Dont panic yet Pens fans the book is still open

Created by: Pens3lieve
Initial Creation Date: Oct 17, 2020
Published: Oct 18, 2020 at 5:47
Team: 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
Life as a Pens fan is hard, crazy, and a never ending series of emotional ups and downs.
in short form...
2008-2009--ups
2010-2015--heartbreaking downs
2016-2017--huge ups
2018-2020--huge downs

GMJR is the most streaky GM ever.
from the start of GMJR's tenure in PIT...
June 2014--Hornqvist for Neal trade----WIN (10/10) Hornqvist was a huge part of the team since then.

Then GMJR had a few duds (Perron, Goc, Winnick)

Then GMJR went on a historic streak!!!
march 2015--Lovejoy (7/10) can't hate it. he helped us win in 2016 but wasn't a huge piece.
March 2015--Cole (8/10) love the guy. IDK why sully didn't like him. he does everything JJ/Gudbranson/Ceci did times 1,000...
July 2015--Kessel (10/10) although his shelf life expired as it had in TOR/BOS, Phil was a huge part of the cups and was a great penguin.
July 2015-Bonino (9/10) should be 10/10 for the Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino........
December 2015-Daley (8/10) for Scuderi....wow....
January 2016-hagelin (8/10) huge part of the speed game
February 2016-Schultz (7/10) one good year when the pens needed it the most.
Penguins win cup.
some minor moves...then.....
February 2017-hainsey (7/10) old but effective then. remember the end-to-end rush?
march 2017-Streit (6/10) fine veteran presence.
Pens win cup again.

this is (minus minor moves) 9 Trades almost in a row the Pens won in hindsight. incredible trading run from GMJR. but here's a thought...with the exception of the Kessel deal, were any of these trades at the time they were made thought of instantly as a big win for the pens?? I don't think so. alot of these players weren't doing good at all in their respective situations. alot of players over performed and exceeded expectations for the pens to win in 16/17. if all the players acquired played at their previous norms I doubt the pens win those cups. my point is I think because hockey is such a random game that no matter how good or bad on paper a team is, you have to get huge over performances and unexpected contributors to win a cup.
since then alot of GMJR's moves haven't worked out. but how many have been bashed at the time they were made? the Reaves trade? the Gudbranson trade? signing JJ and Ceci? but players many times have simply UNDERPERFORMED or not rebounded and "fixed" their careers as we became accustomed to in 16/17...
exhibit A---the brassard trade.....looking back what the pens gave up doesn't look at huge at it did then....but....brassard should have given us the best 3rd line in hockey and we should have 3-peated-----on paper...but he was a massive failure.

lately it kinda looked like GMJR had regained some of his magic---(which is more like luck or circumstance or players overperforming....)

examples:
marino-random college dude. like I literally said when the trade was made. who's this guy...ok whatever minor league help.. when can we get a good player? turns out he is a legit top-4 D with #1 potential. but the key is no one expected it...except maybe 1 pens scout...
Pettersson- the book is still open but for now it looks like a huge (but lucky) win....it was just a standard "2 young underperforming players get a change of scenery" trade...but Pettersson turned out...sprong did not....it could have easily gone the other way and we'd be bellowing at GMJR like a wounded hippo...(do they bellow IDK)

In the last little while GMJR hasn't been on a good or bad streak...just kinda in the middle. you win some, you lose some.
HITS-Pettersson, marino, zucker (only like 15 GP but rn it's a win),
MISSES (or in some cases more of a wash)-Galchenyuk, Bjugstad, Pearson, Gudbranson, Marleau, Sheary 2.0,
BOOK STILL OPEN--Joseph, McCann, Erod, Kapanen, Sceviour, Matheson, Ceci (FA)

this doesn't even account for OVER-PERFORMERS coming up from within.....that happened in 16 and 17. it needs to happen again. or players we have need to step up and perform at a higher level. last year it was marino, rust, jarry, buzzsaw, McCann (to an extent). a huge portion of this edition of the pens is an unknown. so many names have ???'s surrounding them--not always a good thing...but I think we need to see this team play before making a judgment call. as I said, the book is still open on alot of pens players. I hope their story has a good ending in Pittsburgh.
Buyouts
  • Jack Johnson: $1,166,667
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Nick Bjugstad: $2,050,000 (50%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2021
PIT
PIT
PIT
WSH
ANA
2022
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
2023
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$79,181,842$0$850,000$2,318,158
Left WingCenterRight Wing
PIT
Zucker, Jason
$5,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 3
PIT
Crosby, Sidney
$8,700,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
PIT
Kapanen, Kasperi
$3,200,000
RW
RFA - 2
PIT
Guentzel, Jake
$6,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 4
PIT
Malkin, Evgeni
$9,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 2
PIT
Rust, Bryan
$3,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
PIT
McCann, Jared
$2,940,000
LW, C
RFA - 2
PIT
Jankowski, Mark
$700,000
LW, C
RFA - 1
PIT
Rodrigues, Evan
$700,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
PIT
Tanev, Brandon
$3,500,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 5
PIT
Blueger, Teddy
$750,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
PIT
Sceviour, Colton
$1,200,000
RW
UFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
PIT
Dumoulin, Brian
$4,100,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 3
PIT
Letang, Kris
$7,250,000
RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
PIT
Jarry, Tristan
$3,500,000
G
UFA - 3
PIT
Pettersson, Marcus
$4,025,175
LD
UFA - 5
PIT
Marino, John
$925,000
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
DeSmith, Casey
$1,250,000
G
UFA - 2
PIT
Matheson, Michael
$4,875,000
LD
UFA - 6
PIT
Ceci, Cody
$1,250,000
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
PIT
Ruhwedel, Chad
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
Aston-Reese, Zach
$1,000,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
PIT
Riikola, Juuso
$1,150,000
LD
UFA - 2
PIT
Lafferty, Sam
$750,000
C, LW
UFA - 2

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Oct 18, 2020 at 5:49
#1
RangerWall92
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That 3rd pairing is gonna be a ride
Oct 18, 2020 at 5:51
#2
Hockey IQ
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Oct 18, 2020 at 5:52
#3
Hockey IQ
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Quoting: RangerWall92
That 3rd pairing is gonna be a ride

as I said, the book is still open. on paper it looks below average at best. I reserve judgment till after I see them play. having forwards that are strong defensively can help some with that.
I hope the pairing doesn't blow up. we saw a awful Schultz-JJ pairing so. we can't get much worse right now.
Oct 18, 2020 at 6:02
#4
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 2,041
Likes: 845
JR doesn't get the credit he deserves
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Oct 18, 2020 at 6:04
#5
BaRzAl OfFeRsHeEt
Joined: Mar 2019
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Jankowski is gonna look good mark my words
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