John Buccigross of ESPN first suggested the possibility that the Pittsburgh Penguins might make a play for free agent winger Zach Parise, late of the New Jersey Devils:
Shortly thereafter, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted confirmation of sorts:
Give Penguins general manager Ray Shero credit for making the best out of a seemingly bad situation. By most accounts he received good value for center Jordan Staal, and if moving Staal ultimately helps Pittsburgh land the top forward on the free-agent market, the Pens could end up with a net gain.
UPDATE: Later on Friday night, the Penguins did indeed trade a defenseman, but it was Zbynek Michalek, to the Coyotes. The end result is the same: The team frees up more cap space to pursue a big-name free agent.