The Penguins have re-signed Marcus Pettersson to a one-year contract worth $874,125.
Pettersson was traded to the Penguins early in 2019 and he finished with 19 points (2G / 17A) in 57 games with his new team. He won’t play enough meaningful minutes to be fantasy relevant in 2020. However, Kris Letang and Justin Schultz both have durability concerns, so there is a scenario where Pettersson sees PP1 time, it just wouldn’t be a great scenario for the Penguins.
Source: Penguins 09/12/19, 6:44 pm EST
The Penguins have signed John Marino to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Marino was acquired from the Oilers for a conditional sixth-round pick in late-July and signs his entry-level deal with the Penguins a few weeks later. Marino had 11 points (3G / 8A) in 33 games at Harvard University last season.
The Penguins acquired John Marino from the Oilers for a conditional 2021 sixth-round pick.
Marino was picked in the sixth-round in 2015 and remains unsigned. Marino is a 6-foot-2, 181 lbs. right-shot defenseman who had three goals and eight assists (11 points) in 33 games in his Junior Year at Harvard University.
The Penguins have re-signed Zach Aston-Reese to a two-year contract extension worth $2.0 million ($1.0M AAV).
Aston-Reese spent most of the 2018-19 season with the Penguins, where he had eight goals and nine assists (17 points) in 43 games. The 24-year-old posted ridiculous numbers at Northeastern University and solid AHL numbers but will be limited by his bottom-6 role with the Penguins.
The Penguins signed Teddy Blueger to a two-year extension worth $1.5M ($750K AAV).
Blueger was a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) in 2012 and had a great start in the AHL last year. The 24-year-old opened the season with 39 points (21G / 18A) in 45 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being promoted to Pittsburgh. Blueger had 10 points (6G / 4A) in 28 NHL games and is a lock for the Penguins bottom-6 to start 2020.
The Penguins have re-signed Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract.
The Penguins have signed Adam Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Source: @penguins 07/12/19, 6:25 pm EST
The Penguins have signed Andrew Agozzino to a two-year contract.
The Penguins have signed David Warsofsky to a two-year contract.
The Penguins have signed Brandon Tanev to a six-year deal worth $21.0M ($3.5M AAV).
The Penguins have acquired Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Alex Galchenyuk from the Coyotes for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Joseph was selected No.23 overall in 2017 and is coming off of a 47-point (9G / 38A) campaign in the QMJHL. The 19-year-old has good size (6-foot-2, 168 lbs), terrific mobility and puck skills that should make him a point-producer in the NHL in the near future. With veterans clogging up the Penguins’ blueline, Joseph is likely headed to the AHL to start the 2019-20 season.
The Penguins have acquired Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph from the Coyotes for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Galchenyuk has been traded for the second time in two summers. The 25-year-old was hurt to start the 2018-19 season but finished the year with 19 goals and 22 assists (41 points) in 72 games with Arizona. Surprisingly, Galchenyuk’s minutes dropped with the Coyotes but he could easily replace Kessel in the Penguins’ top-6 and land on a line with Evgeni Malkin, which could revitalize his young career.
The Penguins have signed Zach Trotman to a two-year contract extension worth $1.4M ($700K AAV).
Trotman, 28, splits 2018-19 season between the AHL and NHL. During his brief time with the Penguins, Trotman had one assist in 13 games. He scored one goal with four assists (five points) in 24 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he will likely start the 2019-20 campaign.
The Penguins have signed Kevin Czuczman to a two-year contract extension worth $1.4M ($700K AAV).
Czuczman spent all of last season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), where he was second among defensemen with 21 points (4G / 17A) in 65 games. The 28-year-old has just 13 games of NHL experience and they all came in 2014 with the Islanders.
The Penguins have acquired Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick (No.151 overall) from the Blackhawks for Olli Maatta.
Kahun was an undrafted free-agent who came to North America this year after spending four years in Germany. The 23-year-old winger had 13 goals and 24 assists (37 points) in 82 games with the Blackhawks and will likely be a replacement for Matt Cullen and Garrett Wilson as a bottom-6 forward for the Penguins.
The Penguins have signed Emil Larmi to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Larmi, 22, is an undrafted free-agent netminder, who was 12-6-0 with a 1.72 GAA and .930 SV% in 18 games with HPK Hameenlinna of the Finnish Elite League this season. Larmi also went 12-6 with a 1.72 GAA, .932 SV% and two shutouts in the playoffs to lead HPK to the championship.
Source: Penguins 06/3/19, 5:50 pm EST
The Penguins have signed Jusso Riikola to a one-year contract worth $850K.
Riikola, 25, came over the North America this season and served primarily as an extra defenseman for the Penguins. Riikola registered five points (2G / 3A) in 37 NHL games and added two assists in five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
The Penguins signed Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year, $1.4 million extension ($700K AAV).
Ruhwedel split his 2019 campaign between the NHL and AHL. Ruhwedel had one goal and one assist in 18 games with the Penguins and five points (1G / 4A) in five AHL games. Ruhwedel figures to serve as the Penguins No.7 defenseman in 2019-20.
The Penguins signed Kasper Bjorkqvist to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Bjorkqvist, 21, was a second-round pick (No.61 overall) in the 2016 draft and just finished his third season at Providence College with 17 goals and 13 assists (30 points) in 42 games. The Finnish winger represented Finland at the World Juniors in 2016 and 2017, scoring two goals with two assists (four points) in 13 games.
The Penguins signed Niclas Almari to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Almari, 21, was a fifth-round pick (No.151 overall) in 2016, and registered one goal and four assists (five points) in 42 games with HPK Hameenlinna of the Finnish Ligga. Almari is expected to begin his first full season in North America with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).