On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins made an unexpected deal with an in-division rival, sending John Marino

Even though Marino was one of the most sought-after defenders on the Penguins' roster, his move to a division rival is what's most surprising about it

With Kris Letang, Chad Ruhwedel, and Mark Friedman on the right side of the defense, the Pittsburgh Penguins

Hextall and the Penguins are clearly preparing to trade a left-handed defender by making this move. The good news for the Penguins is that

With 12 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders on the roster, Pittsburgh has just over $4 million in cap space.

At this point, Marino is a superior player than the draught pick that went from New Jersey to Pittsburgh.

The Penguins believe they can get more from Smith in a new environment and as he develops. Though he did not have a great season in 2021-22

While we'll have a lot more on Smith and the details of this deal later, we can say for now that the Penguins have made yet another