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What If SEA Took Zucker

Created by: gpmack95
Initial Creation Date: Aug 10, 2021
Published: Aug 10 at 12:34
Team: 2021-22 Pittsburgh Penguins
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Zadorov, Nikita4$3,750,000
Trades
PIT
  1. Tanev, Brandon
SEA
  1. Zucker, Jason
  2. McGinn, Brock
Additional Details:
Don't sign McGinn
PIT
  1. Saad, Brandon
STL
    Sign Saad during free agency
    PIT
    1. Namestnikov, Vladislav
    2. 2022 4th round pick (DET)
    DET
    1. Pettersson, Marcus
    2. 2022 6th round pick (PIT)
    PIT
    1. Zadorov, Nikita [RFA Rights]
    CGY
    1. 2023 3rd round pick (PIT)
    PIT
    1. Lyubushkin, Ilya
    2. 2022 6th round pick (ARI)
    ARI
    1. Rodrigues, Evan
    2. Riikola, Juuso
    3. 2022 4th round pick (PIT)
    Additional Details:
    Never sign ERod
    Buyouts
    • Jack Johnson: $1,166,667
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2022
    PIT
    PIT
    DET
    PIT
    ARI
    PIT
    2023
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    TOR
    2024
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    PIT
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    21$81,500,000$80,953,031$0$0$546,969
    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    PIT
    Guentzel, Jake
    $6,000,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 3
    PIT
    Crosby, Sidney
    $8,700,000
    C
    NMC
    UFA - 4
    PIT
    Rust, Bryan
    $3,500,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 1
    STL
    Saad, Brandon
    $4,500,000
    RW, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 5
    PIT
    Malkin, Evgeni
    $9,500,000
    C
    NMC
    UFA - 1
    DET
    Namestnikov, Vladislav
    $2,000,000
    RW, LW, C
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Heinen, Danton
    $1,100,000
    LW, RW
    RFA - 1
    PIT
    Carter, Jeff
    $2,636,364
    C, RW
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Kapanen, Kasperi
    $3,200,000
    RW
    RFA - 1
    PIT
    Aston-Reese, Zach
    $1,725,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Blueger, Teddy
    $2,200,000
    C, LW
    UFA - 2
    SEA
    Tanev, Brandon
    $3,500,000
    RW, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 4
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    PIT
    Dumoulin, Brian
    $4,100,000
    LD
    NTC
    UFA - 2
    PIT
    Letang, Kris
    $7,250,000
    RD
    NMC NTC
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Jarry, Tristan
    $3,500,000
    G
    UFA - 2
    Zadorov, Nikita
    $3,750,000
    LD/RD
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Marino, John
    $4,400,000
    RD
    UFA - 6
    PIT
    DeSmith, Casey
    $1,250,000
    G
    UFA - 1
    PIT
    Matheson, Michael
    $4,875,000
    LD
    NTC
    UFA - 5
    ARI
    Lyubushkin, Ilya
    $1,350,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    PIT
    Ruhwedel, Chad
    $750,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    Taxi Squad
    PIT
    Zohorna, Radim
    $750,000 ($0)
    LW, RW
    UFA - 2
    PIT
    Friedman, Mark
    $725,000 ($0)
    RD
    RFA - 1
    PIT
    Lafferty, Sam
    $750,000 ($0)
    C, LW
    UFA - 1

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    Aug 10 at 12:36
    #1
    Go Pens!!
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    Definitely a better looking team imo
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    Aug 10 at 12:37
    #2
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    Losing Tanev in the expansion draft was bad. I wish Zucker was selected. If there is another player that can play like and be better than Tanev, the Penguins should consider that direction.
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    Aug 10 at 12:38
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    Quoting: IceDragon
    Losing Tanev in the expansion draft was bad. I wish Zucker was selected. If there is another player that can play like and be better than Tanev, the Penguins should consider that direction.


    According to Burke, its McGinn...
    Aug 10 at 12:39
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    Quoting: gpmack95
    According to Burke, its McGinn...


    Acknowledged. I look forward to seeing what McGinn can do.
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    Aug 10 at 12:40
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    I think the Penguins' scoring struggled without the presence of a player near the net like Hornqvist. Who do the Penguins have that can be the next Hornqvist?
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    Aug 10 at 12:43
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    Quoting: IceDragon
    I think the Penguins' scoring struggled without the presence of a player near the net like Hornqvist. Who do the Penguins have that can be the next Hornqvist?


    They should have kept Hornqvist or go after Miles Wood, Josh Anderson, etc. Mike Sullivan likes 5'9" players that fall and get pushed around-- hence why we brought back Rodrigues and Simon.
    Aug 10 at 12:44
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    Okrepps85
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    But they didnt...
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    Aug 10 at 12:48
    #8
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    I think Hextall could have convinced Francis to take Zucker. The question is what was the convincing price he would be comfortable doing?? Legare and an early pick??
    Aug 10 at 12:57
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    Quoting: gpmack95
    They should have kept Hornqvist or go after Miles Wood, Josh Anderson, etc. Mike Sullivan likes 5'9" players that fall and get pushed around-- hence why we brought back Rodrigues and Simon.


    I do not know what happened to Simon during his one season with Calgary. I hope he does not go the way of Conor Sheary.

    Rodrigues is a hot/cold situation. He has played well enough to remain with the Penguins. He needs to take his game to a higher level, produce more, and demonstrate why he is a real deal.

    The Penguins could use someone to prevent the team from being pushed around.
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    Aug 10 at 12:59
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    Quoting: okrepps185
    But they didnt...


    The Penguins have to find ways to stay within the salary cap, reload and improve, and compete. Lacking larger, physical players with skill has been an issue.
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    Aug 10 at 1:21
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    Quoting: IceDragon
    I think the Penguins' scoring struggled without the presence of a player near the net like Hornqvist. Who do the Penguins have that can be the next Hornqvist?


    I do wish that the Penguins could have kept Hornqvist, but the Penguins didn't exactly struggle to score until the postseason. According to hockey-reference.com, they were 2nd in goals for in 2020-21. Hornqvist was a tough loss, but ultimately there is an argument to be made that the 2021 Pens were the best lineup they had since their back to back cups. I'm just hoping their window isn't closed just yet.
     
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