Player News - Penguins

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Paul Martin doesn't anticipate signing a contract extension in the near future.

Martin has one season left on his five-year, $25 million contract. After missing the bulk of the 2013-14 campaign, the Penguins would probably rather see how Martin does this season before deciding whether or not they want to re-sign him.
Sep 17 - 8:42 AM

Penguins head coach Mike Johnson is expected to receive news from team doctors on Olli Maatta’s surgically repaired shoulder on Wednesday or Thursday.

Maatta has been recovering nicely from the shoulder surgery that he received in May and could be cleared for contact just in time for training camp if the medical report goes well. His timeline to return was four-to-six months so fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this good news. There is a chance that he could return to the lineup for opening night but the coaching staff won’t guarantee anything. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring as the 2012 first-rounder showed brilliance during his rookie season.
Sep 17 - 12:06 AM

Kris Letang seems optimistic about his improved health this summer, but maybe most of all, he's excited that the Pittsburgh Penguins are emphasizing puck possession.

The talented defenseman obviously had a rough season with a frightening stroke situation, yet that may open the door for him to slip in certain drafts. He's one of the few blueliners who can bring value comparable to Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban if everything's clicking.
Sep 16 - 12:50 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist expects to take his same hard-driving style from Nashville.

While that fearless style might explain his checkered injury history, it also helps him be a very effective player. Hornqvist will get a golden opportunity alongside Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins might be wise to make him their net-front presence on the power play.
Sep 16 - 12:45 PM

Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal Saturday in the Penguins 4-3 win over Ottawa in a prospects game.

Kuhnhackl had a tough season in 2013-14 as he had only eight goals in 48 games in the AHL before being demoted to the ECHL where managed seven goals and 14 points in 16 games. The goal is nice but he will need a better season in 2014-15 to be considered a prospect again.
Sep 14 - 9:47 AM

Anton Zlobin scored the winner to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects to a 4-3 win over Ottawa Saturday.

Zlobin was a sixth round pick in the 2012 Draft and the 21-year-old Russian managed 13 goals and 30 points last season that was split between the AHL and the ECHL. He started slowly last season as he had a shoulder injury that forced him to miss prospects camp so more is expected of him this season. He should spend the season in the minors but could get a cup of coffee in the NHL if the Penguins have a flurry of injuries.
Sep 14 - 9:44 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's 177 wins since 2009-10 leads all NHL goalies in that span.

Henrik Lundqvist came in second with 167. The only other goalies above 150 are Antti Niemi (158), Jonathan Quick (154) and Jimmy Howard (151).

Kasperi Kapanen will not play on Saturday because of a broken finger.

The Penguins were hoping that Kapanen, their first pick and 22nd overall in the 2014 Draft, would be able to go after busting the digit a month ago in Lake Placid but they will have to wait to see if he is able to play the North American game this season. The talented Finn is offensively gifted and is worth stashing in dynasty pools.
Sep 13 - 9:24 AM

Tomas Vokoun still wants to extend his NHL career, but only under the right circumstances.

That might mean that Vokoun only wants to play for a contender, but that's just speculation. What his agent, Allan Walsh, has confirmed is that Vokoun received and rejected both NHL contract offers and training camp invites. He's 100% after being unable to play in the NHL last season due to blood clots.
Sep 12 - 3:56 PM

Pascal Dupuis is expected to get medical clearance to take part in contact during training camp.

However, he may not get the green light right away when on-ice drills start on Sept. 19. Dupuis played just 39 games last season and none after Dec. 23 because of a knee injury, which required surgery to repair a torn MCL and ACL.
Sep 11 - 12:30 PM

Sidney Crosby knew there would be changes after another brief playoff run, but he still believes the Penguins aren't far from competing for a championship title.

"We definitely have to find a way to get over that hump and be more of a playoff team," he said. "We did a really good job a couple of years ago of getting to the [2013] conference final, then didn't raise our game to that next level when we needed to, when teams get better and better with each round." Crosby thinks the new players, notably Patric Hornqvist, and coaches that were brought in by the organization during the off-season will help their chances.
Sep 11 - 12:24 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury, who is entering the last season of his contract, reiterated that he wants to re-sign with Pittsburgh.

Fleury was more neutral when asked if he would have wanted to negotiate an extension over the summer. "Yes and no," Fleury said. "There was so much going on. I think for a player, it's always nice to have the certainty of a contract. You never know what can happen. But at the same time, I'm not too worried. I love this city and this team. I want to stay here and win. I want to play here. We'll see what happens." Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has publicly backed Fleury, but he isn't in a rush to re-sign him.
Sep 10 - 1:11 PM

Sidney Crosby said his injured wrist is 100 percent healthy after skating with the Penguins at an informal session on Monday.

He stated he was "pretty close" to opting for surgery, but decided that rehabilitation would work well enough. "I feel good," Crosby said. "I had a lot of time to get ready for the season. It was a good summer." He was originally injured on Mar. 23 against St. Louis on a hit by Ryan Reaves. The Pittsburgh captain also commented that he won't be taking legal action against the Ottawa Sun for issuing a false report last week that he had been arrested for a driving-related incident.
Sep 8 - 6:39 PM

Kasperi Kapanen won't take part in this weekend's prospects tournament in London, Ontario because of a finger injury.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford hopes that Kapanen will be able to participate in training camp. It's believed that he suffered a broken finger when he went hard into the boards while playing for Finland in a junior evaluation camp exhibition game against Sweden in Lake Placid a month ago.
Sep 8 - 12:22 PM

Patric Hornqvist will get the initial look on the wing with Evgeni Malkin.

Speaking on 93.7 The Fan, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he likes to find pairs who work well together, and knows that Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby have had chemistry in the past. "I’d like to see how (Malkin) plays with Hornqvist," Johnston said. "Hornqvist is a right shot. Very good up and down winger. Gritty around the net. Real character type of guy. So I think that combination might work." The former Predators winger could be a sneaky-good pick in drafts.
Sep 6 - 8:24 PM

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