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Penguins confirm interest in signing Hobey Baker Winner Will Butcher

Penguins confirm interest in signing Hobey Baker Winner Will Butcher

GM Jim Rutherford stated that the Penguins have an interest in signing former Denver defensemen, and current free agent, Will Butcher. Oh, he also won the Hobey Baker award for best player in Division I hockey last season. In their quest to acquire more defensive weapons, General Manager Jim Rutherford confirmed that the Penguins have an interest in signing former University of Denver defensemen — and Hobey Baker winner — Will Butcher. According the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pens will definitely be in the mix when it comes to what team Butcher ultimately decides to sign with. This...
Aug 18, 2017
2017 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #20- 16

2017 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #20- 16

The yearly summer ranking of the top young players in the Penguins organization rolls on with the #16 - 20th best in today’s listing. Back to the countdown: Here’s what you may have missed - Catching up on the 2016 List 2017: #25 - #21 *** #20 Connor Hall, 19 years old, defenseman, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 3rd round pick, 2016 Hall was the player chosen in the pick the Penguins got from New Jersey in exchange for Beau Bennett. So, naturally, Hall’s season ended in December after just 17 games under his belt after undergoing a shoulder surgery. Hall signed with the AHL WB/S Pens in...
Aug 17, 2017
WBS Penguins Summer Update, Part 2

WBS Penguins Summer Update, Part 2

Second in an ongoing series chronicling the WBS Penguins and their summer news. When we last left the WBS Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins had just promoted Bill Guerin to be the general manager of WBS. The next several weeks would show just what Guerin and staff would do. Pre-Draft Signings On the morning of June 22, Pittsburgh announced two signings, the first of which likely affects WBS more than Pittsburgh, but the second of which featured a key cog in the WBS defense early last season and an invaluable backup option for the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh drafted forward Freddie Tiffels in...
Aug 16, 2017
Matt Cullen chooses Minnesota, will that spur Penguins center addition?

Matt Cullen chooses Minnesota, will that spur Penguins center addition?

Matt Cullen has signed with the Minnesota Wild, so now seems like a really good time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to get crackin’ on adding more centers Matt Cullen has taken his sweet time for the past three years to decide deep in the summer where he would play hockey. The last two times he decided to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This year, however, he’s returning home to the Minnesota Wild. Welcome back to the #StateOfHockey! Matt Cullen agrees to a 1-yr contract ($1 million + $700k in potential bonuses)→ https://t.co/pfYfPrgc2I pic.twitter.com/laPfGKet9O— Minnesota Wild...
Aug 16, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Penguins Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Penguins Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Penguins moves this off-season. Complete with links from Pensburgh and other NHL sources. Pittsburgh Penguins 50-21-11, 111 pts / 278 GF(1st)/229 GA(17th) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/15/17): $3.2 million - 22/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 7/30/17 Conor Sheary - 3 yr / $9 mil 7/24/17 Brian Dumoulin - 6 yr / $24.6 mil 7/1/17 Justin Schultz - 3 yr / $16.5 mil 7/1/17 Antti Niemi - 1 yr / $700k 7/1/17 Matt Hunwick - 3 yr / $6.75 mil 6/22/17 Chad Ruhwedel - 2 yr / $650k 7/12/17 Derrick Pouliot - 1 yr / $800k 7/1/17 Casey DeSmith - 2 yr / $1.3 mil 7/1/17...
Aug 15, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Capitals Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Capitals Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Capitals moves this off-season. Complete with links from Japers’ Rink and other NHL sources. Washington Capitals 55-19-8, 118 pts / 261GF(3rd)/177GA(1st) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/14/17): $4.0 million - 17/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 7/2/17 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 8 yr / $62.4 mil 6/25/17 T.J. Oshie - 8 yr / $46 mil 6/30/17 Dmitry Orlov - 6 yr / $30.6 mil 7/6/17 Philipp Grubauer - 1 year / $1.5 million 7/4/17 Andre Burakovsky - 2 yr / $6 mil 7/3/17 Devante Smith-Pelly - 1 yr / $650k 6/26/17 Brett Connolly - 2 yr / $3 mil Moved on: Kevin...
Aug 14, 2017
News break!!! Phil Kessel eats hot dogs out of Stanley Cup

News break!!! Phil Kessel eats hot dogs out of Stanley Cup

Stuntin on the losers and haters with a Stanley Cup hot dog celebration The big name in the news now is Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher. The defenseman can sign with a team midnight Wednesday as his draft rights expire with the Colorado Avalanche. As you might remember, his agents said the Penguins could be a consideration for the talented 22-year old, but they’ve really no reason not to say nice things and leave the door open, so we’ll see what happens on that front. But one thing that does look like it will happen is that the Pittsburgh organization will watch 2 draft picks skate away...
Aug 14, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Blue Jackets Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Blue Jackets Edition

Full breakdown of the Blue Jackets moves this off-season. Complete with links from Jackets Cannon and other NHL sources. Columbus Blue Jackets 50-24-8, 108 pts / 247GF(6th)/193GA(2nd) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/13/17): $12.8 million - 21/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 6/23/17 Artemi Panarin - Trade w/ CHI 7/1/17 Andre Benoit (D) - 1 yr / 800k 7/1/17 Cameron Gaunce - 1 yr / 800k 6/27/17 Jordan Schroeder (C) - 2 yr / $1.3 mil Moved on: Brandon Saad - Trade w/ CHI Anton Forsberg - Trade w/ CHI William Karlsson - Expansion Draft Sam Gagner - VAN, 3 yr / $9.45 mil Scott...
Aug 11, 2017
2017 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #25- 21

2017 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #25- 21

Four new names not on last year’s list pop up on the beginning of this year’s countdown of the top young players in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization And we’re off with the 2017 edition of the top 25 players in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization under the age of 25. Whether they’re 2-time Stanley Cup champions, or recent draftees, we rank ‘em all here. A basic rule of thumb (though not a hard-set rule) in this battle of potential vs. current ability to determine slotting would be which young player would you rather NOT be included in a hypothetical trade. That sort of helps...
Aug 11, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Rangers Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Rangers Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Rangers moves this off-season. Complete with links from Blueshirt Banter and other NHL sources. New York Rangers 48-28-6, 102 pts / 253GF(4th)/216GA(t-12th) Cap room(Per CapFriendly as of 8/10/17): $3.0 million - 21/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 7/25/17 Mika Zibanejad - 5 yr / 26.75 mil 7/1/17 Kevin Shattenkirk - 4 yr / 26.6 mil 7/1/17 Ondrej Pavelec - 1 yr / $1.3 mil 7/29/17 Brendan Smith - 4 yr / $17.4 mil 7/5/17 Jesper Fast - 3 yr / $5.55 mil 7/4/17 David Desharnais - 1 yr / $1 mil 7/1/17 Paul Carey (C) - 1 yr / $650k Moved on: Derek Stepan - Trade...
Aug 10, 2017
Top 25 Under 25: Looking back at the 2016 list

Top 25 Under 25: Looking back at the 2016 list

Our annual summer series to rank the top 25 young players in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization begins with a look back at last summer’s list August days mean a desert for hockey, so it’s a nice time to take a look at the young players in the organization. Every summer we spotlight and rank the top 25 players in the organization that are under the age of 25. 2016 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25 Complete list For starters, let’s look back at the 2016 list and the season that those players had in 2016-17. Young players helped fuel the Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup championship, with 7...
Aug 10, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Islanders Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Islanders Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Islanders moves this off-season. Complete with links from Lighthouse Hockey and other NHL sources. New York Islanders 41-29-12, 94 pts / 239GF(10th)/238GA(23rd) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/9/17): $2.9 million - 24/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 6/22/17 Jordan Eberle - Trade w/ Edmonton Moved on: Ryan Strome - Trade w/ Edmonton Travis Hamonic - Trade w/ Calgary Jean-Francois Berube - Expansion Draft Projected Line-up: Forward: Anders Lee - John Tavares - Jordan Eberle Andrew Ladd - Brock Nelson - Josh Ho-Sang Jason Chimera - Anthony Beauvillier - Josh...
Aug 9, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Flyers Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Flyers Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Flyers moves this off-season. Complete with links from Broad Street Hockey and other NHL sources. Philadelphia Flyers 39-33-10, 88 pts / 212GF(t-20th)/231GA(19th) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/8/17): $3.3 million - 22/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 6/23/17 Nolan Patrick - 2nd pick in NHL Draft 7/1/17 Brian Elliott - 2 yr / $5.5 mil 7/1/17 Mike Vecchione - 2 yr / $1.8 mil 6/29/17 Jordan Weal - 2 yr / $3.5 mil 6/23/17 Jori Lehtera - Trade w/ STL Moved on: Brayden Schenn - Trade w/ STL Michael Del Zotto - VAN, 2 yr / $6 mil Steve Mason - WIN, 2 yr / $8.2...
Aug 8, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Hurricanes Off-Season Edition

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Hurricanes Off-Season Edition

Full breakdown of the Hurricanes moves this off-season. Complete with links from Canes Country and other NHL sources. Carolina Hurricanes 36-31-15, 87 pts / 212GF(t-20th)/230GA(18th) Cap room (Per CapFriendly as of 8/7/17): $17.2 million - 21/23 NHL contracts Brought in/back: 8/1/17 Joe Brett Pesce - 6 yr / $24 mil 7/12/17 Jaccob Slavin - 7 yr / $37.1 mil 7/4/17 Marcus Kruger - Trade w/ VGK 7/1/17 Justin Williams - 2 yr / $9 mil 6/28/17 Brock McGinn - 2 yr / $1.775 mil 6/22/17 Trevor van Riemsdyk - Trade w/ VGK 7/1/17 Josh Jooris - 1 year / 775k 7/1/17 Dennis Robertson (D) - 1 yr /...
Aug 7, 2017
Happy 8/7, Sidney Crosby!

Happy 8/7, Sidney Crosby!

A special day for our special guy Ringing in the dirty 30 in style. Happy birthday Sidney Crosby. Everyone loves the #StanleyCup! Sid surprises kids at a local children's hospital. (Halifax, NS) @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/sCStH5QwNs— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 6, 2017 Video from Sidney Crosby's visit to a children's hospital pic.twitter.com/4ZxGu1oiqu— Chugging Schultz (@ChuggingSchultz) August 6, 2017 5 trophies on display including the #stanleycup at the Crosby party in Nova Scotia. @NHL @HockeyHallFame @penguins...