Player News - Penguins

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Matt Murray still feels he has plenty to prove as he establishes himself as a go-to starting goalie in the NHL.

"I feel like I haven't really done anything yet," said Murray, who has won two Stanley Cups before shedding his rookie status. "I definitely don't view myself as anything other than a guy who's just trying to prove myself and be the best hockey player I can be. A year and a half even though we've won both times? I don't think it really says a whole lot in the long run. I think I have a long way to go, and I feel like I'm just kind of getting started." The 23-year-old netminder has appeared in only 62 NHL games, but he has posted impressive statistics. Murray owns a 41-12-5 career record with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. His numbers are even better in the playoffs, where he has posted a mark of 22-9 with a 1.95 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Murray has enjoyed a great start to his career and there is no reason to believe he will slow down anytime soon.
Aug 10 - 10:33 AM

Sidney Crosby understands what turning 30 means for most NHLers, but getting older doesn't concern him.

"It's just a number," he said. "Just a number to me." Crosby has accomplished a great deal recently and his success in the past 26-plus months has been well-documented. He is also just the eighth player to post 1,000 points and win three Stanley Cups before hitting the age of 30. "He's at the peak right now and he's got a number of years left at his peak because he has taken care of himself so well and because he knows his body better than ever now," said Penguins assistant Mark Recchi. Crosby is far from being done and believes the Penguins can three-peat as Stanley Cup champions in 2017-18. "We're going to training camp with that in mind," said the Pittsburgh captain. "It'll be a big challenge, but why not?"
Aug 8 - 9:16 AM

Cody Wydo has signed with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Wydo has amassed 116 points (54 goals, 62 assists) in 138 ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers. The 26-year-old forward agreed to a professional tryout with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Apr. 8 and he provided one goal in three outings. Wydo spent four seasons at Robert Morris University before turning pro and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2014-15.
Source: TheAHL.com
Aug 7 - 7:07 PM

Ryan Haggerty has agreed to an AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 2017-18 season.

In 58 games with the Baby Penguins last year, he generated 11 goals and 23 points. The 24-year-old winger has spent the past three seasons in the minors for three different clubs. Haggerty played for Hartford in 2014-15 and Rockford in 2015-16.
Source: TheAHL.com
Aug 7 - 6:59 PM

Sidney Crosby turned 30 years of age Monday.

Crosby just finished celebrating over the weekend with the Stanley Cup. He took the trophy around his home province of Nova Scotia with stops at a children's hospital, a veterans' hospital and on the docks outside his house. The Penguins' captain has won three Cup titles. He has also captured the Art Ross Trophy twice, the Hart Trophy twice, the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy twice, the Conn Smythe Trophy twice and the Lester B. Pearson Award/Ted Lindsay Award three times. Crosby has compiled 382 goals and 1,027 points in 782 career games. Happy Birthday, Sid!
Aug 7 - 2:35 PM

Zach Aston-Reese will compete for a roster spot with Pittsburgh at training camp.

"I kind of set my own goals and that's for me to come in and just prove that I belong up here," Aston-Reese said. He is looking to follow in the footsteps of current Pittsburgh forwards as Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary, who went from college teams to the NHL. Aston-Reese may have to spend some time in the minors first just like Guentzel and Sheary did, but his career could take a similar path. He racked up 31 goals and 63 points in just 38 games last year with Northeastern University. Aston-Reese could a player worth monitoring.
Aug 1 - 3:04 PM

Pittsburgh has signed Conor Sheary to a three-year contract worth $9 million.

Sheary and the Penguins avoided going to salary arbitration with the new deal. He produced personal bests in 2016-17 with 23 goals and 53 points in 61 matches. If he can regain his spot alongside Sidney Crosby this campaign then he should be able to generate similar numbers.
Jul 30 - 12:40 PM

Kris Letang (neck) expects to be ready for the 2017-18 season.

Letang has had plenty of time to recover from surgery back in April for a herniated disc in his neck. "It's been pretty good and we're on a path of starting training camp and being fully healthy," he said. Letang was seen recently working on his footwork with former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, as he prepares for the upcoming season. The 30-year-old isn't a stranger to injuries, but when he is healthy Letang is one of the best offensive rearguards in the league.
Jul 27 - 7:39 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford said he has met with Conor Sheary's representative, but he didn't go into detail about the negotiation process.

If the two sides cannot agree to terms on a new deal then an arbitration hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4. Sheary has produced 30 goals 63 points in 105 games with Pittsburgh over the last two seasons. He also has 17 points in 45 matches in the playoffs.
Jul 24 - 5:32 PM

Brian Dumoulin sustained a broken hand in the first round of the playoffs and it kept re-breaking during Pittsburgh's run to a second straight Stanley Cup title.

"It was tough to play with it, but obviously everybody had injuries," Dumoulin said. "It's all healed up now. They were deciding on surgery or not at the end of the season, but doctors saw a little bit of healing. We gave it about three weeks, and I kind of have been testing it out the last week. I've skated, and there have been no problems. I'm happy about it." Dumoulin didn't miss any time because of the injury and led the Penguins in average ice time per game (21:59) during the postseason. He agreed to a six-year contract on Monday to avoid salary arbitration.
Jul 24 - 5:15 PM

Brian Dumoulin has signed a six-year contract with Pittsburgh.

Dumoulin's new deal, which was signed before his scheduled arbitration hearing, runs through the 2022-23 season and carries an average annual value of $4.1 million. He has dressed in all 49 playoff games during Pittsburgh's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Dumoulin posted 15 points in 70 games during the regular season in 2016-17. He also had 113 hits and 99 blocks.
Jul 24 - 10:41 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Brian Dumoulin have a wide gap when it comes to their arbitration salary requests.

Dumoulin is requesting a salary of $4.35 million while the Penguins are countering at $1.95 million. He had a goal and 15 points in 70 contests while averaging 20:33 minutes per game. There's still time to avoid a hearing by coming to a compromise.
Jul 22 - 11:14 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford countered recently rumors that the Penguins will trade Phil Kessel.

"Phil Kessel's an important part of the Penguins," Rutherford said on 93.7 The Fan. "He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have of winning." The general manager went on to say that while he won't rule out the possibility of Kessel someday being traded again he doesn't foresee it happening right now. Kessel hasn't found the back of the net with the same frequency that he did with Toronto, but he certainly has had a big impact offensively. He had 23 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season and then another eight goals and 23 points in 24 playoff contests.
Jul 14 - 10:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot feels his play towards the end of the AHL campaign showed that he's worked out his defensive shortcomings.

Pouliot has always had plenty of offensive talent, but his defensive game has left something to be desired. He was plus-12 in his final 24 contests with Wilkes-Barre in 2016-17 though. "For me to establish myself as an NHL defenseman, a regular guy in the lineup, it's kind of playing how I ended the season: solid defensively, consistent in that regard," Pouliot said. "That's been one thing that's always been brought up about me, inconsistency. So I think it's starting with that and building each game." This will be a key season for him, especially after inking a one-way, $800,000 contract with Pittsburgh. While it won't be easy for him to secure a spot with the Penguins, the possibility exists for the 23-year-old.
Jul 14 - 4:48 AM

Sergei Gonchar has become a full-time assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gonchar had been working part time so that he could help his wife raise their young children in Dallas, but she gave the okay for him to agree to the full-time job. "She told me she could handle it by herself," Gonchar said. "I have to give her a lot of credit." Gonchar had already been helping the Penguins' blueliners and had been credited with Justin Schultz's breakout in particular, so having Gonchar take on a full-time role is great news for the Penguins.
Jul 12 - 7:33 PM


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