Penguins’ Bryan Rust, Justin Schultz bitten by injury bug in Game 2

Injuries just keep piling up for the Penguins.
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Add forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Justin Schultz to that long list of hurt Penguins.

A deal involving Alex Galchenyuk seemed imminent before the Canadiens acquired winger Jonathan Drouin from the Lightning in a pre-draft blockbuster, but that may no longer make sense for the center-starved Habs. The third-overall pick from 2012 has had an up-and-down tenure in Montreal yet still scored 44 points in 61 games last year.

There are questions as to whether Galchenyuk is better suited to play on the wing.

If that’s the case, packaging him in a deal for top-line centers like Colorado’s Matt Duchene or Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would make for the ideal scenario.

Columbus is not alone. Even at 34 and four seasons removed from North American hockey, Kovalchuk’s goal-scoring track record entices. Vegas, Montreal, Minnesota and virtually any team searching for an offensive boost have been connected to varying degrees. The Devils still own Kovalchuk’s NHL rights and could elect to sign him for keeps, even after their sour divorce years ago. Otherwise interested parties will need to pull off a sign-and-trade agreement.

There are still a number of hurdles to clear before the dynamic Russian pulls an NHL sweater over his head next season, but it’s no secret there’s interest. In the latest indication that will be the case, Blue Jackets president John Davidson confirmed his team has been in contact with Kovalchuck’s agent.

Limited Reggie Lewis Jersey I actually had a discussion with Jay Grossman, his agent, today and I told him we’ll be in discussions and Jarmo [Kekalainen] our general manager will be making the decisions, Davidson said Tuesday on Sportsnet 590.