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Pittsburgh Penguins signed Ryan Graves (6 Years / $4,500,000 AAV)

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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:10 p.m.
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Ryan Graves has signed a new contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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SIGNED BY: Kyle Dubas
Length: 6 years
Value: $27,000,000
Expiry Status: UFA
Cap % Tooltip: 5.39
Signing Team: Logo of the Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins
Signing Date: Jul. 1, 2023
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Ryan Graves signed a 6 year, $27,000,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jul. 1, 2023. The contract has a cap hit of $4,500,000.

SEASONClauseCap HitTooltipAAV TooltipP. BonusesTooltipS. BonusesTooltipBase SalaryTooltipTotal SalaryTooltipMinors SalTooltip
2023-24M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$3,750,000$5,750,000$5,750,000
2024-25M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$3,500,000$5,500,000$5,500,000
2025-26M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$2,750,000$4,750,000$4,750,000
2026-27M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$1,750,000$3,750,000$3,750,000
2027-28M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$1,750,000$3,750,000$3,750,000
2028-29M-NTC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$2,000,000$1,500,000$3,500,000$3,500,000
TOTAL$27,000,000$27,000,000$0$12,000,000$15,000,000$27,000,000$27,000,000
CLAUSE DETAILS: 2023-24 to 2025-26 includes a 12 team no trade list. 2026-27 to 2028-29 includes a 8 team no trade list
CLAUSE SOURCE: CapFriendly
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:11 p.m.
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great shutdown D good deal for the pens
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:12 p.m.
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Very nice term.
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:12 p.m.
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Great contract, thought he coulda gotten upwards of 5 mil
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:12 p.m.
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Dollar amount is fine, but don't love the term. Definitely a good defenseman though

Decent deal
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:12 p.m.
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Too long

I've seen this guy get burned so many times on breakaways.
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:12 p.m.
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This is going to be a disaster
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:13 p.m.
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Solid 2nd pairing defender. Contract is fair, not good, not bad.
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:13 p.m.
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AAV is solid but don’t like the term

He was solid for the Devils but was a mess in the playoffs
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:14 p.m.
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Well I guess pitt is out of the Karlsson sweeps
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:17 p.m.
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Dubas making the Pens good again... this is why I wanted Toronto to succeed in the playoffs
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:21 p.m.
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I know that most of people here will complain about the term. But I'm fine with that, cause he's just 28 and the AAV is very good for a good shutdown d-man that blocks 152 shots last regular season. He'll be very useful in our PK with his physical presence. I mean, he's 6'5, 220 lbs player. I really like this signing for Pens. He's the second best LHD in this FA, behind Orlov.
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:26 p.m.
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Thanks Toronto! Dubas is brilliant
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:45 p.m.
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Quoting: Jeremy_Go_Pens
I know that most of people here will complain about the term. But I'm fine with that, cause he's just 28 and the AAV is very good for a good shutdown d-man that blocks 152 shots last regular season. He'll be very useful in our PK with his physical presence. I mean, he's 6'5, 220 lbs player. I really like this signing for Pens. He's the second best LHD in this FA, behind Orlov.


The fallacy of Graves' size. He is NOT a physical defender
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:46 p.m.
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The worst signing of the day, I'm so excited....
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:46 p.m.
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Quoting: Jeremy_Go_Pens
I know that most of people here will complain about the term. But I'm fine with that, cause he's just 28 and the AAV is very good for a good shutdown d-man that blocks 152 shots last regular season. He'll be very useful in our PK with his physical presence. I mean, he's 6'5, 220 lbs player. I really like this signing for Pens. He's the second best LHD in this FA, behind Orlov.


The AAV is about 3 mil too high 👍
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:47 p.m.
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Dubas making the Pens good again... this is why I wanted Toronto to succeed in the playoffs


This tanks any chance of the pens being good next yr, they're gonna be playing a 3rd pair guy 22+ mins a night with Letang now!!!
Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:53 p.m.
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Quoting: Jeremy_Go_Pens
I know that most of people here will complain about the term. But I'm fine with that, cause he's just 28 and the AAV is very good for a good shutdown d-man that blocks 152 shots last regular season. He'll be very useful in our PK with his physical presence. I mean, he's 6'5, 220 lbs player. I really like this signing for Pens. He's the second best LHD in this FA, behind Orlov.

I'm with you and not the naysayers. Graves is the guy I most wanted to partner with Jamie Drysdale. I wanted to give hm about the same amount of money -- $5 million for 5 seasons, but you can structure this 6-season deal by frontloading it so that the last year is a virtual nullity. I'm envious.
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 5:06 p.m.
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This is a good signing, we needed a defensively solid guy who can anchor one of our top offensive guys. Could slot in with EK, Letang, or Petry. Long term but this is what we need. Now that Jarry signing...
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 5:13 p.m.
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This tanks any chance of the pens being good next yr, they're gonna be playing a 3rd pair guy 22+ mins a night with Letang now!!!


He's a top-4 which can play about 20 min and Pens will bring Karlsson very soon. Pens is the only team negotiating to trade for him right now.
Jul. 1, 2023 at 5:15 p.m.
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The AAV is about 3 mil too high 👍


I respectfully disagree. You probably didn't watch any New Jersey game. He's not great, but he played well in regular season. Besides, he's just 28 and has margin to improve a little bit. Specially playing along Karlsson.
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Jul. 1, 2023 at 9:36 p.m.
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The Penguins needed to upgrade left defense. Dumoulin played his way out of Pittsburgh with bad defensive play. (Seattle looks forward to their defensemen imploding. LOL.) Graves is a solid defenseman who clears the puck, shuts down the opposition, and makes his presence known. He is a great signing.
Jul. 2, 2023 at 1:19 a.m.
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I'm guessing the Pens fell out of the Noah Hanifin sweepstakes because they didn't have the assets to pay the Flames, as Rob Rossi's initial reporting seemed to have indicated. Pittsburgh was on Hanifin's short list, and he was amenable to signing an extension if acquired, but this was really the next best thing that didn't require giving up any of the pitiable number of trade assets that Kyle Dubas had on hand.

Graves seems like the kind of player that should mesh well with Kris Letang. Term's a non-issue to me at this point, considering that the Pens have pushed all their chips into the middle of the table at this point. As David Farragut once said, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." It's Cup or bust for Crosby and Friends at this point.
Jul. 2, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
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Lots of term, hopefully he’s a good replacement to Dumo
 
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