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.
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 »
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 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 »