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It’s been a long offseason with news coming from all directions. Catch up on everything you may have missed with the special summer edition of Pens Points.

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It’s been a long offseason for the Penguins and it’s still only mid-July. Now seems like a good time to recap everyone on all the major news surrounding the team from this summer. Whether you have been tuned in since april or not, consider this your handy guide to everything Penguins you may have missed while they’ve been away.

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Perhaps the biggest news from the Penguins offseason, the team traded Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes after four seasons and two Stanley Cups. [Pensburgh]

With Kessel no longer on the team, the Penguins will have to reinvent their power play without him. Good thing they have plenty of options already on the roster. [Pensburgh]

In return for Kessel, the Penguins received forward Alex Galchenyuk from the Coyotes. Here’s what he brings to the lineup and where he fits in. [Pensburgh]

Once free agency opened on July 1st, the Penguins made a big splash early by signing bottom-six forward Brandon Tanev to a six(!) year deal. [Pensburgh]

The Penguins weren’t the only Metro team busy early in free agency, the entire division was full of movers and shakers with some getting better and others leaving many questions. [Pensburgh]

For the first time in a long time, the Penguins had a first round pick and they used it to select forward Samuel Poulin at No. 21. [Pensburgh]

In total, the Penguins made five total selections at the draft, including Poulin in the first round and Nathan Legare in the third. [Pensburgh]

Just days after the draft in Vancouver, the Penguins newest prospects joined others in Pittsburgh for the team’s annual development camp at Lemieux 66. [Pensburgh]

One of the notable development camp attendees was forward prospect Jordy Bellerive, who is looking to bounce back from a ghastly injury and get his career back on track. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Jumping back to trade news, the Penguins made their first major move of the offseason on June 15th by sending defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for speedy forward Dominik Kahun. [Pensburgh]

Where exactly Kahun fits into the Penguins lineup remains to be seen, but he brings a lot to the table that Penguins’ fans should be happy about, especially if you want to see them return to their speed game that worked so well in the past. [Penguins]

All of offseason upheaval surrounding the Penguins led to legitimate questions about what direction the team is headed. [Trib Live]

If there is one thing to take away from all the moves made to this point in the offseason, it’s that the Penguins had a clear goal of getting younger and faster on the ice. [Penguins]

Putting aside trades and signings for a bit, Jim Rutherford locked down head coach Mike Sullivan to a four year contract extension. [Pensburgh]

Right as all the offseason noise was about to reach fever pitch in late June, the NHL dropped the 2019-20 regular season schedule. The Penguins open their season on October 3rd at home against the Buffalo Sabres. [Penguins]

After 21 seasons, Matt Cullen decided to hang up the skates and retire from the NHL last week. [Pensburgh]

Brooks Orpik left the Penguins in 2014, but it still reverberated throughout the fanbase when he announced his retirement in June. [Pensburgh]

June 12th marked an important date in team history, the 10 year anniversary of the Penguins Game 7 victory over the Detroit Red Wings to capture the franchise’s third Stanley Cup title. We celebrated by taking a look back at that fateful night and how it all played out at Joe Louis Arena. [Pensburgh]

Jim Rutherford has taken much criticism for his moves this offseason, but that didn’t stop him from getting elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category. [Penguins]

Not all the offseason business is taken care of with some restricted free agents still waiting for new deals. Qualifying offers were extended to Marcus Petersson, Zach Aston-Reese, Teddy Blueger, and Joseph Blandisi. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Aston-Reese chose to file for arbitration, the only Penguins player to choose that option this offseason. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Remember Daniel Warsofsky? Well he’s a member of the Penguins again after signing a two year deal as free agent. [Penguins]

This signing won’t set off any alarm bells around the league, but the Penguins did manage to sign highly touted Finnish goaltending prospect Emil Larmi to a two year entry level contract. [Penguins]

Sidney Crosby was nominated for the Hart Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player but finished in second place behind Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Win or lose, Crosby has been a feature at the NHL Awards for most of his career. [Penguins]

Last offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers unleashed Gritty on the hockey world and it appears he is spending his free time harassing Iceburgh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Down on the farm, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins reached a lease agreement with Luzerne County to keep the team in town for at least 10 more seasons. [AHL]

With the Penguins top minor league club no longer in limbo, the team hired Calder Cup champion Mike Vellucci as head coach. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Even with all the roster change the Penguins have already endured this offseason, there is still more work to be done to become salary cap compliant. This likely means another trade will have to be made, it’s just a matter of who gets sent packing. [Pensburgh]

If we are really lucky, that next guy out the door might be the much maligned Jack Johnson. We’ll just have to wait and see. [Pensburgh]

Right now we are about the enter the dead season of the NHL calendar as all the major offseason dates have come and gone. Sure there are still free agents left to sign and trades to be made, but news typically grinds to a snail’s pace around this time every offseason. If and when something does break, make sure you stick with us here at Pensburgh for all the latest news and updates as they become available.

Have a great rest of your summer. Season starts in just 80 days!