Player News - Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have chosen Filip Gustavsson with the 55th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Gustavsson is one of the top ranking goalies according to the NHL Central Scouting, and for good reason. He fills the net well at 6'2" and 185 lbs, while staying poised and square to the shooters with great footwork. The 18-year-old played well in his six games with Lulea HF of the Swedish league, posting a .910 save percentage with just 13 goals against and a 4-2 record. He has the potential to be the steal of the draft once his game fully forms.
Jun 25 - 1:55 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start the 2016-17 season with Pittsburgh, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

He received the news from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Fleury's name has come up in plenty of trade rumors, but it doesn't look like anything is imminent on that front.
Jun 25 - 12:06 PM

Evgeni Malkin won't need elbow surgery.

Malkin sustained an elbow injury on March 11 and he was playing through it during the postseason. He had an MRI to determine if he would need offseason surgery, but it looks like he'll be able to recover with rehab alone. He's expected to be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Jun 23 - 11:33 AM

Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford has been named the general manager of the year.

Since taking over as the Penguins' GM in 2014, Rutherford has helped build a Penguins team that had depth as well as top-end talent. His most notable contribution though was the acquisition of Phil Kessel, which proved to be vital in the playoffs as Kessel along with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were placed on separate lines to give Pittsburgh a balanced and effective attack.
Jun 22 - 7:37 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford said the team isn't looking to trade Evgeni Malkin.

Malkin has been the subject of trade rumors recently, particularly surrounding the idea that he might go to Chicago. Rutherford added that no team has inquired about Malkin though. It seems unlikely that the Penguins would trade Malkin after winning the Stanley Cup, even though moving his $9.5 million annual cap hit might do the Penguins some good seeing as he'll turn 30 in July and has a lengthy injury history.
Jun 22 - 10:46 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford downplayed the Marc-Andre Fleury trade rumors to an extent.

"We might have to make a decision at some point," Rutherford said. "I'm not aggressively doing anything." That's largely in line with his earlier remarks that his preference would actually be to keep Fleury rather than trade him. How much of that is posturing to try to get a better return in a Fleury trade is hard to say. It would be somewhat awkward to enter the season with Fleury and the man who took his job, Matt Murray. At the same time, keeping Fleury would be a great insurance policy in case Murray has some growing pains in his first full NHL campaign.
Jun 22 - 8:39 AM

According to the Calgary Sun, Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford asked for Calgary's first-round draft pick in exchange for Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Flames lost out on Frederik Andersen Monday after he was traded to Toronto in exchange for the 30th overall pick in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2017. Fleury is five years older and more expensive than Andersen, so Calgary probably isn't interested in giving up the sixth overall pick for him. Fleury will make $5.75 in each of the next three seasons. The price for him is expected to go down and then the Flames could pull the trigger on a possible deal with Pittsburgh.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 21 - 1:21 PM

The results of Evgeni Malkin's MRI should be known later this week.

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford said there was no update on Tuesday. Malkin's elbow didn't fully recover after he was injured on March 11, so the Penguins will wait to see if he needs surgery.
Jun 21 - 12:38 PM

Kevin Porter has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Pittsburgh.

He will earn $575,000 if he plays in the NHL. Porter contributed three assists in 41 outings with the Penguins last season.
Jun 20 - 12:19 PM

Jacques Martin is enjoying his first Stanley Cup title.

Martin's been waiting a long time to hoist the Stanley Cup. He's been a head coach, assistant coach or GM in the NHL for 30 years. "This year was special because the one thing you know with the Stanley Cup is it’s such a process to win the Cup and it takes such a long time. To me, the playoffs are a real marathon. That’s one of the hardest trophies to win. You’ve got two months, playing every second night, with the hard work and the commitment. It’s unbelievable how our guys were committed." Martin has already stated that he'd like to be a head coach again, but that likely won't happen this season.
Jun 19 - 9:40 AM

GM Jim Rutherford is looking to start the 2016-17 campaign with both Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury has been the Penguins starting goaltender for most of the last 11 seasons but he lost his job in the playoffs to Murray after suffering a concussion near the end of the regular season. Murray ran with the job and won the Stanley Cup for the Penguins with a 15-6 record to go with a 2.08 GAA and a .923 save percentage. "I have no expectations," Murray said. "I had no expectations this year, and look how it turned out. I couldn't believe that this would happen. So that's kind of just how I live my life. I just take things as they come. I just play and compete whenever I'm out there, and the rest takes care of itself." Look for the duo to split the net next season barring a trade.
Jun 18 - 8:53 AM

Bryan Rust led the Penguins in even-strength goals per 60 minutes in the playoffs.

The rookie winger scored at a 1.41 mark, a vast improvement over the 0.52 mark in the regular season. "It shows that my game just keeps growing," Rust said, "and if I keep working on it and I keep doing what I've been doing and focusing on the little things, I'll keep getting better." Rust had four goals and 11 points in 41 regular season games but really improved in the post-season playing on the second line with Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin as he had six goals and nine points in 23 games. Look for Rust to get 20-plus goals if he remains on a line with Malkin next season.
Jun 18 - 8:48 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to re-sign Ben Lovejoy.

The potential roadblock there might be the Penguins' cap situation though. He's coming off of a very affordable three-year, $3.3 million deal and will presumably be looking for a raise.
Jun 17 - 6:27 PM

Daniel Sprong will spend the next seven-to-eight months recovering after undergoing successful shoulder surgery.

Sprong appeared in 18 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16 and scored two goals over that span. He was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has considerable offensive upside. Unfortunately now he won't continue his career until 2017. His injury occurred while he was with the Penguins as a Black Ace during their playoff run.
Jun 17 - 3:32 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to re-sign Matt Cullen.

The main question is whether or not Cullen wants to return for the 2016-17 campaign. He'll turn 40 in November and is coming off a championship, so this is an opportunity to retire on a high note. At the same time, he's still capable of chipping in as a bottom-six forward so maybe he'll decide to extend his career.
Jun 17 - 9:57 AM


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