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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. | 09/29/2014 5:46 PM
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it cannot be good either. Malkin will now go into the regular season without playing a single exhibition game, and one has to wonder about whether he will be ready to go on opening day.
Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston. | 09/27/2014 3:07 PM
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Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston.
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Anther bad break for Bennett who missed 51 games last season with a wrist injury. He was set to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin which is always a good thing for his fantasy value, but now he could miss 20 games.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com | 09/18/2014 1:32 PM
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
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Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby, will miss the start of training camp with minor injuries. Neither one is supposed to be serious. The Penguins will be holding them out as a precaution.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com | 09/18/2014 1:28 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
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Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Kasperi Kapanen dazzles Penguins' brass | 07/19/2014 10:26 PM
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Kasperi Kapanen, a teenaged forward chosen 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has a legitimate chance at making the Pittsburgh Penguins next season, according to the club's assistant general manager, Bill Guerin.
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"He's even better than I thought he would be," Guerin said after watching Kapanen at the Pens' recent development camp. "So I was very happy with him. He's just high-end talent, high-end speed. He's a very, very mature kid for his age. Obviously, having his father [Sami Kapanen] playing so many years in the NHL and playing with him and bringing him up that way, he's already a pro. So he's ahead of the game in that department, but you just got a little screenshot of what's to come and he's not even 18 yet." Kapanen (6 feet, 181 pounds) showed his knack for driving to the front of the net throughout the week. That asset could be valuable to the Pens, who lost prominent forwards James Neal and Jussi Jokinen during the early stages of the offseason.
Rangers sign Lee Stempniak, Brad May says | 07/19/2014 9:32 AM
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Former NHLer-turned-broadcaster Brad May has tweeted that veteran forward Lee Stempniak has signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.
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TSN reportered earlier that the free agent was close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers. The 31-year-old right wing finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded from the Calgary Flames. Stempniak had four goals and seven assists in 21 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, and two goals and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games during his third season with the Flames. He has 150 goals and 191 assists (341 points) in 637 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Flames and Penguins. He was a fifth-round pick (No. 148) by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Sidney Crosby might need surgery after all | 07/18/2014 10:36 PM
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Although the Pittsburgh Penguins said Sidney Crosby won't need wrist surgery, his agent won't rule it out.
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Crosby's agent said that whether or not he'll have surgery will ultimately be dependent on how the current treatment on Crosby's wrist goes. So far there's been no indication that Crosby is in danger of actually missing any playing time next season.
Pittsburgh agrees to terms with Simon Despres | 07/18/2014 5:36 PM
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Simon Despres has inked a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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It appears Despres' deal is one-way and if that's the case then he's a safe bet to make the team's opening game roster. He had five assists and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
Pascal Dupuis is healthy enough to skate | 07/16/2014 3:07 PM
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Pascal Dupuis (knee) was on the ice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in February.
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Dupuis was originally projected to miss six to eight months, so based on that timetable, there's a good chance he'll be available for the Penguins' season opener. Before his season ended, Dupuis had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games.
Pittsburgh agrees to terms with Bobby Farnham | 07/16/2014 9:26 AM
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Bobby Farnham has signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Farnham had 14 points and 166 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to make the Penguins' opening game roster.
Derrick Pouliot targets training camp return | 07/15/2014 10:14 PM
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Derrick Pouliot (shoulder) hopes to be ready to play before the end of training camp.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Pouliot original timeline suggested that he would be ready to return in late September at the earliest and could end up missing most of November, so his current target will be challenging to meet. He admitted that at this stage, it's still tough to predict when he'll be back, but so far he feels upbeat about his recovery.
Sidney Crosby will not have wrist surgery | 07/15/2014 12:05 PM
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Sidney Crosby won't undergo wrist surgery after all.
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It was initially reported that Crosby would probably have surgery on a previously undisclosed wrist injury. The Penguins later confirmed the injury, but cautioned that surgery might not be necessary. Now the decision has been made "after seeking additional medical advice."
Penguins sign prospect Kasperi Kapanen | 07/11/2014 3:39 PM
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Kasperi Kapanen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Kapanen was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that Kapanen will be given a shot to make the team out of training camp, but we don't anticipate him having much short-term fantasy value even if that is the case.
Penguins ink Jayson Megna to two-way deal | 07/10/2014 3:59 PM
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Jayson Megna has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins.
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The fact that Megna only got a two-way deal illustrates that he still has a lot of work to do to cement his role with the Penguins. He's not a lock to make the team's opening game roster after scoring five goals and nine points in 36 games in 2013-14.
Philip Samuelsson signs two-way deal | 07/10/2014 3:57 PM
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Philip Samuelsson has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins.
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Samuelsson will earn the league minimum of $550,000 if he plays at the NHL level. He had 22 points and 66 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2013-14.
Gary Agnew joins Penguins as assistant coach | 07/10/2014 12:10 PM
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Gary Agnew has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to serve as an assistant coach.
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Agnew spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues. Before that he spent four campaigns as an assistant with Columbus. "I am very excited to add Gary Agnew to our coaching staff," head coach Mike Johnston said. "He is a long-time NHL assistant who has worked with both forwards and defensemen, along with having extensive special team's experience. I like the fact that Gary has also had head coaching experience, including very successful stints in the AHL and at the junior level. Gary has been a career coach and is well known for his communication and teaching abilities."
Nick Spaling gets arbitration hearing date | 07/09/2014 5:00 PM
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Nick Spaling's arbitration hearing date has been set for July 31.
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The Penguins acquired Spaling from the Nashville Predators as part of the James Neal trade. Spaling had 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Pens confirm Sidney Crosby has a wrist injury | 07/09/2014 4:15 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have confirmed that Sidney Crosby suffered a wrist injury during the 2013-14 campaign.
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Based on previous reports, it sounds like that injury hindered Crosby's play in the postseason. Earlier reports also suggested that Crosby will have surgery, but the Penguins said that might not end up happening. "We expect to have a decision by early next week," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. It's believed that Crosby won't miss any playing time due to this injury even if he does have surgery.
Sidney Crosby expected to have wrist surgery | 07/09/2014 1:11 AM
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Sidney Crosby is expected to have wrist surgery within the next few days.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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It's not known when Crosby suffered the injury, but it reportedly impacted his performance in the playoffs. He had just one goals and nine points in 13 postseason games, but he's previously rejected the notion that he was injured. The good news is that he's not expected to miss any playing time as a result of this procedure.
Bruins might go after UFA Lee Stempniak | 07/08/2014 9:22 AM
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The Boston Bruins might pursue free agent Lee Stempniak.
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The Bruins need to go through the bargain bin for upgrades given their cap situation. Stempniak had 12 goals and 34 points in 73 games with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Those numbers are in line with what you can expect from him going forward.
Downie vows to protect Crosby, Malkin | 07/07/2014 5:55 PM
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Steve Downie feels that part of his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins will be protecting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
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"I can guarantee there won't be any liberties on those players this year," Downie said. Downie is capable of contributing offensively, but he definitely plays an aggressive, physical game that results in him spending a lot of time in the sin bin. He might end up serving on the Penguins' third-line, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him end up skating alongside Crosby and Malkin a fair amount of the time.
Kasperi Kapanen has outside shot at NHL spot | 07/05/2014 4:08 PM
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Kasperi Kapanen could be in the mix for a roster spot with the Penguins in 2014-15.
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"We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team," GM Jim Rutherford said. "He's played with men [in Finland] for two years. He's a good player." He'll turn 18 later this month and was Pittsburgh's first-round choice (22nd overall) in the 2014 draft.
Nick Spaling may take new team to arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:55 PM
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Nick Spaling has filed for salary arbitration.
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The restricted free agent was acquired by Pittsburgh, along with Patric Hornqvist, in exchange for James Neal at the NHL draft this past June. He notched career highs with 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games last season with the Predators.
Talks rumoured between Jets & Stempniak | 07/05/2014 11:52 AM
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There is some talk that the Jets may be interested in UFA forward Lee Stempniak.
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Stempniak scored 12 goals and registered 34 points last season between the Flames and Penguins. If he does sign with Winnipeg , he will likely play on the team's third line limiting his fantasy value.
Penguins GM expects to re-sign Brandon Sutter | 07/05/2014 10:10 AM
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Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford says he plans to re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Sutter and isn't worried about it.
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"I'm not concerned at all about signing Sutter," Rutherford said. "Honestly, I'm not concerned about any of the restricted guys. At some point, we'll have them signed." Sutter is the biggest name among the Pens' restricted free agents, a list that also includes right winger Nick Spaling and defenseman Simon Despres. The Pens want to sign Sutter to a long-term deal, largely because he was outstanding in the most recent Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring five goals in 13 games and playing top-notch defense.
Penguins will deal with RFAs soon | 07/04/2014 8:14 AM
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Brandon Sutter is a restricted free agent.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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GM Jim Rutherford said talks will start with Pittsburgh's RFAs soon. Forwards Nick Spaling, Jayson Megna and Bobby Farnham as well as defensemen Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson are in the same boat. Sutter, Spaling, Megna and Farnham can file for salary arbitration.
Hornqvist won't change his style with Pens | 07/03/2014 5:19 PM
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Patric Hornqvist is looking forward to getting a chance to skate with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, but he said it won't change the way he plays the game.
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"I'm going hard to the net and scoring goals around the net," Hornqvist said. "I always try to be a good guy in the locker room. Nick (Spaling) is the same way. Happy around the rink. I'm pretty sure they already have those kinds of guys there. I'm just excited to meet the coaches and the players and to build something up there." He was an assistant captain for Nashville last season. He can play right or left wing and it's likely he'll get Malkin as his center. He has hit 30 goals once in his career and posted a personal high 53 points last season. Look for him to improve on those totals in 2014-15.
Pittsburgh signs Zach Sill to a 2-way deal | 07/03/2014 2:28 PM
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Zach Sill has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Pittsburgh.
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He will earn $550,000 if he plays in the NHL level. Sill didn't have a point and he picked up 12 penalty minutes when he suited up in 20 games with Pittsburgh last season. In 18 matches with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he notched six points and 34 minutes in the sin bin.
Chuck Kobasew heads to Switzerland | 07/02/2014 3:38 PM
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Chuck Kobasew has signed with Switzerland's Bern.
Pro Hockey Talk

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Kobasew had two goals in 33 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013-14. At the age of 32, he has 110 goals and 100 assists in 601 career NHL contests.
Penguins sign Steve Downie to one-year deal | 07/02/2014 12:44 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million contract.
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Downie is a pretty good signing at that price. He's been slowed by injuries in recent years, but when he's healthy, he's a gritty forward that can chip in offensively. He'll probably end up on the Penguins' third line, but there's an outside chance that he will find his way onto one of Pittsburgh's top two lines and his fantasy value will go up significantly if that happens.
After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday. | 07/01/2014 8:41 PM
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After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
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Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Marcel Goc re-signs with the Penguins | 07/01/2014 6:03 PM
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Marcel Goc inked a one-year, $1.2 million extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins sent third and fifth round picks to Florida to acquire Goc in March. He doesn't do much offensively, but he is a solid defensive center.
Penguins sign Rob Zepp from Germany | 07/01/2014 2:24 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have inked goaltender Rob Zepp from Germany.
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The 32-year-old netminder spent some time in the AHL 10 years ago but has been in Europe for the last nine years. He should spend the season in the minors.
Pens re-signed Drazenovic to 2 yr. deal | 07/01/2014 2:16 PM
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The Penguins have re-signed Nicholas Drazenovic to a two-year deal.
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He had some success in limited action in the AHL last season registering 27 points in 26 games, but will be hard pressed to play a fantasy-draft worthy role in Pittsburgh in 2014-15.
Thomas Greiss signs one-year deal with Pens | 07/01/2014 1:16 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a one-year/$1 million deal.
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The Penguins just got better in net as Greiss will back up Marc-Andre Fleury with last year's back Jeff Zatkoff moving to the third spot. Greiss was 10-8-5 with the Coyotes as he had a 2.29 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Penguins will have no problem handing Greiss the reins in net if Fleury slumps at any point in the season.
Blake Comeau signs with Pittsburgh | 07/01/2014 1:12 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Blake Comeau to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
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Impact
One of the Penguins main objectives going into the free agent period was to solidify their bottom two lines and Comeau certainly helps in that regard. The gritty forward had five goals and 16 points in 61 games in 2013-14.
Christian Ehrhoff signs with the Penguins | 07/01/2014 12:08 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year/$4 million contract.
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Ehrhoff had been bought out by the Buffalo Sabres this past week with seven years left on his contract and will now be a puck moving defenseman on the Penguins. He had six goals and 33 points for the lowly Sabres last season. Look for Ehrhoff to see plenty of action on the power play next season.
Washington showing interest in Matt Niskanen | 06/30/2014 9:59 AM
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The Washington Capitals are one team that's showing interest in UFA Matt Niskanen.
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The Capitals need help on their blueline and Niskanen is a good puck moving defenseman. The problem could be the length of the contract as Niskanen could get seven years from one team and the Capitals may not want to go more than five. It should be interesting as free agency starts Tuesday at noon Eastern.
Penguins interested in bottom six forwards | 06/30/2014 8:38 AM
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Look for the Pittsburgh Penguins to be active in looking for bottom-six forwards as free agency approaches on July 1.
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The Penguins filled one spot by acquiring Nick Spaling on Saturday but still have a spot open on the third unit and a couple open on the fourth line. The lack of depth up front hurt the Penguins all last season and new GM Jim Rutherford wants to address the need this off-season.
Beau Bennett may not have spot on top six | 06/30/2014 8:35 AM
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Beau Bennett (wrist) could have trouble finding a spot as a top-six forward in 2014-15.
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Bennett may or may not be ready for training camp due to off-season wrist surgery in May that was expected to need four months for recovery but the Penguins are rumored to be interested in Nikolai Kulemin to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and that could push Bennett off the top six. He missed 51 games last season and managed only three goals and seven points. If he manages a spot on the top-six he could get 50-60 points but if he is a bottom-six forward then 30-40 is more realistic.
Pens, Leafs, Isles might consider platoons | 06/29/2014 5:00 PM
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Fox Sports Midwest's Andy Strickland reports that the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs may all be active in the goalie FA market.
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Strickland reports that the teams want to go for "1A/1B" situations, which could negatively impact the value of Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaroslav Halak and Jonathan Bernier respectively.
Simon Despres to get chance to crack lineup | 06/29/2014 10:46 AM
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Simon Despres will get a chance to crack the Pittsburgh lineup for the 2014-15 season.
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Despres was not a favorite of the recently-fired head coach Dan Bylsma and with Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland and Brooks Orpik unlikely to return to the Pittsburgh lineup, the former first round pick will be given every opportunity to win a job on the Penguins blueline. "Without a doubt," associate GM Jason Botterill said. "You saw how he played in the playoffs in Wilkes-Barre. It was a great step in the right direction. He went down there with a better attitude. He was very physical. I think he enjoyed playing. It's been a difficult situation for our defensemen because of the depth that we have."
Kris Letang is not available in trade talks | 06/29/2014 12:14 AM
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Kris Letang is not being made available in trade discussions.
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General manager Jim Rutherford reiterated that he has no desire to move someone he considers the anchor for the defense corps. The 27-year-old is set to start the first season of his eight-year, $58 million contract. Letang recorded 22 points in 37 games last season.
Paul Martin will test market next offseason | 06/29/2014 12:09 AM
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Paul Martin will likely be testing free agency next summer.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Martin is entering the final year of a contract that carries a $5 million cap hit. The Penguins think the 33-year-old wants to test the market next summer, and new general manger Jim Rutherford is keen on getting the team's best defensive prospects into the fold. Martin tallied 15 points in 39 games last season, and has been considered the team's best defenseman the past two seasons, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Marc-Andre Fleury's extension won't come now | 06/29/2014 12:04 AM
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While the Penguins are optimistic of inking Marc-Andre Fleury to a new contract, it's unlikely to happen this offseason.
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Fleury is entering the last season of a deal that carries a $5 million cap hit. General manager Jim Rutherford is a fan of Fleury, though his busy offseason isn't likely to include an extension for Fleury. The 29-year-old posted a 39-18-5 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and .915 save percentage last season, with an identical save percentage in the playoffs.
Pens GM drafts a Kapanen for the second time | 06/28/2014 10:18 AM
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Kasperi Kapanen may turn into a bona fide NHL star some day, but, at 17, he is a long way away.
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And, while the Pittsburgh Penguins recognize that, they made him their first choice (22nd overall) in the NHL draft Friday night. Projected as the No. 1 European skater by NHL Central Scouting, Kapanen was rated the 10th-best prospect by The Hockey News but Red Line Report had him at No. 29 overall. A right-handed shot, Kapanen said his strength is "skating," but added he was comfortable "playing with the puck." His defense needs work. "We had him No. 7 on our list," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "It's not very often you get to draft the son of a player who you also drafted. He reminds me of his dad, but bigger and stronger." Rutherford, then the general manager with Hartford, chose Sami Kapanen with the 87th overall pick in the fifth round of the 1995 draft.
Penguins snag Kasperi Kapanen with 22nd pick | 06/27/2014 9:26 PM
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Kasperi Kapanen has been taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
Kapanen is the fast, intelligent, and the offensively gifted son of former NHLer of Sami Kapanen. Kapanen could break into the NHL as a productive playmaker. Kapanen is a dangerous sniper who is lethal off the rush by virtue of his great agility, soft hands and slick stickhandling creativity. He is not a very big or physical player, but his hockey sense and vision should help him develop into a game-breaker if he bulks up and can withstand the challenges from bigger, stronger defenders. His stats were not impressive playing amongst men in the Finnish Elite League, but Kapanen has a knack for reading the game well and making the right decision, which could help him land a coveted spot alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin down the line.
Penguins pick up Nick Spaling | 06/27/2014 8:19 PM
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Nick Spaling has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Impact
Spaling will head to Pittsburgh along with Patric Hornqvist while James Neal is headed the other way. Spaling will give the Penguins some good depth as a bottom six forward as he managed 13 goals and 32 points in 2013-14. He is slated to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday but we cannot imagine him not wanting to play with Crosby and company.
Patric Hornqvist traded to the Penguins | 06/27/2014 8:13 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have picked up Patric Hornqvist from the Nashville Predators for James Neal.
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Impact
Nick Spaling is also headed to the Penguins. Hornqvist will get a huge bump in fantasy value as he will join the line of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and will get plenty of power play time as well. He could get 40-plus goals if he can remain healthy.
Matt Niskanen will test free agency on July 1 | 06/26/2014 1:41 PM
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Matt Niskanen will test the free agent market on July 1.
Neil Sheehy on Twitter

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His agent, Neil Sheehy made the announcement on Twitter after his client spoke with the Pittsburgh Penguins about the decision. GM Jim Rutherford expected this to happen, so it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise. Niskanen will be the best blueliner available on the open market, so he should be able to land a hefty contract.
Penguins name Mike Johnston as head coach | 06/25/2014 12:40 PM
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Mike Johnston has officially joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as their head coach.
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Johnston has roughly a decade worth of experience as an assistant/associate coach at the NHL level. More recently, he spent the last six seasons as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach/GM. "Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be a good for the players we have here with the Penguins -- it's an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We're very excited to have him."
Report: Mike Johnston is Penguins' new coach | 06/25/2014 9:49 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed Mike Johnston to serve as the team's new head coach.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
Johnston has been serving as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach and brought them to the 2013 Memorial Cup Final in 2013. He's also served as an NHL assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. His contract with the Penguins is reportedly a three-year deal.
Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career. | 06/24/2014 9:47 PM
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Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
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Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Sidney Crosby cleans up at NHL Awards | 06/24/2014 9:27 PM
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Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby took home a pair of big honors at Tuesday's NHL Awards Ceremony.
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Most importantly, Sid the Kid was awarded the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second time in his career after a campaign in which he led the NHL with 104 points, besting Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux for the hardware. Crosby also added to his trophy case by taking home the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league's Most Outstanding Player, as voted on by his fellow players.
Sidney Crosby cleans up at NHL Awards | 06/24/2014 9:27 PM
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Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby took home a pair of big honors at Tuesday's NHL Awards Ceremony.
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Most importantly, Sid the Kid was awarded the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second time in his career after a campaign in which he led the NHL with 104 points, besting Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux for the hardware. Crosby also added to his trophy case by taking home the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league's Most Outstanding Player, as voted on by his fellow players.
Pens haven't talked contract with Engelland | 06/24/2014 12:29 PM
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Agent Allain Roy said there hasn't been any contract discussions between Deryk Engelland and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
He's a physically imposing figure on the blueline and he can line up as a forward as well, so he may be able to find a job elsewhere if he's permitted to test the free agent waters.
No talks between Pens and UFA Joe Vitale | 06/24/2014 12:25 PM
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Joe Vitale and the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't had any contract talks, according to agent Allain Roy.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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He's eligible for unrestricted free agency next month. Vitale is physical and good on faceoffs, but he's a fourth-line player and he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Tanner Glass may be a free agent come July | 06/24/2014 12:20 PM
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Tanner Glass may not be in Pittsburgh's plans anymore.
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According to agent Ross Gurney, discussions with the Penguins occurred when now associate GM Jason Botterill was filling in on an interim basis, but talks haven't gone on since Jim Rutherford was hired. Glass can become an unrestricted free agent in July if something isn't worked out with the Penguins. He recorded 13 points and 90 penalty minutes in 67 games last season.
Matt Niskanen hasn't counted out Pittsburgh | 06/24/2014 11:42 AM
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Matt Niskanen "loves Pittsburgh" and he hasn't ruled out returning, according to agent Neil Sheehy.
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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford doesn't expect to re-sign Niskanen prior to the start of free agency, but the defenseman hasn't closed the door completely. However, it should be noted that the two sides aren't talking about an extension right now. Niskanen is still waiting to see who the Penguins hire as their next head coach.
Pens GM mum on pending UFA Brooks Orpik | 06/24/2014 11:36 AM
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Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford declined to comment on the free agent status of Brooks Orpik on Monday.
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Rutherford said he thinks that Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen will test the market, but he didn't say anything regarding Orpik. The physical blueliner can become an unrestricted free agent in July and it's still unclear where he stands with the organization. Pittsburgh has some solid defensemen in their system (Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot), who could get a chance to play in the NHL next season.
Jussi Jokinen is likely to become a UFA | 06/23/2014 6:50 PM
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Jussi Jokinen will probably test the unrestricted free agent waters, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.
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Jokinen had 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games in 2013-14, so he'll do well for himself on the open market. Pittsburgh's in a tough cap position as it is, so it's not surprising that they couldn't meet his demands.
Niskanen isn't likely to stay with Pittsburgh | 06/23/2014 6:48 PM
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Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford doesn't think he'll be able to re-sign Matt Niskanen.
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That's not surprising given that Niskanen will be the best defenseman available on the unrestricted free agent market. That puts him in a great position when negotiating with the Penguins and seeing as they're in a tough cap situation as it is, the Penguins probably couldn't afford to give him anywhere near market value.
Dan Bylsma unlikely to find head coaching job | 06/22/2014 8:48 AM
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Dan Bylsma will likely not find a head coaching job in the NHL in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.
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Bylsma was let go by the Penguins on June 6 and while the Panthers, Hurricanes and Canucks were all interested in his services, Florida and Carolina have recently inked new head coaches and Vancouver is on the verge of signing Willie Desjardins. The only team still looking are the Penguins so Bylsma will likely be considered when coaches start get fired into the 2014-15 season.
Rutherford to lean heavily on scouting staff | 06/21/2014 11:21 PM
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Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford says he does not need to be the one to make the final call on selections in the draft.
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Rutherford has been with Pittsburgh for three weeks, and will not be fully equipped for a draft that starts on June 27. "I'll decide on where we stand in terms of taking the best player available or going for a certain position, but it will depend on how strong I feel about the possible selection," Rutherford said, noting that while general manager with Carolina he "usually leaned heavily on the scouting staff." The Penguins picked 22nd overall, then don't have a selection until the fourth round.
Penguins still looking for new head coach | 06/21/2014 11:14 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will start looking again for a new head coach after Willie Desjardins apparently turned them down for the Vancouver Canucks.
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The Penguins were hoping that Desjardins was going to be their head coach as he was in Pittsburgh on Friday but GM Jim Rutherford said that his meeting with an unidentified coach (believed to be Desjardins) did not work out. "I met with one of the candidates that I thought very highly of, and thought that he was our guy, but after spending [Thursday] night and again [Friday] morning talking to him, on both sides it just didn't match up," Rutherford said. "I had a more serious conversation than with (him) anyone else I talked to. It just means the search is still on." Stay tuned.
Pens GM narrows his coaching choice to one | 06/20/2014 8:28 AM
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GM Jim Rutherford said Thursday that he's "zeroed in on one guy" during his coaching search.
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He didn't name the candidate, but news came down that Willie Desjardins was expected to be in town to meet with the Penguins after he spoke with them on the phone earlier in the day. Desjardins just coached the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate to a Calder Cup championship. He's also believed to be high on Vancouver's head coaching list.
Report: Penguins considering coach Samuelsson | 06/18/2014 11:05 AM
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New York Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson is believed to be in the running for the Pittsburgh Penguins' top coaching job.
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Samuelsson is reportedly competing against Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford, Bill Peters, Rick Tocchet, John Stevens, and John Hynes. The Penguins might not come to a decision before the NHL Entry Draft.
Rutherford interviewing coaching candidates | 06/17/2014 11:14 AM
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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has begun the process of interviewing coaching candidates.
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Rutherford doesn't feel the need to come to a decision before the draft, but he would like to finish this process prior to the start of the unrestricted free agent period. John Hynes, who is the bench boss of the team's AHL affiliates, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is among the candidates for the job. Rick Tocchet is also believed to be a candidate, but Hynes is the only one Rutherford has confirmed.
Pens would prefer to pick a forward at draft | 06/16/2014 2:40 PM
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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would like to take a forward in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but he won't commit to doing so.
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He typically likes to choose the best player available, but said "we're going to really lean toward a forward at this time." Pittsburgh has some strong prospects on defense in their system and a good netminder, so it makes sense that they would prefer to target a forward with the 22nd overall pick.
John Hynes has shot to coach the Penguins | 06/16/2014 8:46 AM
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John Hynes is on GM Jim Rutherford's list as a possible coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Hynes has coached the last four seasons for the Penguins AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and has been the only name that Rutherford has said is a coaching possibility. John Stevens is also a possible candidate but the assistant coach for the King has been rumored to go elsewhere as well as there are coaching openings in Vancouver, Carolina and Florida.
Penguins add Karmanos to management staff | 06/12/2014 11:21 AM
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Jason Karmanos has been hired as Pittsburgh's vice president of hockey operations.
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He worked with Jim Rutherford as an assistant GM, vice president and executive director of hockey operations over the past 15 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. Now the two of them are reunited with the Penguins.
Dan Bylsma is a finalist with the Panthers | 06/11/2014 6:38 PM
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Dan Bylsma is among the finalists for the Florida Panthers' head coaching gig.
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Ron Wilson, Gerard Gallant, Marc Crawford, Tom Renney, and Bill Peters are also still in the running. If Bylsma doesn't end up getting hired by the Panthers, there's still a good chance that the Carolina Hurricanes or Vancouver Canucks will hire him.
Matt Niskanen watching Pens' coaching search | 06/11/2014 11:21 AM
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Matt Niskanen, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, will pay close attention to the Penguins' hunt for a new head coach.
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Niskanen was close with recently fired bench boss Dan Bylsma. "Dan being dismissed won't affect my decision," Niskanen said. "However, I will pay attention to what the coaching staff is going to look like. It's not the only factor in the decision. But it is a factor." He might end up commanding a salary of around $7 million annually on the open market, which would probably price the Penguins out anyways.
Tomas Vokoun isn't ready to retire | 06/10/2014 2:30 PM
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Tomas Vokoun wants to play for at least one more season.
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Vokoun isn't likely to be re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he might find some suitors on the open market. He wasn't able to play in the NHL in 2013-14 due to blood clots, but he should be an effective backup goaltender next season if he's healthy.
Panthers, Bylsma to meet this week | 06/10/2014 8:32 AM
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The Florida Panthers are expected to meet with Dan Bylsma this week.
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Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. He has the experience that the Panthers crave, but it's not clear how much interest Bylsma has in the Panthers. The Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes might also make a hard push to get him.
Pittsburgh to interview Baby Pens' coach | 06/09/2014 3:35 PM
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes will interview for Pittsburgh's head coaching job next week.
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He has spent the past five seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate, including the past four as the head coach. New GM Jim Rutherford expects to have a coach in place before the start of free agency.
Penguins GM has list of coaching candidates | 06/08/2014 7:16 AM
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Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford has a list of coaching candidates but the most important quality he is looking for in a coach is the ability to adjust during a game.
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That seems to be a huge criticism of deposed coach Dan Bylsma who apparently could not or would not adapt to in game situations. "We're going to have to have a coach who can make the proper adjustments during a game, or during a certain period of time in the regular season, or during a playoff series," Rutherford said. "Obviously, the Penguins can score and they can go and they can score in bunches, but, based on looking at the Penguins from a distance, because that's where I was, I don't think they could make the proper adjustments against certain teams."
Canucks intrigued by Dan Bylsma | 06/07/2014 5:02 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks appear to be interested in the services of former Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.
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"We've been in meetings all day, so we haven't had a chance to really sit down and talk about it," GM Jim Benning said Friday afternoon. "But he's an interesting name, for sure. We're going to wait until the NHL is done and the AHL is done. We're going to do our due diligence on this. We want to make sure we pick the right guy that's right for this group. So we're going to take our time and do the work. It has gone good so far and I expect it to keep going good." Bylsma's name could be in the mix alongside Los Angeles assistant John Stevens and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins.
New GM has no qualms with Marc-Andre Fleury | 06/07/2014 10:44 AM
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Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been inconsistent for the Pittsburgh Penguins but the team's new general manager likes him.
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Jim Rutherford, who played goalie for the Penguins in the early 1970s, said he would have no qualms about going forward with Fleury, whose contract is entering its final year, as his go-to goaltender. "I think he's a very good goalie," Rutherford said. "He's coming off probably his best and most consistent year over the last four years, which to me is a very good sign that he's not tracking the other way, year after year."
Rob Scuderi important to Pens, GM says | 06/07/2014 10:40 AM
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Defenseman Rob Scuderi did not enjoy a good season in 2013-14 but the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins likes him.
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"I know he didn't play as well here last year, but you can't always go, based on one year," he said. "Sometimes, it's one year off, and then they're back on track. He's a key factor in this."
Kris Letang in good books of new Pens' GM | 06/07/2014 10:38 AM
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New Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is adamant that he is not eager to part with defenseman Kris Letang, whose $7.25 million cap hit takes effect in 2014-15.
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"I know his name gets thrown out there, people like to start rumors, but this is an extremely good player," Rutherford said. "I don't have any urgency [to deal him]."
Report: Panthers contact Dan Bylsma | 06/06/2014 6:47 PM
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The Florida Panthers have reportedly already reached out to Dan Bylsma.
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Bylsma was fired from his post as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Panthers GM Dale Tallon is interested in finding a bench boss with experience and Bylsma certainly qualifies. He's still just 43 years old, but he has already coached 400 NHL games (252-117-32) and 78 playoff contests (43-35). He's also won the Jack Adams Award and the Stanley Cup.
Rutherford's stint with Pens will be short | 06/06/2014 1:52 PM
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Newly appointed general manager Jim Rutherford only plans to stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins for two or three years.
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That's not shocking given that he's already 65 years old, but it also means that the Penguins will likely want to have a succession plan in place. Rutherford feels that the organization already has some potential future general managers. With that in mind, Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald have been named assistant general managers while Jason Botterill has been bumped up to the rank of associate general manager.
Pittsburgh fires head coach Dan Bylsma | 06/06/2014 12:41 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired Dan Bylsma.
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The Penguins were expected to let Bylsma go when they dismissed GM Ray Shero, but they decided to leave that decision up to the next general manager. They're about to name Jim Rutherford to that post and it looks like his first act as GM will be to fire the Penguins' bench boss. Bylsma led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in his debut season, but they've failed to live up to expectations since then.
Report: Penguins will hire Rutherford as GM | 06/06/2014 10:51 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly selected Jim Rutherford to serve as their new general manager.
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Rutherford has roughly two decades worth of experience in that role with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes. If this report is true, then one of his first jobs will be deciding the fate of coach Dan Bylsma. The Penguins raised some eyebrows when they decided to fire then GM Ray Shero, but not Bylsma. However, the next GM will have the option of replacing the bench boss.
Rutherford doesn't comment on Penguins rumors | 06/04/2014 3:56 PM
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Jim Rutherford refused to comment on the reports that he's in the running to become the Penguins' next general manager.
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"I'm under contract with the Hurricanes, so that's the extent of it," Rutherford pointed out. He recently stepped aside as the Hurricanes' general manager, but he's still serving as the team president and has two years left on his contract. That being said, he previously hinted that he might eventually be open to leaving Carolina to pursue another GM job.
Red Wings might bid on Matt Niskanen | 06/04/2014 9:19 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings desire to upgrade their defense might lead them to pursue Matt Niskanen.
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Niskanen had 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games in 2013-14 and he's a right-handed shot, which is something the Red Wings are seeking. The problem is, if Niskanen makes it to the free agent market, he'll have plenty of suitors and could end up getting a contract in the $7 million annually range. Although Detroit could conceivably pay that, they typically shy away from high profile free agent bidding wars. On the rare occasions where they did appear to engage in them in recent years, they typically came up short.
Pens consider Rutherford, McGuire for GM | 06/03/2014 2:20 PM
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Jim Rutherford is in the running for the Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager job.
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Rutherford was the long-time general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, but he recently stepped down from that post. NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire also told TSN 1050 that he has been in discussions with the Penguins' management.
Penguins sign prospect Oskar Sundqvist | 05/31/2014 2:18 PM
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Oskar Sundqvist has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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He notched six goals and 10 assists in 51 games for Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League this past campaign. He also added six points in 13 playoff matches. The Penguins drafted Sundqvist in the third round of the 2012 class.
Columnist: Pens should look to trade Letang | 05/30/2014 8:30 AM
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Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes the Penguins should try to trade offensive blueliner Kris Letang.
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His limited no-trade clause kicks in on July 1 along with his 8-year, $58 million contract. Pittsburgh could also use the cap space to re-sign potential unrestricted free agents like Matt Niskanen. Letang's salary and his injury concerns may make him difficult to deal, though.
Brooks Orpik faces uncertainty with Penguins | 05/29/2014 12:15 PM
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Brooks Orpik (knee) said he could've been available to return in the Stanley Cup Final.
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However, the Penguins lost in Game 7 to the New York Rangers during the second round of the postseason. Orpik suffered a knee injury in Game 4 and he wasn't able to return. Now, he faces the prospect of becoming an unrestricted free agent while Pittsburgh searches for a new general manager. "We still have time," Orpik's agent, Lewis Gross said. "Brooks isn't a free agent until July. We're not worried about Pittsburgh not having a GM right now." It's unclear if he'll be back with the Penguins next season, but he would certainly attract interest on the open market if he makes it there.
Pens' pick Clark Seymour may re-enter draft | 05/29/2014 11:58 AM
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Clark Seymour appears as though he will re-enter the NHL Entry Draft next month.
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He has to be signed by 5 p.m. Sunday or the Penguins relinquish his rights. The team still doesn't have a general manager, but Jason Botterill has been working in that role on an interim basis. Still, the club is moving to get an agreement done with fellow 2012 draft pick Oskar Sundqvist.
Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin win gold for RUS | 05/25/2014 5:10 PM
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Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin helped Russia win gold at the 2014 World Hockey Championship on Sunday.
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Russia went 10-0 in the tournament, including Sunday's 5-2 win in the gold medal game against Finland. Malkin scored the game-winner while Ovechkin also found the net in Russia's win. It may not spell a full redemption after Sochi, but it's a nice response after that disappointment.
James Neal denies trade rumors | 05/23/2014 12:00 PM
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James Neal denied the rumors that he's requesting a trade.
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"I love being a Pittsburgh Penguin. I hope to remain a Penguin and win as a Penguin," Neal said. He signed a six-year, $30 million contract with Pittsburgh that will take him through the 2017-18 campaign, which is a pretty appealing cap hit given that he's averaged about a point-per-game over the last three seasons.
Beau Bennett has wrist surgery, out 4 months | 05/22/2014 4:02 PM
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Beau Bennett had wrist surgery on Thursday.
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He's expected to need about four months of recovery time. That could keep him out for most of training camp, but he still may be ready for the start of the regular season. Bennett missed 51 games this season with a wrist injury.
Olli Maatta out 4-6 months after surgery | 05/22/2014 3:11 PM
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Olli Maatta underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday.
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According to the Penguins, the 19-year-old defender will need four-to-six months to recover. That could result in him missing the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Evgeni Malkin helps RUS move into semifinals | 05/22/2014 1:34 PM
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Evgeni Malkin produced a goal and an assist for Russia in a 3-0 win against France in quarterfinal action at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
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He played with Viktor Tikhonov and Nikolai Kulemin in his second appearance of the tournament. "I felt much better today, I had the time to get acclimated," Malkin told the IIHF's website. "Kulyomin and I have played with each other a lot before and I know how to play with him. It's very comfortable for me on the line with Kolya (Kulyomin) and Tikhonov. It was a good win but we could have played better and been more effective."
Olli Maatta to have shoulder surgery Thursday | 05/22/2014 10:46 AM
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Olli Maatta will require shoulder surgery.
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The procedure is expected to occur on Thursday. Maatta registered nine goals and 29 points in 78 games with the Penguins during his rookie season. A timetable for his recovery should be released after the surgery.
Derrick Pouliot undergoes shoulder surgery | 05/21/2014 6:00 PM
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Derrick Pouliot had successful shoulder surgery.
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Pouliot will be out for the next four-to-six months, which means he might not be ready for the start of the 2014-15 campaign. He had 70 points and 74 penalty minutes in 58 WHL games this season.
Pascal Dupuis expects to be ready for '14-15 | 05/20/2014 2:31 PM
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Pascal Dupuis (knee) expects to be ready to play at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
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He underwent surgery on Feb. 12 to repair a torn MCL and ACL. His timetable was set at six to eight months. Dupuis is three months into his recovery and he feels it's going well. "Obviously it's a long process, but it's feeling great," he said. "Aiming for six (months). The way it's feeling right now, it feels great. I'm right on schedule, so it looks good for camp." He had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games prior to getting hurt, but his chemistry with Sidney Crosby gives him plenty of fantasy value.

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