With 40% of the season in the books, you would think that the Penguins management would be satisfied with being tied for third in league standings. The 2016/2017 President's Trophy winner knows all too well that the regular season means nothing when the post season rolls around. The brass seems to be displeased with recent losses to Eastern Conference rivals the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes. 

"We can't be getting shelled by teams that we need to beat down the stretch. Our team D has been suspect this year. We need to stick to playing our game if we hope to win it all," said captain, Sidney Crosby.

Pittsburgh's 5-on-5 play has been abysmal at best this season. The team averages 29 shots against per game (24th in the league). 

Matt Murray has easily been the teams most valuable player this season. He currently has a 2.32 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

"We have hung Matt and Curt out to dry lately. We haven't been winning 50/50 battles in our own zone. If it wasn't for goaltending, we wouldn't be where we are," added defender, Adam Larsson.  

Beat writers following the franchise wonder whether the team's GM could be working the phone lines over the holiday. The team could benefit from adding more depth throughout the lineup - particularly on the back end.

While the Penguins should not feel rushed to pursue a trade, the team's GM made it transparent that he is listening.

"We aren't really in the position to make a big move. However, if we can improve our lineup without drastically shaking up our core, we will make a deal. We need to stay competitive. We want to be feared."