Matt Hunwick learned Saturday morning that he is reportedly being dangled as trade bait ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline. "That’s the first I’ve heard of it," said the Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman, when Darren Dreger’s tweet about his availability on the market was relayed to him by a reporter. Hunwick inked a three-year, $6.75-million deal with the two-time defending champions this summer but has been unable to get into the lineup since Jan. 23. "Anytime you’re out, you want to be back in, no matter the circumstances," said Hunwick, who maintains he’s in good health after dealing with an upper-body injury. "You kinda learn that negativity doesn’t serve you that well. It’s better to be positive, get your work in and be ready for that next opportunity. That’s how you survive, how you be a good teammate. That’s what I learned early on and what I’ve done throughout my career, and it’s part of the reason I’m still here." Hunwick, 32, ranks fifth among Penguins defencemen in average ice time (18:08). The stay-at-home defender has contributed three goals, two assists and holds a minus-3 rating over 33 appearances this season.
Penguins’ Matt Hunwick responds to trade rumours
Sportsnet | Feb 17