B21 Posted September 13, 2017 Share Posted September 13, 2017 @nossagog - I bucked up for an online subscription to the P-G. Just got tired of "Oh look - a good article!" only to remember my 15 freebies expired. Cppied the article from this morning... Quote An intriguing and realistic possibility has emerged in the Penguins’ prolonged search for a third-line center: Riley Sheahan, currently with the Detroit Red Wings. The struggling Wings, who are currently projected to be more than $3 million over the salary cap, have been receiving plenty of calls on Sheahan, multiple industry sources confirmed. It’s believed the Penguins have been one of them, although it’s worth noting that they routinely do their due diligence on available players. Would Sheahan fit? Very possibly, yes. Is a deal imminent? That’s tougher to say. But it’s doubtful it would take much to get one done. Consider that Sheahan will make just $2.075 million in 2017-18, which is well within the Penguins’ price range; they currently have $3.28 million in space according to CapFriendly.com. Detroit is also looking for young defensemen, and the Penguins happen to have a former first-round pick who might benefit from a change of scenery in Derrick Pouliot. Regardless of how the deal is consummated, the Penguins could stand to benefit from Sheahan’s historically bad 2016-17 season, the classic case of buying a stock at its lowest point. Sheahan didn’t score until the final game of the season and finished as a minus-29, worst on the Red Wings and fourth-worst league-wide. He totaled 13 points despite playing all but two games. The 25-year-old also produced just three power-play points despite averaging 1:07 of ice time with the man-advantage over those 80 games. Those aren’t spectacular numbers, so the question naturally becomes, why in the world would the Penguins want this guy? For one, Sheahan scored 14 goals and added 25 points in 81 games in 2015-16. He had 36 goals in 202 games his first three seasons in the league, too. At 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, Sheahan has solid size, even if he has been unable to take advantage of it. Sheahan also won a career-best 50.6 percent of his faceoffs last season and averaged :52 per game on the penalty kill, must-haves for a potential third-line center. Lastly, the matchups he saw in Detroit would look drastically different than what he would draw in Pittsburgh, with opposing teams dedicated to stopping Sidney Crosby’s and Evgeni Malkin’s lines. Taking on Sheahan would be similar to what the Penguins did with Justin Schultz, plucking him from a bad Edmonton team at the time of the trade, essentially rebuilding his game and confidence from the ground up. The Penguins have the development staff to do it. It also doesn’t hurt that Sheahan went to Notre Dame, the same as Ian Cole, Bryan Rust and Thomas Di Pauli. Again, if Detroit is looking to move Sheahan — it sure sounds like they are — and the Penguins are staying active on the market for a third-line center, which general manager Jim Rutherford has long professed to be doing, it may not be long before these two dance partners hit the floor. Jason Mackey: email@example.com and Twitter @JMackeyPG. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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