Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors: 2 Players Hitting the Trade Market

The Pittsburgh Penguins have disappointed to start the season. With all the talent in the world, it's been a tough start to the 2023-24 season, as the Pens sit with a 3-6-0 record. GM Kyle Dubas isn't afraid to make bold moves and big trades as we've already seen with his short tenure in Pittsburgh.

Dubas continues to discuss trade scenarios on the market and gauges the interest levels and direction of several teams. The Penguins don't have much for trade assets to dangle so Dubas will need to get creative if he wants to upgrade the roster.

Two Penguins who could be moved this season:

Pierre-Olivier Joseph

The former first-round pick is a prime trade candidate. POJ has appeared in four games and has yet to record a point. Last season Joseph put up 21 points in 75 games and it was a breakout year. Unfortunately the success hasn't followed this season and now Joseph could be swapped to find some depth up front. He's owed $825,000 this season and does not hold any trade protection. The Vancouver Canucks are a team to watch here as Canucks management is very familiar with Joseph's game. 

Rickard Rakell

Yes, with Rakell struggling to hit the score sheet, Dubas will consider all options. Rakell hasn't scored a goal this season and has one assist in nine games. He's owed $5 million through the 2027-28 season and his trade clause only protects him from eight teams. It's certainly a tough situation for Rakell who was given a golden opportunity on the top line alongside Sidney Crosby, but unfortunately it just hasn't worked out. Rakell is someone to watch as a potential trade candidate this season.

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