Hextall draws limits on Penguins trade deadline

No selling, no expensive rentals. GM Ron Hextall drew lines on the coming Pittbsurgh Penguins trade deadline plans.

The Penguins are trending in the wrong direction in almost every direction just days before the March 3 NHL trade deadline. The lack of a restorative Penguins trade has fans chanting for the GM to be fired, the team is losing with regularity, and the team is so close to the salary cap that not even waiving Kasperi Kapanen on Friday freed enough room to activate defenseman Jan Rutta for Saturday’s game against St.Louis.

Following the public display of fan anger during the embarrassing 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Hextall hosted a quickly called an unexpected press conference at the Penguins’ practice facility in Cranberry.

Thursday night, a small group of fans began chanting “Fire Hextall,” and the chorus quickly spread to much of the arena.

“It doesn’t impact me at all. I understand the fans’ frustrations. We have high expectations as well, and we haven’t met them,” Hextall said. “So I totally get it. When you’re a GM, you know what you’re signing up for. We work in the public eye, and they pay good money to come to the rink, and they certainly have the right to say whatever they choose. So it’s not going to affect anything I do or don’t …. since I was 22 and came into the league, criticism is part of the business, and you have to deal with it.”

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