Wednesday Pens Points: Moderate Moves Reshape Team

Alex Grimm

Pens make modest but prudent moves. Is it enough? Goodbye to Juicy, Joey V, Engo, Brooksie, Matty Ice, Tanner Glass and Chuck Kobasew. Claude Giroux will make your day.

In case you weren't on Twitter or on our thread yesterday and missed the wild first day of NHL free agency, here's everything that happened. Here are all the notable players who are still on the market.

The Penguins spent the day making a few short deals to plug in specific needs and didn't do anything remotely unwise.

Was it enough? Some would argue not. Here's how I look at it. The Pens now have exactly 6 legitimate top 6 players (2 centers and 4 wingers): Crosby, Kunitz, Dupuis, Malkin, Hornqvist and Bennett. In a perfect world in which injuries don't happen we'd be all set, but we all know that's almost never the case.

Also, Bennett is far more comfortable on the right, so I see that as another potential problem aside from his durability. I love Sunshine, but I think this is a gamble. I'd be a lot happier if we got a real left winger for the second line to allow Bennett and Dupuis to rotate between 1st and 3rd lines as needed.

That's about it. I love the Ehrhoff signing and I agree he's a fantastic fit to fill some holes left by losing several of our defensemen.

There is still the little matter of re-signing the restricted free agents. We know that the Pens extended qualifying offers to all 6 guys, and we also know that at least Sutter and Spaling had declined theirs. I don't think it's imprudent to wait to fill the top 6 LW spot until after RFAs are sorted out so you know how much you have to work with. Also, I still completely expect Paul Martin to be moved, probably to the WC.

Happy trails to Jussi Jokinen, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland, Tanner Glass, Joey V, and Chuck Kobasew. They all made out like bandits (not sure about CK's salary actually but he'll play in Bern) and I'm thrilled for them.

This just in, for all the laughs: Claude Giroux was arrested in Ottawa after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer, and spent the night in jail.

Have a great day everyone. Brandon Sutter season recap is on its way as soon as I can stop laughing.

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