True Barometer of the Penguins: Somewhere in-between the October-December Penguins & Great 6 week stretch

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins in the midst of a three game losing streak, have reverted back to their ways from December where defensively the play away from the puck has been as bad as it gets. The 8-4 loss to the Boston Bruins Thursday night highlighted all of it where Pittsburgh constantly had 3-4 players caught on one side, a ton of puck watching that was followed by terrible goaltending. Quite a few of the Penguins lower tier players were victimized in the loss. Carter Rowney who is playing nowhere near an NHL level player, was on the ice for 5 goals against in 5:45 of ice time through two periods. On the ice for 5 goals against in under six minutes of ice is about as impossible as it gets but it happened against the Bruins for Rowney. Jamie Oleksiak was also on the ice for 5 goals against inRead More »

Examining the Penguins cap situation for next season with the new Hornqvist deal, Brassard acquisition

 

Penguins Salary Cap Situation Not Dire for Next Season The new contract for Patric Hornqvist and the addition of Derick Brassard has added $8.3 million against the cap for next season. Among the 16 players listed below, players currently on 1-way contracts or identified as full-time NHLers, Pittsburgh has approximately $69.3 million committed against the cap. Forwards (8) | 1-way Contracts or Full-Time NHL Players Evgeni Malkin – $9.5 million Sidney Crosby – $8.7 million Phil Kessel – $6.8 million Patric Hornqvist – $5.3 million Carl Hagelin – $4 million Derick Brassard – $3 million Conor Sheary – $3 million Jake Guentzel – $734,167 Notable RFA’s: Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan Defensemen (6) | 1 Way Contracts Kris Letang – $7.25 million Justin Schultz – $5.5 million Brian Dumoulin – $4.1 million Olli Maatta – $4.083 million Matt Hunwick – $2.25 million Chad Ruhwedel – $650,000 Notable RFA’s: Jamie Oleksiak GoaltendersRead More »

Penguins – Devils Fallout: Questions linger with winger situation

 

Devils 3 – Penguins 2 PIT LEADERS Casey DeSmith | 35 Saves, .921 SV% Sidney Crosby | Goal, 7 SOG, 71.5 CF% Jake Guentzel | 2 Assists, 3 SOG, 68 CF% Bryan Rust | +1, 75 CF% Matt Hunwick | Goal, 3 SOG, 40 CF% —Some key developments from the Penguins 3-2 loss against the Devils Tuesday night — — This was a huge win for the Devils (33-22-8, 74 pts). It was one of those four point swing games where the Devils are now two points behind the Penguins (36-24-4, 76 pts) for third in the division with a game in hand. Like Pittsburgh with their No. 1 goaltender also injured, New Jersey continues to look the part of being a playoff team. Led by Taylor Hall who should be in the Hart Trophy discussion, New Jersey showed a fast counter attack game and punished the Penguins in gettingRead More »

Post-Trade Deadline Fallout: Hornqvist, Sheary, Sprong & Goaltending Situation

 

League Chatter: Hornqvist gets fair market deal 1. Feedback around the league on Patric Hornqvist’s 5 year, $26.5 million extension is that Hornqvist got a very good deal for himself. This extension was all about the Penguins going five years. The Penguins have known for a while that any deal below five years in term wasn’t going to keep Hornqvist from hitting the open market. Around January when numbers were starting to get exchanged, the Hornqvist camp according to a source was seeking a 5 year, $27.5 million contract from Pittsburgh. The final deal is 5 years, $26.5 million. I know there’s some saying Hornqvist left money on the table, but a few executives, scouts I heard from don’t think Hornqvist would have got much better of a deal from another contender and a place he actually wanted to play. Hornqvist turns 32 next season, plays a rugged style andRead More »

Penguins, Patric Hornqvist agree to 5 year deal

 

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was in conversations today to upgrade the roster but came out of the deadline with one small minor league deal in acquiring forward Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes. Rutherford cited the high prices of why the Penguins stood pat at the NHL level. The biggest news of the day, though, is Rutherford announcing the Penguins are close to an extension with Patric Hornqvist. An agreement is in place and will be announced tomorrow. The deal is for 5 years For months the Penguins believed a deal was looking unlikely but talks intensified between the Penguins and Hornqvist’s agent Craig Oster of Newport Sports in the past couple days that led to a breakthrough.

Penguins Trade Deadline Day Update I: Matt Cullen, D-men Depth, Evander Kane & More

 

Penguins Trade Deadline Update I Less than four hours until the trade deadline, the Penguins infatuation with Matt Cullen continues. Pittsburgh and Minnesota spoke again this morning with the Penguins expressing a willingness to make an offer for defenseman — Been told not to be surprised if the Penguins get linked to a big name defenseman but some lower end d-men the Penguins had internal discussions on Sunday evening during their scouting meetings. Buffalo’s Justin Falk, — As of late Sunday night, the Penguins were poking around the Evander Kane situation. This morning the organization, though, No good read yet on whether the Penguins have fully crossed Be

Latest Pens Buzz: Will Penguins dive into the rental d-man market?

 

Penguins show offensive greatness, defensive weaknesses in wild 6-5 loss PIT Game Leaders Top-5 Evgeni Malkin | 2 Goals, Assist Carl Hagelin | Goal, Assist Bryan Rust | Goal, Assist, 6 SOG Patric Hornqvist | Goal, 9 SOG, (disallowed goal) Matt Murray | 10 Saves in relief Penguins Bottom-5 Tristan Jarry | 8 Saves on 12 shots, .750 SV% Riley Sheahan | Minus-4 (0 GF-4 GA), 0 SOG, Matt Hunwick | Assist, Minus-3 (1 GF-4 GA) Jake Guentzel | Minus-3 (0 GF-3 GA), 0 SOG Jamie Oleksiak | Assist, Minus The Penguins 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers Saturday night had just about everything: — Terrible starting goaltending from Tristan Jarry who was pulled in the second period after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots as Pittsburgh trailed 4-1. Jarry has now been pulled in two of his last six NHL starts. — The third pairing of Matt Hunwick andRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Fallout of Brassard Deal, Is Riley Sheahan safe at the deadline?

 

Fallout of the Derick Brassard Acquisition Thanks to a helping hand from the Vegas Golden Knights, the Derrick Brassard trade was as complex as it gets for 69 year old Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. “This is the most complex trade I’ve made,” Rutherford said following the Penguins 6-1 win vs the floundering Hurricanes. “We thought we had the deal made earlier in the day. It wasn’t made. We had to make a couple of changes and go through all those things. It took quite a bit longer than most.” Last week Pittsburgh starting setting the wheels in motion to potentially trade Ryan Reaves to Vegas that had no connection to Derick Brassard at the time, but in the days leading up to Friday’s trade, the perfect storm happened for Pittsburgh where Vegas was willing to keep 40% of Brassard’s salary/cap hit to help facilitate the deal. Some executives are lividRead More »

Trade Analysis: Penguins finalize complex deal for No. 1 target Derick Brassard

 

  Brassard Headed to Pittsburgh in 3-team trade Trade Analysis The Penguins accomplish their primary goal in acquiring Brassard, a player in the last month they’ve pegged as their No. 1 target. As well as Riley Sheahan has been playing lately, the Penguins get a game changer in Brassard when it comes to putting him into a third line role, where he’ll play a lot with Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel, a line that would be some teams No. 1 line. Brassard, 30, has 18 goals and 20 assists on the season. A big time playoff performer, Brassard has 22 goals and 55 points in 78 career playoff games. The trickle down effect with the lineup is that Brassard in a third line center role next to Kessel is going to provide significant matchup problems for the rest of the Eastern Conference. That is what the Penguins kept coming backRead More »

Trade Talks Heating Up: Senators pushing to complete trade of Brassard by Saturday

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were in on rental winger Michael Grabner but Pittsburgh’s pursuit of Grabner was nowhere near the level of Senators center Derick Brassard. Grabner was traded last night to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick and prospect Yegor Rykov. The initial reaction from many pundits was ‘who’ when it came to Rykov. However, despite being a 5th round pick, Rykov is seen as a good return for the Rangers, a d-man scouts feel has No. 2 pairing ability and his style of play suits today’s game. No significant prospect was in play from the Penguins end. Daniel Sprong for example is in play at the deadline but wasn’t for Grabner. When it comes to Derick Brassard, a lot continues to be on the table from the Penguins. The Penguins and Senators initially talked Brassard in December and the last 2-3 weeks the Penguins have zeroedRead More »