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Galchenyuk's time in Pittsburgh may be short lived according to one insider

6 novembre 2019
There's no question the Pittsburgh Penguins took a huge risk when they shipped Phil Kessel to Arizona during the latest offseason in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk. Kessel is an established scorer, while Galchenyuk, at 25, is still trying to reach his full potential in the league. Getting sent to Pittsburgh from the Coyotes should have been a fresh start for the forward, but at least one insider believes his time playing along side the likes of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby could be short.

Josh Yohe, who covers the Penguins for The Athletic, appeared on TVA Sports earlier this week and said he believes Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford may consider placing Galchenyuk back on the trade block. Galchenyuk has only managed six games so far in 2019-20 and has just three assists. Yohe says a bad season likely means Galchenyuk will not be re-signed in Pittsburgh. Furthermore, a good season means the Pens won't be able to afford him and, again, he'd either be shipped out at the trade deadline or left to free agency in the offseason.

For the former 3rd overall pick in 2012, it seems he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Should he leave Pittsburgh, he'll join his fourth team in his career. He was traded from Montreal, the team that drafted him, two seasons ago in exchange for Max Domi of the Coyotes at the time. He spent just one season in Arizona before being shipped out in the Kessel trade. Galchenyuk's best season in the NHL came in 2015-16, when he managed 30 goals and 56 points. Since then, he's failed to even reach the 20 goal mark again, and only cracked the 30 point mark once.
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