• If the Penguins get Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney back at 100 percent, they will have the deepest defensive corps in the NHL. Kris Letang's game has taken leaps since last season. Alex Goligoski has a high IQ on the power play. I think the Penguins will trade one of them because they are such similar players. Pittsburgh will be in a position to get a good player they want/can afford come trade deadline time because they have so many quality defensemen. (Six are Americans.) Another Penguins observation has been Matt Cooke's excellent play with Jordan Staal of late.