Penguins Free Agency Update

It has been a week of good news and bad news for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they have seen several roster gains, losses and signings as the free agency market swings into full motion.  Ray Shero is quick to emphasize that he managed to keep the core in place, yet he lost his #1 post-season priority as Marian Hossa opted to take a 1-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.  While managing to keep their defensive core, centers, and starting goaltender in place, the Penguins have lost the majority of their active wingers to the free agent market.  The following is a summary to date of the roster gains and losses since the end of the season, and the reported contract lengths/values. 

Roster losses:

  • (LW) Ryan Malone – to Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Traded before free agency for 2009 3rd round draft pick
    • Signed 7-year, $31M+ deal
  • (LW) Gary Roberts – Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Traded with Malone
    • Signed 1-year, $2M deal
  • (RW) Marian Hossa – to Detroit Red Wings
    • Signed 1-year, $7.5M deal
  • (G) Ty Conklin – to Detroit Red Wings
    • Signed 1-year, $750K deal
  • (Lw) Jarkko Ruutu – to Ottawa Senators
    • Signed 3-year, $3.9M deal
  • (RW) Georges Laraque – to Montreal Canadiens
    • Signed 3-year, $4.5M deal
  • (RW) Adam Hall – to Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Signed 3-year, $1.8M deal

Roster Gains:

  • (RW) Eric Godard – from Calgary Flames
    • 4th line enforcer
    • Signed 3-year, $2.25M deal
  • (LW) Ruslan Fedotenko – from New York Islanders
    • Signed 1-year – $2.5M deal
  • (RW) Miroslav Satan – from New York Islanders
    • Signed 1-year, $3.5M deal

Existing Roster Signings:

  • (R) Pascal Dupuis
    • Signed 3-year, $4.2M deal
  • (D) Marc Eaton
    • Signed 2-year, $4M deal
  • (D) Brooks Orpik
    • Signed 6-year, $22.5M deal
  • (C) Evgeni Malkin
    • Signed 5-year, $43.5M deal (starts in 2009)
  • (G) Marc-Andre Fleury
    • Signed 7-year, $35M deal

Remaining Penguin Unrestricted Free Agents:

  • (C) Kris Beech
  • (LW) Jeff Taffe

So, in summary, the Penguins have signed their starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who was a restricted free agent, as well as 3 of their 12 unrestricted free agents in Pacal Dupuis, Brooks Orpik and Marc Eaton.  They have lost 7 of their 12 unrestricted free agents to include Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Ty Conklin, Jarkko Ruutu, Georges Laraque and Adam Hall.  Unrestricted free agents Kris Beech and Jeff Taffe are still unsigned. 

The Penguins will need to add more depth on wing to round out their roster before training camp.  Satan and Fedetenko were good signings for the Penguins, but the Penguins could use one more big signing on wing to backfill the hole left by Malone, Hossa and Roberts, unless of course Shero expects to pull from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate.  Perhaps the most interesting news has been that the Penguins have been talking to Jaromir Jagr about a potential return to Pittsburgh.  This certainly would have been a major development if it had panned out, however, reporting this morning indicates that Jagr has signed a letter of intent to play in Russia and leave the NHL behind.

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