6:36 AM EDT, Tue June 19, 2018
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NHL Free Agency: Penguins absent from Ilya Kovalchuk talk

The Penguins are seemingly in the mix for at least everyone, but one doesn’t appear to be Ilya Kovalchuk Ilya Kovalchuk is about to make a return to the NHL and per The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, his suitors have emerged. Further to what my TSN colleague Darren Dreger reported over the weekend when he tweeted that Ilya Kovalchuk had weekend visits with Los Angeles and San Jose, my sense of the market for the Russian winger is made up of two groups. The top contenders, I believe, are the Kings (who met with Kovalchuk [last] Friday), the Bruins, the Rangers and the Sharks (who met with...

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Looking at veteran backup goalie options for 2018-19

Will the Penguins add a veteran backup goalie this summer? Checking out the best options on the market The Pittsburgh Penguins already have 17 players under contract for next season and almost all their significant free agents are restricted and expected to be back. If there’s any drama or fun for this off-season, we know it’s likely to be involving a trade and not free agency. However, one place that it makes sense and there will be cheap, potentially important players available in free agency is on the goalie market. Post-Marc-Andre, the Pens are in the same situation now as they were...

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NHL Trade Rumors: Are the Penguins interested in Max Domi?

With free agency and the NHL Draft looming nearly a month away, we’re creeping in on silly season, but I guess it really is that season all year long. The latest buzz surrounding the Penguins came from Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek’s 31 Thoughts podcast and involved Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi. Specifically when mentioning teams interested, two named were the Canadiens and the Penguins. The ties between Tie Domi and Mario Lemieux are nothing to ignore in this case, in my opinion. Two people with a lot of connections and contacts in the hockey circles that could...

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NHL Free Agency: Should the Pens consider Jack Johnson?

It’s as simple as something that nobody knows, Pittsburgh’s defensive depth needs a boost. Heading into the off-season, the Penguins don’t have a ton of extra money to play around with adding free agents but they still will be looking to add improvements in talent and depth to their defense. One name heading to the free agency pool is at least an intriguing one, and the Pens are nothing if not an intriguing team. Should they consider adding defenseman Jack Johnson? To make the financials work, they’ll likely have to trade Matt Hunwick. How possible that may be remains to be seen,...

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Up against comparable players, Patric Hornqvist’s contract could be a real bargain

When Hornqvist extended his contract in February, many were wary given his age, injuries, and underlying stats. Now, looking at what comparable players may sign for this offseason, that new deal seems like an absolute steal for the Penguins. Entering the 2018 offseason, the Penguins are facing very little in the way of unrestricted free agents. There are a handful of players heading to restricted free agency, but the Penguins have a bit more say when it comes to whether those guys stay or leave. The team’s only unrestricted free agent at the moment is Carter Rowney, and he’s not...

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Judging Penguins Players Free Agent Value

Taking a stab at some metrics on free agency for the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer. Matt Cane has some really cool metrics to estimate values of impending free agency contracts, so let’s take a peak at some notable ones for the Penguins and see what could be in store this summer. While last week it was written here that “if there are major changes, it won’t be because of free agency this year,” there still are several key restricted free agents for Pittsburgh to deal with, with seven young players all needing contracts for next season in Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan, Jamie Oleksiak,...