Replacing Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino got paid. He also gets to play for a good team. I’m happy for him and his family. Four years at a $4.1M AAV; that’s what back to back Stanley Cups get you. He was here for two years and never lost a playoff series. He centered the HBK line and always seemed to score in the big situations. I’ll cheer when Bonino returns, because he played his heart out for this team. However, I’m glad the Penguins

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Just My View 6/29/17

Potential Bonino Departure In the salary cap era, you can rarely keep championship teams intact for too long. Other teams are always willing to pay the extra money to steal players away from the defending champs. As defending champs, you can’t afford to overpay for those role players. This is what the Penguins are facing with Nick Bonino. Mark Madden tweeted this earlier this morning: I'm told Pens have given up on retaining either Bonino or Daley. Will pursue other

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Just My View 6/23/17

NHL Draft At first glance, it looks like a weak draft this year, especially when you consider how incredible the most recent two have been. Don’t get me wrong, Nolan Patrick has the potential to be a franchise player, and Nico Hischier is pretty damn good too. Plus, I’ve always been a believer that you never really know how good or bad a draft is until several years after. Who knows, there could be future hall of famers scattered throughout

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2017 NHL Mock Draft

This years draft may not be stacked with superstar names such as McDavid, Eichel, Matthews, or Laine, but make no mistake about it, this draft isn’t all that weak either. The 2017 NHL Draft is more unpredictable than any other in recent years due to the balance in the draft class so don’t expect any miracle 31 for 31 mock draft from anyone. I could bore you all to death with detailed player reports about each player, nitpicking all the

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The Expansion Draft – Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins The Golden Knights won’t be building for right now. With Malcolm Subban available, my best guess is that Vegas takes him or Colin Miller. Subban is only 23 and has a fair bit of upside. It’s unknown if he will develop into the goalie he was projected to be, but he may be a risk worth taking.

Just My View 6/16/17

Joe Thornton Since I’ve finally come to terms with the Pens winning back to back Stanley Cups, I decided to delve into some offseason stuff yesterday. The first thing I did was pull up this summer’s UFA class. At first glance, nothing really stood out. TJ Oshie, Alex Radulov, Kevin Shattenkirk. A pretty underwhelming class of guys looking to cash in on their last big deal. Then as I scrolled down the list just a little further, I found my pipe

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Just My View 6/13/17

Daniel sprong does he play next year and if so with who? — Ryan Ross (@RossRyan8) June 13, 2017 Absolutely. Sprong plays a really unorthodox style and I don’t know how well that would mesh with Sid’s straight-line game. I like Crosby with Sheary and Guentzel. I would say that Sprong’s style would fit best on Malkin’s line, however Geno and Kessel have been great together. Sprong is a little selfish with the puck and that might be just what

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