In his widely read 30 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman suggests that Matt Cullen of Minnesota could be a trade target for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Last week the Pittsburgh Penguins had a game in Winnipeg, and eyebrows were raised when it was reported Pens general manager Ray Shero showed up at a Minnesota Wild game the night before Pittsburgh was playing. In many ways, it could be innocuous, Minnesota’s practically on the way, and for Shero it may have been nothing more than to get a peek with his own eyes at Western conference teams and see some old friends.

Ah, yes, the last part is intriguing, isn’t it? Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is a long-time friend and past employee of Shero’s, as is Wild head coach Mike Yeo, who broke into the coaching ranks with the Pens. That doesn’t necessarily mean TRADE TRADE TRADE, but it does set the stage quite nicely.

A lot of Penguin fans focused on Devin Setoguchi, a still younger winger with a history of scoring goals in the NHL, but has seemed a little pushed out of Minnesota’s long-term plans with the signing of Zach Parise and young rising stars like Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle crowding top six minutes in the future. Sort of sounds like a James Neal junior, to get a promising but somewhat inconsistent young winger, with a track-record of some success and plug in with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and see what happens.