Penguins Rumors & News

  • Penguins not alone in top-heavy approach to salary cap

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "For more than three decades, the Penguins have been a star-driven team. That creates certain challenges in a salary-cap environment, as Dan Mason, a professor at the University of Alberta who teaches a class in the business of hockey, understands. “They're going to have to remunerate those..." August 02

  • Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jim Benning wasn’t kidding when he called Brandon Sutter a “foundation piece.” Just days after acquiring Sutter from Pittsburgh in a multi-player trade, the Canucks GM is reportedly close to inking the 26-year-old to a fairly large extension, per Sportsnet. If accurate, the extension — which..." July 30

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Benning call Sutter a 'foundation piece' for Canucks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks have big plans for Brandon Sutter. “Acquiring Brandon Sutter, to me he’s a foundation piece for our group going forward,” GM Jim Benning said today after sending Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening to Pittsburgh in a trade. “He can play a good two-way game. He brings us..." July 28

  • Pens Trade Brandon Sutter to Canucks for Nick Bonino "The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The..." July 28

  • Penguins Agree to Terms with Forward Eric Fehr to a Three-Year Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Eric Fehr to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has an average annual value of $2 million. Fehr, 29, has played..." July 28

  • Lidstrom says Lemieux was best he faced "Retired Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said former Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux was the best player he faced during his career, according to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "It was all about Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman," said Lidstrom,..." July 28

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Penguins won't use record-setting AHL goaltender Matt Murray in NHL next season

    The Score "Matt Murray's AHL accomplishments weren't enough to earn him a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins to begin next season. The team will keep the netminder - who broke the AHL's shutout streak record, and earned AHL Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the process - in the minors..." July 23

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Blue Jackets have talked with free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't giving up their pursuit of a defenseman. After swinging and missing on a trio of blue-liners, the club has reportedly been in talks with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch. Sources have told The Dispatch..." July 20

  • Penguins prospects bring out their competitive side

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s no secret the Penguins have positions open on the fourth line when training camp opens in September, even if they craft a deal between now and then for a free agent or make an acquisition via trade. Oskar Sundqvist, who nearly made the club out of camp a year ago, is a front runner for the..." July 19

  • Pens prospect Zlobin happy being back on ice

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Anton Zlobin dropped to his knees in front of the home team's bench at Consol Energy Center, braced his skates on the yellow kick board behind him, put his hands on the ice in front of him and stretched. He was the first player on the ice before the first practice of the Penguins' annual..." July 18

  • Pouliot hopes to be a key ingredient in Penguins' future plans

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s a good thing for the guacamole. Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot said Friday he had an awakening during his rookie season with the Penguins, and he has committed to entering training camp with better stamina, strength and overall fitness. That has meant working out with former..." July 18

  • Penguins' Maatta expects to be ready for camp "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who played in 20 games last season after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his neck before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury, expects to be ready for training camp in September. "We're on the schedule," Maatta told the Penguins..." July 16

  • Penguins sign Dominik Simon to Entry Level Contract

    PensBurgh "The Penguins announced that 2015 draft pick Dominik Simon signed his entry-level contract today. Nothing too surprising here. One tidbit from the release was new information, to me, at least." July 16

  • Penguins Re-Sign Forward Beau Bennett "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Beau Bennett to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal carries an average annual value of $800,000. Bennett, 23, finished the 2014-15 season with four goals, eight..." July 15

  • Taylor Pyatt Announces Retirement From Hockey

    The Hockey Writers "Former NHLer Taylor Pyatt has announced that he will retire from hockey after playing 859 NHL games split between the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played for Geneve Servette in Switzerland last..." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Bid for Penguins expected by next week

    The Business Journal "A group of investors expects to make an offer to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins within the week, sources told the Business Times. Their identities of the bidders and size of the bid were not disclosed, although some who have done deals in the National Hockey League said the team could sell anywhere..." July 14

  • Ron Wilson sees Kessel scoring 40 goals for Penguins "Former NHL coach Ron Wilson predicts a big season ahead for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel no matter who centers his line in 2015-16. In fact, Wilson said Kessel could establish a career high with 40 goals his first season in Pittsburgh. He should know. Wilson coached Kessel for..." July 13

  • Crosby on Kessel: 'He seems like he's excited'

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sidney Crosby knows his team struggled to score goals last season. Newly acquired Phil Kessel is coming off a down campaign too for that matter, but the 27-year-old forward’s goal scoring prowess is well documented, especially after he averaged 30 goals per season during his six campaigns in..." July 10

  • Penguins bring back defenseman Dumoulin on two-year deal

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brian Dumoulin to a two-year, one-way contract. The contract carries a salary cap hit of $800,000. Dumoulin, 23, played in eight NHL regular season games in 2014-15 and scored one goal. He had no points in five postseason games." July 10

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sergei Plotnikov, signed by the Penguins on Wednesday to a one-year entry-level contract, is leaving a favorable impression on Pittsburgh’s GM Jim Rutherford with some of his recent actions. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Plotnikov could arrive in town by August as he embarks on..." July 04

  • Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It appears Sergei Plotnikov is ready to begin his NHL career. Like tomorrow, if possible. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that Plotnikov, the Russian winger the Penguins signed on Wednesday, has informed the team he could arrive in Pittsburgh as soon as August to “get..." July 04

  • Penguins Re-Sign Reid McNeill to Two-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Reid McNeill to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way deal that carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. McNeill, 23, helped the..." July 03

  • Kessel on moving on from Toronto: 'It's a different world there'

    Pro Hockey Talk "After six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phil Kessel is looking forward to a fresh start. The 27-year-old was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a multi-player trade on Wednesday. Kessel appeared in 446 regular season games with the Leafs scoring 181 goals and 394 points. “It..." July 02

  • Hurricanes owner rips Rutherford, Penguins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford won the day in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but he took a beating in Carolina. In speaking to reporters in Raleigh, N.C., Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. directed incendiary comments at Rutherford, his former general manager and team president, as well as..." July 02

  • Winnik returning to Maple Leafs on two-year deal

    Sportsnet "Daniel Winnik is returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The unrestricted free agent signed a two-year contract with Toronto on Wednesday worth $4.5 million." July 02

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    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    Kevin Porter signed a one-year, two-way deal in Pittsburgh for $575K / $250K. Has 206 NHL games under his belt. #TSN

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    Steven Oleksy @StevenOleksy

    Thank you to all the incredible people that made my 3 years in Wash & Hersh memorable but ecstatic to be part of the @penguins organization.

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    Jenn Menendez @JennMenendez

    #Pens have signed D David Warsofsky to one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at NHL level. Has played 230 games for Bruins farm team.

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    Seth Rorabaugh @emptynetters

    The Penguins announce they have signed Russian winger Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level deal. No $$ announced.

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Full deal: Kessel, Erixon, Biggs, 2nd to PIT for Kapanen, Harrington, Spaling, 1st and 3rd. TOR retains 15% of Kessel's salary.

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Kessel trade could be bigger hearing Spaling involved and Pitt also gets Torontos 2nd round pick.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    As a @RealKyper reported, Kessel to PIT for Kapanen, Harrington and a pick

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Downie deal is one-year at $1.75M with ARIZ per @RealKyper

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    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

    UFA forward Blake Comeau headed to Colorado Avalanche. Three-year deal.

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Done deal. Paul Martin has agreed to a four-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    #Isles sign G Thomas Greiss.

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    Nick Kypreos @RealKyper

    Hearing talks btw #Leafs and #Pens heating up again on Kessel. Told trade could happen as early as today. #signingseason

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Things change fast on UFA Day. Now hearing SJ no longer a top contender for Paul Martin. But COL will be in hard on Francois Beauchemin.

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Veteran d-man Paul Martin has a number of options ranging from 1 yr to multi year term. Solid player.

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Thomas Greiss among the UFA options the LA Kings have looked into. Greiss has other teams in mix, too. Solid backup, cap-friendly option

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