Penguins Off-season Update 6/24/2013
In today’s update I will touch on Letang’s contract extension, Dupuis opportunity to test the Free Agent waters and the possibility that Fleury may still be on the trade block.
Ray Shero and Letang’s agent Kent Hughes started contract talks this past Friday. It is believed that Letang is looking for a long term 7-8 year deal worth $49-$56 million with a Full no movement clause. The Penguins on the other hand are rumored to have offered a 6 year deal worth $36 million with a limited movement clause. It’s obvious they are not even close in an agreement and I am not sure Shero can or will offer more than what he has already. This really all comes down to Letang, will he be willing to take less to stay on this team, or will he want a massive deal?
It seems that contract talks with Dupuis have slowed and many think the Penguins are being cautious on this front. Dupuis, in the teams eyes, is a must keep player, but they don’t want to look desperate as that would only allow Dupuis to raise the asking price. Late last week rumors surfaced about the Penguins being interested in Daniel Briere. After taking time and thinking about the situation it has become clear that if the Penguins have actually expressed interest in Briere, its only to show Pascal that if the team needs to, they will move on. I still expect Dupuis to sign with the Penguins, and honestly I am a bit surprised no deal has been reached yet, but I also have a suspicion that he may just test the Free Agent waters to see what he is worth, in hopes that the Penguins raise their offer.
With the Bernier trade, many teams are are starting to look towards other avenues to acquire a top notch Goalie. Minnesota most notably is looking for someone to replace Backstrom. It was reported just a couple days ago that the Wild have expressed interest in attempting to acquire Marc from the Penguins. Now I said they expressed interest, that does not mean its happening. It could simply mean they have had conversations within the organization or that they gave Ray Shero a call.
If Dupuis decides to take his services elsewhere who should the Penguins attempt to sign to replace him?
Jarome Iginla – 14 goals, 33 points (LY $7,000,000)
Jaromir Jagr – 16 goals, 35 points (LY $4,500,000)
Vinny Prospal – 12 goals, 30 points (LY $2,500,000)
Brad Boyes – 10 goals, 35 points (LY $1,000,000)
Around the League
The Stanley Cup Final is just about over as Chicago leads the series 3 games to 2 over Boston. Game 5 which is tonight will be played at TD Garden in Boston, but I think the Blackhawks take it tonight. -GO HAWKS!
Jonathan Bernier was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. L.A. received a Kings ransom as they acquired backup goalie Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a 2nd round draft pick in either the 2014 or 2015 draft. In my opinion the Kings won this trade, Toronto added a top tier goalie, but one who has yet to prove himself. In doing this they have also created themselves a Goaltending controversy. Reimer was spectacular down the stretch for the Leafs and really showed he can handle playoff hockey. I would not be surprised if Reimer requests a trade sooner or later.
Even after acquiring Bernier many believe that the Leafs are not done. It seems that almost every player is available for the right price as they are looking for a top 4 defender as well as a #1 center.
If you have been under a rock and haven’t heard, there have been a few Coaching changes across the league. Alain Vigneault is now in New York (Rangers), Lindy Ruff is now in Dallas, Dave Tippet signed an extension in Phoenix and to be announced this week John Tortorella is to be named the new Coach of the Vancouver Canucks. With the exception of Tortorella I like all of these moves. Ruff will bring a great amount of experience to a young Stars team, Vigneault will give the Rangers Stars a chance to shine and Tippet can continue moving the Coyotes along… But how is it possible Torts can get a job in the NHL is mind boggling.
I have heard a few rumblings of a possible buyout of Ryan Malone in Tampa Bay. Like I stated early on in the previous season I would Love to see Malone back in a Penguins sweater.
- Robert Slavinsky