The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a running start on the first day of free agency. So far, the Penguins have signed D Christian Ehrhoff of the Buffalo Sabres, F Blake Comeau of the Columbus Blue Jackets and G Thomas Greiss of the Arizona Coyotes, all for one year.
Ehrhoff, an offensive defenseman, scored six goals and accumulated 27 assists for a total of 33 points last season. Ehrhoff possesses a great hockey sense and has proven to be fast, skilled at puck handling and vital on the power play. Comeau, who can play either side of the wing, hasn’t had the best numbers when it comes to scoring, but he has great numbers when it comes to puck possession. Greiss, who posted a .920 save percentage last year, will make for a fair backup goalie.
Signing all three players to one-year contracts with a combined $5.7 million in salary is not only a smart move but a steal for the talent that these three players possess.
Of course the Penguins had to give some to get some, and so far, the Penguins have lost D Brooks Orpik to the Washington Capitals, F Jussi Jokinen to the Florida Panthers, F Joe Vitale to the Arizona Coyotes and F Tanner Glass to the New York Rangers. While Orpik and Jokinen may be missed, the Penguins just simply could not afford them. The loss of Vitale and Glass will be minute and they will quickly be forgotten about with the addition of recently acquired forwards Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and the newly acquired Comeau.
Free agency has only just begun, so it will be exciting to see who else the Penguins will be bringing to the team.