What more can be said? Yesterday, the Penguins looked like they were heading into the season with Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, and Sundqvist as their 4 centers. Today, GMJR flipped the damn script sending Sutter and a 3rd to Vancouver for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a 2nd and signed free agent forward Eric Fehr to a 3 year, $6M contract.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) July 28, 2015
Bonino is without a doubt an upgrade over Sutter and is signed for just $1.9M for the next 2 seasons. He’ll likely fetch about 40-45 points in a more fitting 3rd line role while Fehr will slot in nicely as the 4C. You wanted 4 lines that could score? You’ve got it now.
Adam Clendening is a nice get too. He’s still young and was kind of forced out of Chicago because of their D depth, but don’t sleep on him being a nice 5/6 guy down the road as he’s put up 46 and 59 points in the AHL in the last two seasons and is just 22.
No way around it. The Pens got better today: