Just stopping by from Pensburgh, but I thought of a potential trade that could really help both the Penguins and the Sharks.
Now first of all, on the East Coast, I don't get to see nearly enough of the Sharks as I would like. Most of the time, I'm forced to catch highlights or read things. Anyway, from my knowledge, and please correct me if I'm making things up, the Sharks should be looking to add a puck-moving defenseman at some point to assist in your Stanley Cup dreams. I believe we have your answer.
The Penguins are a team that has had a surplus of puck-moving defensemen over the past few seasons. Ray Shero is strangely obsessed with them. Even now, 3-4 of our defensemen could be considered mobile, puck-moving d-men. Ben Lovejoy has been a fairly nice fit at #6. Kris Letang has really taken the next step after signing a new contract last spring. Paul Martin just signed on for 5 years. Which brings me to Alex Goligoski.
Go-Go as we call him is your prototype mobile puck mover.
While he may be a bit undersized at 6-nothing, there's no question he has a lot of offensive upside and can make excellent passes up ice out of his own end. As a very fluid skater, he can also lug the puck himself, although he still needs to work out the kinks there. So what price? I think that's obvious.
The Penguins have been on an ongoing conquest to find a winger to play on a top line. Devin Setoguchi would be almost an ideal fit for the Crosby line. No offense meant to Pascal Dupuis - he's played mostly admirably this year - but he's just not the man for a top line in the NHL.
Both players have a nearly identical cap hit - Setoguchi at 1.8 and Goligoski at 1.833, although Gogo is under contract for an additional year. Both players are not without flaws either. You're all aware of Setoguchi's offensive struggles this season. Gogo isn't physical at all and was just removed from the Pens' top power play unit. But to me, this move would be very beneficial to both teams, because if it is indeed a puck moving defenseman you're after, Goligoski is your answer.
What do you say?