't picked up off of waivers, doesn't mean they won't be traded soon after. If a player passes through, that means they can be called up and sent down without having to go through waivers again for a while. This could spark a swap with someone of similar skill in need of a new home from another team in the same situation. If Nylander, after a very good 2022-23 AHL season, can't crack the NHL roster on a playoff-bound team, maybe a non-contender will have a spot for him.

Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter was part of the Penguins' third line that just didn't help the team out at all last season. They struggled and were a big part of the downfall of the team. He is the only remaining member of the line that was together for a large part of the season. He should be moved down to the fourth line, but his contract also isn't ideal. If the Penguins are going to upgrade before the trade deadline for their run, he will have to be moved out to open up cap space.

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