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Penguins Sign Adam Johnson

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed another talented but undrafted NCAA free agent. Like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel, Johnson was overlooked because of his size. Adding another talented young forward with a chip on his shoulder is a continuation of the formula that has brought the Penguins the best scoring depth in the league and in turn, back to back Stanley Cups. If you don’t know by now, Pittsburgh is the unofficial home of college hockey in the NHL. The

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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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Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a third line center. Not just any third line center, they need the best third line center in the league. The Penguins advantage at center has been a common link in all three of their most recent championships. Crosby, Malkin, Bonino was the best group of centermen boasted by any team in the league. Crosby and Malkin took the hard matchups, which allowed for Bonino and the HBK line to excel. An underwhelming Bonino replacement like

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Overpayment Season

It wouldn’t be unrestricted free agency without general managers signing less than stellar players to ludicrous contracts. Who could forget Ilya Bryzgalov’s nine year contract in 2011 or David Clarkson’s seven year deal with a cap hit of $5.25M? The fact is, these monumental overpayments happen year after year, and GMs still can’t help themselves. This year didn’t have any ‘humangus big’ overpayments, but there was still plenty of bad contracts handed out. Let’s take a look at a few

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Change

If you were expecting any big moves today from the defending Stanley Cup champions, you were probably immensely disappointed. The Penguins added depth defenseman Matt Hunwick and backup goaltender Antti Niemi. Neither of these players are going to make or break the Penguins next season and that should be noted. However, the best moves that are made on July 1st are often the ones that aren’t made. The Penguins didn’t overpay for any of their unrestricted free agents and that’s

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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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To Build A Superteam

Matt Duchene is going to be traded this summer. Joe Sakic cemented this as an indubitable fact when he made Duchene’s availability public. He was supposed to end up in Long Island last week. Islanders GM, Garth Snow tried to package Hamonic and a first round pick in the deal. Joe Sakic didn’t bite, despite being pressured to move Duchene. The Islanders have moved on. They traded their best trade chip in Hamonic to Calgary for a collection of draft

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Penguins Acquire Reaves

The Pittsburgh Penguins just won back to back Stanley Cups by rolling four skilled lines. So, it only makes sense that they would move out of the first round to acquire an enforcer. There’s no way to defend this trade. It was a bad deal. By all means, Ryan Reaves is an absolute badass. He’s the best at punching guys in the face, and there’s no arguing that. He’s a great human being off the ice and an incredible teammate.

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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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