Even though the Stanley Cup playoffs have yet to conclude and we have yet to crown a champion, for teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, eyes have been on the offseason for quite some time now.
Without a general manager in place at the moment, that means other clubs will begin showing interest in current Penguins free agents long before a plan for the Pens is even in place.
Engelland is 32 and not coming off a very good season.
OilersNation.com broke down the Corsi percentage of the defensemen who have played decent time with Engelland since he first broke into the NHL in 2009:
That doesn’t paint a pretty picture as everyone has ended up worse while playing with Engelland.
Engelland is a decent depth piece for a team looking for a physical third-pairing type of player, but that shouldn’t be the Pens as allowing Engelland to walk won’t hurt them much with the overall depth of young defensemen currently in the system.
It goes without saying that Engelland would draw some interest around the league this summer but it is quite odd seeing him linked to a team already.