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The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of two NHL teams whose top five players will account for more than 50 percent of their salary cap space.

The other team is the Chicago Blackhawks. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will make $38 million in 2015-16, which is 53.2 percent of their cap. "You can have one philosophy or another on it, but I feel that sometimes your philosophy is adjusted to the players that you have," assistant general manager Jason Botterill said. "This is the situation we have here. We're very excited about the players we have. It's our job to make it work."

Eric Fehr has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fehr had 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games with the Washington Capitals in 2014-15. There's an opportunity here for Fehr to play alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, which would obviously be a great boost to him. However, we're hesitant to recommend actually drafting him in standard leagues because Pittsburgh also revealed that he had elbow surgery on June 3. His timetable is four-to-six months, which means that he could be out until December and even when he does return, he might find it difficult to hit his stride after missing a significant chunk of the early season.
Jul 28 - 11:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Adam Clendening from Vancouver.

Clendening had a goal and four points in 21 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks last season. He's excelled at the AHL level, but we don't anticipate him having much, if any, fantasy value in 2015-16.
Jul 28 - 11:51 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a second round selection in 2016 from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2016 third-rounder and Brandon Sutter.

Bonino had 15 goals and 39 points in 75 contests in an extremely hot-and-cold season with Vancouver in 2014-15. He only really came out into his own in 2013-2014, but at the age of 27 we can't expect him to continue to grow offensively. On top of that, this move will likely hurt his fantasy value as he's moving from a situation where he would have been the second line center to a team that will likely stick him on the third line. For Pittsburgh though this frees up some cap space as Bonino comes with a $1.9 million annual hit through 2016-17 compared to Sutter's $3.3 million hit in 2015-16 followed by him possibly testing the UFA waters.
Jul 28 - 11:44 AM

It appears that all's quiet on the Christian Ehrhoff front when it comes to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina has been cited as a potential destination for Ehrhoff, but only if the Hurricanes can fit him in under the cap. With that in mind, it's possible that Ehrhoff is waiting to see if a better offer presents itself. Carolina might similarly be waiting to find out if he'll lower his demands.
Jul 24 - 4:51 PM

After Matt Murray's dominant season in the minors, Penguins assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald wants to guard against overly optimistic expectations.

"He's not coming in here and beating out Marc-Andre Fleury and taking over this team. We love what we have down the line here, and it is down the line," Fitzgerald said. "He just turned 21. He needs to play hockey games. You can't develop if he’s sitting on the bench. That's just a fact." In other words, pencil Murray in for another season in the minors. He had a 1.58 GAA and .941 save percentage in 40 games last season.
Jul 23 - 10:06 PM

Sam Ventura will serve as a consult with the Pittsburgh Penguins' hockey operations department.

Ventura is the co-founder of the hockey analytics site war-on-ice.com. "To have someone who grew up here in Pittsburgh, literally in our backyard, to have the skill set and knowledge base that Sam has, he seemed like the perfect fit," vice president of hockey operations Jason Karmanos said. "Once I met him and started talking to him, I knew that he was the perfect fit for our group here." Ventura played hockey at Carnegie Mellon University and also earned a Ph.D. there. War-on-ice.com has confirmed that it will remain online.
Jul 22 - 12:34 PM

Oskar Sundqvist, a Penguins forward prospect, is aiming to break camp with the NHL team.

The Penguins currently don’t have a center for their fourth line, so Sundqvist has a chance to claim a spot early in the season. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward had 19 points in the Swedish Hockey League last season. He also had two goals during the 2014-15 preseason. "It's all about the camp, how I perform there," Sundqvist said. "Like last year, I had my best time during the year during the camp. So I'm just looking for me to make a big impression on [Penguins coach Mike Johnston] and I'm hoping that's in his mind still.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 10:06 PM

The Blue Jackets have had discussions with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

However, the Blue Jackets will wait until his price comes down, which is very possible as he lingers on the market. Columbus has $3.7 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com. Ehrhoff made $4 million last season with the Penguins, where he had 14 points in 49 games.
Jul 19 - 7:42 PM

Bryan Rust knows what he has to do to win one of the bottom-six spots on the Penguins roster in September.

"I’ll be trying to skate as much as I can, my down-low offensive skills. I’ll work on my strength on the puck, kind of my net-front play," said Rust a 23-year-old forward who played 14 games last season, . "I know my speed is something I have thrived with, using my feet to take defensemen wide, and my hustle and my work. But if I can be a little bit stronger with the puck and hold the puck in the offensive zone a little more, I’ll be able to create some more offensive chances and that’s where I’m really going to make a name for myself."
Jul 19 - 11:57 AM

Derrick Pouliot has been committed this offseason to getting into the best physical shape entering the new season.

The 21-year-old has a prime opportunity in front of him and is expected to become an integral part of the Penguins defense moving forward. He has worked out with ex-Penguin Gary Roberts and revamped his diet. "I think I’m capable of being a reliable defender in this league. I think I can produce even more offensively, too," Pouliot said. "It’s really about taking a two-way role, not giving up anything and creating some chances for us. I’ll come into camp in shape and be able to handle some more minutes and keep up with those guys." Pouliot had seven points in 34 NHL games last year, with 24 points in 31 AHL contests.
Jul 18 - 11:01 PM

Pens' prospect Anton Zlobin is happy to be back on the ice at development camp after returning from shoulder surgery suffered early last season.

"It (was) a tough time. It (was) my second surgery in almost three years," Zlobin said. "If I get an injury a third time, it's going to be awful for me." Zlobin has average size and speed, but had a knack for scoring big goals in junior. The Pens hope he can stay healthy to challenge for a spot.
Source: The Tribune
Jul 18 - 1:44 PM

Dominik Uher has inked a one-year, two-way extension with the Penguins.

Uher can earn $575,000 annually if he plays in the NHL. He made his debut with Pittsburgh last season, but finished with no points and a minus-one rating in two games. He had 26 points and 60 penalty minutes in 72 AHL contests.
Jul 17 - 3:07 PM

Olli Maatta is on schedule with his recovery from his shoulder surgery in January.

Maatta's goal is to be ready for the start of training camp. He's coming off of a terribly unlucky campaign that also involved him having a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and battle the mumps. He finished with a goal and nine points in 20 contests.
Jul 17 - 11:38 AM

Beau Bennett has been working with a new trainer and nutritionist over the summer in the hopes of ending his injury woes.

Bennett is just 23 years old, but his career to date has been substantially hurt by injuries. "I've put in a lot of work this summer to prevent this stuff," Bennett said. "Just so I can get stronger on the ice and stronger in some tough situations." He recently signed a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Jul 16 - 10:40 AM


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