Minor trade today and other rumblings

In a seemingly minor trade today, the Pens sent Paul Thompson to the Blue Jackets organization in exchange for Spencer Machacek, who will be heading to Wilkes-Barre. We couldn’t pick either of these guys out of a lineup, so there’s no way to know what’s going on. Thankfully, Highland Park Hockey has a nice writeup on the trade.
With the pending return of Vokoun, Bennett, and Vitale, the Pens’ salary-cap situation is going to get really interesting. James Conley had an excellent article a few days ago about what the Pens may have to do as the trade deadline and playoffs draw near.
And you can now add Kris Letang’s mysterious ailment to all of this. Thankfully, during his downtime in Sochi, Ray Shero can start arranging the pieces in preparation for the homestretch beginning three weeks from today.