5 UFAs Pittsburgh Penguins Should Resign

5 UFAs Pittsburgh Penguins Should Resign

Jussi Jokinen Brian Gibbons
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have some of the world's most talented players on their team, which shows on their salary cap. The Penguins don't have a lot of wiggle room in cap space, so management is going to have to let some players go. Here are five UFAs the Penguins need to work with and resign.

5. Lee Stempniak

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5. Lee Stempniak

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Even though Stempniak joined the Penguins towards the end of the regular season, he made his mark. Stempniak scored four goals and totaled 11 points in 21 games. During the playoffs, Stempniak scored two goals and added one assist. The Penguins should resign this fresh face and see what else he is capable of bringing to the table.

4. Brian Gibbons

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4. Brian Gibbons

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Gibbons has been a member of Penguins’ affiliate, Wilkes-Barre Scranton since 2011, where he has been a consistent player totaling 30 points in each season. Gibbons got a call in November 2013 to play in the NHL. During his first game, he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot. Gibbons ended the season playing a total of 49 games, scoring seven goals and totaling 20 points.

3. Brooks Orpik

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3. Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik Pittsburgh Penguins
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In Orpik’s nine years as a Penguin, he has become an asset to the team. Orpik means business when it comes to defensive play. He isn’t known for taking shots and scoring, but he is known for his hard hits and blocking shot after shot. Losing Orpik would be a huge blow to the Penguins defense and he would be a defenseman that the Penguins' offense would not want to encounter elsewhere.

2. Jussi Jokinen

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2. Jussi Jokinen

Jussi Jokinen Pittsburgh Penguins
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Jokinen has easily been one of the best forwards the Penguins have acquired in the past few years. This Olympic bronze medalist ended the season scoring 28 goals and posting a total of 67 points. When you hear Jokinen’s name, you can’t help but think “Master of the Shootout.” Every team that has traded Jokinen in the past has made a silly mistake. If the Penguins don’t try their hardest to keep him around, they too, will make a silly mistake.

1. Matt Niskanen

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1. Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen Penguins

Niskanen has really grown as a player. He is capable of solid defense and scoring the occasional goal, but he is not always consistent. Niskanen is still young, however, and he has improved each year that he has been with the Penguins. He scored 10 goals and added 36 assists last season, making the 2013-14 season his best season yet. Niskanen also had the best plus-minus on his team during the regular season with a whopping plus-33.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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