A quick update, perhaps the last one before the NHL trade deadline expires at 3 p.m.:
>> The Penguins are NOT convinced Vancouver is sold on moving C Ryan Kesler. They believe Canucks ownership prefers to keep Kesler and chase a playoff spot, which would mean at least two games of postseason revenue, and re-explore moving Kesler in the summer.
>> GM Ray Shero’s developmental staff has lobbied hard that D Derrick Pouliot not be included in any deal. Pouliot, a first-round pick in 2012, is viewed by several members of the staff as perhaps being ready to make an Olli Maatta-like jump to the NHL next season – if not for the start, then sometime during.
>> The Penguins were in on Oilers RW Ales Hemsky, but were hesitant to pay a heavy price for a rental player. Also, they did not have the second-round pick that Edmonton craved.
>> If acquiring a rental player, the Penguins would prefer to go in the direction of a puck-moving defenseman.
>> On the positive side, asking prices are said to be decreasing as the deadline approaches.
>> Shero was described by somebody as “waiting to pounce… it’s what he does best.”
>> Have not heard anything linking Penguins to LW Thomas Vanek. Know that’s out there, but if so, Penguins are keeping it quiet.
Be EXCELLENT to each other,