Proposed Penguin trades: Day 3.

Everyday until the trade deadline we'll post a proposed Penguins trade. You can send yours in over email to
But don't bother sending just the trade proposal. We want a detailed post with cap numbers, reasoning, etc.


From reader John K.


Teams: Pittsburgh/Chicago

To Chicago: Paul Martin, Brent Johnson, 5th Round Conditional Pick
To Pittsburgh: Patrick Sharp, 3rd Round Pick

Reasoning: These two teams, almost always playoff-favorites, have needs that the other can fill. Chicago this year has been terrible on the back end. A fairly talented defenseman and a rental goaltender looking could help them. Scoring more goals can always help the Pens, especially considering that there is only one James Neal once Crosby-Malkin provide that "one-two punch" that they are so good at doing. The pick to Chicago can be a Bill Guerin-style pick, moving up round by round based on how far the Pens go in the playoffs.


Patrick Sharp: $1,222,703

Paul Martin: $1,567,568
Brent Johnson: $188,108


Both teams under the cap.


The trade fills issues that both teams can face. The Pens can get something for Brent Johnson (UFA this summer) and can dump Martin's contract. Whichever Pens center doesn't get Neal can have Sharp, a proven goal scorer. The only potential downside is that the Pens may have to work some more deals prior to resigning Neal this summer and to free up space for the impending UFA status of Crosby/Staal the following year, but overall a solid trade.