Penguins land agreement to sign Matt Hunwick


Penguins Free Agency Update I The Pittsburgh Penguins have secured a deal with defenseman Matt Hunwick. The agent informed the team in the last half hour Hunwick will be signing with the Penguins. It will be a multi-year deal, a source says. [Updated 12:00 p.m.: The deal is officially a 3 year, $6.75 million contract]. As reported here last night, Hunwick emerged on the Penguins radar and has been a player they’ve had interest in for a few seasons. What the Penguins like is the skating ability to get out of trouble and feel he’ll be a natural in leading the breakout and has a good first pass. Hunwick doesn’t produce a lot of points but provides the Penguins with more versatility than Ron Hainsey. Hunwick has shown the ability to log minutes as a bottom-pairing defenseman and on the PK. Coaches also rave about the type of person HunwickRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: Focus on trade for center, bolstering ‘D’ depth


Latest Penguins Rumblings — Penguins Defenseman Trevor Daley will be a Detroit Red Wing Saturday afternoon when the clock strikes 12:01 p.m. The Daley camp cut off talks Friday with other finalists and informed those clubs he will be signing with the Red Wings. As mentioned here the last couple days, he was going to get a 3-4 year deal and the deal with Detroit is at least three years and some chatter it could be a four year deal in the $12.5-$13.5 million range. — There’s considerable interest in Chris Kunitz but hearing the Kunitz camp is not 100% certain what type of offers are actually going to be coming in until they do. The expectation is Kunitz will have multiple two year offers in the $2.75-$3.25 million per range but Kunitz doesn’t have a deal lined up yet. A lot of teams chasing him are also chasing Patrick MarleauRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Interest emerging in Del Zotto?


Latest Penguins/Free Agency Buzz Who will put the biggest offer on the table to Kevin Shattenkirk? Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils or Jason Botterill and the Buffalo Sabres? Rumblings are the Sabres are putting together a 7 year signing bonus heavy offer to Kevin Shattenkirk that could be north of $50 million. The Devils who are making an aggressive sales pitch and also a finalist for Shattenkirk, will be in the same neighborhood. Botterill vs Shero pegged to come in with the biggest offers and both could come up empty if Shattenkirk takes a lesser deal from a contender which is very much a possibility. — The Penguins were informed Thursday morning that Trevor Daley was no longer considering them but with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and agent Rich Curran very close, the Penguins started to know by Tuesday that Daley wouldn’t be returning. Pittsburgh made a runRead More »

Latest Penguins Rumblings: Daley in line for 3-4 year deal, sources say


Latest Penguins/Free Agency Buzz  LATEST [Is Olli Maatta still in play for “amateur hour” Avalanche?] [Daley to land a 4 year deal?] [Preds eyeing Bonino as long-term Fisher replacement, Habs making big push] [Multiple Clubs circling on Kulikov, evaluating medicals] [Did the Penguins reach out to Girardi’s camp?] — Unless each side is trying to keep things dead quiet for whatever reason, there continues to be no indications the Penguins are pursuing Joe Thornton or are going to be a player for him. A big time market has evolved for him and teammate Patrick Marleau. If it’s not going to happen in San Jose, some chatter the two would still love to finish their careers together and try to be a packaged deal somewhere else but that would be difficult. One executive mentioned Toronto as the one team that could potentially pull it off (a destination where both players wouldRead More »

Latest Penguins Chatter on Group of RFA’s


The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday officially made qualifying offers to the following players to retain negotiating rights. Qualifying Offers Justin Schultz – $1.4 million Brian Dumoulin – $840,000 Conor Sheary – $650,000 Josh Archibald – $650,000 Derrick Pouliot – $874,125 J.S. Dea – $650,000 Frank Corrado – $660,000 The QO’s have been declined by Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary which was a necessity as the Penguins are in talks with Justin Schultz reps at Newport Sports about a new long-term deal and the same with Lewis Gross, the agent for Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary. All three are primed for significant raises, notably Schultz and Dumoulin. Talks between the Penguins and Schultz have been slower than the Penguins had hoped but Schultz’ reps at Newport Sports are notorious to drag things on with RFA’s past July 1 when other teams can talk to restricted free agents, so itRead More »

Latest Free Agency Buzz: Strong market building for Bonino as Penguins weigh options


Latest Penguins Free Agency Buzz The NHL Free Agency Window opened at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday and calls have been coming in on Penguins center Nick Bonino. While the Penguins have made a Bonino a top priority and both sides continue to have “good discussions”, the ball is more in the Penguins court of whether they’re willing to stretch a bit to make a deal happen. “A lot of interest