Early rumblings of huge potential trade between Leafs and Penguins.

Early rumblings of huge potential trade between Leafs and Penguins.

Will Penguins general manager Kyle Dubas make a huge trade with his former team?

Jonathan Larivee

A National Hockey League insider has made a very bold prediction, one that could foretell a truly massive trade involving Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Kyle Dubas and his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Penguins currently find themselves near the very bottom of the NHL's Metropolitan Division and with the prospect of the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs looking less and less likely by the day, there are many who expect the Penguins to be sellers ahead of the upcoming trade deadline. Among those is Penguins insider Josh Yohe, who recently revealed he believes the Penguins could move one of their goaltenders prior to the deadline.

"The Penguins almost certainly won’t make the playoffs at this point, and right now, their team strength is goaltending," wrote Yohe in The Athletic. "I could see Tristan Jarry or Alex Nedeljkovic being moved before the deadline."

Alex Nedeljkovic being moved on an expering contract wouldn't be the biggest move in the world, but the decision to move on from Tristan Jarry would be an entirely different story.

Dubas himself signed Jarry to a 5 year contract this past summer and Jarry is currently in the first year of his new deal, one that carries an average annual value and cap hit of $5.375 million per season. Jarry is a goaltender with significant term and as a result the Penguins would no doubt be seeking a huge return in such a trade.

Yohe also named 3 teams he believes could be in the mix for either goaltender, and far and away the most interesting name on the list was that of Dubas' former team in Toronto.

"Many teams — Toronto, Carolina and Colorado, among many others — could use a boast between the pipes and might be willing to pay quite a price for Jarry or Nedeljkovic," wrote Yohe.

Whether or not the Maple Leafs would be willing to pay a premium to upgrade their goaltender after inconsistent play from starting goaltender Ilya Samsonov remains to be seen. Jarry coming with several years of control however could be enough to entice the Maple Leafs to try and stabilize their goaltending.

Jarry is having a solid season in spite of the Penguins' struggles, recording a 2.46 goals against average and a .916 save percentage over 37 appearances for the Penguins this season.

Perhaps one of the greatest hurdles to overcome in such a trade would be the desire from both sides to appear as though they have won the trade. Given the history between the Maple Leafs and Kyle Dubas, you can bet that neither party would want to emerge from such a deal with egg on their face.

Further complicating matters here is the matter of Tristan Jarry's 12 team no trade list, a list that could of course include the Maple Leafs.

This seems like a far-fetched trade scenario to be sure, but it certainly would be an exciting one.