NHL Rumors: Could Penguins Trade One Of Their Big Three?

According to hockey analysts Lyle Richardson and Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now, there is ongoing speculation about the Pittsburgh Penguins potentially considering trades involving their long-time core stars: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, or Kris Letang.

While these players have been the bedrock of the franchise for years, the Penguins' recent struggles have raised questions about the team's direction.

Richardson and Kingerski suggest that while trading away these iconic players may not be an immediate priority, it's a possibility that shouldn't be entirely ruled out, especially if the team decides to undergo a significant rebuild.

The decision to trade any of these franchise icons would hinge on various factors, including their willingness to explore new opportunities and the team's long-term goals.

Importantly, all three players possess no-movement clauses in their contracts, giving them significant control over their futures with the team, and any potential trade would require their consent, which right now seems unlikely.

Ultimately, the future of Crosby, Malkin, and Letang with the Pittsburgh Penguins is uncertain.

So far this season, the 36-year-old Crosby has scored 17 goals and 31 total points across 29 games played.

The 37-year-old Malkin is also off to a nice start this year, scoring 10 goals and 24 total points over the first 29 games.

The 36-year-old Letang has amassed two goals and 14 total points across 29 games played, along with a +3 plus/minus rating.

While they continue to make significant contributions to the team, the possibility of a trade remains a topic of discussion within the hockey community, with variables like team performance and the players' own preferences potentially shaping the course of their careers in Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports