It’s no surprise that being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs left the faithful crying for change and shaped the Pittsburgh Penguins’ off-season. GM Jim Rutherford initially raised eyebrows by hinting that anyone except Sidney Crosby could be moved. The emotion ebbed some, but Rutherford still shook things up by shipping the productive but one-dimensional Phil Kessel to Arizona in exchange for left winger Alex Galchenyuk and defense prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
The Penguins also traded defenseman Olli Maatta to Chicago for center Dominik Kahun and signed free-agent left winger Brandon Tanev, moves that helped address a glut of defenders, salary-cap concerns and a need for more options up front that could improve scoring balance and address the retiremen...
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