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February 19, 2017 | 12:40pm ET
Penguins want to add defensemen
TheFourthPeriod.com

Recent injuries to defensemen Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz haven't made the desire to acquire a replacement or two any more pressing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has already been on the hunt for a blueliner and told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he's staying the course.

"We were going to go into this market this month with the understanding that if the right defenseman was there, for what we felt was the right price, then we would move on it," he told the paper.

Rutherford has been active, and has held trade calls about multiple players, keeping his options open. A deal is not yet believed to be imminent, but talks could heat up starting this week.

"We're going to have to go through these next two weeks and go along on the timeframe of everyone else," Rutherford said. "We'll be looking at adding one or two more defensemen."

The Penguins have been linked to Dallas Stars veteran Johnny Oduya and Detroit Red Wings rearguard Brendan Smith, both of whom are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1.

 
 
 

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