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Penguins' Dominik Kahun: Headed to Pittsburgh
Kahun was acquired by the Penguins from the Blackhawks on Saturday in exchange for defenseman Olli Maatta. The Penguins also received a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Kahun had 13 goals and 24 assists and averaged 14:09 of ice time for the Blackhawks this season. The 23-year-old joined Chicago on an entry-level contract in April 2018 and played all 82 games.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Likely staying in Pittsburgh
Kessel appears to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports. According to general manager Jim Rutherford, "I expect Kessel will probably play for Pittsburgh next season"
Rutherford went on to say, "First of all, he's a good player. He's been a good player for us. It's not as if we have to trade him." Good might be a bit of an understatement regarding a player who has racked up 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins, along with another 20 goals and 36 assists in 65 postseason contests that includes two Stanley Cup championships. The problem for the club is Kessel's limited no-trade clause that allows him to name eight teams he could be traded to, which is what the winger used to block the move to Minnesota. With the 31-year-old still in the squad, Pittsburgh's No. 1 power play should continue to pose problems for the rest of the league and he remains capable of hitting the 80-point mark and beyond.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Emil Larmi: Inks entry-level deal
Larmi signed a two-year, entry-level contract worth $700,000 with the Penguins on Sunday.
Larmi signs from the top league in Finland, where he went 50-44-29 to go along with a 2.07 GAA and .931 save percentage in three seasons with HPK. At 22 years old, he certainly has a chance to get a call to the big club at some point in his career if he keeps developing. For next season, however, it's likely that Larmi starts his career in North America with AHL Wilkes-Barre.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Inks one-year deal
Riikola signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Riikola's deal is one-way in nature, which means that the Penguins would have to risk putting the youngster on waivers in order to send him down to the minors. With the team also signing Chad Ruhwedel to a new contract, it currently has eight blueliners under contract for the 2019-20 campaign, which could be an indication that somebody will get moved via trade, with Jack Johnson perhaps the most likely candidate.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Subject of trade talks
According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, it's a matter matter of "when" not "if" Kessel will be traded by the Penguins.
According to LeBrun, Minnesota has emerged as a frontrunner to land Kessel early on, but the American winger would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for that deal to come to fruition. It was clear that the Penguins would likely be looking to shake up their roster after being swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs this year, but it's still a little surprising to see them so eager to move a player that just racked up 27 goals and 82 points in 82 contests.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Re-signs with Pittsburgh
Ruhwedel (upper body) signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
Ruhwedel has only totaled 17 points in 96 contests over the past three seasons with Pittsburgh, but his new contract suggests he may be expected to take on a slightly larger role in 2019-20. Either way, the Penguins currently have a logjam at defense, so they'll almost certainly be looking to trade at least one of their blueliners away this offseason. Ruhwedel missed the final 23 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to an upper-body injury, so now that he's been re-signed, he can shift his focus to getting back to 100 percent in time for training camp.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Kasper Bjorkqvist: Pens entry-level deal
Bjorkqvist signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Bjorkqvist -- who is recovering from shoulder surgery per Mark Divver of The Providence Journal -- will forgo his final year of eligibility at Providence College in order to go pro. The Finnish winger notched 17 goals and 13 helpers in 42 outings with the Friars this year. Even if he is fully fit in time for training camp, the 21-year-old figures to start the season in the minors with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Grabs two helpers for Russia
Malkin tallied two assists in Russia's 5-2 victory over Norway on Friday.
It was a solid start to the tournament for Malkin, who picked up both of his points on goals scored by Evgenii Dadonov. Fans and fantasy owners alike will be hoping a strong showing at Worlds for the 32-year-old Malkin will inspire him to a better 2019-20 campaign with the Penguins.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Niclas Almari: Signs entry-level contract
Almari signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
Pittsburgh selected Almari in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old blueliner spent the 2018-19 campaign in his native Finland playing for HPK Hameenlinna of the SM-liiga, notching five points in 42 appearances. Almari will almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 season in the AHL and probably won't ever develop into a reliable offensive contributor at the NHL level, so there's really no reason for fantasy owners to track his development at this stage.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Jared McCann: Scores against Austria
McCann notched a goal in Tuesday's IIHF World Championship tune-up game versus Austria.
McCann was a late addition to the Team Canada roster, but likely cemented his spot in the lineup with his performance. The Ontario native was a solid addition to the Penguins at the trade deadline, as he racked up 11 goals and six helpers in 32 appearances. The natural center could find himself on Sidney Crosby's wing next season, which would bolster his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Underwhelms in tune-up game
Murray stopped just 11 of 15 shots for Team Canada in Tuesday's pre-tournament clash against Austria.
Murray played two periods of action before the reigns were turned over to Carter Hart to close out the game. The 24-year-old Murray's underwhelming performance was on par with his disappointing playoff performance in which he posted a subpar 3.02 GAA and .906 save percentage in four games versus the Islanders. Still, the Thunder Bay native should be the go-to netminder for Canada heading into the 2019 IIHF World Championship.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Teddy Blueger: Headed to Worlds
Blueger will play for Latvia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Blueger made a strong impression with his first foray into the NHL, as he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots in 28 games this season. The 24-year-old figures to have the inside track on the Penguins' fourth-line center spot next season, assuming Matt Cullen decides to retire rather than return for 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Jared McCann: Added to Team Canada
McCann will join Team Canada for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
McCann was arguably the best trade acquisition for general manager Jim Rutherford this season, as he racked up 11 goals (three shorthanded) and six assists in 32 regular-season appearances for the Pens. The natural center spent some time on Sidney Crosby's line and could find himself there to start the 2019-20 campaign, which would bolster his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Filip Hallander: Loaned overseas
Hallander will spend the 2019-20 campaign on loan playing for Lulea HF (SHL).
Hallander remains under contract with the Penguins through 2020-21, so there is still a chance he will eventually play for Pittsburgh after being drafted by the club with the 58th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The center notched seven goals and 14 assists in 45 games with Timra IK (SHL) last season.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Thomas Di Pauli: Inks one-year deal
Di Pauli signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Di Pauli was set to hit the free-agent market this summer, but instead will be back with the Penguins for another year. Originally drafted by Capitals in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 25-year-old instead signed with Pittsburgh and spent the past three seasons with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Injuries limited the center to just 29 games this year, but he still notched seven goals and eight helpers. A longshot for the Opening Night roster, Di Pauli should at least make his NHL debut at some point during the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Named assistant captain for Russia
Malkin will be an assistant captain for Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
After putting up 98 points in 2017-18, Malkin managed "just" 72 this season, though he was limited to 68 games. Still, the Russian center has faced much of the blame for the team underperforming in the postseason due to a handful of bad turnovers and unnecessary penalties. It's hard to imagine the 32-year-old won't be back next season, but with team brass looking to shake things up, a deal to trade Malkin over the summer isn't outside the realm of possibility.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Dominik Simon: Headed to Worlds
Simon will join the Czech Republic for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Simon hasn't played for his national team since 2014-15 due to his commitments with the Penguins, but will link up with the squad in Slovakia after Pittsburgh was bounced from the playoffs. In his 10 previous World Championship outings, the natural center notched one goal, five assists and two PIM. With the Pens this year, the 24-year-old set career highs in games (71), goals (eight), assists (20) and shots (121). Now a permanent fixture on the 23-man roster, Simon should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Named to Team Canada roster
Murray will be joining Team Canada for the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
While some will see this as an opportunity for Murray to work on his game in a competitive setting, others will see it as another chance for the oft-injured netminder to get hurt. Murray had an up-and-down season that once again saw him miss time due to injuries. The Thunder Bay native fell short of the 30-win mark by just one victory, while matching his career high with four shutouts. Since taking over as the full-time No. 1 in Pittsburgh following the departure of Marc-Andre Fleury, the 24-year-old Murray has failed to impress the Penguins faithful and will no doubt face further scrutiny heading into the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Finalist for Hart Trophy
Crosby was announced as a finalist for the 2018-19 Hart Memorial Trophy on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
This is Crosby's seventh top-3 finish in Hart Trophy voting, as he looks for his third win. He scored 35 goals and 100 points in 79 games this season, his first 100-point campaign since the 2013-14 season. The 31-year-old continues building his Hall of Fame resume.... See More ... See Less
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