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December 31, 2013 | 1:23pm ET
Penguins, Jets talking trade?
TheFourthPeriod.com

As the Penguins search for a top-six winger to replace the injured Pascal Dupuis, one team Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero is reportedly speaking with is the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Shero is believed to be interested in Jets forwards Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler.

However, as the paper notes and as TFP has reported throughout the month, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn't interested in moving some of his main assets in exchange for young talent, prospects and draft picks.

Cheveldayoff has received a number of phone calls and inquiries about several players, most notably Kane -- though Ladd and Wheeler, and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien have also attracted plenty of interest -- he is only willing to field offers if they include NHL-proven talent.

The Free Press suggests it's unlikely the Penguins are willing to give the Jets what they would be looking for, if they were to move any of their core players, but that hasn't stopped Shero from inquiring.

A number of teams have shown interest in Kane, including the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, TFP has learned, but it's unclear how those discussions have progressed.

Cheveldayoff wants to acquire a center capable of playing top-line minutes, one league source told TFP.

Ladd has a modified no-trade clause, while Kane and Wheeler do not. Wheeler's no-movement clause kicks in next season.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, meanwhile, also hints at Shero's interest in Ladd, but indicated the price tag would likely be too high.

According to the paper, Ladd would likely cost the Penguins a similar package to the one they paid for Marian Hossa in 2008, which included two roster players, a top prospect and a future first-round draft pick.

The Free Press notes that Jets forwards Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi might be more available, if the Penguins were to go down that road.


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