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Morning Line- Joe Starkey

So again, under normal circumstances, I’d say Rutherford was way out of line. But that would be ignoring the fact that John Tortorella coaches the Blue Jackets — and Tortorella has never been one to mind his business. So why should anyone else?

Tortorella’s mere existence invites antagonism. He had a chance to be the bigger man here, but at 5-foot-8 and with skin as thin as tinfoil, he is rarely the bigger man. He may, in fact, be the all-time best example of “Napoleon Complex,” maybe better than Napoleon himself (although Napoleon won more big games).

-Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the yesterday's back and forth between Jim Rutherford and John Tortorella.  Read more on this topic.

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A Five-Year Deal For Jack Johnson In Pittsburgh

via the PR department of the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2022-23 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $3.25 million.

Johnson’s signing gives the Penguins five blueliners signed through at least the 2019-20 campaign, including Brian Dumoulin (2022-23), Kris Letang (2021-22), Olli Maatta (2021-22) and Justin Schultz (2019-20).

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Riley Sheahan Re-Signs With The Pittsburgh Penguins

via a Penguins media release,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Riley Sheahan to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal carries an average annual value of $2.1 million.

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Report- Jack Johnson May Soon Be Playing For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Jack Johnson is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins when he becomes a free agent July 1, 105.9 The X and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday.

The 31-year-old defenseman had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season after scoring 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) the previous season.

"If we can add another defenseman, I'd be pretty happy going into opening night," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.

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I saw those reports earlier today, AAV was reported between $3M-3.5M.

Remember, this period of talk to the UFAs is supposed to be general talk but salary always seems to find a way into the talk.

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Looks Like We Have A Pittsburgh/Buffalo Trade

 

added 1:54pm, it took some time, but trade is now official, Buffalo release is below.

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A Four-Year Contract For Bryan Rust In Pittsburgh

Penguins media release,,,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2021-22 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.

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Possible Big Name Trades This Summer

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

Phil Kessel, Penguins

Why a trade could happen: He’s been in Pittsburgh for three years now, which is about the maximum length of time Kessel can last anywhere before the trade talk kicks in.

Why there’s a chance it might not: You may recall that the Penguins did pretty well in two of those three years, and Kessel had a lot to do with that. Given his production, his cap hit (which the Leafs are already paying a chunk of) is fairly reasonable. In a league where every team could use at least a little more speed, skill and scoring depth, you’d think a team might want to hold onto a guy who brings as much of all three as Kessel.

And yet…: Those are all good reasons to trade for a guy, too, which means Jim Rutherford should be able to extract a decent return on a deal. Whether the Penguins are tired of Kessel behind the scenes or just see him as an asset that could provide a nice return, Rutherford has never been shy about making big moves.

10 more big names...

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Don’t Believe The Phil Kessel Trade Rumors

from NHL.com,

Phil Kessel is not on the trade market, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told The Athletic on Friday, and reports of problems between the forward and coach Mike Sullivan are exaggerated.

"This is something that I believe has been blown out of proportion," Rutherford told the website. "I don't know where this story started. It's unfortunate."

Reports have said the Penguins would be willing to trade Kessel because he reportedly was unhappy with Sullivan taking him off a line with Evgeni Malkin.

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Report- The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Try To Trade Phil Kessel

from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are trying to trade Phil Kessel.

That's according to Mark Madden of the team's flagship station, 105.9 FM. He made the statement on his radio show yesterday.

According to Madden, the Penguins are going to try to move Kessel to another team this offseason, and "Kessel is OK with that."

As Madden phrased it, "the key word is try." He couched the chances of a potential deal happening because of Kessel's $6.8 million price tag and his reputation of being a hard player to coach.

Madden cited "sources close to the Penguins and to Phil Kessel." His explanation for Kessel's endorsement of a potential trade stems from two points.

The first of which is Kessel's alleged displeasure over the fact that he hasn't been able to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin full-time, instead being used as the balancing point for head coach Mike Sullivan to spread his top talent over three scoring lines.

The second is "underlying dissatisfaction" between Kessel and Sullivan.

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Changes Will Be Made In Pittsburgh

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As players cleaned out their lockers two days after their three-peat bid ended with a Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs, Rutherford said Wednesday that his team's roster will look different in the fall.

“I think it's obvious that I'm going to keep an open mind to making some changes, and I will make some changes,” Rutherford said. “I can't give you a definite answer on who that's going to be right now and exactly the positions, but we're a good team, and we will be a good team going forward. We'll have a chance to win again. We have the nucleus to do that.”...

“We also have the pieces in place that are players that other teams are going to want, that we're going to be able to make those changes,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes you don't always have those players for cap reasons or for different reasons. I think it's fair to say this will be a different-looking team by the time we open next season. It doesn't mean there's going to be drastic changes or a lot of changes, but there will be changes in areas that will become necessary.”

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