After a day filled with trade rumors including Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Patrick Sharp, and Jeff Skinner, to name a few, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins will not be making a deal by the end of June 26.
General Manager Jim Rutherford was quoted as saying, "I don't expect anything to happen tonight" and had mentioned that teams are inquiring about their stockpiled young defensemen. Rutherford also added that the Penguins must be patient to acquire the player they believe will help the organization in the future.
While the news may be disappointing to some fans, myself included to a degree, there is a silver lining.
It does not say "did have." It says "has had," and in my eyes, that means talks are continuing, just stopping for the night. So, for those blockbuster deals that have been rumored, there could still be a chance, but timing is everything.
Tomorrow, the Penguins will make their first selection of the draft at 46th overall in the second round. Whether or not a move is made is to be seen, but as for tonight, Rutherford seems content to lie low and see what could happen sometime down the road.
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Adam Williams. B.A. and M.S. from LHU. Pens fan/devils advocate. Self-proclaimed #Pensimist