Ray Shero has already added James Neal, Matt Niskanen, and Alexei Kovalev to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster. There's no way to know what Shero will do in between now and Monday 3pm.
However, we can look back and see what Shero, Craig Patrick and the Pittsburgh Penguins have done in trade deadlines past. Here are a few selected moves that the Penguins have made at the deadline over the past 20 years or so.
1991 Trade Deadline
Still possibly the biggest deadline move in Pittsburgh Penguins history.
Craig Patrick sent John Cullen, Jeff Parker, and Zarley Zalapski to Hartford for Ron Francis, Grant Jennings, and Ulf Samuelsson. The move proved to be an excellent one, as the Penguins ended the season by winning their first Stanley Cup. Francis stayed with the Pens until 1998 and he was named team captain on two different occasions.
1996 Trade Deadline
From one of the best deadline deals in Penguins history to one of the worst.
Looking to add some grit to the team, Patrick sent Markus Naslund to Vancouver for Alek Stojanov.
How bad is this trade? -- When you search for "Alek Stojanov Penguins" in Google Images, a whole bunch of Marcus Naslund pictures come up. Stojanov played 45 career games with the Pens before leaving the NHL. Naslund remained in the NHL until 2009, winning the Pearson Trophy in 2003.
The Penguins also acquired JJ Daigneault and Kevin Miller that day in separate deals.
2000 Trade Deadline
In 2000, the Penguins traded the goaltender who had won them two Stanley Cups,Tom Barrasso, to Ottawa for goalie Ron Tugnutt and defenseman Janne Laukkanen. Tugnutt played well for the Penguins, helping them through the playoffs despite facing a large number of shots on many nights. He was in net for the five-overtime game against Philadelphia. He left as a free agent the following offseason. Laukkanen stayed with the Penguins until 2003.
2001 Trade Deadline
In their continuing quest for a goaltender, Pittsburgh acquired Johan Hedberg and Bobby Dollas from the San Jose Sharks for Jeff Norton. Hedberg brought the Pens to the Eastern Conference Final that year and made "MOOOOOOOOOOOOSE" a common sound in the Igloo. He stayed with the Penguins until 2003. Bobby Dollas was Bobby Dollas.
The Pens would be in sell-off mode for the next couple of seasons.
2007 Trade Deadline
The Pens' goal at the 2007 deadline was to get tougher. The team sent Daniel Carcillo and a 2008 third-round pick to Phoenix for Georges Laraque. The night before the deadline, they shipped Noah Welch to Florida for Gary Roberts and changed life forever as we know it.
They also traded Dominic Moore on deadline day, sending him to Minnesota for a third-round pick.
Farewell to Dominic Moore.
Losing him today was like when the Apollo 13 astronauts jettisoned their lunar excursion module, Aquarius, prior to re-entry. You did us extremely well, Dominic Moore. You will be missed. We won't ask what Shero's rhyme or reason was for it, but it really doesn't matter. We lost a good hockey player today.
As rumored Monday night, Gary Roberts is now a Pittsburgh Penguin. We gave up Noah Welch for him. We also sent a fourth-round pick to Florida for defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski. And sent a seventh-round pick to San Jose for minor-league goalie Nolan Schaefer.
And, of course, Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a third-round pick.
But the trade that has given the Pens and Ray Shero a new identity around the NHL is the one that brought Big Georges Laraque from Phoenix. We give up Italian mafia member Daniel Carcillo and a third-round pick.
2008 Trade Deadline
Another huge deal you may have heard of.
The Penguins sent Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first-round draft pick to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.
That same day they traded a 2008 second-round pick and a 2009 fifth-round pick to Toronto for Hal Gill. These moves would bring the Penguins to within two wins of the Stanley Cup.
The word "BlockBuster" has its origins in the movie business. Back in the old days, the theaters were on city streets. If a movie was bad-ass, the line to get in would be so long that it would literally clog up the streets, thus busting blocks. In regards to Pens GM Ray Shero pulling the trigger on this Marian Hossa trade with the brass of a riverboat gambler, you can't give the trade the title of "BlockBuster." Big-name players only went one way. What kind of Penguin fan are you? When you heard of the trade, did you immediately think about Hossa? Or did sadness strike for a moment when you saw Colby Armstrong's name? We must say farewell to a guy who will forever have a place in our soul.
It's Shero's job to worry about money and the security of the team. It's the job of the fans to cheer on the team. If you're gonna wonder about the Pens future every time Hossa touches the puck, you're a mistake. Be glad the Pens are in the position to make a move like this. Not too long ago, players were abandoning ship at the trade deadline. And now some players would kill to come to Pittsburgh with Sid and Malkin.
2009 Trade Deadline
After already trading Ryan Whitney to Anaheim for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi a few days earlier, Ray Shero was looking to add one more piece to the puzzle.
Enter Bill Guerin.
The Penguins traded a conditional draft pick (it ended up being a third round pick) to the New York Islanders for Guerin. The Pens also picked Craig Adams off of waivers that day. The season ended with the Stanley Cup.
That is Ray Shero. No matter what he does, there will always be some fanboy that needs more. And that sucks. If you're upset with Shero's moves at the deadline, get real. Think back to three weeks ago when the Penguins were eating their own poop halfway down the steps to the basement of the Eastern Conference. A lot of Penguin fans were writing off the Pens as a playoff team. The same people are now wondering why Shero didn't make some blockbuster trade to make the Penguins a prime Cup contender. That's just not realistic. It wouldn't be worth it.
2010 Trade Deadline
The only thing Shero did on deadline day was trade Chris Peluso to the Leafs for a 2010 sixth-round pick. In the days leading up to the deadline, Shero sent a second-round pick to Florida for Jordan Leopold. He also traded Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula to Toronto for Alexei Ponikarovsky. We don't want to talk about it.
2011 Trade Deadline
Will Ray Shero make any more moves this year?
He's already improved the team with the additions of Neal, Niskanen and Kovalev.
We'll have to wait and see. According to CapGeek.com, the Pens can take on a $7,880,286 cap hit thanks to long term injured reserve.
Go Pens. In Shero We Trust.