Player News - Penguins

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Jacques Martin has been promoted to the role of senior advisor of hockey operations.

Martin's duties will include scouting and assessing how the team stacks up to its competition. He served as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Jul 23 - 5:00 PM

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.

"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.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 10:26 PM

Although the Pittsburgh Penguins said Sidney Crosby won't need wrist surgery, his agent won't rule it out.

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.
Jul 18 - 10:36 PM

Simon Despres has inked a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.
Jul 18 - 5:36 PM

Pascal Dupuis (knee) was on the ice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in February.

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.
Jul 16 - 3:07 PM

Bobby Farnham has signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.
Jul 16 - 9:26 AM

Derrick Pouliot (shoulder) hopes to be ready to play before the end of training camp.

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.
Jul 15 - 10:14 PM

Sidney Crosby won't undergo wrist surgery after all.

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."
Source: Brandon Sun
Jul 15 - 12:05 PM

Kasperi Kapanen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.
Jul 11 - 3:39 PM

Jayson Megna has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins.

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.
Jul 10 - 3:59 PM

Philip Samuelsson has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins.

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.
Jul 10 - 3:57 PM

Gary Agnew has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to serve as an assistant coach.

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."
Jul 10 - 12:10 PM

Nick Spaling's arbitration hearing date has been set for July 31.

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.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 5:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have confirmed that Sidney Crosby suffered a wrist injury during the 2013-14 campaign.

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.
Jul 9 - 4:15 PM

Sidney Crosby is expected to have wrist surgery within the next few days.

It's not known when Crosby suffered the injury, but it reportedly impacted his performance in the playoffs. He had just one goal 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.
Jul 9 - 1:11 AM


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