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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed college free agent Thomas DiPauli to a two-year, entry-level contract.

On Thursday, there were several reports suggesting a deal between the two sides was done. The Penguins made the signing official one day later. DiPauli was a fourth round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2012. Instead of signing with the Caps, DiPauli opted to become a free agent earlier this week. The 22-year-old scored 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with Notre Dame last year. DiPauli and Pens forward Bryan Rust were teammates at Notre Dame from 2012 to 2014.
Aug 19 - 9:18 AM

Free agent forward Thomas DiPauli will reportedly sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

DiPauli was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012. He never signed an entry-level contract with the Caps and became a free agent instead. DiPauli spent his entire NCAA career at Notre Dame.
Aug 18 - 2:33 PM

Matt Cullen admitted that the 2016-17 season will probably be his last.

"It will probably be it," Cullen said. "I’ve learned to never say anything 100 percent, but it will very likely be it. I said this last year, and I don’t want to overuse it, but I really feel like it’s a gift. I really do. To be able to play in the league at this point in my career, at my age, but more important to play in a place that I love playing and my family absolutely loves, I feel very fortunate to be able to do that. To see it work out today and sign it, to be able to play likely my final year here in Pittsburgh, I’m really thankful. I’m so happy it’s going to work out." The 38-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on Wednesday.
Aug 18 - 8:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Matt Cullen to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Cullen will be returning for his 20th NHL season. The 39-year-old was part of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup championship team last season. The veteran scored 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games last season, and added six points in 24 playoff games. Cullen also won an impressive 55.7 percent of his draws and led the team in shorthanded points with six.
Aug 17 - 5:20 PM

Former Washington Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli is now an unrestricted free agent.

DiPauli was a fourth-round pick of the Capitals back in 2012, but the two sides failed to come to an agreement before Tuesday's deadline. The 22-year-old spent the last four years at Notre Dame. He scored 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Fighting Irish last season. He might just be the best college free agent after Jimmy Vesey. "They’ve been very upfront in how they feel about Thomas and where he might fit in, and it’s good," agent Peter Fish said. "But Washington — unfortunately, in this case — they’re a very strong team and a very deep team. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be a great fit. We don’t know what free agency is going to bring."
Aug 17 - 9:09 AM

Bryan Rust got his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday.

"I think today it's really setting in," Rust said. "It's in my hands the whole day, and I'm the only one who can carry it around, and I'm the only one who can hold it up. It's definitely something that, as a kid, this is what you work for. Every day, every time you go to the rink, you think about winning the Stanley Cup. You're in the driveway, playing out the overtime of Game 7. I'm kind of at a loss for words thinking about it." He was an unsung hero for Pittsburgh in the playoffs with six goals and nine points in 23 matches after he posted 11 points in 41 games during the regular season.
Aug 14 - 2:26 PM

Where Oskar Sundqvist starts the 2016-17 campaign could depend on what happens with unrestricted free agent Matt Cullen.

If Cullen returns for another season with Pittsburgh then Sundqvist could begin the year in the minors. However, he could also be the team's fourth-line center if Cullen is not back. Sundqvist only has one season left on his contract, so he wants to prove he can handle regular NHL action after appearing in 18 games last season.
Aug 12 - 11:38 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury won't be giving up the number one goalie job to Matt Murray without a fight.

"I love Pittsburgh, and the Penguins are my team; I want to stay with them for the rest of my career," Fleury said. "I had some good conversations with management after the season. Nothing is written in stone. I want to come to camp ready to win my job back. I have to get back to the same level of play and help the team, win games." Murray earned the role after Fleury suffered a concussion and he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup triumph. Fleury could be traded at some point, but his a no-movement clause and a limited no-trade clause could complicate matters.
Aug 7 - 10:06 AM

Kael Mouillierat has inked a contract with Lulea HF in Sweden.

Mouillierat had 18 goals, 45 points, and 89 penalty minutes in 68 AHL contests in 2015-16. He also logged 10:41 minutes of ice time and was charged with a minor penalty while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 9.
Jul 22 - 2:22 PM

Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Schultz was an unrestricted free agent after the Penguins declined to present him with a qualifying offer. That allowed Pittsburgh to present him with a significantly cheaper contract than the $3.9 million deal he had for 2015-16. He had four goals and 18 points in 63 games with Edmonton and Pittsburgh last season.
Jul 13 - 12:46 PM

Although it was initially suggested that Phil Kessel's hand injury was sustained at the start of the playoffs, it seems it was something he dealt with all season, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

Rutherford also confirmed that Kessel isn't expected to miss the start of the 2016-17 campaign over this. He underwent hand surgery to deal with the issue.
Jul 10 - 1:39 PM

Phil Kessel has undergone hand surgery.

Kessel injured his hand at the start of the playoffs, but still went on to participate in the rest of the postseason. He scored 10 goals and 22 points in 24 playoff games. Kessel should be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 9 - 3:05 PM

Garrett Wilson has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wilson's deal comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had no points and 24 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Florida Panthers in 2015-16.
Jul 7 - 11:11 PM

Veteran Matt Cullen wants to return for another year in the NHL.

While Cullen would love to come back and play for the Penguins in the same role that helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup, there may not be enough room under the salary cap for Cullen’s salary. The Wild are apparently also interested in Cullen’s services and that would be a homecoming for the Minnesota native. "Once it's gone, it's gone. If you retire, if you quit, if you do whatever, six months down the road, you're not going to be able to say, ‘Oh, I'm going to play again.' You're done," assistant GM Bill Guerin said. "I'm so happy he's decided to play. It was the right choice because he's got a lot of gas left in the tank."
Jul 3 - 9:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still interested in signing UFA Matt Cullen.

Cullen was a vital piece in the Penguins march to the Stanley Cup but do not want to become involved in a bidding war for the veteran center. The 39-year-old had 15 goals and 32 points in 82 games and chipped in with six more points in 24 playoff games. Cullen loves it in Pittsburgh and while he could retire, he likely will get a deal done with the Penguins in the near future. He has no real fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 10:54 AM


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