Player News - Penguins

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Will Reilly had the distinction of being the very last player selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Reilly was taken with the 217th overall pick. Reilly is almost 20 years old and had already been passed over in two previous drafts, so he didn't expect to be taken in this one either. The blueliner had two goals and 15 points in 35 NCAA games with R.P.I. last season. "I don’t really care [about going last], to be honest with you," Reilly said. "Someone’s got to go last. I’m just really happy to be drafted." If he needs inspiration though, he can always look to Patric Hornqvist, who was the last player taken in 2005 and has now won back-to-back championships with Pittsburgh.
Jun 25 - 4:50 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins could need help at center next season.

That seems far-fetched with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the team but the depth may be gone as Nick Bonino could be a UFA on July 1, Matt Cullen is scheduled to retire and Oskar Sundqvist was dealt on Friday. The Penguins would love to re-sign Bonino but if not, they will be busy on July 1.
Jun 25 - 9:30 AM

Ryan Reaves is happy to be a Penguin and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

The tough winger was acquired on Friday with the 51st overall pick for the Penguins first rounder (31 overall) and Oskar Sundqvist, a price many thought was steep for an enforcer. "I'm always playing physical. I play physical before anything else," Reaves said. "I think that buys guys on my team a little extra room, maybe a little more security on the ice, knowing that if you go run one of our guys, I'm coming and I'm 230 pounds coming at you. Maybe think twice." The Penguins were tired of opponents running at Sidney Crosby. With Reaves in the lineup, this should curtail. Reaves should get 15-20 points next season with 150-plus penalty minutes. Draft him accordingly.
Jun 25 - 9:26 AM

The Penguins would like to bring back pending unrestricted free agent Nick Bonino.

Pittsburgh told their free agents to test the market and if they can match the contract offers then they will. If the Penguins can't re-sign Bonino then they will look for a bottom-six center in free agency.
Jun 24 - 10:26 AM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford is happy to add a physical presence like Ryan Reaves to the roster.

Reaves was acquired from St. Louis on Friday night along with a second-round selection for the 31st overall pick and Oskar Sundqvist. "When you want to get the guy that's the best at doing what he does, then you have to pay a price," Rutherford said. "Regardless of what we paid, we're very happy to have him." The Penguins don't like the way their stars were treated in the playoffs and Reaves will serve as some protection. Coach Mike Sullivan also believes he can help the 30-year-old tough guy improve his overall game by putting him alongside the right players.
Jun 24 - 10:15 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong admitted that it was difficult to trade Ryan Reaves away on Friday night.

Reaves was drafted by the Blues in 2005 and he had become the longest-tenured player on the roster. "That was a real difficult deal for myself and the organization," Armstrong said. "Ryan is a leader and someone that everyone really respected. He is a real good player and we’re certainly going to miss what he brings to the team. But he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. But it was the ability to get a first-round pick, walk out of this draft with two first-round picks and a player that we have on our roster next year." The trade allowed the Blues to move up 20 spots (from the second to the first round) to select Russian forward Klim Kostin.
Jun 24 - 9:27 AM

Ryan Reaves has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was moved along with the 51st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from St. Louis for Oskar Sundqvist and selection No. 31. Reaves has one more season left on a contract that carries a $1.125 million cap hit. He posted 13 points and 104 penalty minutes in 80 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
Jun 23 - 10:09 PM

Chad Ruhwedel has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.

Ruhwedel had two goals and 10 points in 34 games in 2016-17. When everyone is healthy, Ruhwedel will probably serve as the seventh defenseman, but he's an inexpensive and solid option for that role.
Jun 22 - 4:39 PM

Freddie Tiffels has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh took Tiffels with the 167th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had nine goals and 21 points in 37 contests with Western Michigan University last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 1:50 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford has told all his pending UFA's to test free agency.

The list includes Nick Bonino and Chris Kunitz and while Rutherford wants them to check out their value on the open market, he said that everyone is welcome back. "If you want to come back to Pittsburgh, we’re going to keep the door open for everybody," Rutherford said. "At that point in time, I’ll have a better understanding as to how we can fit certain guys in. We won’t be able to fit everybody in, but how can we fit certain guys in? Can we get to the market value of what these players can get to go somewhere else, or get close enough to it that they’re going to still come back to Pittsburgh?"
Jun 19 - 9:43 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to keep four forwards and four defensemen.

The Penguins have kept Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist up front with Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz on the blueline. Matt Murray will be between the pipes. The Penguins have made Marc-Andre Fleury available as well as Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Ian Cole. Look for the Golden Knights to select Fleury off the Penguins roster.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Mike Buckley to be their next goalie coach.

Buckley is taking over for Mike Bales, who left the organization to join Carolina's staff. Buckley previously served as the Penguins' goaltending development coach, where he helped develop the prospects in the organization. "We are excited to have Mike Buckley join the Pittsburgh staff," GM Jim Rutherford said in a release. "He has tutored our young goalies, especially Matt Murray, for a number of years, making this a seamless transition for our group."
Jun 17 - 4:50 PM

Sam Ventura has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to serve as their director of hockey research.

Ventura will be working with assistant GM Jason Karmanos. While many hockey fans might not know Ventura by name, many will likely remember the former statistics website war-on-ice.com, which he co-founded. Ventura had also been consulting with the Penguins for the last two years.
Jun 17 - 4:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Filip Gustavsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Gustavsson was selected with the 55th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He posted a 2.70 GAA and .911 save percentage in 15 Swedish league games in 2016-17. He still plans to spend the 2017-18 campaign playing in Sweden and his entry-level contract will begin when he heads to North America.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 16 - 12:26 PM

It's not known if Matt Cullen will extend his career, but if he does it would almost certainly be as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I can’t imagine playing anywhere but here," Cullen said. He's spent the last two seasons with the Penguins and has enjoyed back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with them. He'll turn 41 in November, but he played a valuable supporting role with the Penguins last season so it wouldn't be surprising if they end up agreeing to another one-year contract.
Jun 15 - 6:42 PM


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