Penguins don’t make qualifying offer to Riley Sheahan


Prior to today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins did not make a qualifying offer to center Riley Sheahan and winger Tom Kuhnhackl. Both players are now unrestricted free agents and free to sign anywhere on July 1. The Penguins are fully moving on from Kuhnhackl but the team had been trying to sign Riley Sheahan to a deal slightly In the lead-up to today’s qualifying offer deadline, Pittsburgh offered Sheahan a 2 The Penguins offer was declined by Sheahan and countered today, a source says. Indications are the Penguins felt were they to qualifying Sheahan, Sheahan’s camp planned to target arbitration this summer where team officials projected Sheahan was a candidate to get somewhere The Sheahan camp saw Ryan Spooner’s

Penguins lockup Sprong, Simon with two year contracts


The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed wingers Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon each to two year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both players receive 1-way contracts and carry an AAV of $750,000. It’s a potential sneaky signing for the Penguins when it comes to Sprong in regards to the term. Being waiver eligible in the fall, it’s hard to see any scenario, barring a trade, where Sprong isn’t opening the season in Pittsburgh. A 1-way contract was always going to happen for around the money he signed, but the Penguins getting Sprong, his representatives willing to do a two year deal is a shrewd move by the Penguins. Sprong if given an opportunity in the top-9 next season with some second unit power play time, putting together a 17-20 goal season is not that far fetched. He’s that good at shooting the puck. Doing a one year deal with an opportunity for aRead More »

Draft Day Buzz: Penguins among 3 teams in the mix to trade for Jeff Skinner


Latest Penguins Draft Day Buzz   The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes have talked Justin Faulk as recently as Tuesday but where some momentum has emerged in the last 48 hours between the two sides is One scout said last night he couldn’t see the Penguins acquiring Skinner without B More Draft Day Buzz: — Two Eastern Conference teams have given consideration to trading for Conor Sheary. Not a guarantee he’s part of any deals this weekend but Sheary’s carrying a bit more trade value — The Los Angeles Kings are a finalist for Ilya Kovalchuk (among the front-runners) and are also waiting word from John Tavares representatives at CAA Sports on if they’ll be one of the five teams granted a meeting during the interview period. (If Tavares get to the interview period) The Kings have been engaged in talks (Off & On) with the Penguins — Minnesota willRead More »

Evaluating what the Penguins should do with their Key RFA’s


Evaluating What the Penguins Should do with their UFA/RFA’s NHL General Managers learned yesterday the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season will be in the neighborhood of $79.5-$80 million. That’s a figure many clubs, including the Penguins have been bracing for since the league came out with a projected $77-$82 million cap number in March. Even after adding $8.3 million towards the cap (for the 2018-2019 season) at last years trade deadline with the acquisition Derick Brassard and signing of Patric Hornqvist, the Penguins have been in position to bring back the same group for another season if they wanted to. They don’t. Jim Rutherford is eyeing some change, which could be little or big as Pittsburgh is in a lot of discussions on the eve of the draft as they often are. Pittsburgh has around $70.2 million committed right now to 17 skaters, when you include Zach Aston-Reese whoRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Domi Fallout; RH D-Man Search; Jarry in trade talks; Kessel/NSH


Latest Pens Buzz HEADLINES [Rust not offered for Domi] [Penguins in the Faulk market?] [ One Eastern Team see’s #1 ability in Jarry] [More Kessel/Nashville Trade Talk] The Penguins interest in Max Domi prior to the Montreal Canadiens securing a trade for him last week is well documented. Penguin scouts/coaches saw Domi being an excellent fit in the years ahead with one of the top-2 centers on the left side because of his vision/playmaking ability combined with his competitiveness. The strength areas of Domi’s game projected to be a much better fit in Pittsburgh then it will be in Montreal where there’s going to be no goal scorers around him, especially once the Habs move Max Pacioretty. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Arizona went with quality over quantity. Much talk of what the Penguins offered has centered around Bryan Rust ‘reportedly’ being offered for Domi. However, word from high ranking sources isRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins getting trade offers for Kessel, Brassard


Source: Penguins have been presented with ‘intriguing’ trade options ahead of draft — The Pittsburgh Penguins have been presented with more than one trade option surrounding winger Phil Kessel that the team is mulling, ahead of this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Penguins continue to be wide open on Kessel, not committed to keeping him or trading him. The goal for the Penguins in exploring Kessel’s trade market over the last month has been seeking options to add a different kind of player, notably a stronger 200 ft type player or multiple NHL pieces. Trade talks have progressed with at least two teams where those type of scenarios are on the table that Pittsburgh could decide to move on, sources say. Pittsburgh is also said to not be dead-set on getting a forward or forwards in return for Kessel. Pittsburgh has also explored at leastRead More »

Latest on Kris Letang


Latest on Kris Letang As the Penguins enter a crucial trading period this week, one name who hasn’t garnered much action yet in trade talks is defenseman Kris Letang, league sources say. While the Penguins have not actively pursued trade scenarios for Letang to the extent that they have for Phil Kessel, Rutherford informed rival General Managers in May he was open to listening to inquiries on Letang and any defenseman not named Brian Dumoulin who along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray are off-limits in trade talks this summer. What the Penguins have learned about Letang’s trade value is this: Along with clubs having the ‘obvious’ serious concerns about his long-term health/contract (4 years remaining), Letang’s no longer regarded around the league as a game breaking defenseman. His entrance into the trade market from the extent that Pittsburgh no longer see’s him as an untouchable just hasn’t generatedRead More »

Rumors: Penguins showing interest in a deal of at least 4 years for Bryan Rust?


Penguins GM Jim Rutherford talked at his season ending press conference last month of the Penguins having trade assets other teams would want when it comes to likely changes with the roster this summer. 26 year old winger Bryan Rust, a pending restricted free agent (technically a year away from unrestricted free agency), would be at the top of the list of non-core players on the roster who carry high trade value. The Penguins coaching staff, though, wants to add more players like Rust, who play a speed/2-way game and Pittsburgh’s belief that Rust has sustained trade value into his mid-late 20’s is leading to the Penguins eyeing a new deal with Rust of at least

Latest on Phil Kessel & Penguins pursuit of Max Domi


Latest on Phil Kessel 11 days out from the NHL Entry Draft, the market for Penguins winger Phil Kessel is seeing a slight uptick in potential interest where rival executives see Kessel being moved this month as The list of teams that haven’t ruled Kessel out is said to have grown from 2-3 teams a couple weeks ago to now The market is flooded with wingers, highlighted by Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty. Then there’s JVR in Toronto who could command 6-7 years at $6.5-$7 million per and Ilya Kovalchuk who has already scheduled meetings with six clubs over the next 10-14 days, is seeking a 3 year, $18 million contract. An asking price for Skinner has been established at a first round pick and young NHL prospect. The price for Pacioretty continues to be steep with the Canadiens coveting a young centerman but both players are strongly expectedRead More »

NHL Source: Yotes, Predators, Blackhawks have signaled at having possible trade interest in Phil Kessel this summer


Latest on Phil Kessel As reported here in the immediate aftermath of the Penguins ouster in Round 2, the organization is operating with only three untouchables on the roster; Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray with Jake Guentzel, Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist about as close as you can get to being an untouchable this summer. Along with Crosby, Malkin and Fleury, they’re going nowhere. What the Penguins are — is wide open for business on winger Phil Kessel and to a slightly lesser extent Kris Letang. — Where things stand with those two is the Penguins have begun approaching teams on Kessel ahead of pro scouting meetings next week and into the following week for multiple clubs of what the Penguins would seek in a Kessel trade. Two scenarios have been put out there by the Penguins, per a league source: 1. They’re seeking a James Neal – PatricRead More »