Penguins to sign Evan Rodrigues

 

Evan Rodriguez traded to the Toronto Maples in the Kasperi Kapanen trade, is headed back to Pittsburgh. Teams interested in signing Rodrigues have been told by the agent he is finalizing a deal to return to Pittsburgh. Rodrigues, 27, had one goal in 7 games with the Penguins last season. In 38 games with the Sabres, Rodrigues posted 5 goals and 4 assists in 38 games. Rodrigues was not tendered by the Leafs, making him an UFA today.

Latest Pens Buzz: Worst kept secret Around the league on Matt Murray

 

Penguins Hand has been forced on Matt Murray Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford always attempts to act before the market truly develops or becomes flooded. It’s a yearly occurrence and this off-season, even in a pandemic has been no different with Rutherford dealing his first round pick before all NHL teams could even make transaction, then traded Patric Hornqvist less than two weeks ago. The status of Matt Murray, though, has been different and much more problematic for Rutherford in trying to strike early before a loaded goaltending market evolves. Rutherford is one of the most likeable General Managers for NHL executives to trade with because he’s always a believer that you should make it a priority that both sides feel good about a transaction. He doesn’t try to wear down other General Managers in talks. Rutherford had attempted aggressively to trade Murray several weeks ago. First Pittsburgh targeted specificRead More »

Complications get worked out, Penguins deal Hornqvist to Florida

 

Penguins complete deal with Panthers The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers have worked through some complications in completing the Patric Hornqvist trade, the team officially announced. In the deal, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist. Matheson carries a big term, signed through the 2025-26 season and with an AAV of $4.875 million. Sceviour’s deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an AAV of $1.2 million. Rutherford in a statement called it a difficult decision to trade Hornqvist. “First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric,” said Rutherford. “He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.” On Mike Matheson, Rutherford says “Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with greatRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: What’s next for Penguins, Patric Hornqvist

 

Latest Pens Buzz A potential deal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers involving winger Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Mike Matheson hit a snag after word of a trade was leaked by former NHL player Kevin Weekes, now with the NHL Network. What’s at play here is that this trade scenario was wrongly proclaimed by Weekes as being a done deal and multiple sources say the two teams were least a few days away from being able to see if this trade scenario was going to get across the finished line, multiple sources say. An accurate portrayal was the two sides being in serious discussions, not a trade being agreed too (yet). It never got that close to completion before the news came out. The insurance issues of Hornqvist’s contract are well documented as being something that hadn’t been worked yet and is an issue for some teams considering HornqvistRead More »

Key Developments: What We Learned from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 Win

 

— Opponent Aside, there was a lot to like from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 win over the New York Giants — Among the Key Developments: Big Ben All the Steelers need for them to be a team in the AFC that other teams fear is for Ben Roethlisberger to be a top-15 caliber level quarterback this season. Roethlisberger’s days as a borderline top-5 QB in the league are over, but after some early jitters and struggles to feel for the pocket in quarter one, Roethlisberger looked quite good for coming off the major injury he had and playing a live game for the first time in a year. 21 of 32 for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, the Week 1 opener was kind of what to expect moving forward. An efficient move the chains passing game that is going to be oftly dangerous inside the 35-yard line. Slinging theRead More »

On Cam Heyward’s massive deal, Shrewd familiarity signings

 

Heyward will have zero impact on Watt, Fitzpatrick getting monster deals The Pittsburgh Steelers signing defensive end Cam Heyward to a massive five year, $75.1 million extension that includes $65.6 million in new money came down to the Steelers at the end of the day deciding that on and off the field Heyward was just irreplaceable. The deal from a yearly average standpoint is the highest for a defensive player over 30 in NFL history. Again, this was a massive deal for the Steelers to make. The Heyward Deal was proof again that the Steelers will always step up to the plate and pay market value to keep their stars long-term when both parties actually want to make a deal. The exception being Le’Veon Bell who the Steelers internally believe was never going to sign a long-term deal. There’s certainly risk in dishing out this type of deal to aRead More »