Penguins Free Agency Signings LW Brock McGinn, 4 years – $11 Million F Danton Heinen 1 year, $1.1 Million F Evan Rodrigues, 1 Year – $1 Million 2-Way Contracts RW Dominik Simon, 1 Year – 750K F Michael Chaput, 1 year – $750K D Taylor Fedun, 1 Year – 750K G Filip Lindberg, 2 Year, Entry-Level
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
Any talk of the Penguins protecting defensemen Mark Friedman, acquired via waivers last season, is not accurate as Friedman is exempt from the expansion draft and does not qualify toward protection limits. Notable Eligible defenseman to be protected include Kris Letang who must be protected due to his NMC, Brian Dumoulin, Mike Matheson, Marcus Pettersson, Chad Ruhwedel and Cody Ceci, a pending UFA.