NHL Rumors: 2 Teams Emerging As Potential Trade Partners For Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been linked in trade scenarios with two of their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as they seek to address early-season struggles and roster needs, according to Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now and Lyle Richardson.

The Flyers stand out as a potential trade partner due to their cap space, with more than $12 million available for long-term injury reserve and the option to permanently shift over $7 million to LTIR, thanks to Ryan Ellis's situation.

One intriguing possibility could see the Flyers absorbing Penguins center Jeff Carter's $3+ million cap hit should he waive his no-movement clause, according to Kingerski. In addition, the Penguins could sweeten the deal with one of their young defensemen, a position of need for the Flyers.

Conversely, the Columbus Blue Jackets are actively looking to move right-shot defensemen, including players like Erik Gudbranson, Adam Boqvist, and Andrew Peeke.

This makes the Blue Jackets an attractive trade partner that could potentially help address Pittsburgh's defensive needs.

In summary, the Penguins are exploring trade opportunities with the Flyers and Blue Jackets to enhance their roster and address critical weaknesses, with both teams offering unique assets and potential solutions to Pittsburgh's challenges. Photo Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports