A Busy Monday For Penguins GM Jim Rutherford

Moves Are Made In Advance Of Free Agency

Eric Hagman
June 25, 2018 - 5:13 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said Monday he is hopeful of making some moves during the offseason, but told the team's beat writers if he doesn’t make any changes, he still has a good team.  It just won't be the same Penguins team.

In advance of the free agent signing period, which begins July 1, the Penguins did not make qualifying offers to a pair of restricted free agents center Riley Sheahan and winger Tom Kuhnhackl.  Both become unrestricted free agents.  The Penguins would like to bring back Sheahan, who was acquired from Detroit early last season and scored 11 goals, but on their terms.  Kuhnhackl spent three seasons with the Penguins.  He scored only 2 goals in 69 games in 2017-18. 

The Penguins did make qualifying offers to winger Bryan Rust and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.

Two of the team's young forwards came to terms.  Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon each gets a two-year contract worth $1.5 million.

The Penguins also resigned defenseman Kevin Czuczman to a one-year two-way contract.  He spent last season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

It was rumored a few weeks ago that the Penguins might make a pitch for Islanders free agent center John Tavares, who is expected to land the biggest contract this summer.  Rutherford said Monday, "I'm creative, I'm not a magician."

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