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

Latest Pens Buzz: Hextall staying out of trade talks for big names? The Eichel Market & More Buzz


Latest NHL Buzz What do rival executives expect of the Penguins this off-season? Some tweaks around the edges and the team to ‘run it back’. Several weeks after a third straight Round 1 ouster, General Manager Ron Hextall and his group are said to still this group is right their with the Tampa Bay’s and others to compete for a Stanley Cup next season and the possibility of seismic changes is going to get pushed back to next summer. Maybe Hextall has the ultimate poker face going on but good luck finding anyone in the know who has expectations of anything else playing out. With a number of big names available, a major change in how Jim Rutherford operated compared to how Ron Hextall goes about is already being seen. Rutherford was notorious for being in on everything, even if the Penguins had no business in being in the mix.Read More »

Henry Davis goes No. 1: The Pirates Draft Board is always going to be different than most teams


Seeking an under slot prospect with the No. 1 selection, the Pittsburgh Pirates brass kept many executives and insiders around the league guessing on what direction they were going with the No. 1 overall pick. The direction many saw them going was the high school shortstop route with left handed hitting shortstop Marcel Mayer widely viewed as the likely pick, a prospect many draft pundits have called a future superstar, with Jordan Lawlar a close second. Instead the tight lipped Pirates surprised at No. 1 in selection catcher Henry Davis out of Louisville. Regarded by many as the best college hitter in the draft, Davis slashed a line of .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs and led the ACC with a .486 on-base percentage. It was no secret the Pirates planned to go under slot at No. 1. They made it known with leaks weeks ago to get that out ofRead More »