The Penguins continue to bolster their offense before the trade deadline as they have acquired former winger, Alexei Kovalev today from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional 7th round pick. The pick becomes a sixth-round pick if the Pens win in the first round and Kovalev plays at least half of the teams remaining games. Kovalev will bring a little more scoring touch to the Pens, especially on the power play. You can’t expect Kovalev to be the same player that he was when he was with the Pens before, but he is still capable of producing a 20 goal season.
The Pens are making moves regardless of whether Sidney Crosby can return to the lineup this season or not.Ray Shero is planning on giving his team every possible chance to make a run at the Stanley Cup this year and If Crosby makes it back this season, it’ll be an added bonus.
Earlier this week, Shero added budding star, James Neal and defensemen, Matt Niskanen in a trade with the Dallas Stars for puck moving defensemen, Alex Goligoski. Neal brings a power forward presence to the Pens that they have missed since Ryan Malone moved on to Tampa Bay. Niskanen is a young defensemen who was struggling in Dallas this year, but he has shown promise in the past as an offensive defensemen and is only 24-years-old.
It appears that the Pens aren’t quite done yet. According to Pierre LeBrun, the Pens are in the market for a defensemen.
The Buffalo Sabres recently put Craig Rivet on re-entry waivers to see if teams would be willing to take him at half the price. With Brooks Orpik out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken finger, the Pens could temporarily fill that void by putting a claim on Rivet. Currently, Rivet’s cap hit is $846,774 pro-rated. If he’s claimed on re-entry waivers, it will be half of that.