After the dust has settled (we think), here's how the Pens are looking, courtesy of Cap Friendly:
Cap hit: $63,945,000
Available space: $11,055,000
Notable RFAs still out there: Brian Dumoulin, Conor Sheary, Derrick Pouliot
AAAA - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Jake Guentzel - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin - DDDD - Bryan Rust
Scott Wilson - CCCC - Ryan Reaves
*Carter Rowney, Tom Kuhnhackl
BBBB - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz
Ian Cole - Matt Hunwick
AAAA is a spot held open for Conor Sheary. As a young, skilled complimentary forward we still see his projected contract as a 2 year bridge at a yearly $2.0 million cap hit, give or take a little
BBBB is going to be Brian Dumoulin. As a proven top-4 caliber defensive defenseman who doesn't put up points, the projected long-term contract (similar to a Mattias Ekholm) would be in the $3.75 million range, which we project Dumoulin to come in lesser.
CCCC would be the 3rd line center. Rutherford has more than hinted a trade will be made to acquire this spot, though who it could be? Well we took some guesses (and are remiss to have forgotten Bryan Little from the Jets as a candidate) and it remains to be seen what the trade price will be. With guys like Rust/Wilson/Kuhnhackl/Rowney the Pens do have a glut of forwards, plus a 1st round pick next year to potentially dangle. Ideally this player is a $3.0 million cap hit (with wiggle room if a roster player is traded out)
DDDD is a 4th line center addition. Candidates like Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore found other homes today. At this point, ideally it would be Matt Cullen - though he may retire or elect to move back to Minnesota. Regardless of the "who", the price for this ought to be $1.0 million, give or take a little.
Add it all up and that's a projected $9.75 million to sign those 4 spots, to leave a small $1.25 million cushion under the cap. That cushion may be tested if they need to sign a guy for more, so that's some nice wiggle room built in, if necessary.
With signing Schultz, Hunwick and Niemi today the Penguins pretty much took care of their defense and goalie position (sans the Dumoulin contract). Now the only questions that remain are the lower line centers and hearing what happens with what could be a meaningful trade to add a 3rd line center to replace the departed Nick Bonino.