Pittsburgh Penguins: Summary of Offseason
With a little more than 2 million left in the salary cap, it looks like the Penguins offseason is almost complete. The only item left on their agenda is finding a backup for Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins have two options at this point and that is to find a backup via Free Agency or to resign John Curry. Curry played for the big club for a few games and showed promise but for the most part spent his time down in Wilkes-Barre. My personal preference would be to keep Curry as I believe he looked promising in the few games he did play.
With that said, let’s take a look at what has happened this offseason for the Penguins.
Who they’ve lost:
Who they’ve gained/retained:
Ruslan Fedotenko (1 yr)
Bill Guerin (1 yr)
Craig Adams (2 yr)
Mike Rupp (2 yr)
Jay Mckee (1 yr)
Alex Goligoski (3 yr)
*most likely to remain on the baby Penguins team.
The biggest news of this entire offseason for the Pens was the fact that 3 players accepted less money than they made last year to stay with the Pens. Those three players are Craig Adams, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Bill Guerin. Fedotenko made $2.25 million last year and will make 1.8 million this year. Craig Adams made $600k last year and will make $550k each of the next two years. Last, Bill Guerin went from making $4.5 million to making $2 million this next year. As many have said, once a team has proven that it has a winning formula many players will be willing to take paycuts to be on that team (look at Detroit for an example).
The biggest questions that remain from this offseason are how will Goligoski and Jay Mckee compare to the shutdown playoff defense pairing of Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi? McKee has had chronic injuries but you cannot necessarily judge a person by that. Goligoski showed his talent last year while he was up with the big club while Sergi Gonchar was out. However, he is still young and will make rookie mistakes. The other question is who will backup MAF at goal? My guess would be John Curry. As mentioned above, I like that move however he is still young and if he has to fill in as the starting goaltender if MAF goes down, I might worry.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this offseason. Last year it was very disappointing to see so many players leave the Pens team. This year it has been a relief to see the Pens hold on to most of the Free Agents they had and not only that but get them for a discount. I am sure I speak for most of you when I say that I can’t wait for the NHL season to begin again.
Oh, and I also thought that some of you might find this video interesting. It is a helmet cam on Marc-Andre Fleury back when he was playing in Wilkes-Barre. I thought it was pretty cool to watch.
Let’s Go Pens!