Jason Mackey's Penguins chat: 8.3.17
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GregR
1:31
Hey Jason, Hornquist, will not be back after this year ?  UFA and will b overwhelmed with an offer Pens cant match....prob hoping Aston-Reese will b ready to replace his physical play at much lower rate?
Jason Mackey
1:32
Yes, correct. Aston-Reese and others should be able to give the Penguins what they were getting out of Hornqvist, and I'm willing to bet another team will throw more money at Hornqvist than they're comfortable matching.
Tristan
1:32
Do the Penguins have the assets to acquire Radek Faksa (DAL) for their 3C position?  The Stars are one of the few teams that have a surplus down the middle.
Jason Mackey
1:33
Faksa is a really good player, and the Stars just re-signed him for three years. Given their structure and that deal ... man, I have a really tough time seeing them trade him at this point. Would take a lot. And, no, I don't think it would make sense for the Penguins to do it.
Tristan
1:33
How attractive are the Penguins to Will Butcher?  His agent says he is looking for a team that offers him a path to the NHL in 1-2 years.
Jason Mackey
1:34
Very. Butcher's agent, Brian Bartlett, said some of that to me. They absolutely have his attention. ... As well they should given what they've done winning two Cups and doing it with young college products.
Guest
1:34
What about the college free agent Johnson as an option at 3C? I thought they really liked him at development camp? I've also heard ZAR talked about as if he could be a 3C. Any chance for him?
Jason Mackey
1:34
I think Adam Johnson is a fine player, but I think he would be in over his head at 3C. As the year progresses, maybe he nudges his way into the conversation, but it's a little above where he's at right now. ... ZAR is a winger. He played center in college, but they'd like to keep him on the wing.
Jerry
1:35
Why do some dismiss Sheary's productivity as inflated due to playing with Crosby; whereas Guentzel's output is viewed differently?
Jason Mackey
1:36
Not quite sure, Jerry. And what's wrong with Sheary's productivity being aided by Crosby? He led the NHL in Points/60 five-on-five. That's pretty good. And for years people complained that they couldn't get anyone to play with Sid. Well, Sheary can, and now he's getting criticized for it? That doesn't make sense. The only knock against Sheary I could see is that he's not much of a bottom-six contributor. You pretty much have to play him in your top-six or he's fairly ineffective.
Lukas
1:36
Do you think the Penguins have a good chance to land Will Butcher?
Jason Mackey
1:36
I think they have a very good chance to land Will Butcher.
Peter
1:36
Jason... as we ponder the several new acquisitions to the Penguins roster, which players do you feel might possibly make the more significant contributions to the team?
Jason Mackey
1:37
My answer hasn't changed from Matt Hunwick.
Timtimdabucketboy
1:37
What would a team have to offer for a Crosby Malkin Trade?
Jason Mackey
1:37
Maybe the team itself? Several islands? Even then I don't think it's happening.
Lukas
1:37
Do you think Antoine Vermette could be available and would fit the Penguins needs?
Jason Mackey
1:38
What's with the ancient center talk here? Ha. He's available, sure. But I'm not sure they're looking for someone who was a healthy scratch for a bunch during the playoffs last year. They can do better than Antoine Vermette.
Guest
1:39
They can fit in Duchene fine if they trade Maatta or Hagelin or Hornqvist. Ryan Wilson's latest blog has called for the Pens to trade Maatta. He's regressed and Wilson apparently doesn't think he'll improve. Do you agree and more importantly, do you think the Pens are open to trading him for a center?
Jason Mackey
1:41
Think about this: Why would Colorado, a rebuilding team, want Carl Hagelin and his six goals that cost $4 million? Especially for Matt Duchene. Colorado wanted Maatta, Sprong and a first-rounder for Duchene. That's not happening. I don't agree with the assertion that Maatta won't improve, pardon the double negative. I don't know how anyone -- whether you're Ryan Wilson, Pope Francis or Chris Langan -- can say that a 22-year-old ISN'T going to improve. That's insane. ... I do think they would be open to the idea of trading him, however.
GregR
1:42
One more question..do u sense a disappointment from Pen mngt. on Prowe and Brtchsn(spelling)...sounded like they were both legit prospects that seem less so now?...I know d-men often take a LONG time to develp (ie Poliet)
Jason Mackey
1:43
Greg, you're 0 for 3. C'mon, man. :-) ... I'm just kidding around. I don't think there's any disappointment on Ethan Prow or Lukas Bengsston. It takes time. Especially at that position. Prow was getting used to life as a pro, and Bengsston had some weird medical issues. I would look for more from them this upcoming season.
Adam
1:43
the rumors of moving maatta have been floating around but I'm wondering why they haven't considered throwing Pouliot into that equation?  He has been up and down numerous times and has some upside to him, but struggles on ice a lot.  I'm wondering if he fits better into a different system?
Jason Mackey
1:43
He could and they might. But try to think about it from the other team's perspective: How wooed are you going to be over Derrick Pouliot at this point?
HB
1:43
if murray got injured would they bring jarry up to be the starter like murray did two years ago when fluery got hurt and they didnt want to start zapkoff.
Jason Mackey
1:44
In the short term, I think they would go with Antti Niemi. But, yes, I think if Murray was going to be out for an extended stretch, they would give Jarry a chance to play regularly, even if it was a 50/50 split with Niemi.
Vlad from St. Pete
1:44
Does Mario's son have any hopes to make it the the big league?  Would be a terrific story...
Jason Mackey
1:45
I'm sure he hopes to do that. It's too early to levy an intelligent opinion either way. He did make huge strides in the past year, I can say that with confidence. I think he still has plenty of development in front of him, but I sure wouldn't bet against the bloodlines.
Radek Faksa
1:45
Hi, I'd like to win a Cup.  Do the Penguins have the assets to acquire me from Dallas?
Jason Mackey
1:45
I don't think so, Radek.
Guest
1:46
Don't you think Rutherford has been saying and doing inconsistent things with regard to the 3C search? I mean first we hear they love Duchene and they made an offer and they are looking to land a better offensive player than Bonino. Next we hear they're not going to pay anything more than $2 mil, and trades have been hard to negotiate because no one's around. Personally, I think their only options are going to be to overpay for someone young that a team has no interest in giving up, or overpay for Duchene, or land someone not much better than Rowney. Why have they left their center depth get so abysmal?
Jason Mackey
1:47
Where do you hear the Penguins comment that they love Duchene? I would love to see that report, first off. ... I don't think they've been inconsistent at all with this. ... I also didn't see the report where they made an offer for Duchene. Another link would be helpful there. ... Jim has said he wants a guy there who has some offense to his game. Not sure he ever said he needed to be better offensively than Bonino. ... The $2 million is open space now. That changes with a trade. I wouldn't get married to that number.
Adam
1:48
Why can't we bring back Jagr and let him finish his career where it started. I wouldn't mind seeing that mullet back in the burgh!
Jason Mackey
1:48
I don't think any fans would mind, either. But fact is, Jagr excels by slowing the game down. The Penguins do the opposite. He doesn't fit. Sorry.
Lukas
1:48
Does Vegas's center depth make them a good trade partner? Haula, Lindberg and Karlsson all see to fit the mold fairly well with reasonable cap hits.
Jason Mackey
1:50
They do, sure. I don't think there's such a thing as a bad trade partner, but trading with Vegas, you better be prepared to give up draft picks. ... Those are also young guys the Golden Knights could conceivably build around. Not sure how eager they're going to be to trade them, but I wouldn't call any team a bad partner at this point.
CAW
1:50
Has there been any talk of trading Ian Cole as part of a package deal to Toronto to get Bozak?  I know they would likely have to give up a draft pick in addition, or maybe a bottom six winger, too, but it seems Hunwick was brought in to fill the same role.  Both Cole and Hunwick are left-handed shots, and probably best suited for 3rd pair duties.  Thanks.
Jason Mackey
1:52
I haven't heard specific talk of that, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Cole would be included in some deal. I don't think they're going to re-sign him after next season. Given Bozak's hit and Cole's salary, that would be cutting it awfully close; it's also lopsided as all getout. The Penguins would have to add something, whether it be a young NHL guy like Wilson or Kuhnhackl, prospects, draft picks or some combination.
dave
1:52
Why do you think they signed Dumo to an 6-year deal but only gave Sheary a 3-year deal?
Jason Mackey
1:52
I think they're probably more sure of what they're getting from Dumoulin than they are Sheary.
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