LATEST PENS BUZZ: Extension Talk & More Buzz

 

LATEST PENS BUZZ On Day 1 of free agency, Penguins GM Ron Hextall stated the team would likely start looking at extensions for Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang again, while also naming Bryan Rust August has passed without extensions for any of three. As for the Malkin and Letang talks, the sense in the organization continues to be that those situations will eventually sort themselves out with both players remaining Penguins’ past the 2021-2022 season. Rust, though, continues to be more of a wildcard on where things eventually go this season. The 29 year old has evolved into one of the Penguins best two-way forwards, a major vocal leader in the room and has huge support in the organization from power brokers like of Sidney Crosby and head coach Mike Sullivan. While some of the fan base might try to say Rust rides the coattails of Sidney Crosby, that’s laughableRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins’ Brass having difficult time in improving the roster?

 

Penguins Free Agency Buzz Penguins GM Ron Hextall admitted on Wednesday he was “surprised” with some of the prices from day one of the Free Agency Frenzy. Any small chance of the Penguins making a bold move on Wednesday was going to be for winger Brandon Saad, but the Penguins bowed out of the mix very early into the day and never made a official offer Team sources say Hextall who seeks to leave the Penguins around $2 million in cap space to start the season, went into free agency with a set number What has played out this off-season is the Penguins new regime really slow playing their attempts to improve this roster. With the subtractions of Jared McCann, Brandon Tanev and now Cody Ceci, this is not a better roster than the one this past spring that lost in the first round for the third straight year. AndRead More »

Marc Andre Fleury headed to Chicago: Will he report?

 

Vegas moves on from the Franchise Icon The Vegas Golden Knights have officially gone all-in on Robin Lehner as Marc Andre Fleury is on the move. The 2021 Vezina Trophy winner has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, a rumored destination for Fleury over the last couple weeks. Vegas receives forward Mikael Hakkarainen in the deal and no cap hit was retained. As Chicago is trying to speed up their retool, it’s a bold move for the Hawks but as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports, there’s already questions whether Fleury will report and Fleury could contemplate retirement at age 36. Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman also reports there were rumblings Fleury could retire if traded anywhere due to family reasons. Vegas writer Jesse Granger reports Fleury found out about the trade via Twitter, which is a terrible look for the Golden Knights and Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh confirmed just after 12:00 p.m. thatRead More »

Penguins working to line up two particular signings at the start of free agency

 

Latest Penguins Free Agency Buzz There hasn’t been a draft weekend in the Sidney Crosby era that saw the Penguins be in on pretty much nothing on the trade front like they were this past week where little was percolating around the Penguins. As one source joked, ‘Welcome to the Ron Hextall Era’. As stated weeks ago, the days of Jim Rutherford putting the Penguins in on everything is over. However, it was still something to see how dead quiet it was on the Penguins end after the losses of Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev upfront in a span of a couple days. Penguins’ General Manager Ron Hextall had made it a priority internally of trying to toe the line of moving salary without having to trade futures (high draft picks and higher end prospects) which saw the Penguins take the route they did with McCann and then exposing aRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Seattle made a quick decision to go with Brandon Tanev, sources say

 

Latest Buzz on the Penguins losing Brandon Tanev to the expansion draft The Pittsburgh Penguins will come out of expansion draft losing two useful forwards off their roster with the trade of Jared McCann on Saturday and Seattle selecting Brandon Tanev. What’s been clear over the last week is this: Seattle planned to take Teddy Blueger as their No. 1 target if left exposed, multiple sources have said, so Blueger became a top priority for the Penguins to protect as the team put a premium on trying to keep their center depth intact and with the Penguins planning to protect Blueger, Jared McCann was going to be the selection by Seattle if not traded and left exposed by the Penguins. Yes, the Penguins got something for McCann who they didn’t plan to protect and added a prospect who could be a useful bottom-6 player in 2-3 years, but whether McCannRead More »

Breaking Down Penguins Official Protected List & More Buzz

 

Latest Expansion Draft Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins protected list for the expansion draft is as followed: Forwards Sidney Crosby Evgeni Malkin Jake Guentzel Bryan Rust Kasperi Kapanen Jeff Carter Teddy Blueger Key Forwards Exposed: Brandon Tanev, Jason Zucker, Zach Aston-Reese (RFA), Buzz: The Top-5 was clear cut for months. No. 6 and No. 7 is a different story. Even at his age, Pittsburgh see’s Jeff Carter as part of their core for next season and some say Ron Hextall believes Carter has more hockey left in him than just this season (Don’t be shocked to see Carter agree to a one year extension). The Penguins rationale for protecting Jeff Carter, though, remains to be seen as the chances of Seattle selecting Carter were always thought to be minimal due to Carter’s age and his salary being so low for next season that he would just retire if selected by Seattle.Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Kraken have done significant homework on Jason Zucker?

 

Latest Expansion Draft Buzz Surrounding the Penguins Pittsburgh’s resigning of center Teddy Blueger this week to a 2 year, $4.4 million extension fell right into the ballpark of what a Teddy Blueger extension was projected to be. “Teddy has proven to be a versatile, two-way center, as well as a fixture on the penalty kill. He’s a valuable player for our team,” said General Manager Ron Hextall of Blueger.” Pittsburgh bought out a UFA year and known for his defensive metrics, the new regime see’s Blueger as an ascending player where they think the offensive numbers can fall into the range of 15 goals, 35-40 points next season, though, that might be an optimistic view. Pittsburgh’s top-5 forwards to be protected have been set for a while now, while the final two forwards to protect has been a different story. Sounds like the organization came to an agreement on theRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Best Case Scenario for Pens in Expansion Draft

 

Best Case Scenario For Pens in Expansion Draft The NHL offseason is about to hit high gear. Expansion draft protected lists are officially due into the league office by 5:00 P.M. on July 17 with the expansion draft happening days later on July 21. One major difference between Vegas and Seattle is how much more guarded Kraken GM Ron Francis has been with clubs on who they would take in Scenario A, B or C. There’s going to be some side deals but not to the extent that McPhee sought out in 2017. Seattle has more teams guessing, multiple league sources say. Pittsburgh went the 4-4-1 route in 2017 and will go the 7-3-1 this time around. The Penguins brass in recent weeks has been bracing to lose based off intel they’ve gathered, sources say. A best case scenario for the Penguins? Seattle selects