Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic making a save during a game.
Pittsburgh's goaltending situation is in focus as trade rumors swirl around Nedeljkovic. Could the backup be dealt at the deadline?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are drowning in disappointment. Seven points out of a playoff spot and reeling from a disastrous stretch, their postseason hopes are fading fast. As the NHL trade deadline looms, a question arises: could backup goalie Alex Nedeljkovic become a valuable trade chip?

Nedeljkovic, 28, is an intriguing trade candidate for several reasons. First, he’s playing well. After a forgettable stint with Detroit, he’s found his groove in Pittsburgh, posting a 9-4-3 record with a stellar 2.54 GAA and .919 SV%. As a pending unrestricted free agent, he presents an opportunity for contenders seeking immediate goaltending depth without long-term commitment.

Struggling Pens Could Turn Seller: Is Nedeljkovic on the Block?

Then there’s the Penguins’ predicament. If they fail to claw their way back into contention, selling at the deadline becomes more likely. Dealing Nedeljkovic frees up cap space (he carries a $1.5 million cap hit) and allows Tristan Jarry to shoulder the starting duties full-time.

Potential Landing Spots:

  • Colorado Avalanche: Despite Alexandar Georgiev’s stellar play in net, backup Ivan Prosvetov has struggled in net and makes Nedeljkovic a valuable insurance policy.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Stuart Skinner’s inconsistency raises concerns. Nedeljkovic could push Calvin Pickard for the backup role and offer championship experience.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Their goaltending is a question mark. Nedeljkovic provides depth and familiarity with the Metropolitan Division.

These are just a few possibilities. Remember, the trade market is fluid, and other teams could emerge as suitors.

Final Word:

Nedeljkovic’s future remains uncertain. One thing’s for sure: his performance and contract status make him a trade deadline storyline to watch. Stay tuned to our website for the latest Penguins news, salary cap information, and Pittsburgh Penguins TV broadcast details!

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