I think Sheahan could be someone who plays on another level in a new situation, especially Pittsburgh. What’re your thoughts?
— Devyn Pincin (@dpinc22) September 24, 2017
I was going to do my opening write-up on this, so it’s cool that someone asked it.
I don’t think that Sheahan is as bad as his stat-line indicated last season.
He’s not a two goal in 80 games player, but he’s no elite third line center, either. Sheahan is pretty decent defensively and he’s a very good faceoff guy. I think he could probably score 10-15 goals in Pittsburgh surrounded by good players. However, I don’t want him as the Penguins third line center come playoff time.
If I’m being honest, I think the Penguins might pick Sheahan up now as the temporary third line center and eventually make a subsequent move to get someone better before the trade deadline.
I know that according to Jason Mackey and Eliotte Friedman that the Penguins are interested in banned KHL winger Danis Zaripov. I know they want to make Malkin happy, but I find it hard to believe that the Penguins would be interested in Zaripov if they didn’t have another move in mind.
My thought, and this is completely speculation, is that the Penguins might acquire Sheahan and sign Zaripov, then trade one of their many talented wingers for a true 3C or some defensive help. The Penguins have a serious surplus at wing, so I have no clue why they’d want to bring in Zaripov unless they want to use one of their current wingers as a trade chip.
Again, this is just my baseless idea, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about.
I think when the Sheahan domino falls, a few other might follow close behind.