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The Pittsburgh Penguins Still Looking For A Center

from TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been in the market for a third-line centre throughout the off-season.

Rutherford said Friday the team has their eyes on three players who could be available to acquire before the team opens their season on October 4.

"We have our focus on three guys," Rutherford said of Penguins' search for a depth centre. "I think one or two may become available before the season starts."

He added the team is not in a rush to add a centre as they are looking for the "right fit."

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Paying Patric Hornqvist

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Patric Hornqvist will make at least $6 million per season on his next contract.

Count on it: Hornqvist is one of the most consistent goal scorers in the league, playing the type of hard-nosed, straight-ahead game that doesn't fluctuate much from year to year. He's one of only 24 players to score at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons, and that's a list that is populated with some of the game's brightest stars.

Plenty of players with similar if not somewhat inferior numbers have received $6 million or more in recent negotiations, from Patrick Marleau and Alexander Radulov at $6.25 million to Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson at $6 million....

The most likely scenario is Hornqvist gets between $6 and $7 million on the open market and the Penguins hope Zach Aston-Reese or Daniel Sprong is ready for full-time top-six duty a year from now.

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Morning Line- Matt Murray

“At the end of the day, I’m not going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes,” Murray said. “Nobody’s going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. It’s about being myself, doing the best that I can each and every day, and it’s about being better than I was yesterday.

“My day-to-day thought process isn’t to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. If I’d do that, that would be reaching too high. I’m just going to be myself and do what I know how to do, try to take care of what I need to do to be successful.”

-Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jason Mackey of hte Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has much more from and on Murray.

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How Great Is Sidney Crosby?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Kid no more, Sid is 30. He already has one of hockey’s all-time greatest lists of accomplishments. What had the other legends of the game done by their 30th birthdays?

We knew Sidney Crosby’s resume was Hall-of-Fame-caliber by the time he reached his mid-20s. But who knew Crosby at 30 would differ so much from Crosby at, say, 28? He’s really ratcheted up his accomplishments over the past couple seasons, adding two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe trophies, a Rocket Richard, a World Cup and a World Cup MVP.

“Top 10” no longer feels like the tier Crosby will settle into by the time his illustrious career ends. Now we’re talking top-five. And if we accept the other all-timer contenders as Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard…where does Sid’s resume rank compared to what each man had accomplished by his 30th birthday?

continue for the comparisons....

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Video- Sidney Crosby Turns 30 Today

The NHL put together a video package of the best of Sidney Crosby on his 30th birthday.

 

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Conor Sheary Agrees To A Three-Year Deal With The Pittsburgh Penguins

 

 

added 1:35pm, Press release is below...

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A Six-Year Contract For Brian Dumoulin And The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a six-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal begins with the 2017-18 season and runs through the 2022-23 season, and has an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Dumoulin, 25, has been a key component to the Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, as he played in all 49 playoff games in that span, and recorded 14 points (3G-11A). In the 2017 playoffs, Dumoulin had an average ice time of 21:59 minutes, the most of any Penguins skater, and his plus-9 paced all team defenders. He assisted on Carl Hagelin's empty-net goal that sealed the 2-0 victory in the decisive Game 6 of the Cup Final against Nashville. 

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Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean On The Chances On Another Cup For The Pittsburgh Penguins

“I would never bet against Crosby, and I’m really impressed with Matt Murray’s goaltending. With Kris Letang coming back—that’s something they didn’t even have—I think there’s a very, very good chance. That team’s strong enough to do it again.”

-Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more comments from MacLean on Calgary, Toronto, Vegas Golden Knights and Connor McDavid.

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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On Mike Sullivan/Phil Kessel

Mike Sullivan had a deal with Rick Tocchet when the two were together with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet, the assistant coach, dealt with Phil Kessel. That way Sullivan, who didn’t want to talk to him, didn’t have to....

It’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way. Tocchet was perfect for that role and for Kessel. The Hall of Famer, Mark Recchi, is assuming the role Tocchet had in Pittsburgh. He may be handed the Kessel portfolio. Sullivan needs someone to do what he doesn’t want to do himself.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Kessel and a few hockey notes too.

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Jim Rutherford On Trading Phil Kessel

frm Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn't say he'll never trade Phil Kessel, but he painted the high-scoring winger as an important part of his team's roster during a radio interview Thursday morning.

The idea of trading Kessel had been popular talk-show fodder in recent days.

“Phil Kessel's an important part of the Penguins,” Rutherford said in an interview on 93.7 The Fan. “He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have of winning.

“It may not be on a regular basis, but it may come at a certain time in a series or whatnot, just like it did against Ottawa. Kessel came up with the big goal in that 1-0 game (in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals).

“He's an important part. I don't want to sit here and say that a certain player's not going to get traded at some point in his career. I mean, Phil already did. But that's not something that I foresee happening right now.”

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