WBS offseason recap

With summer mostly wrapped up, let’s take a look at how things have shook out for the WBS Penguins. Their summer certainly isn’t done, and they’ll likely look to add a couple more forwards for depth purposes, but we’ll cover those moves as and when they occur. Returning: On two-way NHL contracts, the Penguins retained left wingers Tobias Lindberg and Thomas DiPauli, centers Teddy Blueger … Continue reading WBS offseason recap

What to do with five centers

The free agency frenzy has calmed down a bit and the Penguins are close to done with any major moves. The re-signing of Jamie Oleksiak is probably the only significant signing remaining for Jim Rutherford and company. In the wake of the signings and moves made, the Penguins have five natural centers on their roster: the incumbent Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Derick Brassard, and Riley … Continue reading What to do with five centers

Thoughts on the Penguins and the NHL after free agency

I’ve had very few entries on site since the Penguins were eliminated in round two by the Washington Capitals due to some time constraints and a lack of true news until the last week or so. I am back to give my thoughts on some of the happenings for the Penguins as well as some of the other signings and trades that have happened since. … Continue reading Thoughts on the Penguins and the NHL after free agency

A defense of Jack Johnson: Why player role matters

Reports have been swirling that the Penguins are about to hand out an absurdly long contract to Jack Johnson, formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets. While I think handing out 5 years to a 31 year old defenseman is a mistake, if it’s going to happen, we should better understand who Jack Johnson is and what he brings. Defensive Ability Despite a lot of insistence … Continue reading A defense of Jack Johnson: Why player role matters

Pen to paper

It has now been reported by a couple reliable sources that the Penguins will sign free agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a 5 year×$16 million deal. It’ll pay him around 3-3.5 AAV (average annual value). Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick were traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round pick which can become a 3rd round pick. Also just announced was Riley Sheahan was … Continue reading Pen to paper

2018 Penguins mock NHL Draft

One of my favorite times of the year in professional sports is the draft. Plenty of new names entering the league, some with high potential to be franchise leaders while some become fascinating role players in the league. Two-hundred and seventeen names will be called this weekend as a new crop of NHL prospects enter the fold. Jim Rutherford and his team have been hard … Continue reading 2018 Penguins mock NHL Draft

Penguins Prospect Rankings: 10-1

Part 3 of the rankings has us going through prospects 20-11. This is where they may be some contentious rankings, so again, if you disagree, don’t hesitate to let me know @steczar 10. LD Clayton Phillips – 3rd Round Pick 2017, playing for University of Minnesota (NCAA) One of the youngest players in the draft last year, eligible by only 5 days, former forward Phillips … Continue reading Penguins Prospect Rankings: 10-1

Penguins Sign Tobias Lindberg To 1 Year Contract Extension

The Penguins announced today that Tobias Lindberg has re-signed with a team on a one year, two-way contract worth $650k at the NHL level. Acquired in part of the 3-way trade that netted the Penguins Derick Brassard, Lindberg was immediately loaned back to the Vegas Golden Knights’ farm team, the Chicago Wolves. As a result of this loaning, it was assumed by many (including myself) … Continue reading Penguins Sign Tobias Lindberg To 1 Year Contract Extension

Penguins Prospect Rankings: 20-11

Part 2 of the rankings has us going through prospects 20-11. If you have any disagreements on the rankings whatsoever, or want to pick my brain on prospects at all, doesn’t hesitate to let me know on Twitter at @steczar 20. LD Jeff Taylor – 7th Round Pick 2014, playing for Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) Bouncing between both the ECHL and AHL pretty equally, playing 28 … Continue reading Penguins Prospect Rankings: 20-11