Pens Trade Sutter, Acquire Bonino; Sign Eric Fehr

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.

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:

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Get real.

 

Penguins Sign Plotnikov

Be prepared for us to make unlimited Plot to Bomb the Panhandle references.

It had been talked about for a few weeks now, but the Penguins made it official, signing Plotnikov to a 1 year, entry-level deal.  He’s just 25, but he will knock the hell out of you.

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It’s a safe, low-risk, solid top 9 signing.  Oh, and he played on a line with Malkin in international play.  Getting Kessel and Plot isn’t such a bad haul on the first day of free agency.

DEVELOPING: Penguins Splash Hard, Land Phil Kessel from Leafs.

The Penguins rebounded from not landing Brandon Saad by going out and landing Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as was first reported by ThePensblog.

While we all cowered thinking that either Pouliot or Maatta were headed the other way, it has been trickling in that the return is 2014 first round pick Kasperi Kapanen, defensive prospect Scott Harrington, and a 2016 draft pick that is unknown at this point.

More as it comes in. There may be other pieces involved, per TSN.

UPDATE:

Phil Kessel is signed through 2022. And it looks like his AAV with the Pens will be $6.75 million.

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The Watcher on the Wall. Ian Cole Takes the Black, Re-Signs in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins announced on Monday morning that they had reached an agreement with Ian Cole which put forth the proposition that he would be an employee of the organization for the next 3 years at a salary of $2.1 million per year. Cole was acquired at the trade deadline from the Blues in exchange for Robert Brotuzzo. Cole was in line to become a restricted free agent, but this agreement nullifies that possibility.

It’s a bargain deal for the Penguins, but perhaps most interestingly, it’s the first shoe to drop in what many expected to be a much more active Penguins’ offseason. There have been no major trades with Penguins. The Kessels are still eating pork rinds in Toronto, Jeff Skinner is still figure skating in Raleigh, and Patrick Sharp is still being dreamy in Chicago. But we’re not latching onto this story because it’s the first story – we’re latching onto this story because we want to look at what this signing means for the Penguins. 

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2015 NHL Draft Live Blog

All of the talk for the last year has been surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, and for good reason.  They’re truly generational talents, going 1 and 2 overall.  The rest of the draft, though, is sure to be reckless.

The Penguins aren’t slated to pick until the second round, #46, barring a trade.  Jesse Marshall, who’s done incredible work with the draft over the years, from The Pensblog took a look at who they may take with that pick that you should read and digest.

We’ve got it all live for you:

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