Player News - Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins traded up in order to draft center Filip Hallander on Saturday.

Pittsburgh dealt their 64th and 146th picks to Colorado to get the 58th pick and chose the Swedish forward who suffered a knee injury last year, likely causing his stock to drop. "I'm very intense in my play," Hallander said. "I like to be in the offensive zone and create scoring chances. It's like Patric Hornqvist in the Penguins. Maybe we can play on the same line one day." Hallander had nine goals and 20 points in 40 games last season in Sweden, sixth all-time for an under-18 player in his league. He should spend some more time in Sweden before playing in the minors once he comes across the pond.
Jun 24 - 8:19 AM

Calen Addison has been chosen with the 53rd pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Addison is your prototypical undersized defenseman (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) that can skate the puck out of his own end. Not only does he have good foot-speed, his offensive ability is also off the charts. The 18-year-old scored 11 goals and 65 points In 68 games during the regular season and he added another seven goals and 19 points in 16 games during the WHL playoffs with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. His biggest weakness is his play in his own end. Addison doesn’t always make the best decisions in his defensive zone. This was Pittsburgh's first pick of the draft.
Jun 23 - 12:13 PM

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan feels he has a good relationship with Phil Kessel.

"My relationship with Phil has been the same for three seasons," Sullivan said. "It hasn't changed. It's evolved because we've been through different experiences both as a group and as individuals, but my relationship with Phil is the same as it's always been. It's one of respect, of mutual respect and that's how I see it." There have been reports of a rift between Kessel and Sullivan, which has also led to trade rumors. Kessel's coming off a strong season with 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games, so it would be somewhat surprising if he actually ended up being dealt.
Jun 23 - 5:11 AM

Tom Kostopoulos isn't continuing his playing career, but he will stay within the Penguins' organization as a player development coach.

Kostopoulos, 39, is a veteran of 630 NHL games, but he spent the past five seasons as the captain of the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kostopoulos has also helped guide many of Pittsburgh's notable young players when they were in the AHL, like Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, and Conor Sheary, so he seems like a good fit for the role. The Penguins also announced that Andy Chiodo would become a goaltender development coach.
Jun 20 - 6:07 PM

Phil Kessel is reportedly willing to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade, according to The Athletic.

It's important to note that beat reporter Josh Yohe opened his story by reminding people that Kessel is also willing to stick around Pittsburgh, so he isn't demanding a trade even though his relationship with Mike Sullivan is rocky. Kessel would also be willing to play for former assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who's now the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, but that's unlikely to happen. There's a very real chance that the 30-year-old winger could find himself on another team in the coming weeks. He had 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 19 - 7:21 PM

Tobias Lindberg has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lindberg's new deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. He was acquired from Vegas as part of the Derick Brassard trade. Lindberg stayed with the AHL's Chicago Wolves following the deal, but he should be with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next season.
Jun 19 - 12:26 PM

Barring a trade, Pittsburgh won't have a first-round pick for a fourth straight year at the NHL Draft.

The Penguins will have to wait until pick No. 53 at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but they are confident they could find another contributor. Pittsburgh has been successful in the past with selections of Jake Guentzel (3rd round, 2013 Draft), Bryan Rust (3rd, 2010) and Matt Murray (3rd, 2012). "It's huge to find players like that in the later rounds that have contributed to the success the Penguins have had here in the past and hopefully in the future as well," said Pittsburgh director of amateur scouting Patrik Allvin.
Jun 18 - 2:39 PM

Pittsburgh has been in contact with Jordy Bellerive following his injury in an incident on Saturday night.

Penguins Assistant GM Bill Guerin said that Bellerive is in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery. He was reportedly hurt in a fire at a bachelor party along with Lethbridge Hurricanes teammate Ryan Vandervlis and former teammate Matt Alfaro. Pittsburgh is monitoring the health of them all.
Jun 17 - 11:14 AM

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a fire attending a bachelor party on Saturday.

Bellerive was signed as an undrafted free agent in September and rewarded the Penguins with 46 goals and 92 points in 71 games with Lethbridge of the WHL this past season. Bellerive was injured along with a couple of others and more information will be known on Sunday. Apparently one of the three players was in critical condition but the name was not released. Stay tuned.
Jun 17 - 8:25 AM

A fully healthy Kris Letang is a key to the Penguins' success going forward.

The 31-year-old defensemen had neck surgery in April 2017 and was cleary not at his best last season until after January 1st. Prior to New Years, the Pens were a minus-24 with Letang on the ice. That stat flipped in the second half of the season to plus two. If Letang's second-half performance is an indication that he is finally healthy, look for the talented reaguard to rebound in a big way in 2018-19.
Jun 16 - 10:47 AM

Sidney Crosby visited club HC Davos in Switzerland.

While there, Crosby took part in a practice with the team. Penguins strength coach Andy O'Brien joined Crosby to offer training advice to the players. Among Davos' players are Davyd Barandun and Nando Eggenberger, who are both eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Neither is expected to be taken early, but Eggenberger might end up being selected in the mid rounds.
Jun 14 - 8:51 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are likely to keep most of their core together for the 2018--19 season.

The Penguins core group are in their 30's for the most part but they are still terrific as they gave the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals their toughest battle of the playoffs, losing in six games in the second round. While Phil Kessel could get dealt, he will bring back plenty in assets and that should help improve the Penguins bottom-six forwards to give them more offense. Look for Pittsburgh to contend once again next season.
Jun 10 - 8:30 AM

Don't be surprised if the Penguins listen to offers on Bryan Rust this off-season.

Although the Penguins will likely make few moves this summer, Rust, who plays on the right side, may be in play because the Pens have a glut of right wingers. He is also eligible for restricted free agency in July. Rust, who scored 13 goals and registered 38 points in 69 games this past season, would be a nice third-line player on most NHL teams.
Jun 9 - 10:36 AM

Daniel Sprong would be a prime beneficiary of a potential deal that sends Phil Kessel elsewhere.

The rumors are that Kessel is on the trade block but that is far from a certainty. But if it did happen, that would open up a spot for the talented Sprong to play as a top-six forward with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin centering him. That would give Sprong a huge boost in fantasy value. Sprong spent most of the 2017-18 season in the minors where the 21-year-old had 32 goals and 65 points in 65 games. Stay tuned.
Jun 3 - 7:28 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford spoke out about the flurry of trade rumors and talk about Phil Kessel being unhappy with coach Mike Sullivan.

"This is something that I believe has been blown out of proportion," Rutherford said. "I don’t know where this story started. It’s unfortunate." A common cause of the reported rift between Kessel and Sullivan is the belief that Kessel would rather be playing alongside Malkin and is unhappy frequently being used on the third line. Rutherford acknowledged that Kessel would rather play with Malkin, but he doesn't believe its an issue. Rutherford also doesn't feel he needs to trade Kessel. We'll see what comes of this as a general manager downplaying trade rumors doesn't always mean that there won't be a trade. That being said, Kessel has been a big contributor for the Penguins and it certainly would make sense for them to want to keep him going forward.
Jun 1 - 6:36 PM


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