The Penguins have played properly the first 1/3 of the season considering the injuries they have needed to deal with to start the season. One satisfactory marvel has been the play of Evan Rodrigues.
Could Rodrigues be the participant who makes Jason Zucker or Kasperi Kapanen expendable for a change?
Zucker has a meager 10 factors in 30 games while Kapanen is just barely higher at sixteen factors in 30 games. Meanwhile Rodrigues has commenced the season well with 23 factors in 30 video games and makes lots less than Kapanen and Zucker.
The massive question is, which player could be traded? Zucker has a no-trade clause in which he can publish 10 groups he does not want to be traded to. He additionally has a huge cap hit of $5.5 million/12 months. Kapanen does not personal a no-trade clause and makes $three.2 million according to season.
With Evgeni Malkin set to return quickly, the Pens may want to make a change to free up a roster spot and it's miles more likely Kapanen would be traded over Zucker. Kapanen has been in train Mike Sullivan’s canine residence the beyond month with him being dropped within the lineup several instances as he checks Sullivan’s patience.