Player News - Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Brian Dumoulin have a wide gap when it comes to their arbitration salary requests.

Dumoulin is requesting a salary of $4.35 million while the Penguins are countering at $1.95 million. He had a goal and 15 points in 70 contests while averaging 20:33 minutes per game. There's still time to avoid a hearing by coming to a compromise.
Jul 22 - 11:14 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford countered recently rumors that the Penguins will trade Phil Kessel.

"Phil Kessel's an important part of the Penguins," Rutherford said on 93.7 The Fan. "He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have of winning." The general manager went on to say that while he won't rule out the possibility of Kessel someday being traded again he doesn't foresee it happening right now. Kessel hasn't found the back of the net with the same frequency that he did with Toronto, but he certainly has had a big impact offensively. He had 23 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season and then another eight goals and 23 points in 24 playoff contests.
Jul 14 - 10:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot feels his play towards the end of the AHL campaign showed that he's worked out his defensive shortcomings.

Pouliot has always had plenty of offensive talent, but his defensive game has left something to be desired. He was plus-12 in his final 24 contests with Wilkes-Barre in 2016-17 though. "For me to establish myself as an NHL defenseman, a regular guy in the lineup, it's kind of playing how I ended the season: solid defensively, consistent in that regard," Pouliot said. "That's been one thing that's always been brought up about me, inconsistency. So I think it's starting with that and building each game." This will be a key season for him, especially after inking a one-way, $800,000 contract with Pittsburgh. While it won't be easy for him to secure a spot with the Penguins, the possibility exists for the 23-year-old.
Jul 14 - 4:48 AM

Sergei Gonchar has become a full-time assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gonchar had been working part time so that he could help his wife raise their young children in Dallas, but she gave the okay for him to agree to the full-time job. "She told me she could handle it by herself," Gonchar said. "I have to give her a lot of credit." Gonchar had already been helping the Penguins' blueliners and had been credited with Justin Schultz's breakout in particular, so having Gonchar take on a full-time role is great news for the Penguins.
Jul 12 - 7:33 PM

Derrick Pouliot has signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pouliot's new contract is one-way, so he'll make that amount even if he ends up in the AHL. He scored seven goals and 23 points in 46 AHL contests in 2016-17. The 23-year-old defenseman also appeared in 11 NHL games last season, but he didn't record a point over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 6:32 PM

Josh Archibald has agreed to a two-year, $1.35 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Archibald was coming off his entry-level contract. He had three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh in 2016-17. He also recorded 16 goals and 29 points in 61 AHL contests. This new deal is one-way so he'll earn the same amount even if he doesn't make the Penguins' opening game roster.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 6:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Mark Recchi as their newest assistant coach.

Recchi is filling the void left by Rick Tocchet, who became the Arizona Coyotes' new bench boss. Recchi had spent the previous three years helping the Penguins' player development and had been recently named as the director of player development. He was also recently elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. As a player he won three Stanley Cup championships and scored 577 goals and 1,533 points in 1,652 career contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 11 - 2:59 PM

The Minnesota Wild have reached out to UFA Matt Cullen.

Cullen had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins, Cullen is entertaining the possibility of retiring at the age of 40. If he decides to continue his NHL career he would be a solid fourth-line center option. It's worth noting that Cullen is a Minnesota native and previously played with the Wild from 2010-11 through 2013, so signing with the Wild specifically might be particularly appealing for him.
Jul 11 - 7:30 AM

Adam Johnson has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnson participated in the Penguins' development camp and that led to him getting a contract. He was an undrafted free agent prospect. In 2016-17 he scored 18 goals and 37 points in 42 games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp, but will probably start the 2017-18 campaign in the minors.
Jul 7 - 5:32 AM

Conor Sheary has put in a request for an arbitration hearing.

Sheary scored a superb 23 goals and 53 points in 61 contests last season, although he did slow down in the playoffs with two goals and seven points in 22 games. He's finished his entry-level contract and it wouldn't be surprising to see him ink a multi-year deal before his hearing date.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:24 PM

Brian Dumoulin has filed for salary arbitration.

Dumoulin earned $800,000 in 2016-17. He had a goal and 15 points in 70 games while averaging 20:33 minutes per contest. He went up to an average of 21:59 minutes in 25 games during the Penguins' playoff run.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:21 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had any conversations with free agent Matt Cullen as of Monday.

The idea of bringing Cullen back was floated around because of the Hurricanes' signing of Justin Williams. Like Williams, Cullen was a big member of Carolina's Stanley Cup-winning team in 2015-16 so a reunion might be a nice sentiment. Although Cullen will turn 41 in November, he's also coming off two solid campaigns with the Penguins, so he does still have some value. It seems right now the Hurricanes aren't pursuing Cullen though.
Jul 4 - 4:23 AM

Tom Sestito has signed a two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sestito played 13 games with Pittsburgh last season and had a couple of helpers to go with his 48 penalty minutes. Look for more of the same next season only if the recently acquired Ryan Reaves is unable to play.
Jul 2 - 9:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Frank Corrado to a two-way contract.

The 24-year-old was buried in Toronto as he was a healthy scratch for all but two games when he was traded to Pittsburgh at the deadline for cap relief. He played a couple of games with the Penguins before he was sent to the minors. He will be a call up at best for Pittsburgh next season.
Jul 2 - 9:43 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Casey DeSmith to a one-year/two-way contract.

The Penguins get some depth for their AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where DeSmith was 21-5-1 with a 2.01 GAA and a .926 save percentage last season.
Jul 2 - 9:40 AM


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