Whether it’s because he counts $5.5 million against the salary cap or because he was involved in one of the many trades in which Jim Rutherford sent a first-round draft choice the other way, Jason Zucker isn’t exactly a player Penguins fans speak fondly of.
Cody Ceci was one and done for the Pens, who are some of the other best one season only players in Pittsburgh? Inspiration struck in the form of Seth’s tweet after Cody Ceci signed a rich deal with Edmonton, leaving the Penguins after one season.
It appears a reunion between the Penguins and the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is not likely. Less than a week after speculation was arising that a reunion between the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury could be possible, it appears the chances of that reunion happening are extremely unlikely.
A look at what it means Zach Aston-Reese was one of 17 players to file for salary arbitration ahead of the deadline to do so today. This step is to be expected and is the player’s leverage to start the clock for agreeing to his next contract.
Tristan Jarry redemption story? It might be given the opportunity With many expecting that the Penguins would seek a change in net during the flurry of activity around the start of free agency, the goalie carousel swung around and around, and Pittsburgh found itself on the outside when it stopped.
For all of the drama, breathless media reports, and NHL trade rumors that former Vegas Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury would not report to the Chicago Blackhawks after last week’s trade, Fleury will indeed report to Chicago.
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are underwhelmed, to say the least. A few are feeling a little confused, while others accept the tough situation general manager Ron Hextall inherited with bloated contracts for young defensemen, aging stars, few draft picks, plenty of needs, and less than a handful of prospects.
It should go without saying that the start of NHL’s free agency is one of the busiest days of the year. Star players find new homes with massive contracts, sometimes a high-profile trade flies in and steals some headlines.
Individually, the decisions are rational and positive. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall has not made a mistake with player acquisition, he didn’t reach for a player in the 2021 NHL Draft, and he has added free agents on appropriate contracts.
July 30th, 2005 will be a date forever etched in Penguins history. Sixteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the Pittsburgh Penguins were forever changed — the day they drafted Sidney Crosby with the 1st overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
From behind the bench to on the ice, the Penguins should be well represented at the 2022 Winter Olympics. With the delayed 2020 Summer Olympic Games currently being contest in Tokyo, Japan, it seems fitting to take a look ahead to the 2022 Winter Olympics set to take place in Beijing, China in just a few short months.
More depth added The Penguins made a minor signing today, adding center Michael Chaput from free agency to a one-year, two-way contract. From the team: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year contract, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
The Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to re-sign Cody Ceci. He fit brilliantly with the Penguins scheme and defensive partner Mike Matheson. Penguins GM Ron Hextall could offer little more than a shrug and acknowledgment the Penguins could no longer afford the right-side defender whom they signed to a “show-me” one-year deal last offseason.
The Pens don’t make any drastic moves, so where are they at right now for next season? The first day of NHL free agency is always a flashy dash of teams making big moves that are sometimes regrettable but often fun in the moment.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, the annual NHL Entry Draft often feels like a chore rather than an event with massive implications. Part of that could be because only four Penguins draft picks since 2015 have reached the NHL, and two of them made their debuts with different teams.
On Wednesday it was made official that the Seattle Kraken selected forward Brandon Tanev from the Penguins in the expansion draft. Though the Penguins will be happy for his $3.5 million cap hit to come off the books, there’s no denying Tanev’s entertainment factor will be sorely missed.
His stay was short-lived in Toronto. Jared McCann was added to the Maple Leafs roster just a couple of days ago and he’s already set to be leaving as the Seattle Kraken have reportedly make McCann the team’s pick in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.