We hate to keep beating this non-story into the ground, but apparently the mainstream media doesn't seem to have that same issue.
Now the Edmonton Journal is in the act:
Of course someone from Edmonton wants the Pens to trade Malkin.
The most frequently-mentioned destination for Geno is the Oilers.
This article is based on the same tired point that the Penguins need to secure some wingers for Crosby.
Forgive us if we're wrong, but didn't Crosby play with the same wingers in 2009 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup?
And didn't Jordan Staal also play with the same two wingers?
Yes, Bill Guerin didn't perform at the same level this postseason that he did in '09.
But the Penguins as a team didn't play as well this season as they did last year.
The one position where the 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins differed dramatically from the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins was on defense, not on the wings. So the basic point to this article, that the Penguins need to wingers to win, loses a lot of steam.
It loses even more steam when you realize that the only center with significantly different wingers was Malkin himself.
If the Oilers trade two of their best wingers to the Pens, who will play with Malkin in Edmonton?
And why would the Pens want another center (Cogliano) when they are already so deep in that position?
Other than center, it's obvious the Penguins have flaws in all positions. In the salary cap age most teams do.
Trading Malkin for Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano is not the solution to the Penguins problems.
Another reason people keep suggesting the Penguins trade Malkin is salary cap space.
If Hemsky, Penner, Cogliano or any other winger are traded to the Penguins and the trade worked out, you don't think those players would be looking for raises?
For example, Dustin Penner makes $4.25 million per year for the next two years.
Last season he had 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points. It was a career year for him.
Don't you think that if he clicked with Crosby and boosted those totals by another 20 points or so, he would ask for a raise when he contract runs out at the end of the 2011-2012 season?
Ales Hemsky makes $4.1 million. His contact also expires at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
If he played well on the Pens he'd likely be looking at a raise as well. Both of those raises negate any cap savings for the Pens.
They would end up paying a combined total of over $10 million dollars for those two players.
And if the trade doesn't work out you're playing a total of $8.35 million a year for two players that are struggling.
It doesn't make sense.
Sure, Hemsky and Penner could combine for a total of 130-140 points a year playing with Crosby, but Malkin scored 113 by himself last season and he makes $8.7 million/year until 2014.
Malkin plus any decent winger (such as Dupuis) makes the same amount of money as Hemsky and Penner would likely make and they record about the same number of combined points.
Then why trade Malkin?
Because writing about it brings hits to your website and gets people talking.
Even with the Penguins out of the playoffs, they remain a draw for the media because people are interested in them.
Just ask The Hockey News. They're once again discussing a possible Malkin trade.
We talk about the Pens every day because we're a Penguins blog.
What is everyone else's excuse?
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