Training camps open in 13 days and many quality NHL players still can’t find jobs. Marcel Goc and Max Lapierre, two players traded for each other last season, both signed in Europe this week. Scottie Upshall a solid bottom-6 player signed with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout on Tuesday. One veteran agent said the market has shaped up for established players to either accept an $800,000 offer or go to camp on a tryout. The Penguins have gone the tryout route twice already, signing Sergei Gonchar and Tim Sestito to professional tryout contracts in August. The Penguins brass, though, wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t looking to take advantage of the current market and exploring the possibility of bringing in another forward on a tryout. The past week there have been discussions with a few. In fact, four notable wingers the Penguins looked into priorRead More »
EXTENSION CANDIDATE The Pittsburgh Penguins gave up a steep price for David Perron last January in what ended up being the 16th overall pick in the deepest NHL draft in 12 years. Is it even worse asset management to let Perron walk for nothing next summer? “He [David Perron] could be here for six NOTES The Penguins today announced they signed 2015 second round pick Daniel Sprong to a three year entry level contract. The deal kicks in when Sprong turns pro. Sprong will be playing in the QMJHL this season.
It took about a month to get done by Jim Rutherford nabbed his No. 1 target at the end of the day. “Very excited about what happened,” Rutherford said of the Penguins acquisition of Phil Kessel. “Worked on this deal with Toronto for about a month. Got a little bit of legs on draft night and heated up last night.” Rutherford noted that the Penguins “poked” around on other available wingers but Kessel was their main target from the get go. “Kessel was our main [No. 1] target,” Rutherford said. “Ideal player we were looking for.” Rutherford set out to add an impact scoring winger and he accomplished that goal. “When you can get a pure goal scorer…….that is going to help you win games,” Rutherford said. “We got the best player in the trade right now.” On the notion that Kessel is lazy and a bad teammate, “I don’tRead More »