January 17, 2018 | 11:38am ET
PENGUINS LOOKING FOR DEPTH UP FRONT
Mark Letestu, centre
The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t have much salary cap space to play with, but with the little space they do have, they may use it on a bottom-six forward.
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is believed to be looking for “forward depth,” according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who reported the news on Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN.
The Penguins have just over $935,000 worth of cap space, currently, and that number will double by the Feb. 26 trade deadline, but that doesn’t give them much space to acquire a hefty contract, even if those figures are pro-rated.
McKenzie suggests a player like Edmonton Oilers centre Mark Letestu, who started his NHL career with the Penguins, could be a player Rutherford targets in the coming weeks.
The Penguins have also inquired about Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane, but his asking price is too high for Pittsburgh’s liking, and his $5.25 million cap hit would require at least one roster player going back to the Sabres.
Penguins defenceman Ian Cole is still being used as trade bait and he could be swapped for a bottom-six forward, though the team acquiring Cole, a pending unrestricted free agent, like Letestu, may end up flipping him elsewhere.
Letestu currently ranks 29 on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.