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Do The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Another Long Playoff Run In Them?

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Even with Malkin at 36 years old, and Crosby and Letang each 35, Hextall said he remains confident that core can be the catalyst for another deep run. If he's right, it would mark the first time the Penguins won a playoff series since Hextall was hired as GM on Feb. 9, 2021, and their first series win since 2018.

"There's urgency. Every year is a new year," Hextall said. "Like, 'OK, we lost the last two years in the playoffs, since I've been here.' We felt like we certainly could have won both series. But I think that's what gives you the hope that it's still there. These guys are still very good players.

"We felt like this group could still go on a run and do a lot of damage. We're happy with our group. I'm really excited about where we are right now, as a team. The feeling around the room, there's a lot of hunger. … I like where we're at. So it's hard to win in this League. It's hard to win a round in the playoffs. It's certainly hard to win the Stanley Cup, but that's our mission."

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Power Is Restored And What You May Have Missed Today

Power was out for around 19 hours until boom, everything flipped on.

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and head coach Mike Sullivan have agreed to a three-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Ron Hextall.

The extension will kick in at the conclusion of the 2023-24 campaign, and run through the 2026-27 season.

"Mike is one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League and it was important for us to have him signed long term," said Hextall. "He is a great leader that finds success through communication, honesty and accountability. We know that Sully is committed to continuing a winning culture here in Pittsburgh."

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When Tanking Started

from Stan Fischler of The Hockey News,

The precedent for that was set four decades ago by the Pittsburgh Penguins; or so the legend goes. Take it or leave it.

During the 1983-84 season all eyes were on an oversized center playing for Laval in the Quebec Junior League. He was regarded as a sure-thing in the manner of a Bobby Orr and Jean Beliveau of bygone years.

Both the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins were the teams most likely to nab Lemieux. There were media types who criticized New Jersey coach Tom McVie for coaxing his players to play to their potential. "I want my team to win," insisted Devils owner Dr. John McMullen.

McVie: "We're here to win hockey games," McVie argued. "It's the honorable thing to do."

And so they did with critical homestretch wins over Pittsburgh and Boston. When the chips were down on the Pittsburgh side, the Penguins -- shall we say -- made some questionable lineup decisions that virtually ensured that they finished three points behind New Jersey. Lemieux would not be a Devil but honor was on the side of McMullen and McVie. And, by the way, still is.

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Jeff Petry Headed To Pittsburgh

The Penguins cleared some room with the Marino trade earlier today.

added 3:31pm, Montreal release is below.

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Evgeni Malkin Gets A Four-Year Deal To Stay In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Evgeni Malkin on a four-year, $24.4 million contract extension, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

The deal begins in the 2022-23 season and runs through the 2025-26 campaign and carries an average annual value of $6.1 million.

"Evgeni is a generational talent who will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NHL history," said Hextall. "His hockey resume and individual accomplishments speak volumes about him as a player, and we are thrilled to watch him continue his remarkable legacy in Pittsburgh."

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Evgeni Malkin Going To The Free Agent Market

from Dave Molinari of Pitsburgh Hockey New,

Evgeni Malkin’s fabled career with the Pittsburgh Penguins might be over.

Malkin, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, plans to test the market then, as talks for a new deal with the Penguins apparently reached a dead end.

Malkin’s intentions were confirmed by one of the parties in the negotiations for a new deal with the Penguins; the other did not immediately response to a request to discuss the situation.

Malkin, who has insisted that he wanted to spend his entire career here, still could re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins if he does not find something to his liking on the open market.

Malkin, who turns 36 this month, and the Penguins could not reconcile differences on a new contract. As the deadline neared, the Penguins appeared to be sticking to three years on their offer, and Malkin wanted either more money at that term or a fourth year to raise the overall contract value.

Malkin’s expiring contract carried an AAV of $9.5 million. He will be one of the biggest names on the free agent market.

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Kris Letang Staying In Pittsburgh

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Kris Letang on a six-year, $36.6 million contract extension, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

The contract begins in the 2022-23 season and runs through the 2027-28 campaign and carries an average annual value of $6.1 million.

"Kris epitomizes what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin," said Hextall. "The role he plays on our team is irreplaceable, he is a leader in our locker room, and has made countless contributions to the organization over the last 15-plus years, which includes three Stanley Cup Championships. We are thrilled to make him a Penguin for life."

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Pittsburgh Penguins Feel They Are Close To Re-Signing Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin Not So Much

from Mike DeFabo of the Pitsburgh Post-Gazette,

If all goes as planned, Penguins general manager Ron Hextall will return from the NHL Draft in Montreal with several shiny, new prospects — and at least one more piece of the core intact.

The Penguins general manager told reporters on Wednesday evening he believes a contract extension for defenseman Kris Letang will be finalized “real soon.”

“I'd be surprised if we don't get Kris done,” Hextall said....

When Hextall was asked if he’s confident he’ll get something done with Malkin, the GM replied, “I can't say that. I don't know that. We're still working. I spoke with him as recently as last night [Tuesday night]. We'll see where it goes.”

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Pittsburgh Penguins Extend Brian Rust For Six-Yeears

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Bryan Rust on a six-year, $30.75 million dollar contract extension, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

The deal begins in the 2022-23 season and runs through the 2027-28 campaign and carries an average annual value of $5.125 million.

"Bryan exemplifies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin," said Hextall. "Since being drafted by Pittsburgh, he has developed into a versatile player and leader on our team, capable of contributing in any situation. His leadership qualities and experience as a two-time Stanley Cup champion is an important piece of our team."

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