Price Penguins paid for Ryan Reaves looks higher on paper than it actually is


On the Ryan Reaves Acquisition Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is never afraid to pay a price for filling a need and that’s what he did with the Ryan Reaves acquisition on Friday night. “When you want to get the guy that’s the best at doing what he does then you have to pay a price,” Rutherford said. “Regardless of what we paid, we’re very happy to have him.” The Penguins in dealing the 31st overall pick and prospect Oskar Sundqvist in return for Reaves and the 51st overall pick has been met with outrage from many in the media, to team bloggers, to the fan base. Jim Rutherford is being ridiculed like he’s gone back in time to 2014-2015 Rutherford. Here are the facts. This trade is really Ryan Reaves for Oskar Sundqvist. Scouts contend this is a poor draft where prospects 20-90 is a crapshoot. There’s little to noRead More »

The Penguins keep winning off the ice too


The Perfect Storm As the NHL draft kicks off tonight in Chicago, there’s still an after effect of the expansion draft. Some clubs like the Pittsburgh Penguins got off very well with the expansion draft and some didn’t. The Predators losing James Neal for nothing was terrible asset management by David Poile of the Nashville Predators. The Senators losing Marc Methot for nothing was terrible asset management by Ottawa. A player selected in the expansion draft can’t be traded back to their former club until Jan 1, so any opportunity to make a deal with Vegas is lost for those club. Surveying some around the league, the consensus is the Penguins got off very easy. Nothing against Marc Andre Fleury who Vegas has valued to make the early face of the franchise and he’ll be great off the ice for them, but Pittsburgh had nowhere to trade Fleury without keepingRead More »

Expansion Draft Night as Penguins have deal in place with Vegas to take Fleury


Latest Penguins Buzz It’s expansion draft night and Vegas GM George McPhee hasn’t been as accommodating as so many General Manager’s envisioned he would be. The friends club was there for some but not others who were trying to strike a favorable deal. While Vegas has worked out at least eight to 10 side deals with clubs, including the Penguins, a source described as McPhee being cut throat in some situations where some clubs are going to get hit hard with losing an important piece or two. That didn’t happen to Pittsburgh. Marc Andre Fleury’s tenure as a Pittsburgh Penguins will officially come to an end today. Fleury will become a Vegas Golden Knight today and is flying to Vegas this morning to be part of the festivities. The question with Fleury has been, is he long to stay with Vegas and what are the Penguins giving up to VegasRead More »

Latest Fleury Rumors, Penguins Free Agency Chatter & More Buzz


Expansion Draft Buzz Vegas set a deadline for last night with clubs to make side deals and today Vegas will be picking their squad that will be officially turned into the Central Registry on Wednesday morning. One NHL executive put the over/under at ‘8’ on side deals Vegas has worked out with clubs. Some leaks that have emerged: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported few days ago the Blue Jackets have a deal in place to send a first round pick, prospect, and David Clarkson’s contract to Vegas and the Golden Knights will select Matt Calvert or William Karlsson. The New York Islanders have a similar deal in place with Vegas where the Isles are expected to send Vegas a first round pick and will likely lose Nikolai Kulemin to avoid losing some of their key forwards left unprotected, per Arthur Staple of Newsday. Vegas GM George McPhee isRead More »

Pressure on Vegas not to take one sided deals & Latest Penguins Rumblings


LATEST NHL BUZZ With Saturday’s Trade Freeze looming, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked things off on Thursday with a blockbuster deal that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens and Drouin hours later signing a 6 year deal worth $33 million. How many more big names will be on the move by Saturday’s deadline? Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin among the notable names in play who have a strong chance to get moved in the next 24 hours. Two other impact players who could be traded by Saturday: Expectations are Travis Hamonic is on the move and it will happen by tomorrow or the latest draft weekend. Anaheim is set to land a haul for Sami Vatanen with a trade expected in the next week. Colorado’s Matt Duchene is getting traded. This could very well live up to the busiest trade period ever. —Read More »

Off-Season Decisions to start being made today for Penguins


Decision Day for Penguins on Expansion Draft The Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday celebrated another Stanley Cup with an estimated 650,000 in attendance for the championship parade and now the work starts to begin for Penguin management. Exit meetings are being conducted today between coaches/management/players and just over 48 hours from the Penguins having to send in their protected expansion draft list, the club has to start looking forward to next year today. The looming decision is whether to go with the 7-3-1 setup for the expansion draft or the 4-4-1 setup? As reported here a weeks ago, the Penguins are one of the few teams that’s given strong consideration to going with the 4-4-1 to protect defensemen Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz. “At times the composition of the list gets changed a little bit, but we have a pretty good idea of what we’re doing,” GMRead More »