Penguins bring back Matt Cullen


Jack Johnson is officially a Pittsburgh Penguin, agreeing to a 5 year, $16.5 million contract. The Penguins have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract for an average annual value of $3.25 million. Welcome to the team! Full details: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 1, 2018

Every cent of the Penguins freed up cap space from Sheary trade will go to Sheahan/Johnson


Sheahan officially back in the fold, Johnson on tap The Pittsburgh Penguins today cleared $5.25 million in cap space with the trade of Conor Sheary, Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional fourth-round pick that turns into a third round pick if Sheary scores 20 goals or 40 points. Jim Rutherford is known as a big-game hunter and Pittsburgh freeing up over $5 million in cap space had one agent of a prominent pending UFA winger eyeing a chance to join a Cup Contender reach out to the Penguins

Penguins deal Sheary, Hunwick to Buffalo


The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a trade to send winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a mid-round draft pick. The trade will clear $5.25 million in cap space for the Penguins as Pittsburgh will not receive any NHL roster players in return. The Sheary trade is also win for the Penguins coaching staff who pushed hard once again to Penguin management to keep Carl

Analysis: Bryan Rust new Four Year Contract is a win for both sides


The Pittsburgh Penguins and winger Bryan Rust have agreed to a new four year, $14 million contract. The deal carries an AAV of $3.5 million. The #Pens have re-signed Bryan Rust to a four-year contract. The deal runs through the 2021.22 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. More details: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 26, 2018 Why the Rust deal is a win for both sides Despite reports being out there that Rust was offered for Max Domi this month, he never was, and talk Pittsburgh was waiting to sign him, — the 26 year old winger has always been in the Penguins long-term plans this summer. — Pittsburgh came out of their organizational meetings in early June, eyeing a deal of around four years for Rust, so it’s not surprising to see the deal come in where it did. A deal beyondRead More »

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 »