On Pens-Bruins, Kris Letang/Brian Dumoulin, Extension Candidate Jason Zucker?

 

Penguins return from tough road trip to face Bruins Pittsburgh returns tonight from a disastrous 0-4 Western Canada Swing with  present of facing the 8-1 Boston Bruins at the PPG Paints Arena, which who knows might be a good thing for the Penguins who are just a different team at home. Boston looking as good as anyone to open the season are an example of a contender where they seem to be getting that immediate jolt of a summer coaching change where a new voice, changes to the system is doing wonders to start the season and this has the look of a team that will have sustaining power this season if they’re older vets can stay healthy. And the Bruins who made the Stanley Cup Final in 2019, got rid of a very good coach in Bruce Cassidy who is making his mark in Vegas already. In saying this,Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Ruhwedel popular in Trade Talks, Wildcard in Camp & More Buzz

 

Penguins Revamped Blueline Another off-season has pretty much passed with the Penguins punting on getting heavier at the forward position, a glaring issue that has popped up for a number of years now in the postseason. Led by the playing style under Mike Sullivan, management and the coach have remained on the same page. They’re believers in Josh Archibald types than a bigger, slow footed player like a Pat Maroon for example. Where both sides deemed the best course of action to getting bigger was on the blueline which saw the upheaval in acquiring Jeff Petry via trade and signing Jan Rutta on the first day of free agency. The Penguins internal grades (various factors are weighed) on defense last season broke down like this, according to multiple team sources. 1. Kris Letang 2. Mike Matheson (Traded to Montreal) One team at the forefront is the B. [/hide] — TeamRead More »

Rumblings: Malkin contract regarded in some circles as ‘worst of free agency’

 

Rumblings: Penguins regarded League-Wide as overplaying their hand in Malkin Negotiations Almost two months later now, so what exactly happened between Evgeni Malkin testing to free agency to a day later resigning with the Penguins on a Four year, $26.4 Million Contract? To put it bluntly, Evgeni Malkin in July truly got a legacy contract from the Penguins. There was no going to be no legitimate market for Malkin. The Malkin contract continues to be looked at as a major head scratcher from rival executives. “Worst Contract of Free Agency” an NHL source exclaimed. “Knees are shot. Nobody was going three years.” Others have the same view in that Pittsburgh backed themselves into a corner by publicly professing they offered Malkin a four year contract. “B From the evening of July 11 to the late afternoon of July 12, the Malkin camp led by JP Barry and came to theRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Fenway Group prioritized making Mike Sullivan NHL’s Highest Paid Coach

 

What was behind the Mike Sullivan Extension? The Penguins last Tuesday signed head coach Mike Sullivan to a three year contract extension. The move was brought with a lot of why now? When a new ownership group takes over, they often look to flex their muscles and eventually bring in their own people. With the Fenway Group that’s analytically obsessed, it’s actually become the exact obvious as the group has been on the job for a little bit less than a year. They’ve prioritized continuity and maintaining legacies for a franchise that has won Three Stanley Cups and reached the post-season 16 straight seasons. From the first day Mike Sullivan met with the Fenway Group in person, they’ve felt Sullivan was a rock star in the profession. A source described the Boston based group as believing Pittsburgh has a Bill Belichick type coach behind the bench in Sullivan and theyRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins go cap relief route direction in trading John Marino

 

Another Shoe to Drop for the Penguins? The Pittsburgh Penguins today traded 25 year old defenseman John Marino to the New Jersey Devils in ex-change for defenseman Ty Smith and a 2023 third-round pick. Pittsburgh moves on from Marino who had 5 years remaining on his contract with a $4.4 million cap hit. Marino is owed $24.65 million in salary over the next five seasons. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 Big John is comin' to Jerz. 😤 — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 16, 2022 The return will be seen by some as light in a lot of circles, but it’s been quite clear since the Jan Rutta signing that Marino’s days were numbered. Pittsburgh signed Rutta to help anchor the second pairing on the right side with a different style of d-man (that’s a discussion for another day if Rutta’s going to be over-extended in that role) and the worstRead More »

Will Pens be buyers on the winger market? + Latest Free Agency Chatter

 

Penguins sticking with the core, have to find ways to improve winger group The Penguins front office is not deterred that the current core has four straight first round exits. They put a lot of value on regular season performance, compared to former GM Jim Rutherford who put more stock in short windows such as postseason performance. Many others don’t see it this way, but Hextall and Co believed the 2021-2022 club was a three round level team if the injuries in goal didn’t happen. And they still feel running it back with the core and few tweaks can give them a chance for the next couple seasons. From a PR Standpoint, Ron Hextall is winning the off-season in going three for three in resigning Bryan Rust, Kris Letang and now franchise icon Evgeni Malkin. Last season the three cost $20.25 million against the cap. In 2022-2023 they will countRead More »

Evgeni Malkin Resigns with the Penguins

 

Malkin Decides Against Testing Free Agency, Resigns with Penguins A day after breaking off contract talks with the Pittsburgh Penguins and planning to test free agency, Evgeni Malkin reversed course late this afternoon by having his agent J.P. Barry re-engage in contract talks with the Penguins as the two sides have officially agreed on a four year, $24.4 million contract, team announced Tuesday night. Malkin who turns 36 on July 31st, receives a Full No Move Clause and will make $8 million in year 1 of the contract that includes a $4 million signing bonus. The $24.4 million contract over four years is the same contract the Penguins have had on the table for several days that Malkin walked away from Monday. “Evgeni is a generational talent who will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NHL history,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday night in aRead More »

Free Agency Buzz: Penguins to take a strong run at Vincent Trocheck & More Buzz

 

Latest Pens Free Agency Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins could move very quickly at the start of free agency and take themselves completely out of the Evgeni Malkin equation before 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, sources say. It’s widely The Penguins internally view the Seattle If not Trocheck, then what? One option not being ruled out, per multiple sources. Resigning Evan Rodriguez to fill a top-3 center role and adding another impact top-6/top-9 level winger. Whether it’s a center or wing, the Penguins are confident of adding an impact forward to the mix tomorrow. [/hide]

Amid Malkin Decision, Penguins Quickly pivot to resigning Rickard Rakell to $30 million deal

 

Penguins Agree to 6 Year Extension with Rakell The door will be left open for Evgeni Malkin to circle back to the Penguins on Wednesday but will the money even be there? Amid the Malkin news this afternoon, the Penguins have quickly pivoted in signing winger Rickard Rakell to six year, $30 million extension. This is a pretty sizeable deal for both sides. The Rakell camp led by former NHL player Claude Lemieux made it clear to the Penguins last week that they saw the

Evgeni Malkin to Test Free Agency

 

Evgeni Malkin to test free agency The Pittsburgh Penguins were informed just after 4:00 p.m. today that center Evgeni Malkin has decided to test free agency on Wednesday. The Malkin camp led by have completely cut off negotiations with the Penguins ahead of the start of free agency. Increments of progress in talks were made over the weekend but a sizeable gap remained between the two sides before talks ended hours ago. A source close to the situation said ‘excited’ to go on the free agent market for the first time in his career. Meanwhile for the Penguins, they have some clarity entering free agency with the 36 hour + notice. One situation to monitor is the potential resigning of forward E