LATEST PENGUINS CHATTER FROM THE DRAFT
The Pittsburgh Penguins are quietly doing their due diligence on free agent goaltenders, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. NHL sources say the Penguins reached out to Jonas Hiller’s camp on Thursday.
The team has also had internal discussions about Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson.
Word outside of Pittsburgh is GM Jim Rutherford would give consideration to a goaltending change if the Penguins can land a comparable goaltender for a lower cost than Fleury who is making $5.75 million this season and cost $5 million against the cap. The Penguins were not shopping Fleury at the draft.
Hiller, 32, had a down season in Anaheim but has a career post-season save percentage of .932. He’s a cheaper and younger alternative to Ryan Miller who is seeking a three year deal worth $6 million per season.
Meanwhile, a report has surfaced from NHL Insider Louis Jean of TVA Sports that the Penguins, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Bruins are among six teams interested in Martin Brodeur. Our understanding is agent Pat Brisson reached out to the Penguins on Thursday but it’s unlikely Pittsburgh has real interest in Brodeur.
Brodeur, 42, had a save percentage of .901 in his last 68 games.
- Things can change but one free agent winger not on the Penguins radar at this point is Matt Moulson, a team source confirmed this morning. I did some more checking and there in fact has been no contact with Moulson’s agent Wade Arnott.
- The Penguins are not close to a deal with UFA Brian Gibbons but have not closed the door on trying to sign him.