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Report: Pens hope to have Perron in lineup vs. Habs tonight

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to have newly acquired winger David Perron in the lineup tonight when they play host to the Montreal Canadiens.

Perron, who has one year remaining on his $15.25 million contract, has five goals and 19 points in 38 games this season.

Pittsburgh cancelled its’ morning skate today due to poor road conditions.

Related: Penguins’ GM Rutherford makes early splash with Perron trade

Penguins’ GM Rutherford makes early splash with Perron trade


The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is two months away. Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn’t want to wait until then to make a splash.

On Friday, the Penguins, sitting second in the Eastern Conference and gearing up for what looks like another playoff run, acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers, while sending Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick in the 2015 Draft back to Edmonton.

It was a price Rutherford was willing to pay in order to bolster his group of forwards.

Based on his comments this evening, he also views Perron, in the third year of a four-year deal worth a cap hit of $3,812,500, according to Capgeek.com, as a player who could potentially be a long-term fit in Pittsburgh.

“I’ve been looking for a top six forward, especially a winger, since the beginning of the season,” Rutherford said Friday, prior to puck drop between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, as per the club’s Twitter account.

“I view it as a very good asset, but we also got a young player. He could be a here for (six to seven) years,” he added.

Rutherford also appears wary of trade deadline deals, which comes about six weeks before the end of the regular season and start of the playoffs. Bringing in a top-six forward or top-four defenseman might seem like a good move on paper at the time, but doesn’t guarantee that player will mesh that quickly into a new lineup and system.

Goalie nods: Brodeur starts for Blues, Price goes for 200th win in 400th game


All the latest from the crease…

Brodeur looks to build off of Monday’s shutout

There was talk before St. Louis’ game on Monday that it might be Martin Brodeur’s final start as Brian Elliott was on the verge of returning from a knee injury. However, after Brodeur posted a 16-save shutout against Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche, it was quickly determined that he would stay on the roster and play again.

Brodeur will get his next opportunity tonight against Anaheim, but his situation remains fragile given that the Blues have three healthy goaltenders on their roster, including Jake Allen.

The 42-year-old netminder will play against 25-year-old Frederik Andersen.

Price goes for win 200 in game 400

If Brodeur wins tonight it will be victory 692. He’s been so successful that it’s almost hard to wrap your head around just how incredible his win total is, but one way of doing so is by looking at his peers.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned 27 in August and has been one of the league’s top goaltenders for a little while now. He’s been dominate again this season with a 20-9-1 record, 2.19 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 30 games. If he reaches the 200-win mark tonight, it will be something worth celebrating and he’ll become one of just 10 active goaltenders to reach that milestones. And as far Brodeur, everyone is in his shadow, not just Price. He has nearly double the amount of career wins as the next highest active goalie (Roberto Luongo, 387).

Brodeur’s former squad, the New Jersey Devils, will be Montreal’s opponents tonight and will counter with Keith Kinkaid.


Panthers at Sabres: Roberto Luongo vs. Michal Neuvirth

Lightning at Penguins: Ben Bishop vs. Thomas Greiss

Flyers at Hurricanes: Steve Mason vs. Cam Ward

Leafs at Wild: Jonathan Bernier will start with Toronto; Darcy Kuemper is probable for Minnesota.

Oilers at Avs: There’s no word on who will start with Colorado, but Ben Scrivens will start for Edmonton.

Isles at Flames: Jaroslav Halak vs. Jonas Hiller

Perron on leaving Edmonton: ‘After a few years, you just want to win’


The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2015 first-round pick and Rob Klinkhammer. Regardless of whether you feel Pittsburgh or Edmonton got the better end of that deal, it’s hard not to see Perron as the big winner in all of this.

He’s going from one of, if not the worst team in the league to a club that has the potential to win the Stanley Cup. Perron said it’s tough to leave any situation once you’re emotionally invested, but he’s not shy about admitting that this is an exciting turn of events for him.

“Once (the losses) start piling on, it’s hard to get out of it,” Perron said. He later added, “I think the first few years you’re in the league, you’re just happy to be in (it) … but after a few years you just want to win and obviously it’s not going to happen this year in Edmonton. It’s nice to get that kind of opportunity in Pittsburgh.”

When asked if he was a pretty happy guy overall, he didn’t hesitate before saying, “For sure.”

He did offer an olive branch to the Oilers by saying that they’ll bounce back “eventually” and be a top team.

Others were far less diplomatic when talking about how Perron must feel right now:

It’s also not difficult to see how this deal could benefit the Penguins, given that they’ve had a hole in their roster since losing Pascal Dupuis (blood clot). Perron’s presence could help solidify the Penguins’ top two lines.

This move also gels with what Penguins GM Jim Rutherford did when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Most of the criticism for this trade was instead directed at Edmonton. It’s easy to see why a team consistently at or near the bottom of the NHL standings would chose to trade a veteran for a top draft pick, but the Oilers have been rebuilding for so long that it’s hard not to be cynical.

Especially seeing as, while this move was big for Edmonton, for better or worse its core is still untouched.

If you want to see Perron’s full post-trade press conference, you can watch it here:

Penguins get Perron from Edmonton for first rounder, Klinkhammer


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Edmonton’s season has long since been lost and Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been under a lot of pressure to make the type of bold moves that he promised when he assumed his current position in April 2013. Pittsburgh’s top pick will likely be towards the end of the round, which is problematic given Edmonton’s poor track record in recent drafts, but it’s still an opportunity for them to breathe new life into their floundering rebuild.

Moving Perron also makes it more likely that the team will end up with Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

For the Penguins, this move will help them fill the void in their lineup that’s existed since Pascal Dupuis was sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his lung. Perron will likely slide into a top-six spot after the Penguins found themselves often using Bryan Rust on the same line as Sidney Crosby in recent games.

Perron has just five goals and 19 points in 38 contests this season, but he should get a boost moving from one of the worst offenses in the NHL to one of the best.

He comes with an annual cap hit of roughly $3.8 million through the 2015-16 campaign, so this is more than just a rental for Pittsburgh.