Expansion Draft: Vegas Golden Knights Selections

 

Fleury a Golden Knight The Vegas Golden Knights have officially selected Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury in the expansion draft. Fleury got a standing ovation from those in attendance as the Golden Knights look to make him the early face of the franchise. The Penguins in return have traded Vegas Golden Knights Selections Goaltender Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche Defenseman Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks Forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Arizona Coyotes Defenseman John Merrill, New Jersey Devils Forward William Carrier, Buffalo Sabres Forward Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars Forward Tomas Nosek, Detroit Red Wings Forward Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers Defenseman Brayden McNabb, LA Kings Forward Connor Brickley, Carolina Hurricanes Forward Chris Thorburn, Winnipeg Jets Forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender JF Berube, New York Islanders Forward James Neal, Nashville Predators Defenseman Deryk Engelland, Calgary Flames Forward Brendan Leipsic, Toronto Maple Leafs Defenseman Colin Miller, Boston Bruins DefensemanRead More »

Expansion Draft Night as Penguins have deal in place with Vegas to take Fleury

 

Latest Penguins Buzz It’s expansion draft night and Vegas GM George McPhee hasn’t been as accommodating as so many General Manager’s envisioned he would be. The friends club was there for some but not others who were trying to strike a favorable deal. While Vegas has worked out at least eight to 10 side deals with clubs, including the Penguins, a source described as McPhee being cut throat in some situations where some clubs are going to get hit hard with losing an important piece or two. That didn’t happen to Pittsburgh. Marc Andre Fleury’s tenure as a Pittsburgh Penguins will officially come to an end today. Fleury will become a Vegas Golden Knight today and is flying to Vegas this morning to be part of the festivities. The question with Fleury has been, is he long to stay with Vegas and what are the Penguins giving up to VegasRead More »

Latest Fleury Rumors, Penguins Free Agency Chatter & More Buzz

 

Expansion Draft Buzz Vegas set a deadline for last night with clubs to make side deals and today Vegas will be picking their squad that will be officially turned into the Central Registry on Wednesday morning. One NHL executive put the over/under at ‘8’ on side deals Vegas has worked out with clubs. Some leaks that have emerged: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported few days ago the Blue Jackets have a deal in place to send a first round pick, prospect, and David Clarkson’s contract to Vegas and the Golden Knights will select Matt Calvert or William Karlsson. The New York Islanders have a similar deal in place with Vegas where the Isles are expected to send Vegas a first round pick and will likely lose Nikolai Kulemin to avoid losing some of their key forwards left unprotected, per Arthur Staple of Newsday. Vegas GM George McPhee isRead More »

Pressure on Vegas not to take one sided deals & Latest Penguins Rumblings

 

LATEST NHL BUZZ With Saturday’s Trade Freeze looming, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked things off on Thursday with a blockbuster deal that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens and Drouin hours later signing a 6 year deal worth $33 million. How many more big names will be on the move by Saturday’s deadline? Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin among the notable names in play who have a strong chance to get moved in the next 24 hours. Two other impact players who could be traded by Saturday: Expectations are Travis Hamonic is on the move and it will happen by tomorrow or the latest draft weekend. Anaheim is set to land a haul for Sami Vatanen with a trade expected in the next week. Colorado’s Matt Duchene is getting traded. This could very well live up to the busiest trade period ever. —Read More »

Off-Season Decisions to start being made today for Penguins

 

Decision Day for Penguins on Expansion Draft The Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday celebrated another Stanley Cup with an estimated 650,000 in attendance for the championship parade and now the work starts to begin for Penguin management. Exit meetings are being conducted today between coaches/management/players and just over 48 hours from the Penguins having to send in their protected expansion draft list, the club has to start looking forward to next year today. The looming decision is whether to go with the 7-3-1 setup for the expansion draft or the 4-4-1 setup? As reported here a weeks ago, the Penguins are one of the few teams that’s given strong consideration to going with the 4-4-1 to protect defensemen Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz. “At times the composition of the list gets changed a little bit, but we have a pretty good idea of what we’re doing,” GMRead More »

NHL Source: Vegas, Penguins working on trade scenarios for Marc Andre Fleury with other clubs

 

Latest on Marc Andre Fleury A verbal from Marc Andre Fleury is as good as pen to paper. That’s a reason Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been so calm for months regarding his goaltending situation for the expansion draft. Fleury gave the Penguins his word way back in February he would waive his no movement clause for the expansion draft and the official paperwork is being signed that will allow the Penguins to protect Matt Murray. Fleury had the right to potentially play hard ball and not be willing to do the Penguins a favor but that’s just not who Marc Andre Fleury is. A great moment in the Penguins winning last night was Fleury handing the Cup to Matt Murray. Fleury was embarrassed last season when he was handed the Cup third, but last night he cherished every moment and for good reason. While Matt Murray proved once againRead More »

Back-to-Back Stanley Cup Champions

 

Penguins 2 – Predators 0 The Pittsburgh Penguins are building a dynasty. In a goaltending duel between Matt Murray and Pekka Rinne, the Penguins broke through on a Patric Hornqvist goal with a 1:35 left in regulation and a Carl Hagelin empty net goal with 14 seconds left iced Game 6 as the Penguins are Back-to-Back Stanley Cup Champions. Matt Murray put on a great performance in posting a 27-save shutout for his second straight shutout. He’s now a two-time Stanley Cup winner, becoming the first goaltender to win a Stanley Cup in his first two seasons. Sidney Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoff MVP, becoming the first back-to-back Conn Smythe winner since Mario Lemieux. The Penguins in playing in the NHL’s toughest division, are the first repeat Stanley Cup Champion in 19 years and the first team in the Salary Cap era to winRead More »