Devils 3 – Penguins 2 PIT LEADERS Casey DeSmith | 35 Saves, .921 SV% Sidney Crosby | Goal, 7 SOG, 71.5 CF% Jake Guentzel | 2 Assists, 3 SOG, 68 CF% Bryan Rust | +1, 75 CF% Matt Hunwick | Goal, 3 SOG, 40 CF% —Some key developments from the Penguins 3-2 loss against the Devils Tuesday night — — This was a huge win for the Devils (33-22-8, 74 pts). It was one of those four point swing games where the Devils are now two points behind the Penguins (36-24-4, 76 pts) for third in the division with a game in hand. Like Pittsburgh with their No. 1 goaltender also injured, New Jersey continues to look the part of being a playoff team. Led by Taylor Hall who should be in the Hart Trophy discussion, New Jersey showed a fast counter attack game and punished the Penguins in gettingRead More »
League Chatter: Hornqvist gets fair market deal 1. Feedback around the league on Patric Hornqvist’s 5 year, $26.5 million extension is that Hornqvist got a very good deal for himself. This extension was all about the Penguins going five years. The Penguins have known for a while that any deal below five years in term wasn’t going to keep Hornqvist from hitting the open market. Around January when numbers were starting to get exchanged, the Hornqvist camp according to a source was seeking a 5 year, $27.5 million contract from Pittsburgh. The final deal is 5 years, $26.5 million. I know there’s some saying Hornqvist left money on the table, but a few executives, scouts I heard from don’t think Hornqvist would have got much better of a deal from another contender and a place he actually wanted to play. Hornqvist turns 32 next season, plays a rugged style andRead More »
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was in conversations today to upgrade the roster but came out of the deadline with one small minor league deal in acquiring forward Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes. Rutherford cited the high prices of why the Penguins stood pat at the NHL level. The biggest news of the day, though, is Rutherford announcing the Penguins are close to an extension with Patric Hornqvist. An agreement is in place and will be announced tomorrow. The deal is for 5 years For months the Penguins believed a deal was looking unlikely but talks intensified between the Penguins and Hornqvist’s agent Craig Oster of Newport Sports in the past couple days that led to a breakthrough.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes for Greg McKegg. Jooris, 27, has 3 goals and 6 points in 31 games for the Hurricanes. Jooris is a physical hard working forward who carries a cap hit of $775,000 (1-way contract). Jooris is eligible to be sent to minors.
Penguins Trade Deadline Update I Less than four hours until the trade deadline, the Penguins infatuation with Matt Cullen continues. Pittsburgh and Minnesota spoke again this morning with the Penguins expressing a willingness to make an offer for defenseman — Been told not to be surprised if the Penguins get linked to a big name defenseman but some lower end d-men the Penguins had internal discussions on Sunday evening during their scouting meetings. Buffalo’s Justin Falk, — As of late Sunday night, the Penguins were poking around the Evander Kane situation. This morning the organization, though, No good read yet on whether the Penguins have fully crossed Be
Penguins show offensive greatness, defensive weaknesses in wild 6-5 loss PIT Game Leaders Top-5 Evgeni Malkin | 2 Goals, Assist Carl Hagelin | Goal, Assist Bryan Rust | Goal, Assist, 6 SOG Patric Hornqvist | Goal, 9 SOG, (disallowed goal) Matt Murray | 10 Saves in relief Penguins Bottom-5 Tristan Jarry | 8 Saves on 12 shots, .750 SV% Riley Sheahan | Minus-4 (0 GF-4 GA), 0 SOG, Matt Hunwick | Assist, Minus-3 (1 GF-4 GA) Jake Guentzel | Minus-3 (0 GF-3 GA), 0 SOG Jamie Oleksiak | Assist, Minus The Penguins 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers Saturday night had just about everything: — Terrible starting goaltending from Tristan Jarry who was pulled in the second period after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots as Pittsburgh trailed 4-1. Jarry has now been pulled in two of his last six NHL starts. — The third pairing of Matt Hunwick andRead More »
Fallout of the Derick Brassard Acquisition Thanks to a helping hand from the Vegas Golden Knights, the Derrick Brassard trade was as complex as it gets for 69 year old Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. “This is the most complex trade I’ve made,” Rutherford said following the Penguins 6-1 win vs the floundering Hurricanes. “We thought we had the deal made earlier in the day. It wasn’t made. We had to make a couple of changes and go through all those things. It took quite a bit longer than most.” Last week Pittsburgh starting setting the wheels in motion to potentially trade Ryan Reaves to Vegas that had no connection to Derick Brassard at the time, but in the days leading up to Friday’s trade, the perfect storm happened for Pittsburgh where Vegas was willing to keep 40% of Brassard’s salary/cap hit to help facilitate the deal. Some executives are lividRead More »