Latest Penguins Chatter on Group of RFA’s

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday officially made qualifying offers to the following players to retain negotiating rights. Qualifying Offers Justin Schultz – $1.4 million Brian Dumoulin – $840,000 Conor Sheary – $650,000 Josh Archibald – $650,000 Derrick Pouliot – $874,125 J.S. Dea – $650,000 Frank Corrado – $660,000 The QO’s have been declined by Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary which was a necessity as the Penguins are in talks with Justin Schultz reps at Newport Sports about a new long-term deal and the same with Lewis Gross, the agent for Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary. All three are primed for significant raises, notably Schultz and Dumoulin. Talks between the Penguins and Schultz have been slower than the Penguins had hoped but Schultz’ reps at Newport Sports are notorious to drag things on with RFA’s past July 1 when other teams can talk to restricted free agents, so itRead More »

Latest Free Agency Buzz: Strong market building for Bonino as Penguins weigh options

 

Latest Penguins Free Agency Buzz The NHL Free Agency Window opened at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday and calls have been coming in on Penguins center Nick Bonino. While the Penguins have made a Bonino a top priority and both sides continue to have “good discussions”, the ball is more in the Penguins court of whether they’re willing to stretch a bit to make a deal happen. “A lot of interest

Price Penguins paid for Ryan Reaves looks higher on paper than it actually is

 

On the Ryan Reaves Acquisition Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is never afraid to pay a price for filling a need and that’s what he did with the Ryan Reaves acquisition on Friday night. “When you want to get the guy that’s the best at doing what he does then you have to pay a price,” Rutherford said. “Regardless of what we paid, we’re very happy to have him.” The Penguins in dealing the 31st overall pick and prospect Oskar Sundqvist in return for Reaves and the 51st overall pick has been met with outrage from many in the media, to team bloggers, to the fan base. Jim Rutherford is being ridiculed like he’s gone back in time to 2014-2015 Rutherford. Here are the facts. This trade is really Ryan Reaves for Oskar Sundqvist. Scouts contend this is a poor draft where prospects 20-90 is a crapshoot. There’s little to noRead More »

The Penguins keep winning off the ice too

 

The Perfect Storm As the NHL draft kicks off tonight in Chicago, there’s still an after effect of the expansion draft. Some clubs like the Pittsburgh Penguins got off very well with the expansion draft and some didn’t. The Predators losing James Neal for nothing was terrible asset management by David Poile of the Nashville Predators. The Senators losing Marc Methot for nothing was terrible asset management by Ottawa. A player selected in the expansion draft can’t be traded back to their former club until Jan 1, so any opportunity to make a deal with Vegas is lost for those club. Surveying some around the league, the consensus is the Penguins got off very easy. Nothing against Marc Andre Fleury who Vegas has valued to make the early face of the franchise and he’ll be great off the ice for them, but Pittsburgh had nowhere to trade Fleury without keepingRead More »

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 »