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Questions for every Penguins player going into the season part 2

Created by: Pens3lieve
Initial Creation Date: Oct 19, 2020
Published: Oct 26 at 5:45
Team: 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins
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Questions for every Penguins player going into the season part 2

===Defensemen===

Kris Letang--Can Kris Letang keep driving the offense from the backend? Until Marino, he had had to do much of the heavy lifting in that regard as Schultz regressed, JJ--never mind, and Pettersson can't hit an open garage to save his life. He should have some help with Marino and Matheson having the potential to contribute offensively but he has to step up. The "A" needs to stand for Assist, not requesting anonymity after another egregious turnover! And no, I won't bother asking if he can stay healthy for a full year.

Brian Dumoulin--Can he pretend like that MTL series never happened? That was the worst I had seen of the 8-58 pairing's play in a couple years at least. A solid partner for Tanger is hugely important for this D-core to be successful. (See Johnson, Jack)

John Marino--Can he avoid the stereotypical "sophomore slump"? He broke out in a BIG way last year and is frankly the steal of the year. (Thanks, EDM!) And does he have even more to give? This year is huge for him. A step forward would cement him into this top-4 for a while. Lastly, what does him next contract look like? Pre-COVID, I would have thought 6 x 6ish. Now...I'm not so sure. DeAngelo has the flashy offensive stats but won that through arbitration so... I say on the first day of training camp, walk up to John Marino #6 and offer him 4 x $4.75M === $19M. The only reason I don't think instantly 8 year deal is I kinda want to be all in for the next 2 years of Sid and Geno, but then have a ton of valuable assets to move to speed up a rebuild when not if we stink in 3-5 years. (What could Rust, jarry, Guentzel, McCann, Blueger, ZAR, marino, Pettersson, etc. fetch in a trade in a couple years???)

Marcus Pettersson--Can he stop trying to be an offensive defensemen??? I want him to be Dumoulin, not Letang. I don't think he gets that. marino has the smooth vision and passing to be the offensive part of that tandem. Pettersson is still trying to play C sometimes. THIS ISN'T THE SWEDISH LEAGUE AND YOU'RE NOT 14! The guy can't put pucks on net. he had almost the lowest shots on net % of anyone on the team. pass it to marino. period.

Mike Matheson--Is there something there that Florida just mismanaged? I think the answer is yes. But how much? Some analytics say he should be viewed higher than he is. I hope the Penguins can salvage this player. If they don't, the "worst contract in the NHL" line may be used. The Pens have "fixed" Defensemen before, but this isn't 2016 and we don't have the "defensemen whisperer" Sergei Gonchar.

Cody Ceci--Is he as bad as some fans think? The short answer is--no. People are never as bad as some think and never as good as some think. It's only 1 year at just over $1M so it's not like JJ 2.0. He's not as bad as JJ is. Will he fit with this team? I don't really think he fits the "speed and skill" game. Why does GMJR say everyone can play a speed game when they are not fast? And why does every defensive defensemen call himself a two-way defensemen? Pettersson, Ceci, Dumoulin, etc. seriously people, just play D!

Juuso Riikola--CAN HE PLAY FOR ONCE??? Due to the super expensive Left side, I think they try to sneak him though waivers while they distract Dubas with Dominic Simon or something... I like what Riikola could bring, but I do agree with the coaching staff that he needs some more seasoning. Hopefully he can finally get that in the AHL.

Chad Ruhwedel--I don't actually have a good question, but the less he plays the better--not because he is bad but because it means either Ceci is garbage or someone is injured.

Pierre-Oliver Joseph--Is this Kid ready? And how much input will his #1 fan and new Assistant coach Vellucci have? I think POJ will be ready when he gets a little more seasoning in the AHL and puts on some muscle. He has the potential to be a cheaper replacement for a "D that makes over $4M" on the left side.

Zach Trotman--Why does GMJR keep calling him the "ninth NHL-caliber Defensemen"? he's at least #10 now....and he's not NHL caliber unless this is the Detroit Red Wings of last year...

Cameron Lee--Who is this college kid? Probably nothing special, but I love college FA signings bc we don't give up anything except $$$.

Josh Maniscalco--Ok, since we saw John Marino come in and be amazing we now have way too high expectations for a highly touted college RHD whose name starts with "Ma", ends in "o", and has a "i" and a "n" in the middle somewhere. But there is definitely something to this kid more than all the other college FAs the pens have signed.

Will Reilly--Who's better, he or Lee? I hope he can help stabilize the WBS Pens for now.


===Goaltenders===

Tristan Jarry--Is this guy a #1? One-half a good, shortened season isn't much of a sample size. The Pens will need him to step up in a big way and solidify the blue paint.

Casey DeSmith--Can he come back to the NHL after an AHL detour and be an NHL-caliber backup--even a #1B??

Maxime Legace--Will he have to play in the NHL?

Emil Larmi--Does this kid have a shot to make it? He'll likely have a shot in a couple years. The pens aren't exactly stacked with studs at the G position right now.

Joel Blomqvist--Why did the Pens take him so high? Is he the goalie for the next time the pens are good--alot of years from now--after a rebuild???

Calle Clang--Does he have a top-5 coolest goalie name? "here's ______ with the puck, shoots.......CLANG off the iron!!!" Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen or however you spell that is #1 for sure...
Free Agent Signings
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Blomqvist, Joel1$10,000,000
Clang, Calle1$10,000,000
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
32$81,500,000$105,822,258$0$1,347,500-$24,322,258
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
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
RFA - 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
PIT
Lagacé, Maxime
$700,000
G
UFA - 1
PIT
Riikola, Juuso
$1,150,000
LD
UFA - 2
PIT
Ruhwedel, Chad
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
Larmi, Emil
$792,500
G
RFA - 1
PIT
Joseph, Pierre-Olivier
$863,333
LD
RFA - 2
PIT
Trotman, Zach
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
Blomqvist, Joel
$10,000,000
PIT
Lee, Cameron
$925,000
LD
RFA - 2
PIT
Maniscalco, Joshua
$853,333
RD
RFA - 3
Clang, Calle
$10,000,000
PIT
Reilly, Will
$806,250
RD
RFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
PIT
Lafferty, Sam
$750,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
PIT
Aston-Reese, Zach
$1,000,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1

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Oct 26 at 5:46
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P-O Jospeh is 185 now. He was 6’3, 162 when he came to the pens. Put on 20 pounds of muscle in the last 3 years. How much more on a kid with a slim frame to begin with?
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Oct 26 at 6:21
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And yes, Chris Clang, best onomatopoeia in the NHL
Oct 26 at 8:16
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Quoting: Penguins21
P-O Jospeh is 185 now. He was 6’3, 162 when he came to the pens. Put on 20 pounds of muscle in the last 3 years. How much more on a kid with a slim frame to begin with?


didn't know that. thought he was still small. 185 is fine...if he could get a bit closer to 200 while keeping his speed that would b killer...

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And yes, Chris Clang, best onomatopoeia in the NHL


haha yeah
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Oct 26 at 8:17
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Quoting: Pens3lieve
didn't know that. thought he was still small. 185 is fine...if he could get a bit closer to 200 while keeping his speed that would b killer...



haha yeah



Thank god for spell check or onomatopoeia would be butchered.
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Oct 26 at 8:20
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Quoting: Pens3lieve
didn't know that. thought he was still small. 185 is fine...if he could get a bit closer to 200 while keeping his speed that would b killer...



haha yeah



Ya, big fan of P-O. He had mono last year and lost some back. But ya, 190-195 at 6’2-6’3 would be great.
Oct 26 at 8:27
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https://lastwordonsports.com/hockey/2019/08/28/pittsburgh-penguins-prospects-2/

Excellent pivots and edgework allow him to cover 360 degrees of ice. He keeps himself in front of attackers and maintains good gap control with his smooth skating and his lateral agility. Joseph can also use his agility to walk the line in the offensive zone and to open up shooting and passing lanes. Joseph has bulked up since his draft year, adding over 20 pounds in the last two years. He is strong on the puck and wins more battles in the corners and in front of the net as a result. There is probably a bit more room to add muscle to his lanky frame. How much is necessary will be seen as he tests himself against professional opponents this year

Ya, that’s copy and pasted from that article. I guess he is still alittle lanky.
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Oct 27 at 1:34
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I hope POJ plays, especially if the AHL season is cancelled
 
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