The Pittsburgh Penguins have replaced Sergei Gonchar.
Not an hour after Gonchar signed a 3 year deal with the Ottawa Senators, the Penguins have signed Zbynek Michalek to a 5-year, $20 million contract. Michalek will not provide as much offense, but he's a character guy, a team guy, a tough defenseman who can play big minutes and help with the development of guys like Goligoski, and his contract works for the penguins.
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According to TSN, the Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up defenseman Kris Letang, signing him to a 4-year contract extension worth $3.5 million per season.
Letang, only 22 from Montreal, has played 3 years in Pittsburgh, amassing 21 goals and 58 assists with a -8 rating in 211 games. This season, his 21:30 minutes of ice time per game ranks 3rd among defenseman, behind only Sergei Gonchar and deadline acquisition Jordan Leopold.
The deal is good for both Letang and Pittsburgh, which locks up another piece to the puzzle going into the future. If they can get Gonchar signed at a reasonable price, a core of Gonchar, Letang, Orpik and Goligoski on the blueline spells good things for the Pen...
According to reports, including The National Post as well as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be hosting next year's Winter Classic at Heinz Field, home to the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
You guessed it! Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals. With a playoff series already in the books, another one potentially on the way in this year's playoffs, a plethora of awards that includes three Hart trophies, Maurice Richard trophies and a Stanley Cup for Mr. Crosby, and an intense rivalry that's been raging since Ovechkin and Crosby broke into the league in 2005, a Winter Classic between two of the best teams in the league could only be a good t...
According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, panthers defenseman Jordan Leopold has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second round pick in this year's draft, pending the call to the NHL's offices.
The 29 year-old, 6'1'' 200lbs defenseman has 7 goals and 11 assists in 61 games with the Panthers this season, and a -7 rating. He provides experience and depth to a Pittsburgh team which has suffered its fair share of injuries on the blue line this season.
This will be the 5th time the player would have been traded. Originally drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1999, Leopold has played for the Flames, Avalanche, and most recently, the Panthers. The trade comes less tha...
According to Pittsburgh Insider William Depaoli, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs in the past month. Head scout Derek Clancey has been seen at Air Canada Centre many times with winger Alexei Ponikarovsky being a player of interest for the Penguins.
Ponikarovsky, 29, is a big winger (6′4”, 220 lb) with great hands that has 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points in 48 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Poni is in the final year of his contract that pays him $2.5 million this season; his cap hit is $2.1 million.
The Kiev-native had a career-year last season in Toronto, recording 23 goals and 38 assists for 61 points in 82 games. He would sur...