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Pens Points: Is it October yet?

The offseason has finally arrived.

NHL: FEB 08 Penguins at Panthers

Yesterday marked one year since the beginning of the 2019-20 NHL season for Pittsburgh. Last Monday marked the end of the NHL season with the Stanley Cup being awarded to Tampa Bay. Usually the league is just now warming up, instead 2020 happened and it’s just dying down. If that’s what you want to call it. Get caught up on the current offseason for the Penguins and the rest of the NHL with this morning’s Pens Points.

Penguins News

I mentioned it earlier that it’s been one year since the season began for Pittsburgh. May as well start off with memories of the old world with that recap from that game against Buffalo. An old-friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend-again-about-to-be-enemy-once-more Conor Sheary had two goals. Turns out 2019 had some stinkers as well. [PensBurgh]

The Penguins also made another big move this week with the re-signing of goalie Tristan Jarry to a three year deal. Nothing is finalized yet, but this move just about ends Matt Murray’s run with the Penguins. [PensBurgh]

With the Penguins coming out and saying they will have an internal salary cup much lower than their usual cap ceiling this year, how does Jarry’s signing affect that? [PensBurgh]

Seth Rorabaugh discusses a slew of subjects in his latest piece headlined by the fact that, unsurprisingly, the Penguins aren’t likely going shopping for any shiny new toys in free agency. He also mentions that players are still planning on beginning training camp on November 15th, and also whether the Penguins will be looking to add to their front office with the recent departure of several Assistant GMs who now are GMs for other franchises the last several years. [Trib Live]

The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild have been rumored to be discussing a trade for Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. Could Bill Guerin be making room to bring in old friend Matt Murray? [PHN]

Not only will this year’s draft be held in October, it will also be mostly players who haven’t played since March and have all grown and matured since then. Scouting was mostly done via video since the shutdowns began in March. How has Penguins director of scouting, Patrik Allvin, coped with the virus and what does he see for the Penguins in the upcoming draft? [DK Sports]

League News

The NHL Draft will take place Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET and will air on NBCSN in the United States. The Penguins first pick will be the 77th pick and the Penguins possess the 108th, 139th and 170th pick as of now. [NBC Sports]

Free agency will begin on Friday morning at noon, almost immediately after the conclusion of the NHL Draft on Wednesday. The buy-out period for players will end on Thursday as well. [Sporting News]

You’ve probably heard that the Vegas Golden Knights have signed Robin Lehner to a five year, $25 million deal. But have you seen their new all-gold uniforms as the franchise’s first alternate jersey? Pretty flashy, eh? [Knights On Ice]

Pittsburgh and Vegas weren’t the only teams to re-sign a puck stopper. Brian Elliott is the new recipient of a one year, $1.5 million deal with the Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]

Since goalies are the hot topic in Pittsburgh and across the NHL right now, here’s another interesting story. Would Bill Guerin and the Wild be interested in Marc-Andre Fleury and/or Matt Murray? How about King Hank being Knighted? It’s going to be crazy for goalies this offseason. [Sports Illustrated]

In case you forgot, the number one pick is coming to the Metropolitan Division when the Rangers draft first overall on Tuesday night. The unanimous decision will be Alexis Lefreniere and USA Today paints a pretty good picture of what the Rangers will be getting and how he ended up being the top pick. [USA Today]

The Colorado Avalanche are in one of the most envious positions in the NHL right now. They have one of the high powered offenses in the NHL and have almost the most money to add in free agency. Will the Avalanche be going all in free agency and is Taylor Hall headed to Denver? [Denver Post]