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Pens continue to deal, send Michalek to Phoenix

Jun 22, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT


The busiest man at the 2012 NHL Draft? Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero.

After orchestrating the Jordan Staal trade and making two first-round selections in Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta, Shero went back to the trading game by flipping defensman Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix in exchange for prospect Harrison Ruopp plus a 3rd-round pick this year (81st) and goalie Marc Cheverie.

(Oh yeah, Shero’s also angling for Zach Parise.)

The move represents a homecoming for Michalek, who spent four years in Phoenix following the lockout. The 29-year-old is in the midst of a deal that pays $4 million annually and expires in 2015.

Of note, Michalek had an eight-team no-trade list.

For Phoenix, the move could be seen as a precursor to dealing Keith Yandle, one of the hotter rumors leading up to Friday’s draft. Several team have expressed interest in the 25-year-old All Star defenseman, who has a deal that runs through 2015-16 with a $5.25 million cap hit (the Coyotes inked him last July.)

  1. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Who has an 8 team no trade clause?
    If others have it do you think they all haw the same 8 teams on their list.

  2. blkeskimo1785 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    From whence he came.

  3. sigep316 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Would love to see the Blues get Yandle.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Yandle-Pietrangelo would be one of the best pairings in the entire League. I want to see this.

  4. virusgvr - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    I’m sure glad I bought that Stall jersey from the Winter Classic about a year or so

  5. heyzeus143 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    wrong kid died, Paul Martin next please, and that’s a Dewey cox reference – I don’t want Paul Martin to die

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      “maybe bob dylan sounds a lot like me!”

  6. biasedhomer - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    So the Pens are willing to pay Parise, Malkin, and Crosby(new contract) 25M in cap space per year? One third of the cap space to 3 players?

    • raoool - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Mario has already sent his appeal to the PA State hockey fund – they’ve threatened to leave unless the state kicks in a couple dozen $mil for player salaries

  7. proudliberal85392 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Nice to see Z back where he belongs.

    • wisbadgers - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Maloney said that he won’t trade Yandle for less than a 1st line center.
      FYI, how deep are the Yotes on defense. Larsson, Yandle, Michalek, and we haven’t even spoke of Gomerly waiting to be called up.

      • seanpkenyon - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:21 AM

        …or Ekman-Larrson, Rundblad, Summers, Stone and Murrphy.

        The Coyotes are set for the next 5-10 years on the back end.

  8. bowens3181 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I get how they have the cap space, but in order to sign Parise they would have to commit at least $40 million to 6 players (Parise, Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Neal, Fleury). Granted those are a very good 6 players, but the rest of their team would be absolutely awful. It makes more sense that the moves today simply give them more money to resign Crosby, Malkin, and Letang when their contracts expire in the next couple years, and to shore up some of the positions that they are weak in. As dangerous as Parise would make their top line, it would handicap their salary cap situation for a very long time

    • danphipps01 - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      I factor in three things: one, the cap may be up to over $70 million next year, and in the absence of indications of changing that plan, the GMs are likely just going to work on the assumption that that’s what it’ll be. This gives them the room, at least in the short term, to put such a team together – and they’re a team hungry for a Cup run right now.

      Two, they have a load of bright young prospects – all of whom can be called up and signed to cheap, cap-friendly rookie contracts as needed. It’s not a long-term solution, but the Blackhawks rode cheap ELCs to a Cup in the short term and that’s what the Pens want.

      Three, Shero’s known for wheeling and dealing, a reputation he reinforced in a big way today – and if he were to offer up one or two of those high-priced stars, say, two years down the road, he’d have every GM calling. He’d be able to clear space and deliver cap relief easily enough. If he needed to shed one of those pending RFAs, that’d probably be pretty easy too. There are always takers, and Shero doesn’t hesitate to deal.

  9. xjokerz - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    Parise is going to Detroit. I thought everyone knew this ?

  10. murtdurt - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    @danphillips nailed it. There will always be takers, especially for offense. In 2 years guys like Neal and Parise will still be worth something and gm’s will still be willing to take on whatever contracts they have. Plus I think people forget offense isn’t what Pittsburg needs with or without staal. They can put the puck in the net but keeping it out is a different story. With all the cap space now, and no disrespect to minny fans because I think they have a very real shot I think shero throws the bank at Suter. If I’m him and I have the choice between winning and money as opposed to just cash I take the chance of winning any day. July 1 we all find out

  11. redux12 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    So..what are they planning about doing on defense next year??

    • bru308 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      The Pens?…. This is simply addition by subtraction. Michalek never lived up to his contract, good riddance. Make room for Depres or a FA

      • wisbadgers - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Who is Depres?

      • wisbadgers - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Nevermind, Simon Depres, figured it out seconds after my post. LMAO.

  12. govtminion - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I’m impressed with the bold moves Shero has made the past two days, but… I feel like this is a huge gamble on his part. He’s obviously clearing space to bring in a big free agent- so what if it doesn’t work? What if Parise decides to sign in (for the sake of example) Minnesota, Suter heads to Detroit, etc.- and Shero is stuck with a gaping hole in his team where he’d planned on plugging in the new guy?

    It’s a bold move, like I said, and I like it, but if it doesn’t pay off losing guys like Michalek and Staal is going to look pretty bad in retrospect. It will be very interesting to see what cooks up in Pittsburgh in the next couple of weeks.

  13. joerevs300 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I like what Ray Shero is doing. There was no way he could pay Crosby, Malkin and Staal, and he wasn’t going to get more for Staal by waiting. The Pens have a greater farm system now, and have more than enough talent on offense to thrive in their division/conference.

    Defense is definitely a concern; they are almost like the OKC Thunder in that regard. But they can improve and get better. They met the one team (PHI) which could exploit them in the first round. That happens.

    I bet you there are plenty of fans on other teams that WISH their GM would do something more than stand pat and/or sign guys who are 4th liners, vs. what Shero just did.

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