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Are Penguins interested in Wild’s Bouchard or Setoguchi?

Feb 15, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild suffered a 4-3 shootout loss on Thursday and forward Cal Clutterbuck left with an undisclosed injury, but there was something else pretty interesting about that contest.

Penguins GM Ray Shero was there while his team got ready for their game in Winnipeg on Friday. Why? The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo suggested that Pittsburgh might be interested in Devin Setoguchi and/or Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo both worked for the Penguins before coming to Minnesota and Pittsburgh is believed to be in the market for a top-six forward. Additionally, Setoguchi and Bouchard have both struggled this season, so maybe Minnesota would be willing to part with one of them in an effort to shake things up.

Of course, that’s all speculation and given that the trade deadline isn’t until April 3, it might be a while before we find out if this theory has legs.

Also, if this all sounds oddly familiar, it might be because Canucks GM Mike Gillis recently scouted a Washington Capitals’ game, which led to rumors about a possible Roberto Luongo trade. Capitals GM George McPhee later passionately denied any interested in Luongo.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Yeo’s still Shero’s boy. The Pens have tried everyone so far on Malkin’s line, I guess they just aren’t happy with what they are seeing. They called up Bennett who was a first rounder recently, I think everyone’s hoping that works…but they also traded Lovejoy and Tangradi so it’s been pretty obvious that Shero’s taking steps for a change…

  2. ewoods6 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Tangradi was a big disappointment. Pens were expecting way more from him.

    • f2maestro - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Personally, I never expected Tangradi to be anything more than a 3rd/4th liner but Bylsma and Shero acted like he was something that he wasn’t. He doesn’t use his size well and can’t finish to save his life. Before the Penguins do anything (in my opinion) they should give Jeffrey a real chance on that wing (5 – 10+ games) before they make a move.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        They did give Jeffery a chance. The reason no one noticed him is because he did as much as Tangradi, Kennedy, Boychuk, and Glass……nothing. He’s not even skilled enough to warrant patience if he isn’t producing.

        Jeffery is a center not a wing who doesn’t finish particularly well, is not a top 6 set up man, isn’t overly physical, and while sound defensively is not deserving of a shutdown role on the third line. That makes him an enigma/spot start player when injuries in the bottom 6 occur.

      • jaybaileys - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Ive been saying the same thing why does 15 get no love. The guy has some scoring touch, for some reason Disco Dan doesn’t seem to be a fan.

      • f2maestro - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        I disagree that Jeffrey got a solid chance. Let’s not forget, the two games he played with Geno right before Boychuk came onboard, Jeffrey was playing relatively solid hockey.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Joe Vitale has played solid hockey all year. Does that mean he deserves a re-occuring shot at a top 6 role?

        I’m not trying to be rude but I think supporting guys like Eric Tangradi, Jeffery, and Boychuck is coming from wanting to see the underdog or no name guy succeed. While that notion is noble it’s simply isn’t realistic with those guys. They are what they are…..3rd and 4th liners.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        jeffrey is not the answer. boychuk was cheap and was a good thought but he hasnt put up the pts either despite being a good hustle guy. tangradi was not working. i think the pens are gonna exhaust all options before making a move and calling up Bennett is their last chance of getting production without making a big move. theres plenty of time before the deadline to figure it out without paying out the you know what for someone, hopefully they dont do anything drastic.

    • bigrboland - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Pens fans shouldn’t have expected much. He’s from Philadelphia.

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Yeah tangradi used to be in my league…. He wasn’t great, he got a lot bigger after high school but fact is he was not even the most skilled player on his line in high school… When he got drafted I never expected him to make it far.

    • aso513 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Are you serious? Where did that better player on his line get drafted?

      You can’t just make stuff up.

  4. lordfletcher - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I would guess of the two it would be setoguchi… I can picture seto doing incredibly well if he is on a line that has someone else drawing a lot of attention and allows seto to get into the slot and release his shot… he shows flashes of great potential / ability but its here today gone tomorrow… I could easily see him scoring on a line with malkin or Crosby (if that were to happen)… but the question is are the wild willing to give up on him for possible the last pick in the first round? I would guess so but its hard to tell at this point… zucker would fill the top 6 role easily if pmb or seto were traded.

    • ThatGuy - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      I would imagine the wild are more of looking at one of the penguins many D prospects that the penguins have. Probably not their top two(Pouliot and Morrow) but one of Maata, Despres or Harrington would be my guess.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        i sure hope not depres…he is finally roster ready and the pens need him in the here and now.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Matta or Dumolin and a pick outside of the top 3 rounds for Seto would make sense. Seto is getting 3 mil a year over the next couple of years – probably means that TK gets non tendered but I don’t know how many Pens fans would shed a tear over that.

  5. valoisvipers - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Avoid these two guys like the plague. Neither have lived up to their expectations.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      i agree, i dont like either one for the spot the pens need filled. they need to get a bill guerin, mark recchi veteran type guy again. craig adams is the oldest guy i think and while he is a great 4th liner and pk guy they need a veteran scorer who can work with a malkin/crosby type playmaker. i think they missed the boat by not picking up knuble – he wouldve been perfect IMO.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Put setoguchi with a strong set up man like Crosby or malkin, he will thrive. Worked when he played big jumbo joe!

    • valoisvipers - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      He had one good season and has been living off that ever since.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        I watched him for for years in SJ, trust me he can contribute in a lot of ways. I was shocked when he got traded!

  7. massconn72 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Maybe they should try and get Suter or Parise. Neither of them are doing anything for the Wild.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      parise is doing just fine 11 pts and +1 rating on a team that cant score goals. he is a .81 ppg career guy and he is at .79 right now, he is doing exactly what he is capable of doing, now whether they overpaid for that production is a matter of opinion. he is what he always has been. suter not so much but i think half the hockey world expected that he wouldnt be as good without weber.

  8. jpdoc26 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Let’s just hope Beau Bennett works out. If not, try mixing the lines up with the guys we have. I don’t want to get rid of any of the big time D prospects the Pens have. Why not just use the lines from last season? 9-87-24 and 14-71-18.

  9. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    As the saying goes, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure. Niskanen was basically free candy in the Dallas trade and the Pens turned him around. He still has some improvements to make, but he was playing pretty solid hockey pre-injury. I’d like to see the Pens go after Seto, simply because he’s proven he is capable of putting up decent numbers, and he’s still fairly young. PMB had concussion issues in the past and the last person we need on this team is another Top-6 guy with a soft head.

  10. sjsharks66 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Good for seto! He will put up some good numbers if he goes to the pens.

  11. letsgopens8771 - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Sure, it would be awesome to see one of these guys in a penguins uniform alongside 71 & 18, but the Pens do not need help scoring goals. The focus should be on DEFENSE. I want to see Shero put together a package for a shutdown defenseman. In time, we will find Sullivan’s replacement… hell, it might even be Beau Bennett making his NHL debut tonight! However, the focus should be defense first, and then let the best players in the world (71, 87, 18) do the rest.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      there are so many young guys that could be the next shutdown d man in the pens organization already…you gotta love the one you’re with sometimes

  12. bmscalise - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I don’t know: Bouchard, perhaps. But Seto would still have another year on his contract, and the Pens would have difficulty fitting it in next year. They probably need a rental.

  13. theiss64 - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    They need to move Kunitz back with Malkin and Neil. Put Bennett up with Sid. I’m not a Tangradi fan boy, but I don’t think they gave him (or any of the other fill-ins) a fair chance on the 2nd line. You need a good 8-10 games to develop some chemistry…especially with the tiny preseason we had. Kunitz, Geno, Neil was lights out last year…and Sid could turn Shaq into a 25 goal scorer on his wing. I’m looking forward to seeing what Bennett can do.
    With that said…I wouldn’t mind Setoguchi in Black and Vegas Gold. Send Niskinan and a pick?

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