Opinion: Penguins need some help

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have won a total of five Stanley Cup championships.

Zach Wiatrowski, Staff Writer

The Penguins are in dire need of some help coming off the all-star break.

The team is currently 25-16-9 with about half the season remaining.

While Sidney Crosby has had a good season at 61 points, basically the rest of the team has been struggling. Bryan Rust only has 31 points, and the entirety of the bottom six has managed only 75 points. Jake Guentzel has had an off season as well, averaging around a point per game.

The team has been riddled with injuries, leaving the defense in shambles and Tristain Jarry playing in only 27 games. While Jarry has been impeccable this year, Casey DeSmith has not been, with a save percentage of .905 in 23 games played.

The Penguins need to do something before the trade deadline. But a cap dump will have to be included, with the team only having around a million and a half left to sign players.

Brian Dumoulin could be a great player to get rid of, because of his poor production and his $4,100,000 cap hit. Teams like the Arizona Coyotes and the Canucks could use him because of their need for defense.

There have also been talks of maybe getting a player like Brock Boeser of the Canucks in place of Jeff Carter – who could not be any worse with 19 points and very slow skating. Boeser would be a good fit for a team that needs a third-line center .

The Penguins did manage to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday. They played very poorly in the first two periods, but came up in the third period and overtime.

Getting those two points was crucial in the standing race, but problems are still in the air.