Colligan drops some knowledge in his latest joint about Chris Stewart:
That leaves two possible names that could fit into a potential Stewart deal: Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.
On one hand, it’s wild to even suggest a trade of Orpik. He’s been with the organization his entire career and brings a physical presence that’s unmatched by any other regular defenseman on the current roster.
However, he’s also 32 and plays a physical brand of hockey that can take a toll on the body. At times, Orpik is the most dominant defensive player on the ice. In other games, you can see him battling through the grind of a compact season.
Queue the Penguins Internet Fan Alliance " THE PENGUINS HAVE A NINE GAME WINNING STREAK, THEY SCORE ENOUGH GOALS, BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH."
Colligan's points make sense here. Like he says, at a fair price, Stewart does makes sense. And to compound on that for the future, Dupes, TK, and Cooke are all up for new deals this off-season. Now, so is Stewart ( RFA Arb elligble.) So how that plays out for Shero is another thing.
Either way if the price is right, it'd be hard to imagine Shero not making a move if he thought he could get Stewart. You can read the whole piece by Colligan here.