By Ross Simon on April 29, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins have around million in cap space for this free agency period. These are five guys they should target.
After watching Marc-Andre Fleury fall apart enough times that we ought to be calling him James Reimer, the Penguins need to go out and get a backup goaltender they can count on if Fleury turns into a sieve mid-Cup run. Martin Brodeur is the perfect solution. Only willing to sign with a contender, he can be had for around $ 1.5 million or less for one season.
Benoit Pouliot is the odd man out right now on the New York Rangers. Although he is on the second power play unit, he has fallen out of favor with head coach Alain Vigneault. That makes Pouliot the perfect target for the Penguins. The Pens don't need Pouliot to do anything other than be a scrappy player and score goals. Pouliot can be had for $ 2 million per season over three years, a significant discount from what you'd have to pay Jussi Jokinen
Although Anton Stralman doesn't get the credit for the Rangers stout defense like Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonough or Mark Staal, Stralman deserves it. The Penguins will be in all likelihood unable to keep Brooks Orpik and Matt Nishkanen, as both will want raises, so Stralman is the perfect replacement. The fact that you're taking him from a Metropolitan division opponent makes it all the sweeter.
Steve Downie is a perfect candidate for Pittsburgh. In the same way as Benoit Pouliot, Downie hasn't been able to get the real ice time and touches he deserves since the emergence of Wayne Simmonds. He can be had for under $ 3 million per season.
Thomas Vanek and the Pittsburgh Penguins go together like peas and carrots. Vanek's name was floated as a possible trade deadline acquisition for the Penguins this March, but instead the Montreal Canadiens were able to grab him. Although Vanek would be expensive, probably in the $ 7 or 8 million per season for five years range, he would absolutely be worth it. Vanek is a player who can bring a Cup to Pittsburgh.
October 5, 2015 by Derek Kortepeter
The Ducks have yet to face a full capacity Sharks team, so the defense will need to be top-notch. Read More
October 4, 2015 by William Chase
The Columbus Blue Jackets finish the preseason scoring at an elusive clip. Find out why the Blue Jackets' hot preseason must translate into the regular season. Read More
October 3, 2015 by Kareem Gantt
The Edmonton Oilers should not expect Connor McDavid to be the franchise's savior this season. Read More
October 2, 2015 by Darrell Samuels
The Edmonton Oilers have not played a playoff game since the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Finals loss against the Carolina Hurricanes. There are still plenty of issues that need fixing. Read More
The NHL teams that drafted these 15 players may end up feeling regretful. Read More
October 2, 2015 by Matt Popchock
Another ex-Penguin is back on Pittsburgh's blue line. Will Gonchar's homecoming at least go better than Scuderi's? Read More
October 2, 2015 by William Chase
Find out how Oleg Yevenko looks to make impact for Columbus Blue Jackets. Read More
October 1, 2015 by Christopher Gamble
Dylan McIlrath is finally realizing his potential and it couldn't come at a better time for the New York Rangers. Read More