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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils. | 10/28/2014 9:49 PM
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils.
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Impact
He stopped just 16-of-19 shots, but the Penguins won, 8-3. Fleury looked a lot better in the last 35 minutes of the game. He helped Pittsburgh kill three penalties and one goal he allowed was a break away, so he really can't be blamed for that.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday. | 10/28/2014 9:39 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday.
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Pittsburgh scored, incredibly, the last seven goals of the game to beat New Jersey, 8-3. Crosby scored at the end of the second period and then the final goal of the contest with just over three minutes left. The captain finished with a plus-two rating and six shots. Crosby has seven goals this season.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play in all three home games this week according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. | 10/27/2014 6:42 PM
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Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play in all three home games this week according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
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Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his neck, but until the surgery, he will play. Maatta is expected to miss four weeks after the surgery.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut out Nashville for fourth win of the season. | 10/25/2014 10:28 PM
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut out Nashville for fourth win of the season.
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Impact
He made 25 saves and is now 4-2-0, after winning three of his past four starts.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his third goal of the season. | 10/25/2014 10:27 PM
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his third goal of the season.
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Impact
He helped Pittsburgh win 3-0, and now has three goals and nine points thus far. Malkin is showing no ill-effects of missing the preseason.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded three points in Saturday's win over Nashville. | 10/25/2014 10:25 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded three points in Saturday's win over Nashville.
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Impact
He had a goal and two assists, along with a +1 rating and two shots on goal. Crosby now has 12 points on the season, and will continue to be one of the best players in the game.
Penguins right wing Beau Bennett lower body) could begin practice in a week, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. | 10/23/2014 12:22 PM
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Penguins right wing Beau Bennett lower body) could begin practice in a week, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
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Impact
Bennett is expected back sometime in mid-November. He's only played 47 games over the past two seasons and fantasy owners obviously can't count on him.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 32 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 10:49 PM
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 32 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday.
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Impact
That is a .875 save percentage. It wasn't really Fleury's fault as the Penguins played a pretty sloppy defensive game in front of their goaltender. Fleury is 3-2 this season.
Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season. | 10/18/2014 9:45 PM
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Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Fantasy owners are relieved to hear Malkin was all over the ice on Saturday against the Islanders. He scored the team's first goal with a wrist shot on the 5-on-3 power play. With still a man advantage, Malkin set up the next goal with a slap shot that Patric Hornqvist tipped into the net. Malkin also looked great defensively, which fantasy owners might not care much about, but is an excellent sign in terms of his health.
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck, but according to beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review he's already been cleared to play. | 10/17/2014 3:28 PM
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Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck, but according to beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review he's already been cleared to play.
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Impact
Pretty amazing. Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck. | 10/17/2014 9:16 AM
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Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck.
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Impact
Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered his first loss of the season. | 10/16/2014 9:46 PM
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered his first loss of the season.
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Impact
He let up three goals on 28 shots, but owners should not be too worried, as Fleury remains an elite option.
Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz had two points on Thursday against Dallas. | 10/16/2014 9:45 PM
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Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz had two points on Thursday against Dallas.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with six shots on goal. Kunitz should be in line for another 30-goal season, as he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored his fourth goal of the season. | 10/16/2014 9:43 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored his fourth goal of the season.
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Impact
He now has seven points through three games, and is well on his way to another monster season.
Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin posted a goal and two assists Saturday night. | 10/12/2014 12:42 AM
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Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin posted a goal and two assists Saturday night.
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Impact
Nothing unusual there except that he didn't play all preseason so his fast start is good news.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and a pair of assists. | 10/12/2014 12:40 AM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and a pair of assists.
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Ho hum. Three goals and three assist in two Penguins wins. What else is new?
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis tied a career-high with four points on Thursday against the Ducks. | 10/09/2014 10:08 PM
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Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis tied a career-high with four points on Thursday against the Ducks.
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Impact
Dupuis scored to make the game 3-0 midway through the first period. Dupuis then added an assist on a Sidney Crosby power play goal and another helper on Brandon Sutter's short-handed goal. Dupuis also had five shots and was plus-three.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in an opening night victory against the Ducks. | 10/09/2014 10:00 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in an opening night victory against the Ducks.
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Impact
Crosby scored on a pass from his old friend Chris Kunitz in the first period to put the Penguins up, 2-0. Crosby then scored on the power play to snap a 3-3 tie. The Penguins captain finished with five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in addition to his three points.
Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks. | 10/09/2014 7:53 PM
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Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks.
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Impact
There were rumors that Malkin would miss the season opener since he missed all of training camp and preseason with a disclosed injury. Malkin is playing, had an assist and posted a plus-one rating in the first period as the Penguins took an early 3-1 lead.
Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin finally got in a practice, Tuesday, his first of the season. | 10/07/2014 1:00 PM
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Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin finally got in a practice, Tuesday, his first of the season.
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Impact
Malkin is unlikely to play in the season opener, but with superstar athletes you never know. He has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009.
Penguins center Brandon Sutter is still looking for his scoring touch he had with Carolina five years ago. | 10/01/2014 12:06 PM
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Penguins center Brandon Sutter is still looking for his scoring touch he had with Carolina five years ago.
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Impact
At just 20-years-old, Sutter scored 21 goals and 40 points in 72 games during 2009-2010. He did score five goals and two assists in 13 playoff games last spring, so Pittsburgh hopes he can built upon that. Sutter will lliekly be the team's third-line center.
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has played in just 87 games over the last two seasons. | 10/01/2014 12:02 PM
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Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has played in just 87 games over the last two seasons.
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Impact
Dupuis missed 43 games last year due to a torn MCL and ACL. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports his knee feels 100 percent in training camp. Although Dupuis and Sidney Crosby had great chemistry when Dupius was healthy, we would suggest owners to use the wait-and-see approach.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had a very nice rookie season with nine goals and 20 assists. | 10/01/2014 11:58 AM
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Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had a very nice rookie season with nine goals and 20 assists.
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Impact
Pittsburgh would love to give Maatta some more playing time, but the Penguins have plenty of good defenseman. Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff will get the power-play minutes and Paul Martin is likely still the team's best overall defenseman. Maatta might not be a start worthy defenseman on draft day, but check back if one of those first three players get injured.
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year. | 10/01/2014 11:49 AM
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Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year.
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Impact
Ehrhoff scored six goals and 27 assists with the Sabres last year, so it is safe to expect those numbers or even greater based just on the fact Ehrhoff will benefit from playing with Sidney Crosby and company. At the very least he should see a huge improvement in plus/minus. Ehrhoff's was -27 a year ago.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015. | 10/01/2014 11:40 AM
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Letang missed significant time last season after suffering a stroke in January, but he returned for the playoffs. Letang is one of the best offensive defenseman in the league, and even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff, who could take some time away from Letang on the power play, Letang is a top-15 defenseman.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015. | 10/01/2014 11:40 AM
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Letang missed significant time last season after suffering a stroke in January, but he returned for the playoffs. Letang is one of the best offensive defenseman in the league, and even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff, who could take some time away from Letang on the power play, Letang is a top-15 defenseman.
Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a career-high 35 goals and 68 points last season. | 10/01/2014 11:36 AM
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Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a career-high 35 goals and 68 points last season.
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Impact
Kunitz has averaged 0.81 points per game in his five-plus seasons with the Penguins. It is hard to assume those numbers will again go up this year, but even at 35 years old, Kunitz has shown no signs of slowing down.
The only concern surrounding Evgeni Malkin for fantasy owner's is his health. | 10/01/2014 11:33 AM
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The only concern surrounding Evgeni Malkin for fantasy owner's is his health.
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Impact
Malkin has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009. His talent speaks for itself, however, and the there is just too much skill to not take Malkin at least in the first five picks.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the top fantasy option once again in 2014. | 10/01/2014 11:30 AM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the top fantasy option once again in 2014.
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Impact
The only other player owners should really consider with the No.1 pick is Alex Ovechkin but that is because Ovechkin provides higher value as a winger than Crosby does as a center. Crosby is the best hockey player in the world and is feeling good after offseason wrist surgery.
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
"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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
"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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
"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.
Ken Campbell on Twitter

Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
"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

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
"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.
Dave Molinari on Twitter

Impact
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

Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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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Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

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.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
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.
Washington Post

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

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.
Rotoworld.com

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.
Rotoworld.com

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

Impact
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.
Penguins.nhl.com

Impact
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.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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
News
GM Jim Rutherford said Thursday that he's "zeroed in on one guy" during his coaching search.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
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.

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