Player News - Penguins

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Maxim Lapierre has inked a one-year deal with the Swedish league's Modo.

Lapierre also received an option for a second season with Modo. He had two goals and 11 points in 80 games with Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season.
Sep 1 - 3:00 PM

Bob Caporale, whose company Game Plan helped broker the sale of the Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues, isn't surprised that the sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins is taking as long as it is.

Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle started the process back in June when they retained Morgan Stanley. Since then there's been very little in the way of updates. "I'm not surprised at all, because these are very valuable assets and there are complications, particularly if the buyer is someone who hasn't been involved in professional sports in the past," Caporale said. "It may take time to do their due diligence. Frankly at this time of year, as you know vacations and so forth will always slow things up." With that in mind, he thinks the process will gain steam in the fall.
Aug 31 - 10:00 AM

It sounds like the 2015-16 season was the perfect time for Sergei Plotnikov to make the jump to the NHL, and it doesn't hurt that it's with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

At 25, he's in a situation that's possibly golden if he can line up with Evgeni Malkin (as some expect). Plotnikov's KHL production has been about 15 goals and 35 points (give or take) in 50+ games for three straight seasons. The Penguins would probably be delighted with similar production.
Aug 30 - 2:36 PM

Sidney Crosby said that he's excited about Phil Kessel's speed.

"Speed. I think that's probably the first thing that comes to mind," Crosby said. "He's a threat with his shot and with his feet, but I think his feet kind of create everything for him." Kessel has had some very good seasons while playing with average centers. His offensive upside while playing with Crosby or Malkin is huge.
Aug 29 - 9:29 AM

Oskar Sundqvist still believes he has a good shot to make Pittsburgh's opening day roster.

"I know what it takes this year, after going through last year," he said. "I know how much work it is and what I have to do to get a chance to take that spot." Sundqvist also expects to be healthy when camp begins after a hamstring ailment sidelined him for Pittsburgh's development camp. He thinks his previous experience will give him an edge, but the addition of Matt Cullen may have him ticketed for the minors to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 28 - 4:39 PM

Daniel Sprong has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh.

The 18-year-old was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Sprong had 39 goals and 88 points in 68 games last year with Charlottetown of the QMJHL.
Aug 28 - 3:00 PM

Tom Sestito will attend Pittsburgh's training camp on a professional tryout.

He skated in just three games with Vancouver last season and dressed in 10 contests with Utica of the AHL. Sestito racked up 213 penalty minutes in 77 games during the 2013-14 campaign.
Aug 26 - 11:04 AM

David Perron could line up as a left winger in 2015-16.

Phil Kessel is slated to play on the right side of Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist is projected to line up to the right of Evgeni Malkin. Coach Mike Johnston is going to try out Perron and Beau Bennett on the left. That would place them in competition with Chris Kunitz and Sergei Plotnikov for spots on Pittsburgh's top-two lines.

Evgeni Malkin (ankle) should be ready for training camp.

Coach Mike Johnstons has received positive medical updates from all his previously injured players, including Malkin. He had a sprained ankle before the playoffs that he played through.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 25 - 5:28 PM

Phil Kessel is likely to start training camp on the same line as Sidney Crosby, according to coach Mike Johnston.

"We're looking at Crosby with Kessel and Malkin with Hornqvist," Johnston said. "On the left side, there are a number of players. Even right wingers like David Perron or Beau Bennett might be there. We want to see how a guy like Pascal (Dupuis) looks." The lines will probably be tinkered with during the Penguins' eight-game exhibition schedule, but it looks like Crosby will have a star winger by his side this season. Kessel is a five-time 30-goal scorer who has hit 80 points in two of his last four seasons.
Aug 25 - 2:26 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel took to Twitter on Sunday to thank Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

Kessel wrote: "I want to thank all of the Toronto fans for all the support you have shown me. I will miss you and this city and always consider Toronto home." He may not miss the Toronto media, but there's little doubt that he generated a lot of memories during his time with the enormous hockey market.
Aug 23 - 12:27 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford denied a Swedish newspaper report that Oskar Sundqvist had two procedures in July to repair a severed hamstring tendon.

He has been rehabbing a hamstring injury but it did not require surgery. Sundqvist missed the Penguins' development camp because of the ailment, but Rutherford did not discuss its severity. He is expected to attend training camp, where he will compete for a fourth-line role.
Aug 21 - 3:18 PM

Sergei Plotnikov will probably get a chance to play with Evgeni Malkin this season.

He had 15 goals and 36 points in 56 games with the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl last year. The Penguins also have Chris Kunitz and David Perron looking for top-six spots on the left side, so Plotnikov will face tough competition. If he gets promoted then he's worth keeping an eye on, but keep in mind that it's often difficult for KHLers to translate their game to the NHL.
Aug 18 - 12:10 PM

Pascal Dupuis isn't worried about his long layoffs over the past two seasons.

He has played in just 55 games during that time because of a torn ACL and a blood clot. "I'm starting at the same time as everybody else. It's not like I'm coming back from a six-month layoff and that I'm being thrown back into the playoffs or anything like that," he said. "I've got time. I'm going to start camp at the same time as everybody else and I've been skating more than most of the guys this summer. I think everything with my game is going to be fine. I really do. I feel good about it. Obviously, my timing isn't where I want it to be, but it's summer. It will come." Dupuis is expected to play with Nick Bonino and Eric Fehr on the third line this year, but there's a chance he could be moved up because he is capable of playing on either wing.
Aug 17 - 3:22 PM

Kris Letang is eager to join the Pittsburgh Penguins for training camp for the upcoming season.

Letang missed the final seven games of the regular season and the Penguins only five games of the postseason and is now 100% healthy for the start of the 2015-2016 season. "I'm in great shape," Letang said. "I got on the ice last week, so I'm following the same program I follow every summer. There was no delay in that sense. I'd say it's been one of my best summers in terms of training and how I feel." That should be a relief to Penguins management and fans as they need their star defensemen to be healthy for a full season in order to make a deep run in the playoffs. Letang recorded 11 goals and 54 points with 79 penalty minutes in only 69 games played last season
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 8:37 PM


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