Penguins Rumors: Bryan Rust Being Linked To Hometown Team

Trade rumors are ablaze as the NHL trade deadline nears, with the Detroit Red Wings being linked in discussions surrounding Bryan Rust from the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Kevin Allen and Bob Duff.

Hailing from Pontiac, Michigan, Rust's local ties add an extra layer of intrigue to the speculation.

With an impressive resume boasting four-time 20-goal scorer and two-time Stanley Cup champion titles, Rust presents an enticing prospect for the Red Wings, who are keen to bolster their lineup with his proven skillset.

This season, the 31-year-old has put up 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points over 42 games played.

Despite the mounting buzz surrounding Rust's potential move to Detroit, obstacles loom large in the path to a deal. The Red Wings already boast formidable right-wingers in the likes of Patrick Kane and Lucas Raymond, raising questions about the urgency of pursuing Rust.

Meanwhile, the Penguins have reasons to hold onto Rust, given his consistent offensive contributions and favorable contract terms, which extend until the 2027-28 season. With Rust also holding a no-movement clause until 2024-25, Pittsburgh may opt to retain him rather than entertain trade offers.

Over the past four seasons, Rust has amassed 84 goals and 98 assists for 182 total points across 239 games played, all with the Penguins.

Amidst the swirling speculation and likely discussions between the two teams, it remains uncertain whether Bryan Rust will indeed don the red and white jersey of the Detroit Red Wings before the trade deadline expires.

At this point, it would be quite a surprise to see Rust on the move today. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports