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 »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Penguins Center Watch on 4th Line type options still on their radar


Trade Deadline Watch: 4th Line Type Centers *Story Highlights* *Where the Hurricanes are trending with Derek Ryan *Latest on Matt Cullen *Mark Letestu still a fallback option? *Max Domi’s Availability + Mario Lemieux close friendship with Tie Domi –As the Penguins have zeroed in on acquiring Derick Brassard, here’s the latest chatter on fallback options were the Penguins to strike out on Brassard — Carolina Hurricanes: 64 Points, one point out of second wildcard spot: Games Remaining before Deadline: vs Pittsburgh (2/23), @ Boston (2/24) Trending: 0-2-1 in last Three Games, 3-4-2 overall their last nine games Latest: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has pressure from the Hurricanes new ownership group to keep the roster competitive if they remain in the mix for a playoff spot at the deadline.  Francis has been tabbed as being a smart buyer at the deadline. Relating to the Penguins, the player to watch has beenRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Senators covet young established NHL forward, futures in talks with Pens, others


Will Riley Sheahan still be the Penguins third line center by next Tuesday? As mentioned here multiple times in recent weeks, Sheahan’s uptick in play over the last month won’t halt the Penguins pursuit of Derick Brassard. And it hasn’t. A week away from the trade deadline, Brassard remains the top target for the Penguins brass and a player the organization views as a game changer at the third line center spot. Brassard is an interesting target this week. Sens need to make a hockey deal. Multiple teams, including Pittsburgh, are in the mix. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 19, 2018 The belief is the obstacle in talks for the Penguins and Senators coming together on a deal that works for both sides isn’t any reluctance from Pittsburgh including Daniel Sprong or a first rounder for Brassard. That has already been established, per sources. It’s the coveted established young NHLRead More »

Bad News for Rest of the NHL: Penguins are a motivated bunch clicking on all cylinders


Stars have set the tone as rest of the pieces are falling into place for the Champs Following Saturday night’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Penguins have won 11 straight games at home and Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. It’s been clear for 10-14 days the Penguins are back and in a big way. Pittsburgh’s last two games vs the LA Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs have only further proved the point that the Penguins are back and the way the Penguins are rolling is only more bad news for the rest of the NHL and most notably the Eastern Conference when it was looking like 4-5 weeks ago that the Penguins were not going to be so mighty this spring. The Penguins are striking fear into the rest of the league again and the two-time defending Champions might even get better at theRead More »