Tom Kuhnhackl rejected 2 year offer from Penguins

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday opted not to qualify winger Tom Kuhnhackl, making Kuhnhackl a free agent. Kuhnhackl who will be signing elsewhere, was a strong candidate not to be tendered from the get-go due to the Penguins logjam of left wingers and desire to add more offense to the 4th. The team, though, did make an attempt to sign Kuhnhackl prior to the qualifying offer deadline. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford told the Post-Gazette on Tuesday that Kuhnhackl rejected a 2-year offer from the team.

Analysis: Bryan Rust new Four Year Contract is a win for both sides

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and winger Bryan Rust have agreed to a new four year, $14 million contract. The deal carries an AAV of $3.5 million. The #Pens have re-signed Bryan Rust to a four-year contract. The deal runs through the 2021.22 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. More details: https://t.co/tQn2UPLZ9Q pic.twitter.com/KDtB9aHLaE — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 26, 2018 Why the Rust deal is a win for both sides Despite reports being out there that Rust was offered for Max Domi this month, he never was, and talk Pittsburgh was waiting to sign him, — the 26 year old winger has always been in the Penguins long-term plans this summer. — Pittsburgh came out of their organizational meetings in early June, eyeing a deal of around four years for Rust, so it’s not surprising to see the deal come in where it did. A deal beyondRead More »

Penguins don’t make qualifying offer to Riley Sheahan

 

Prior to today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins did not make a qualifying offer to center Riley Sheahan and winger Tom Kuhnhackl. Both players are now unrestricted free agents and free to sign anywhere on July 1. The Penguins are fully moving on from Kuhnhackl but the team had been trying to sign Riley Sheahan to a deal slightly In the lead-up to today’s qualifying offer deadline, Pittsburgh offered Sheahan a 2 The Penguins offer was declined by Sheahan and countered today, a source says. Indications are the Penguins felt were they to qualifying Sheahan, Sheahan’s camp planned to target arbitration this summer where team officials projected Sheahan was a candidate to get somewhere The Sheahan camp saw Ryan Spooner’s

Penguins lockup Sprong, Simon with two year contracts

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed wingers Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon each to two year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both players receive 1-way contracts and carry an AAV of $750,000. It’s a potential sneaky signing for the Penguins when it comes to Sprong in regards to the term. Being waiver eligible in the fall, it’s hard to see any scenario, barring a trade, where Sprong isn’t opening the season in Pittsburgh. A 1-way contract was always going to happen for around the money he signed, but the Penguins getting Sprong, his representatives willing to do a two year deal is a shrewd move by the Penguins. Sprong if given an opportunity in the top-9 next season with some second unit power play time, putting together a 17-20 goal season is not that far fetched. He’s that good at shooting the puck. Doing a one year deal with an opportunity for aRead More »

Draft Day Buzz: Penguins among 3 teams in the mix to trade for Jeff Skinner

 

Latest Penguins Draft Day Buzz   The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes have talked Justin Faulk as recently as Tuesday but where some momentum has emerged in the last 48 hours between the two sides is One scout said last night he couldn’t see the Penguins acquiring Skinner without B More Draft Day Buzz: — Two Eastern Conference teams have given consideration to trading for Conor Sheary. Not a guarantee he’s part of any deals this weekend but Sheary’s carrying a bit more trade value — The Los Angeles Kings are a finalist for Ilya Kovalchuk (among the front-runners) and are also waiting word from John Tavares representatives at CAA Sports on if they’ll be one of the five teams granted a meeting during the interview period. (If Tavares get to the interview period) The Kings have been engaged in talks (Off & On) with the Penguins — Minnesota willRead More »

Evaluating what the Penguins should do with their Key RFA’s

 

Evaluating What the Penguins Should do with their UFA/RFA’s NHL General Managers learned yesterday the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season will be in the neighborhood of $79.5-$80 million. That’s a figure many clubs, including the Penguins have been bracing for since the league came out with a projected $77-$82 million cap number in March. Even after adding $8.3 million towards the cap (for the 2018-2019 season) at last years trade deadline with the acquisition Derick Brassard and signing of Patric Hornqvist, the Penguins have been in position to bring back the same group for another season if they wanted to. They don’t. Jim Rutherford is eyeing some change, which could be little or big as Pittsburgh is in a lot of discussions on the eve of the draft as they often are. Pittsburgh has around $70.2 million committed right now to 17 skaters, when you include Zach Aston-Reese whoRead More »

NHL Awards Rundown: Taylor Hall wins Hart Trophy

 

The NHL Awards show often gets ripped every year for being quirky but this years show was very well done. There were several heart warming tributes and the league, players, ect knocked it out of the park. Late @HumboldtBroncos coach Darcy Haugan has been honored with the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, presented to an individual who – through the game of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/EA60WaRCLX — NHL (@NHL) June 21, 2018 NOTABLE AWARDS HART TROPHY Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils New Jersey’s @hallsy09 received 72 first-place tallies and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters, by 70 points. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/xCCeM0FUNK — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 21, 2018 Taylor Hall became the first New Jersey Devil in team history to take home the Hart Trophy as Hall edged out Colorado’s NathanRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Domi Fallout; RH D-Man Search; Jarry in trade talks; Kessel/NSH

 

Latest Pens Buzz HEADLINES [Rust not offered for Domi] [Penguins in the Faulk market?] [ One Eastern Team see’s #1 ability in Jarry] [More Kessel/Nashville Trade Talk] The Penguins interest in Max Domi prior to the Montreal Canadiens securing a trade for him last week is well documented. Penguin scouts/coaches saw Domi being an excellent fit in the years ahead with one of the top-2 centers on the left side because of his vision/playmaking ability combined with his competitiveness. The strength areas of Domi’s game projected to be a much better fit in Pittsburgh then it will be in Montreal where there’s going to be no goal scorers around him, especially once the Habs move Max Pacioretty. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Arizona went with quality over quantity. Much talk of what the Penguins offered has centered around Bryan Rust ‘reportedly’ being offered for Domi. However, word from high ranking sources isRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins getting trade offers for Kessel, Brassard

 

Source: Penguins have been presented with ‘intriguing’ trade options ahead of draft — The Pittsburgh Penguins have been presented with more than one trade option surrounding winger Phil Kessel that the team is mulling, ahead of this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Penguins continue to be wide open on Kessel, not committed to keeping him or trading him. The goal for the Penguins in exploring Kessel’s trade market over the last month has been seeking options to add a different kind of player, notably a stronger 200 ft type player or multiple NHL pieces. Trade talks have progressed with at least two teams where those type of scenarios are on the table that Pittsburgh could decide to move on, sources say. Pittsburgh is also said to not be dead-set on getting a forward or forwards in return for Kessel. Pittsburgh has also explored at leastRead More »

Latest on Kris Letang

 

Latest on Kris Letang As the Penguins enter a crucial trading period this week, one name who hasn’t garnered much action yet in trade talks is defenseman Kris Letang, league sources say. While the Penguins have not actively pursued trade scenarios for Letang to the extent that they have for Phil Kessel, Rutherford informed rival General Managers in May he was open to listening to inquiries on Letang and any defenseman not named Brian Dumoulin who along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray are off-limits in trade talks this summer. What the Penguins have learned about Letang’s trade value is this: Along with clubs having the ‘obvious’ serious concerns about his long-term health/contract (4 years remaining), Letang’s no longer regarded around the league as a game breaking defenseman. His entrance into the trade market from the extent that Pittsburgh no longer see’s him as an untouchable just hasn’t generatedRead More »