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Tomorrow is going to be a super busy day for Ray Shero, which is probably why he did a little warm up today by signing Brad Thiessen and now Matt Niskanen. Two weeks after Niskanen rejected Ray Sheroâ€™s qualifying offer to return at the same rate as last year, he signed a two-year deal worth a $550,000 raise.
This deal had to get done ASAP, even if Niskanen was a RFA â€“ the Pens need as much in place before noon tomorrow so Shero knows what he has to work with. He was the most reliable defenseman the Pens had all season; he stepped up big time in Kris Letangâ€™s absence, he stood strong while Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek got toasted and he remained solid in the playoffs while the rest of the team **** their pants even though he was playing injured. Not too shabby for a guy that Pens fans wanted to crucify after his pathetic arrival in the Burgh. Now, everyone loves him. And he loves the Burgh â€“ he said right after the season ended that he wanted to return.
Niskanen: From the moment I got there, the way James & I were treated & how the guys were, I knew this was going to be the place for me -MC
â€” Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) June 30, 2012
Niskanenâ€™s $4.6 million deal works out pretty well for the Pens and their free agency plans. Heâ€™ll only cost Pens $2.1 mil this year and another $2.5 mil in 2013 for the guy thatâ€™s most likely going to be the No. 4 or 5 D-man.. That means Shero still has more than $12.6 mil to play with.
Great work to get this done before free agency opens tomorrow by Shero and Niskanenâ€™s agent, Neil Sheehy, who just so happens to represent a guy named Ryan Suter as wellâ€¦just sayinâ€™.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Matt Niskanen have agreed to two-year, $4.3 million deal that will keep him with the team until 2014.
The 25-year-old Niskanen had four goals and 17 assists in 75 games last season with Pittsburgh and had a plus-nine rating. Niskanen joined the Penguins in 2010-11 in the same trade that brought forward James Neal to the team.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins website, The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal runs through the 2013-14 campaign, and has an average annual value of $2.3 million.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their star captain Sidney Crosby have agreed to a new monster, 12 year $104 million contract. It keeps Crosby in a Penguins sweater for years to come, but is it worth it?
The Penguins are investing a lot of money and time into a player that at any moment can suffer another blow to the head and end his career. Crosby is a great player when he is healthy...
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull, For the Flyers, the bad news coming out of Pittsburgh on Thursday was that superstar Sidney Crosby had signed a 12-year, $104.4 million extension, a cap hit of $8.7 million _ the same as this season.
Itâ€™s bad news because Crosby, arguably the NHLâ€™s best player when healthy, probably could have gotten a shorter dealâ€¦.and more money per...
Parise will mull over offers tonight, and make his decision tomorrow. [ PuckDaddy ]
Please watch this Bob Mckenzie vid:
As Bob Mckenzie states there is a low offer of 10-year 80 million and maybe as high of an offer as 100 million dollars for Zach Parise.
The Penguins, Flyers, Wild, Red Wings, and even the Devils are the reported teams on...
It was rumored but not it is official:
Told that Crosby reached out to Parise as part of Pittsburgh pitch
â€” Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2012
The Penguins did not send a team to meet with Parise's team of agents. What that means? No idea.
Buckle up, it was a slow first hour, but moves start to happen in the second hour.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Brad Thiessen to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Thiessenâ€™s contract is a two-way deal worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
The Pens have Kelly. Now they just need Zack/Zach.
Free agency is always bat **** crazy. But when your team has a little under 15 million to spend. Hold on to your butt.
Here is our guide to the 2012 Free Agency class, and what we think the the Penguins will do.
First things first. Free Agency starts 12pmÂ on Sunday. Coverage will be on the NHL network.
Now the details for the Penguins. Lets start with cap...
Pittsburgh History: The Pens signed another superstar 20 years ago
Just prior to the start of the 1992 hockey season, Mario Lemieux signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thursday, the Pens and Sidney Crosby announced a contract worth $104.4 million over 12 years.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s interesting to note that the deal Lemieux signed 20 years ago...
The musings are a day late today, but thatâ€™s only because all of the big news happened yesterday. Donâ€™t blame us, blame everyone else for not making all this stuff happen before Thursday. I swear, everyone else is to blame, not us!
So Sidney Crosby gets $104.4 million over 12 years. From a hockey standpoint, that is a very risky contract. Crosby has had significant concussion...
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-- Just a quick post today. I hope you donÃ¢Â€Â™t get annoyed by my bringing different takes to obvious situations. I couldÃ¢Â€Â™ve easily written about Sidney Crosby signing his deal only, but you can get that information...