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All Jason Botterill

from Set Rorobaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At the conclusion of the NHL draft today, Botterill (assistant GM) held court with the media and addressed the team's salary cap, how they'll proceed with free agency and the team's depth on the blue line:

On the team's salary cap space:

"I think the good situation that we’re in right now is that it’s not that have to move players. We want to bring young players into our organization especially on defense here. It’s going to be a situation where we have to make some decisions on free agency. You want to go after your top players but there’s also going to be cap restraints there. But it’s not as if we have to move players out because of our salary cap situation now."

Can you be aggressive in free agency with limited cap space?

"I think you can always be aggressive [with] different roles. Are you going to be going for top-end forwards and defenseman? No. But if you’re being aggressive going for specific needs, I think that’s what we’ll be doing for sure on July 1."

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Looking At The Pittsburgh/Nashville Trade

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Neal can score but people say he isn’t a life of the party kind of guy. The feeling in some quarters is he thinks he’s better than he is, too, also he’s been suspended for some foolish stuff. Everybody gets traded in this game but Neal–a scorer in a league where teams crave scorers– has been dealt twice and he’s only 26. From Dallas to Pittsburgh, and now from the Penguins to the Predators, where they’re also trying to get more offence, although they still need a centre for Neal. Hello Paul Stastny, if they can afford the unrestricted Colorado Avs’ playmaker and he might have a hankering to play with Shea Weber on defence, as well.

Neal’s a one-shot scorer. “Exactly,” said Preds’ GM David Poile.

Hornqvist is a better skating Tomas Holmstrom. “Exactly,” said Poile.

Scores his goals 10 to 15 feet from the net. “Closer than that,” laughed Poile.

“He can get 30 goals if he plays with Malkin. This might be one of those trades that turn out for both teams.”

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Nashville/Pittsburgh Trade

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Live Stream- Pittsburgh Penguins Press Conference

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach.

It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and you can watch it below...

added 12:37pm, Penguins press release on Mike Johnston is below the video...

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Penguins Have Found Their Coach

via TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach at a news conference at Noon et/9am pt, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

Johnston has worked the last five seasons behind the bench with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, leading them to a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament in 2013.

Prior to joining the Winterhawks in 2008, he worked with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks as an associate coach.

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How About The Latest News Coming Out Of Pittsburgh?

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

He isn't anticipating the new coach will have the team's high profile, unrestricted free agents at his disposal.

Rutherford said on Monday that unrestricted free agents Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen, in particular, will likely play elsewhere next season.

Niskanen and Jokinen increased their respective values by having excellent 2013-14 seasons.

“I've talked with them,” Rutherford said. “I think both players would like to return. But they're also coming off good years. It's time for them to hit free agency and get their big contracts. With that being said, we'll see what happens leading up to free agency.”

Rutherford declined to comment on defenseman Brooks Orpik, another unrestricted free agent.

Rutherford has said on numerous occasions that he'd like to have a coach in place when the free agency period opens on July 1. If that doesn't happen, dealing with players and agents could become problematic.

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Not A Good Start For Jim Rutherford

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Right now, it appears as if Rutherford, 2½ weeks into the job, doesn't have a clue what he's doing. Even worse, it looks as if everyone in the team's management has no clue.

It's stunning, the long, hard fall taken by the Penguins front office since it fired highly-regarded general manager Ray Shero May 16, sloppily dismissed coach Dan Bylsma three weeks later, hired Rutherford, a retread from the Carolina Hurricanes, and was turned down by its first choice to be the new coach. We are talking about an organization that had been regarded as the best in hockey, one of the best in sports. People wanted to work for Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle because they treated their employees with such class. Crosby took less money to stay here. Other players wanted to come here to play with Crosby and Evgeni Malkin because they believed it gave them their best chance to win a Cup.

Now the Penguins have to settle for Rutherford, who failed late in his long, distinguished career with the Hurricanes and was pushed aside for new general manager Ron Francis?

And Rutherford can't find a coach after reportedly being turned down Friday by Calder Cup-winning coach Willie Desjardins of the American Hockey League's Texas Stars?

People around hockey are laughing at the Penguins. It's as if the organization has become a joke.

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added 8:32am, from Mark Madden of the Times Online,

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Video- “Playing To Lose” And Getting Mario Lemieux

via TSN,

Michael Farber examines the Penguins' controversial 1983-84 season in which the team may have tanked to land the No. 1 pick, which they used on Mario Lemieux.

Watch it below...

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Monday May Be An Ask Sidney Crosby Type Of Day

Tomorrow, finalists for the NHL Awards will be made available to the media from 2:30pm until 4:00pm ET. in Las Vegas.

Even though the atmosphere is much more relaxed than let's say a post-game dressing room plus all different types of media  probably have been granted access, I don't think I would want to be in Sidney Crosby's shoes.

Assuming he will be in attendance, I am sure he will face a barrage of questions regarding the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The hockey media types will want his opinion and will ask him the same type of questions but with different angles.  The media who are in attendance for the event itself, well you don't know what type of questions Crosby will be asked and it could be a long 1 1/2 hours for Crosby.

At an event where everything usually has a positive vibe to it, it just may be the opposite for Crosby.

added 2:30pm, Just received an update, Crosby will not be at the media availability event tomorrow but will be at the Red Carpet event on Tuesday.

added 2:42pm, This may explain the reason why Crosby is not available (Babcock too) on Monday.

 

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Report- Why Willie Desjardins Turned Down The Penguins

We will probably hear more like this but will we ever know the whole truth?

 

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