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Detroit Red Wings Showing Major Interest In This Player

Published March 5, 2024 at 2:25 PM

In the latest NHL trade rumblings, The Athletic's Josh Yohe reveals that the Detroit Red Wings are leading the pack in showing interest in acquiring Pittsburgh Penguins winger Bryan Rust.

While multiple teams have inquired about Rust, the Red Wings appear to be the most eager suitors. However, despite the interest, Rust's departure from Pittsburgh seems unlikely before Friday's trade deadline, as Penguins GM Kyle Dubas hasn't approached him about waiving his no-move clause.

The Penguins' recent 4-5-1 stretch has raised questions about their direction, with speculation swirling around pending UFA Jake Guentzel as a potential trade asset.

Yohe suggests that trading Guentzel could bring in valuable prospects to rejuvenate the team, but Dubas seems hesitant to part with Rust at this time. With Sidney Crosby's contract nearing its end, a complete rebuild isn't on the agenda, making it unlikely for both Rust and Guentzel to be moved.

Nevertheless, Rust's reasonable contract and impending expiration of his no-move clause in 2025 make him an intriguing target for teams like the Red Wings.

Despite injuries limiting him to 42 games this season, Rust has bounced back from a subpar year, tallying 18 goals and 18 assists. If Detroit maintains their interest, Rust could provide a veteran presence in their top-six, possibly filling the void left by impending UFA Patrick Kane.

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Detroit Red Wings Showing Major Interest In This Player

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