Sheary signed a three-year extension worth $9 million with the Penguins on Sunday, Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette reports. Sheary was scheduled for arbitration on Aug. 4. However, the Penguins settled with both Sheary and Brian Dumoulin before their hearings. Sheary had 23 goals and 53 points in 2016-17.
Sheary is expected to file for arbitration, according to general manager Jim Rutherford, Josh Yohe of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports. The qualifying offer Sheary received from the Penguins would be equal to the league minimum of $650,000, so it's no wonder the youngster filed for arbitration, considering that he was entrusted with steady top-line minutes alongside Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh has just over $11 million in cap room with which it can continue to negotiate a long-term deal with the winger.
Sheary was given a qualifying offer by the Penguins on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Sheary put up solid numbers this past year -- 23 goals and 30 assists -- but he did see his role diminish during the postseason, including a two-game benching. The 25-year-old will play an integral role in the Penguins' future and could be in line for career highs if he continues to play on Sidney Crosby's right side. The priority for general manager Jim Rutherford is going to be the blue line -- specifically Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz -- so they may be willing to risk arbitration with Sheary if he declines to sign his one-year, $650,000 offer.
Sheary found the back of the net in Thursday's 6-0 drubbing of Nashville. Sheary was the beneficiary of a nifty backhand pass from Sidney Crosby that the 25-year-old one-timed past backup Juuse Saros. After failing to secure a goal in the previous three rounds, the winger now has a pair of goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. Some shuffled-up lines from coach Mike Sullivan saw the Massachusetts native bouncing all over the lineup, but he seems at his best in the "Sid and the Kids" line.
Sheary scored his first goal of the postseason during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville. The 24-year-old winger had just four assists through his first 16 postseason contests; he's also missed three games to injury. Sheary has bounced back in the last couple tilts with an assist in Game 7 against Ottawa and Monday's tally, and he appears to be locked in with Sidney Crosby again at five-on-five play. After he posted an impressive 3.27 points per 60 minutes during the regular season, Sheary's playoff run has been disappointing. However, his struggles may have been health related. A strong finish in the Cup Finals would go a long way toward solidifying his fantasy value heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
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