By Shane Darrow on July 14, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins have made some great moves during the offseason, but there is still ample time for Pens GM Jim Rutherford to make some roster changes that could shake up the lineup. Here are five roster moves that they could still make before the puck drops for the 2014-15 regular season.
With Tomas Vokoun pursuing other options in free agency, the Penguins could sign a goaltender to serve as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup. Martin Brodeur is still on the market and would be a great mentor for the 29-year-old starter in Pittsburgh.
If the Penguins don't add a top-six forward by the start of next season, Kasperi Kapanen could be the guy to play on the wing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. There's a lot of risk in playing a rookie with the best player in the world, but Kapanen's speed and vision on the ice could help Crosby have another 100-point season.
Brian Dumoulin is one of two players at the Penguins' prospect developmental camp who saw time in the NHL last year, but this upcoming season would be the perfect time to finally make him an NHL regular. The Penguins will be without Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, who both signed with the Washington Capitals, next season, so it's time for the young defensemen in the Penguins' organization to step up and play with the big boys.
The current top priority for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford should be re-signing Brandon Sutter, who made $ 2.7 million last season and is crucial to their depth down the middle of the ice. Sutter is one of the most effective third-line centers in the NHL and an extremely underrated penalty killer. Center depth is becoming the recipe for success, and if the Penguins want to make a run at the Stanley Cup, Sutter will need to be wearing black and gold.
It's difficult to gauge how much weight Rob Scuderi would hold on the trade market, but after seeing the amount of money thrown at former Penguins defensemen so far, one would have to think that it's a lot. The biggest hole in the Penguins' roster is that they're missing that oh-so-important top-six guy to complement either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. With the Pens' depth at defense, Scuderi could easily be replaced if he is sent elsewhere.
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