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Pittsburgh/Florida Trade

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Matheson is signed through the 2025-26 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $4.875 million. Sceviour's deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an average annual value of $1.2 million.

"First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric," said Rutherford. "He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.

"Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with great offensive instincts who plays with speed and has a good shot, while Colton is a solid veteran player who has a lot of experience on the penalty kill."

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Minnesota Wild Acquire Nick Bjugstad From The Pittsburgh Penguins

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Nick Bjugstad (pronounced BYOOG-stad) from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. As part of the trade, the Penguins are retaining a portion of Bjugstad's salary for the 2020-21 season.

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Sidney Crosby Had Arthroscopic Surgery On His Wrist

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent successful arthroscopic wrist surgery, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Crosby had arthroscopic wrist debridement surgery on Monday, August 31.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, in collaboration with team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas and UPMC hand and upper extremity surgery.

Recovery time is expected to be three-to-four weeks.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Trading Kasperi Kapanen To The Pittsburgh Penguins

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added 12:12pm, Pittsburgh release is below.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Be Moving A Goalie

from NHL.com,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have received interest from other teams in goalies Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, and general manager Jim Rutherford said he expects to trade one of them before next season.

"I haven't gotten to the point yet where I'm having serious talks or seeing exactly how much I can get," Rutherford told The Athletic. "But I will say, I'm getting close to that point, to understanding just what people are willing to give. So, we'll see. I don't know exactly how it's going to go, but I can already see that there is going to be a lot of interest.

"There is already interest. And it looks like we're going to have to move one of them."

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Three Assistant Coaches Gone In Pittsburgh

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not renew the contracts of assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

"We want to thank Sergei, Jacques and Mark for their many contributions to the Penguins over the years, and wish them well in their future endeavors" Rutherford said.

The search for new assistants to work under head coach Mike Sullivan will begin immediately.

"We are in the process of conducting a review of our organization because we have underperformed in the playoffs the last few years," Rutherford said. "We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff. We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups. The message to our fans is that 'We are not rebuilding, we're re-tooling.'"

The contracts of Gonchar, Martin and Recchi expired at the end of June but were temporarily extended for the playoffs.

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Afternoon Line- Jim Rutherford

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Morning Line- Ron Cook

Is it just me, or have the Penguins gone from proud champions to embarrassed losers in the blink of an eye?

-Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where you can read more on on the Penguins.

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Now What Pittsburgh?

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

How the organization moves on from this humiliating loss is merely speculation at this point. General manager Jim Rutherford and company will have the better part of three months to adjust this roster as training camps for the 2020-21 season aren’t scheduled to begin until mid-November.

“I haven’t even given it much thought at this point,” Sullivan said via video conference from Toronto. “We just lost the series. It’s disappointing. It’s emotional. We care. We all care. It’s emotional. I’m not trying to dodge (the) question. I just don’t know if I’m prepared to answer it with a valid answer. I’m sure we’ll all have to go back and look at the experience and try to evaluate it and assess it and see where we’ll go.”

“It’s a really hard one to evaluate,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “That’s the honest truth as far as trying to break this all down. It’s a tough one to break down overall.”

The Penguins may have limited routes to go. With the NHL’s salary cap remaining flat at $81.5 million, the team will have considerable decisions to make on the futures of restricted free agents such as Jarry and the goaltender he replaced in Game 4, Matt Murray.

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Leafs, Oilers And Penguins Are Three Of The Six Teams Facing Elimination Today

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

One Maple Leaf forewarned that the Blue Jackets “will keep comin’ at you, no matter the score”.

In other words, a three-goal deficit with Toronto on cruise control just isn’t enough to discourage a team that thrives on boring substance over style. But a blown three-goal lead in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss might have seen the whole series go up in smoke for the Leafs.

Coach Sheldon Keefe can’t squeeze out the defensive effort John Tortorella gets from his Jackets, never mind when Toronto’s minus Jake Muzzin, but did use some of Torts’ succinct postgame podium punches.

“We got what we deserved,” Keefe said more than once. “I feel like the game got away from us in the first period. I didn’t like it at 1-0, 2-0, 3-0. There was no real purpose or plan to our game, just making it up as we go along. We were back to a lot of really bad habits.”

After Friday it might be back home for summer and fall.

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, as hockey people like to say, it is time for the Oilers to “suck it up.” They’ll have all summer to feel sorry for themselves if they can’t put together a win on Friday, and then pull off Game 5 on Saturday.

“If we start worrying about the (fifth) game, back to back or whatever, it’s not going to happen,” said defenceman Oscar Klefbom. He’s right: They can not win two games on Friday.

“We can all sit here and say, they had a few lucky bounces,” added Chiasson. “But our game wasn’t as good as it needed to be. We need to address that.

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from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,

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