Free Agency Buzz: Penguins to take a strong run at Vincent Trocheck & More Buzz


Latest Pens Free Agency Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins could move very quickly at the start of free agency and take themselves completely out of the Evgeni Malkin equation before 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, sources say. It’s widely The Penguins internally view the Seattle If not Trocheck, then what? One option not being ruled out, per multiple sources. Resigning Evan Rodriguez to fill a top-3 center role and adding another impact top-6/top-9 level winger. Whether it’s a center or wing, the Penguins are confident of adding an impact forward to the mix tomorrow. [/hide]

Amid Malkin Decision, Penguins Quickly pivot to resigning Rickard Rakell to $30 million deal


Penguins Agree to 6 Year Extension with Rakell The door will be left open for Evgeni Malkin to circle back to the Penguins on Wednesday but will the money even be there? Amid the Malkin news this afternoon, the Penguins have quickly pivoted in signing winger Rickard Rakell to six year, $30 million extension. This is a pretty sizeable deal for both sides. The Rakell camp led by former NHL player Claude Lemieux made it clear to the Penguins last week that they saw the

Evgeni Malkin to Test Free Agency


Evgeni Malkin to test free agency The Pittsburgh Penguins were informed just after 4:00 p.m. today that center Evgeni Malkin has decided to test free agency on Wednesday. The Malkin camp led by have completely cut off negotiations with the Penguins ahead of the start of free agency. Increments of progress in talks were made over the weekend but a sizeable gap remained between the two sides before talks ended hours ago. A source close to the situation said ‘excited’ to go on the free agent market for the first time in his career. Meanwhile for the Penguins, they have some clarity entering free agency with the 36 hour + notice. One situation to monitor is the potential resigning of forward E

Latest on Evgeni Malkin & Qualifying Offer Rumblings


Malkin Talks go from being on Life Support to Progress? Still have to see where this goes in the next 48 hours, but on the Evgeni Malkin front, deadlines always lead to movement one way or another and the Penguins regard things as being in a much better place today than where things stood 4-5 days ago after Tuesday’s Penguins GM Ron Hextall didn’t just have a good poker face with the media on all this stingy term talk for months. It wasn’t until Tuesday night With Letang, the Penguins moved into uncomfortable territory to stretch out the cap because they knew New Jersey and Seattle were coming with offers at the minimum of 4 years, $36 million, which was not a coincidence Letang’s deal settled at that in total money. It’s been more telling the Penguins hand hasn’t been forced on the Malkin front as the team continues toRead More »

Penguins ink Kris Letang to a front-loaded Six Year Contract


After all this haggling for about a year now over the Penguins being stingy on term and not wanting to offer Kris Letang more than 3-4 years at the max, the team at the end of the day decided to operate like a team that internally still believes it can contend for a Stanley Cup in the next season or two. Hence, the Penguins today officially announced the resigning of 35 year old Kris Letang to a six year, $36.6 million contract that carries an AAV of $6.1 million. Letang will be 41 at the end of the contract and receives a Full No Move Clause for the first 4 years of the contract. Letang will make $22.2 million in the first three years of the deal, $14.4 million in the final three. The front-loaded six year extension shows Hextall and Co made this such a tougher negotiation than itRead More »

Draft Buzz: What’s Next for the Penguins as team, Kris Letang reach Agreement


Where do the Penguins pivot with Letang Contract wrapped up? TIOPS HIGHLIGHTS Letang, Pens Near Finish Line Pens pushed for answer from Malkin Camp Pivoting to Rodrigues? Van quietly pursuing Marino Again? Vet RH D-man eyes Pittsburgh Backtrack to late April and Penguins internally were bracing to go 1-for-3 at best in resigning Bryan Rust, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin this off-season. It’s no surprise the organization is ecstatic right now in being able to work out a new contract for Kris Letang several days before free agency. As for Letang, the Penguins and Letang plan on putting the finishing touches on a new contract for when the two sides meet in person today in Montreal. An announcement could come as early as Thursday afternoon. Kris I’m hoping to have done real soon here,” Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall , who is often guarded, said on Wednesday to the media.Read More »

Penguins staying status quo in Goal, Ink Casey DeSmith to a 2 year Extension


Penguins Resign DeSmith, Latest on Fleury Rumblings of a Marc Andre Fleury reunion had started to fizzle over the last month as the Penguins have had intel in the last little while that Fleury’s interest was elsewhere. The Penguins today officially slammed the door shut on any chance of a Fleury as the team has resigned Casey DeSmith to a 2 year, $3.6 million extension. The deal carries an AAV of $1.8 million. DeSmith, 30, went 11-6-5 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts for the Penguins in 2021-2022. It will be status quo for the Penguins in goal for the foreseeable future at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. The current regime still see’s Tristan Jarry as the long-term answer in goal. Jarry entering the last season of his deal, will be an UFA next July at age 28. The Penguins anticipate negotiating aRead More »

Source: Penguins direct negotiations, face-to-face meetings with Letang have helped bridged differences as deadline looms


Sense of Optimism Inside Penguin Circles Emerging for the first time in Letang talks? When Kent Hughes, the longtime agent of Kris Letang was named General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Letang’s file a few months ago was transferred over to agent Philippe Lecavalier. The interesting dynamic with Letang negotiations since Hughes left for Montreal is that Letang has been negotiating his And the Penguins internally believe this has become beneficial to the process. Hextall is widely looked at in the organization as dropping the ball there is starting to be a feeling around the league it will be a surprise if this doesn’t get done. Early next week seems to be soft deadline where the Penguins are anticipating a decision as they want to pivot to a few other of their free agent forwards not named Evgeni Malkin. MORE BUZZ — NHL sources say Rickard Rakell’s agent — RickRead More »

Rumors: Kings, Rangers and Panthers will have priority over others for Evgeni Malkin on July 13?


Rumors: Hurricanes hope to grab Malkin’s attention on July 13 — Evgeni Malkin was always going to be the easier signing than Kris Letang and that’s led to a lot of surprise around the league that Pittsburgh and especially the Evgeni Malkin camp, led by “The Malkin camp is . What has basically played out is resigning Kris Letang is going to be more costly than the Penguins anticipated that has eaten into what they are now willing to offer Malkin. — WILL MALKIN LISTEN TO OVERTURES from NON-BIG CITY TEAMS? — When Pittsburgh explored trading Evgeni Malkin in summer of 2019, former General Manager Jim Rutherford knew his hands were tied in that the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers were the only two teams Malkin would give a thought to playing for due to family reasons. If Malkin hits free agency, what rival clubs are trying to findRead More »

Rumors: Penguins have sought assurances Crosby plans to play out final three years in Pittsburgh


Rumors: New Ownership Group has asked for assurances that Sidney Crosby plans to play out final three years in Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall is considered to be very distant when it comes to keeping a superstar player like Sidney Crosby in the loop on roster decisions, a complete contrast to how Jim Rutherford was, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, though, is the opposite of Hextall and has made it a priority since coming to Pittsburgh to keep Crosby and his camp informed of most dealings. One development since the season has ended, the new ownership group through Burke made a reach out to confirm Crosby plans to play out his final three years in Pittsburgh. One answer Burke and the Penguins brass have not received is that Crosby will retire a Penguin, but they’ve been given 100% assurances that Crosby plans to play out his final threeRead More »