Bringing in Brenden Morrow does not mean the Penguins are done.
Far from it, actually.
They have nearly unlimited resources to make more moves before the April 3 NHL trade deadline. Consider:
= The Reserve List, which counts for players under contract, maxes out at 50. The Penguins are at 46.
= Even with Morrow in fold, they had room to around $20 million in players as of Monday, and that prorated figure will increase daily before April 3.
= There are other prospects in the system – specifically on defense, and look at history to show what those players can get a club – that could be moved.
GM Ray Shero is targeting a center for the fourth line and defensive help, and he would probably not shy away from another bottom-six winger, too.
He wants to upgrade his penalty kill, which was 20th overall as of Monday.
He knows the East, which he described a having a lot of good teams, is there for the taking.
Shero also knows that Sidney Crosby has not looked this healthy and this dominant since late in 2009, and that he wants not to waste that.
Shero isn’t all in – he is not going to sell the farm to get another rental player – but he is going hard after the improvements he feels are necessary to give the Penguins a chance to reclaim the East, and maybe the Cup.
Clearly, there is a mandate from Shero: Three straight losses to lower-seeded playoff opponents will not do.
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Rob Rossi covers the Penguins and NHL for Trib Total Media and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib.