Breaking news: Penguins are said to be in talks to acquire Anaheim striker Nicolas Deslauriers

Breaking news: Penguins are said to be in talks to acquire Anaheim striker Nicolas Deslauriers

With 24 hours of the NHL trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins are working on starting their moves. In what would be his first job as Pens general manager, Ron Hextall has targeted the acquisition of 6’3, 220-pound left winger Nicolas Deslauriers from the Anaheim Ducks.

The deal is yet to be done, according to Elliotte Friedman, but it looks like teams are working to finalize and complete a move to send Deslauriers to Pittsburgh.

Since the deal is not done at the moment, it is not yet clear what the pens should give up for Deslauriers. But we do know the 30-year-old winger has a contract with a cap of $ 1.0 million for this season and the next.

Hextall and hockey operations president Brian Burke had made no secret of their desire to add a big physical forward, and Deslauriers is certainly suited to add some size to what is a small Pittsburgh team, if he is. actually acquired.

However, Deslauriers is also not as good as a hockey player. He can drive OK defensive measures, but as a 411-game NHL career with 35 goals and 70 points suggests, he’s almost worthless when it comes to generating an offense, and his WAR rating. % over the past three seasons makes Deslauriers one of the worst forwards in the league.

While he’s not very good at hockey and doesn’t even kill penalties for Anaheim, Deslauriers throws his body all over the place, credited with 102 hits in 35 games this season with the Ducks. Only two Penguins (injured Brandon Tanev and Sam Lafferty) have over 60 hits this season.

It will be interesting to see where Deslauriers fits into the Pen range. With the injuries of Tanev and Kasperi Kapanen, there is at least a short-term window where the team can use a big, physical and energetic striker.

However, Deslauriers won’t bring many actual tangible attributes to the ice to help the team win, and he has a contract for next year with a hit of $ 1.0 million. It’s not great at best, and it hurts the team’s results at the very least.

It depends on what Pittsburgh has given up on as to how it’s going to rock, but other than throwing a few more punches, it remains to be seen what Deslauriers delivers that players like Radim Zohorna and Anthony Angello wouldn’t. Deslauriers doesn’t seem like a good enough guy to make it into the Pens’ playoff roster if they’re healthy, but they know (and we don’t) how long Tanev and Kapanen will be on the board.

At worst Deslauriers, it’s depth and an extra big body. But if the Penguins actually expect him to contribute or play some role when games matter, they’re likely to find that this move, despite adding a great body, will prove to be short of positive contributions. .

If Pittsburgh is really making this move, they shouldn’t give up much. Players like Deslauriers aren’t moving the needle, and his contract status for next year makes him even more undesirable of a full trump card.


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