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Kyle Dubas, President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Insider Reports Toronto and Pittsburgh Poised to Make a Big Trade

Published February 24, 2024 at 1:14 PM
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One of the oddest things that happened last offseason was Kuyle Dubas and the Toronto Maple Leafs parting ways, with Dubas taking over as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Following that, Brad Treliving, who had recently been fired by the Calgary Flames, took over in Toronto. Now, an insider says the two teams are in a perfect position to make a big trade.

Insider Lists Potential Trade Between Toronto and Pittsburgh



According to Josh Yohe of The Athletic, with the Penguins almost certainly missing the post season, Dubas is ready to move on from several pieces, including two of his goaltenders.

"The Penguins almost certainly won't make the playoffs at this point, and right now, their team strength is goaltending. I could see Tristan Jarry or Alex Nedeljkovic being moved before the deadline."



Should one or both of them be moved, Yohe lists three teams that will likely be calling Dubas on the phone.

"Many teams — Toronto, Carolina and Colorado, among many others — could use a boast between the pipes and might be willing to pay quite a price for Jarry or Nedeljkovic."

Dubas May be Ready to Deal a Goaltender to his Old Team



A trade involving Dubas and his former team would be a field day for hockey analysts and armchair GMs. Would Treliving, the new top dog for the Leafs, be able to out negotiate the team's former GM. Is Dubas even willing to deal that big of a piece to the team he parted ways last summer? The trade would provide content for days, and even years depending on which players change hands.

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Nedeljkovic started the season with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL. However, he's played in 19 games in 2023-24 with the Penguins, putting up a .915 save percentage, and a 2.67 goals against average. Nedeljkovic is also the cheapest of the two options, as he has a cap hit of $1.5 million and becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Jarry was signed to a new five-year deal worth $5.375 million per season by Dubas when he took over in Pittsburgh. Jarry also has a 12-team no-trade clause in each year of his contract.
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Insider Reports Toronto and Pittsburgh Poised to Make a Big Trade

If both are available, who should Treliving go after?

Jarry7632.6 %
Nedeljkovic4619.7 %
Neither7431.8 %
Not sure3715.9 %
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