Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been open about his pursuit of a top-six forward to help replace the injured Jake Guentzel ahead of the trade deadline, but noted Wednesday he’s had trouble finding a trade partner with most teams still in the playoff race.
“I think the market will open up at some point in the next week or two,” Rutherford told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Once teams decide which direction they want to go, more players will get into the market. But now it’s a pretty small market.”
You prefer [to get a trade completed sooner than later],” Rutherford said. “But only if you’re comfortable with it. At this point, there hasn’t been any comfort level. And there hasn’t been any urgency. If we don’t add anybody other than the injured players – and Jake, of course – it would be a pretty solid lineup.”