Ray Shero got some work done today for the first time since stock piling talent in WBS. It looks like the Penguins may have just inked a winger for Sid…maybe. Per the Pen’s site, Eric Tangradi has himself a new one-year deal worth $726,000, and blue liners Rob Bortuzzo and Alex Grant earned themselves 1-year/$525K deals. They’re all two-way deals too.
NEWS ALERT:#Pens have re-signed F Eric Tangradi & D Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo & Alex Grant to one-year contracts: pens.pe/PzhvV2
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 30, 2012
Shero seems to be pretty happy with the group of guys he’s got right now, and with the whole CBA thing hitting the fan, and with the laughable idea that the NHL might reduce the temporary salary cap from $70 mil back down to the $58 mil range, Shero might not have any other choice but to like what he’s got. That means Tangradi will should get his chance to audition be a winger for Sid along with the other Honey Boo Boo hopefuls Tyler Kennedy and Beau Bennet…and don’t forget Dustin Jeffrey even though Dan Bylsma has.
We’re probably looking at Tangradi’s last one-year contract as a Pen. He’s been unimpressive to say the least in the 40 games he’s played for the Pens over the last three years, but what we you expecting to see out of a top prospect who has shared his ice time with guys like Eric Godard and Steve MacIntyre? If he does get a shot in the Pens’ top six and can’t score more than 1 goal in 40 games there, this experiment is probably over. But if he gets a legit shot at some real ice time, and he uses his size and new offseason training program to his advantage, he could be a mainstay like the Pens had originally planned for him. Hey, he’s still only 23.
Bortuzzo and Grant weren’t going anywhere yet either and now they’ll be added to the deepest defensive stable in the history of the world…it’s just a shame after the Pens’ top six D-men the remaining 75 are all pretty similar on the talent scale for now. The Pens also signed Brian Strait to a 1-year/605K deal but he wasn’t an RFA, but he is the best defensemen of the three re-signees. Strait is NHL-ready but got hurt last year, Bortuzzo saw some NHL action last season and Grant has been solid a solid AHL guy.