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Jun 19, 2019
NHL Draft: Zeroing in on Penguins’ first round pick possibilities

NHL Draft: Zeroing in on Penguins’ first round pick possibilities

With the draft approaching, so too is Pittsburgh’s 21st overall selection. With the 2019 NHL Draft quickly approaching, one of my favorite looks at scouting is TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s ranking. McKenzie polls 10 scouts across the league and compiles an average, giving a pretty good sense of how the league evaluators are ranking and sorting the prospects. Because the Penguins are picking 21st, I cropped McKenzie’s final rankings a bit high and low. First of all, it’s worth noting they have the top goalie prospect Spencer Knight at 12, which seems very high, and it’s...
Jun 18, 2019
Sidney Crosby on the Penguins keeping star players: “Definitely something I would like to happen”

Sidney Crosby on the Penguins keeping star players: “Definitely something I would like to happen”

Sid weighs in on a media appearance ahead of the NHL Awards Sidney Crosby emerged from the early part of his offseason in Vegas for the NHL Awards and shared some answers with the media about his summer, dealing with the team’s trade rumors and his thoughts on the team. On being nominated for the Hart trophy: “It’s an honor but I’m not going to get my hopes up too much because there was two pretty good seasons in the group (among the other nominees). It’s great to be nominated and it’s an honor to be here” An update on his summer: “I was traveling in Europe for probably five...
Jun 18, 2019
GM Jim Rutherford tells 93.7 The Fan that move to trade a defenseman was between Johnson or Maatta

GM Jim Rutherford tells 93.7 The Fan that move to trade a defenseman was between Johnson or Maatta

GM Jim Rutherford is talking again... In a necessary attempt to alleviate some cap space, GM Jim Rutherford and the Penguins traded defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for young forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick. Removing Maatta’s more than $4 million cap hit was a huge move to create space to add talent around the Penguins’ core and stock the roster for next season. However, during an interview with Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan, Rutherford admitted that a different, more controversial defenseman was also in discussions to be moved. “We certainly...
Jun 18, 2019
Penguins’ 2019-20 preseason schedule released with trip to Penn State

Penguins’ 2019-20 preseason schedule released with trip to Penn State

We’re ready for 2019-20 already! No one is probably looking forward to turning the page over to the 2019-20 season more than the Penguins, and today the first step to that is announcing the preseason schedule. Hockey !The 2019.20 preseason schedule has been set.Details: https://t.co/J5cKvCuzH1 pic.twitter.com/iOvaiOMFml— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 18, 2019 From the team: The Penguins will open up their six-game pre-season schedule against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, September 16 at 7:00PM at Penn State University’s Pegula Ice Arena. This is the second time in the...
Jun 18, 2019
Dominik Kahun’s speed is a major asset when it comes to avoiding the penalty box

Dominik Kahun’s speed is a major asset when it comes to avoiding the penalty box

The newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has quite a reputation for staying out of the sin bin. As the dust continues to settle on the Olli Maatta for Dominik Kahun trade, we are starting to learn more and more about the versatile, young winger. In addition to the many positives that have already been discussed about Kahun such as his speed, youthfulness, and small cap hit, one attribute that may not get enough attention is his ability to play clean hockey. Here’s a section from a Chicago Tribune article on Kahun and the rate at which he took penalties while playing in Germany: Kahun...
Jun 18, 2019
Kiitos, Olli Maatta

Kiitos, Olli Maatta

“Kiitos” means “Thank you” in Finnish. Kiitos for everything, Olli. As an NHL player, the only thing Olli Maatta has ever known is the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh. It’s where he was drafted in 2012, where he broke onto the scene in 2013, where battled cancer in 2014, and where he won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017. Simply put, Maatta saw a lot during his six seasons wearing a Penguins uniform. That portion of his career has now come to a close, traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in exchange for speedy forward Dominik Kahun and a 5th round draft pick....
Jun 17, 2019
Thoughts on Thoughts: The Penguins expected to stay active in trade market

Thoughts on Thoughts: The Penguins expected to stay active in trade market

No surprise but still interesting to see. Plus, Jacob Trouba? This is going to be a big week for the NHL. Draft is Friday night and the whole league will be together, doing like the picture above talking a lot and seeking fits to make trades and shape their teams for the upcoming season. Elliotte Friedman came out with a 31 Thoughts over the weekend and is a good look at the temperature around the league as is out there. The whole thing is worth a read, so do so here. We’ll dig in on the Penguins’ related aspects mentioned. 8. There will be more conversation about the 2019-20 salary cap...
Jun 17, 2019
NHL Salary cap: how the Pittsburgh Penguins look after the Olli Maatta trade

NHL Salary cap: how the Pittsburgh Penguins look after the Olli Maatta trade

The Penguins saved some money this weekend shipping out Maatta. But just how much? Just as you can’t judge a hair cut during the middle of the job, looking at the Penguins’ salary cap situation right now is incomplete. As general manager Jim Rutherford told the Trib, more changes might be coming: “You don’t know what comes up,” Rutherford said. “We’ve got the right-left shot fixed, but are there players that are going to come up that make our defense better? If there is, we’ll do it. If there isn’t, we’re OK with our defense.” Improvement on defense is certainly still...
Jun 17, 2019
Where Penguins’ defense goes after Olli Maatta trade

Where Penguins’ defense goes after Olli Maatta trade

This can not be the only move for the Pens as the off-season starts, there’s still much work to be done As far as late first-round picks are concerned, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ experience with Olli Maatta has to be considered a success. Once you get beyond the top-five or six picks in any draft, the probability of finding a regular NHL drops pretty significantly. And if you look at the 15-20 players taken immediately after Maatta in 2012, it is pretty clear that the Penguins found tremendous value in Maatta. Even when taking into account the health and injury issues he had to deal with...
Jun 16, 2019
More fall-out and reactions on the Olli Maatta for Dominik Kahun trade

More fall-out and reactions on the Olli Maatta for Dominik Kahun trade

How is everyone feeling the morning after? After making waves with a Saturday night trade, here’s a bit more information now as the dust settles for the Penguins sending Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Dominik Kahun. Brandon at our SBN sister site of Second City Hockey was kind enough to give a bit more detail on Kahun: Kahun jumped right into a top-six role and found success with Alex DeBrincat as his opposite winger then played throughout the lineup. Kahun is not going to put up a bunch of points and he’s not going to get burned defensively. He’s very quietly...
Jun 15, 2019
Player Profile: An in-depth look at new Penguins’ forward Dominik Kahun

Player Profile: An in-depth look at new Penguins’ forward Dominik Kahun

What can the Pens expect from the forward they got for trading Olli Maatta? News broke on Saturday night that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks swung a pretty significant trade sending defenseman Olli Maatta to Chi-town for forward Dominik Kahun. Pittsburgh also adds a fifth round pick in the trade. The writing was on the wall for Maatta to be shipped out of town given he had a poor 2018-19 season and was a healthy scratch for the last three games of the playoffs. Moving forward, what can the Pens expect out of Kahun? What kind of player is he? Let’s dive into a quick and...
Jun 15, 2019
Penguins trade defenseman Olli Maatta to Chicago Blackhawks for forward Dominik Kahun, fifth round pick

Penguins trade defenseman Olli Maatta to Chicago Blackhawks for forward Dominik Kahun, fifth round pick

So it begins... The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Jim Rutherford have officially started making offseason moves, shipping out Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Dominik Kahun, per TSN Insider Darren Dreger. Pittsburgh trades Olli Maatta tto Chicago for Kahun and a 5th round pick.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 16, 2019 The 23-year-old, Czech-born player primarily plays the center and left-wing positions and is a solid second to third line talent that could easily bolster the Penguins’ top-six. He comes with a cheap, entry-level...
Jun 15, 2019
NHL Draft: It might make sense for the Penguins to trade down

NHL Draft: It might make sense for the Penguins to trade down

Previewing value of draft picks in trades Next weekend is the 2019 NHL Draft with the first round Friday night and the next six rounds on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to go 21st overall in the first round, then don’t pick again until 98th overall (which is Buffalo’s high fourth round pick, acquired in the Conor Sheary trade). After that the Pens don’t pick again until 145th, which is their own fifth round pick. Lacking so much and only having one pick in the top 90 and two picks in the top 140, getting more draft picks would be a good idea for Pittsburgh. The best...
Jun 14, 2019
The next few weeks will be very important for the direction of the Penguins

The next few weeks will be very important for the direction of the Penguins

We are about to find out what the Pittsburgh Penguins have learned over the past two seasons. Now that the 2018-19 NHL season is complete and the offseason is set to begin we are about to find out what lessons the Pittsburgh Penguins have learned about themselves. Emotions were high following their Round 1 sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders, and a mostly unpredictable postseason all over the league that saw the St. Louis Blues storm out of nowhere to win the Stanley Cup will no doubt send teams in all sorts of directions trying to figure out the best course when it comes to...
Jun 14, 2019
NHL Buyout Period: Should the Penguins bite the bullet on Jack Johnson?

NHL Buyout Period: Should the Penguins bite the bullet on Jack Johnson?

Framed correctly, it actually makes sense 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Finals ends the first major part of the NHL’s offseason begins with the opening of a buyout window that lasts until June 30th. Teams can dump the contracts of players they don’t want anymore, but at a cost financially and to their salary cap. From capfriendly: the buyout is spread out over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. The team still takes a caphit, and the caphit by year is calculated as follows: 1. Multiply the remaining salary (excluding signing bonuses) by the buyout amount (as...