Latest Pens Buzz: Worst kept secret Around the league on Matt Murray


Penguins Hand has been forced on Matt Murray Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford always attempts to act before the market truly develops or becomes flooded. It’s a yearly occurrence and this off-season, even in a pandemic has been no different with Rutherford dealing his first round pick before all NHL teams could even make transaction, then traded Patric Hornqvist less than two weeks ago. The status of Matt Murray, though, has been different and much more problematic for Rutherford in trying to strike early before a loaded goaltending market evolves. Rutherford is one of the most likeable General Managers for NHL executives to trade with because he’s always a believer that you should make it a priority that both sides feel good about a transaction. He doesn’t try to wear down other General Managers in talks. Rutherford had attempted aggressively to trade Murray several weeks ago. First Pittsburgh targeted specificRead More »

Complications get worked out, Penguins deal Hornqvist to Florida


Penguins complete deal with Panthers The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers have worked through some complications in completing the Patric Hornqvist trade, the team officially announced. In the deal, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist. Matheson carries a big term, signed through the 2025-26 season and with an AAV of $4.875 million. Sceviour’s deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an AAV of $1.2 million. Rutherford in a statement called it a difficult decision to trade Hornqvist. “First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric,” said Rutherford. “He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.” On Mike Matheson, Rutherford says “Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with greatRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: What’s next for Penguins, Patric Hornqvist


Latest Pens Buzz A potential deal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers involving winger Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Mike Matheson hit a snag after word of a trade was leaked by former NHL player Kevin Weekes, now with the NHL Network. What’s at play here is that this trade scenario was wrongly proclaimed by Weekes as being a done deal and multiple sources say the two teams were least a few days away from being able to see if this trade scenario was going to get across the finished line, multiple sources say. An accurate portrayal was the two sides being in serious discussions, not a trade being agreed too (yet). It never got that close to completion before the news came out. The insurance issues of Hornqvist’s contract are well documented as being something that hadn’t been worked yet and is an issue for some teams considering HornqvistRead More »

Rumors: Matt Murray trade market heating up?


Momentum building towards a Murray trade by the end of next week? The trade market for Matt Murray has intensified over the last week as Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has signaled a willingness to interested teams of completing a deal Will Rutherford wait on a team or two still playing? The last 48 hours have seen the Colorado Avalanche pop up on the Murray rumor mill as rumblings have the Avalanche (who can’t officially make trades until they’re eliminated from the post-seasons) gathering intel on Murray’s financial demands, which has created some buzz around the league. Team sources say Rutherford in the middle of August began to surveyed the league for about a week on both goaltenders in fact, and now has begun the stage of pushing potential trade scenarios with interested parties. They’re not married to this, but[ Pittsburgh has initially sought an impact

Latest Pens Buzz: Jim Rutherford drove the bus in new coaching hires


Latest Pens Buzz Mike Sullivan has the security of four years remaining on his contract and being owed over $13.5 million. but one thing has been clear since the Penguins exit in the qualifying round…… Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is driving the bus once again. Rutherford orchestrated the sweeping coaching chances immediately after the four game ouster to the Canadiens and it become clear in the organization from that point the looming coaching hires were going to be Rutherford driven. And that’s what has played out. The Penguins have named Todd Reirden and Mike Vellucci assistant coaches. Reirden, 49, will oversee the team’s defensive group and power-play unit. Vellucci, 54, will work with the team’s forwards and oversee the penalty kill. Details: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 2, 2020 The Penguins on Wednesday officially hired Todd Reirden and Mike Vellucci as assistant coaches. Reirden, 49, returns to theRead More »

Penguins to acquire Kasperi Kapanen


Penguins, Leafs strike multi-player deal Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford has always eyed the opportunity to reacquire Kasperi Kapanen and Rutherford today accomplished that goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs have struck a multi-player deal that will send Kapanen, the Penguins 2014 first round pick, back to Pittsburgh.