Michael Russo's NHL short takes

  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 7:41 PM

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Trade talk

With Pittsburgh eager to move Chris Kunitz back to a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, the Penguins could be in the market for a right winger to skate with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis.

One player who could foot the bill? The Wild's Devin Setoguchi. It's unclear if the Penguins are interested, but trading Setoguchi would create a spot for prospects Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle or Johan Larsson.

The Wild also could use another defenseman and, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, smooth-skating 6-4 defenseman Simon Despres, a 2009 Penguins first-rounder, could be trade bait.

Coach vs. Willie

Kings old-school coach Darryl Sutter took a couple of potshots at Los Angeles veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, a former Wild player, for not yet returning from offseason knee surgery.

"You know what, he's got doctor's clearance. He's got trainers' clearance. Coaches want him to clear himself. So do it," Sutter said.

Mitchell said, "When I come back I don't want to come back, play the next couple of games and then it swells up and be out."

Goalies coming and going

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo going to Florida still makes the most sense. He wants to go there (and controls that with a no-trade clause); he owns a home in Parkland; and his in-laws own a popular restaurant in Coral Springs.

Oh, and the Panthers might need a goalie.

But there will continue to be rumors of Luongo to Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia and Edmonton until he is ultimately dealt.

• Goalie Devan Dubnyk has been part of Edmonton's system for eight years. Asked at what point he finally would be considered a No. 1 by fans and the media, Dubnyk joked, "Probably when I'm 39 or 40 and about ready to hang 'em up."

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