It may seem like it’s time for Penguins news to slow down a bit, but the truth is, through June things tend to stay pretty steady. Although there is no actual games to talk about, the people behind the scenes are getting to work on their offseason plan. That plan includes everything from who to resign, who to draft, and who to target in free agency. So while the Pens won’t be playing games until October, there is still plenty to talk about at least until early July.
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If the Penguins were to take home any individual awards this season, their hopes were pinned on Sidney Crosby winning the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. Crosby put together a strong case for consideration this season, but did not even make the list of finalists for the award. [Pensburgh]
At some point, this generation of Penguins hockey will fade to history and the team will inevitably take a step backwards once the like of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin retire. Until those guys step away though, the Penguins need to do everything in their power to not become another Blackhawks or Kings. [Pensburgh]
Less than a week removed from being swept by the Islanders and the Penguins are already making moves in the free agent pool. Well, at least in the European free agent pool. On Monday the Penguins announced the signing of Finnish forward Oula Palve to an entry level contract for next season. [Pensburgh]
Before the trade deadline, the Penguins brought in some fresh faces to solidify their roster for the playoff push. Although the season ended in a thud, those players who came over did jumpstart the team and help propel them back to the playoffs and gives them something to look forward to next season. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Those in season additions could also play another rule for the Penguins in the offseason. Looking at who they brought in and the impact each player had, could serve as a blueprint of sorts for management in their efforts to retool the roster this summer. [Trib Live]
Phil Kessel is a lightning rod for media criticism when the Penguins are not living up to expectations and that is no different this year. Trade rumors involving Kessel resurfaced almost as soon as the Penguins were eliminated, with some wondering if his play style best suits what the Penguins are trying to accomplish. [Trib Live]
It’s clear the Penguins will be making moves this offseason to shake up the roster, the only question is which players will be on their way out. With a logjam on the blue line, you can bet at least one of those guys will be leaving Pittsburgh, something Jim Rutherford has confirmed. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
News and notes from around the NHL...
If you tuned into Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday you may have noticed a partial disruption on the screen. During the game, action was partially blocked by a fan’s head in front of the camera. Turns out, NBC has an explanation for what exactly went wrong. [USA Today]