But the key is that second year. If Aston-Reese signs a one-year deal, he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, and could be signed by the highest bidder. For the Pens, it would be a short-term gain on the salary cap now to only give Aston-Reese one year, and one more season to “prove it” — Aston-Reese has become an NHL regular but his season-high point total remains 17.
Star players contract breakdowns Alex Ovechkin’s recent five year contract extension (for his age 36-40 seasons) comes in at virtually the same cap hit dollar amount as his previous, mega-11 year contract. Despite the dollars, the real key is the percentage. Ovechkin was sapping up a super-high 16.8% of the total NHL salary cap (NHL player salaries are capped at 20% of a team’s upper limit) in 2008 at the start of that contract.
The NHL, like any major sports league, sees roster turnover almost every day. Free agency has allowed players to cash in on super long, big-money contracts, often giving their services to the highest bidder. The Pittsburgh Penguins are no different in this case.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman P.O. Joseph surprised kids at the Willie O'Ree Academy, a hockey camp in Butler County designed to encourage young, Black hockey players. The program is even named for the first Black hockey player. "The way to the NHL is not easy," Joseph said.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new goaltending coach. The team announced Wednesday that Andy Chiodo has been named goaltending coach, replacing Mike Buckley, who was relieved of his duties after being the team’s goaltending coach from 2017-21. Andy has done a terrific job mentoring our young goaltenders.
He looks for players that can create scoring opportunities on offense and force turnovers on defense. Hextall drafted forward Tristan Broz with their second-round selection, and the young prospect has the ability to create plays on offense. A Skilled, Versatile Player Broz played for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL), beginning in the 2018-19 season by playing in six games, and he played for the team more extensively during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
Things are starting to look promising for the New Jersey Devils as they continue to build around young centers Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. While there hasn’t been much to be proud of from a record standpoint, the eye test has undoubtedly shown fans that the youngsters in Jersey are beginning to come into their own. General manager Tom Fitzgerald has clearly taken notice as well, considering his newfound plan to bolster his roster and start competing in games.
The Penguins took care of 50% of their key restricted free agents for this summer today with the news that forward Radim Zohorna is signed for the next two seasons. From the team: The contract, which is two-way in 2021-22 and one-way in 2022-23, runs through the ‘22-23 season and carries an average annual value of $750,000 at the NHL level.
The Penguins are teaming up with the city and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to convert the landmark Hunt Armory in Shadyside into a temporary ice rink for youth hockey. Built in 1916, the Hunt Armory spans an entire city block. It was once one of the city’s main auditoriums, hosting everyone from President Eisenhower to Led Zeppelin.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, the Penguins disappointed for several seasons, always making the playoffs but never winning another championship, and for a team that has a young Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang, anything less than a championship is considered a failure; but Fleury was blamed. In many cases, rightfully so. In 2010, Fleury had a 2.78 goals-against average (GAA) but a .
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Marc-Andre Fleury says he will report to Blackhawks, putting an end to possible return to Pittsburgh
Less than a week after speculation was arising that a reunion between the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury could be possible, it appears the chances of that reunion happening are extremely unlikely. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Fleury has informed the Blackhawks that he indeed will play this coming season. This comes after previous chatter of Fleury considering retirement following his being traded from Vegas to Chicago last week.
Acquired in July 1994 for Rick Tocchet and a second round pick, Robitaille only played in 46 games in Pittsburgh during the strike shortened 1994-95 season, which was also a season where Mario Lemieux took off to add more importance for a scorer. Lucky Luc” put up 23 goals, second most on the Pens that year and 42 points. The following summer, Robitaille was traded with Ulf Samuelsson to the New York Rangers for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov, which leads us to...
Zach Aston-Reese was one of 17 players to file for salary arbitration ahead of the deadline to do so today. This step is to be expected and is the player’s leverage to start the clock for agreeing to his next contract. The player and team can sign a contract at any point up to and after the hearing date, this is mainly a procedural move.
Here are some of the more notable signings this week: Phillip Grubauer (SEA): $5.9 million annual salary for six years Linus Ullmark (BOS): $5.0 million for four years Frederik Andersen (CAR): $4.5 million for two years Jonathan Bernier (NJD): $4.125 million for two years Petr Mrazek (TOR): $3.8 million for three years James Reimer (SJ): $2.25 million for two years Antti Raanta (CAR): $2.0 million for two years Martin Jones (PHI), Braden Holtby (DAL): $2.0 million for one year Jaroslav Halak (VA...
Let’s go over each new addition the Penguins made over the first couple of days of free agency and see what they bring to the table. Dominik Simon Ladies and gentlemen, he’s back! After a year with the Calgary Flames, Dominik Simon has re-signed with the Penguins with a one-year, $750,000 contract.
The Pittsburgh Penguins changed the future of their franchise on this date by selecting a generational talent. There were also three retirements on July 30, including two soon-to-be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The THW time machine has a full tank of fuel and is ready to take us back through the decades.
Sixteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the Pittsburgh Penguins were forever changed — the day they drafted Sidney Crosby with the 1st overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. It was eight days earlier that the Penguins won the draft lottery, learning they would have the first overall pick and be able to select Crosby.
Simon went from doing very little here to doing even less in Calgary, where he played 11 games and literally put up zeroes across the board. He might as well have been a ghost. No points.
The Pittsburgh Penguins entered Free Agent Frenzy 2021 exactly how they said they would. General manager Ron Hextall publicly laid out his offseason plans by stating that his team were not going to be big-money players on day one. And that remained true.