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Sources: Penguins, Danis Zaripov Ready to Talk Contract

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After finally acquiring Riley Sheahan, Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear ready to move on to talented Russian left winger, and Evgeni Malkin friend, Danis Zaripov. Sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirm the sides expect to speak Saturday night and Sunday.

The dominoes finally began to fall, Friday, when the Detroit Red Wings signed hold-out winger Andreas Athanasiou. The Red Wings would not move Riley Sheahan until they signed Athanasiou. The Penguins would not sign Zaripov until they acquired Sheahan.

The stars are finally aligned.

Zaripov is believed to have declined or tabled offers from at least two other teams, in order to wait for the Penguins offer.

The Penguins currently have about $2 million in salary cap space, assuming one defenseman is re-assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton and one fourth-line forward would be re-assigned when Zaripov is ready.

Zaripov, 36, is making the move to the NHL because he received a two-year doping ban in the KHL, which also applies to international play. Since the banned substance, pseudoephedrine, is not restricted by the NHL, and Zaripov was not given a chance to testify on his own behalf before receiving the ban, the NHL cleared him for play this season.

Zaripov has been a leading scorer in the KHL, averaging nearly a point per game in the regular season and often over a point per game in the KHL playoffs. He is a four-time Gagarin Cup (KHL championship) winner. The left-handed winger is 6′-0″ and 194lbs, so he is physically suited to the NHL game.

Also, having a friend and supporter like Malkin could be a big boost to both players. Malkin has been pressing lately and has expressed frustration with his play.

Potential Lines with Danis Zaripov

Guentzel – Crosby – Sheary/Rust

Zaripov – Malkin – Kessel

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Hagelin – Sheahan – Hornqvist

Kuhnhackl – McKegg – Rust/Reaves

 

The Penguins could also put Kessel with Sheahan and elevate Hornqvist to be the puck retriever for the Zaripov-Malkin duo. It does seem risky to put similar talent on a line, which could create a defensive liability.

After witnessing another Antti Niemi stinker, Saturday, the Penguins find themselves searching for answers at backup goalie. And, with Daniel Sprong tearing up the AHL, the Penguins have several decisions to make.

Is there enough room for Zaripov? It is also possible Zaripov allows another winger to become a trade chip as the Penguins assess their needs.

We could know quickly.

 

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Tiny

    October 22, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I don’t know these this season especially with all this rotation. I would like to see permanent Jake/Sid Rust or Jake /Sid/Horrny Together due to great chemistry. I don’t wanna see that kids line with Sidney again. That’s needs to . Sheary for me I don’t like him he do stupid things on the ice very inconsistent, very lost, not strong on the puck to get through the neutral zone even passing + getting the puck out the zone. A lot time Sidney can’t get offensive with him. He seems frustrated with him. I would like a trade for him to get a better goalie for back up . Maybe Third line for Sheary . He is replaced due to the fact Sprong will come up soon from WBS. I would trade Mckegg if he can’t produce enough offensively also he can be center with Rowney + Reaves (Tom K. In rotation). Sheahan can be with Hagelin and another winger not Horrny because they two wingers who forechecks hard where that line needs that plus some other winger. Geno can be with Rust + Philor Horrny +Phil on his line this season. Idk. I’m just tired seeing rotation, damaged defense, Sid + Geno need consistent wingers with them to get going every night if you want them to win awards while getting another cup. I wanna see a trade definitely cut for Niemi + Sheary who is replaceable (I thought he would get traded first) ultimately I just wanna see the Pens win this season and happy on bench. I want the defense to get better too.

    • Jason

      October 23, 2017 at 12:23 am

      I don’t know. Sid put a pass on Hagelin’s stick last night that Sheary would have buried. Sheary’s small, but is a gritty little player. Plus, Sid and Guentzel go to the dirty areas….no need to put a less skilled player with Sid just because he seems tougher.

    • Matt

      October 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

      I agree with you. Sheary has stunk in two playoffs now. And he seems like he can score but is also very wreckless with his defense and puck management. I like Rust on Sid’s wing better and honestly Sheary is already becoming a problem contract wise. He thinks after the playoffs he should get 3M I think he’s delisional. I say try and trade him and Niemi for a pick and a goalie. I heard someone float Cam Wards name out there but idk if that’s feasible. Also I think there is a player who is just like Sheary on the pens right now and his name is Josh Archibald.

      • Tiny

        November 1, 2017 at 10:32 am

        Yes. I thought it was very delusional for GMJR to sign him for 9 million 3 years that could have be money left for a elite back up goalie like Pickard when the chance presented itself and I scratch my head a lot because Josh Archbaild is small player but he is consistent with forechecks and all over the ice (great)from what I have observed from his playing time. I don’t get the Pens right now , I want a trade for Sheary so bad, I get mad when he is playing with Sid then Sully took Rust + Jake off of his line for what, it was Chemistry there with consistency through all areas of ice, Sheary is a problem for Sid you can see it, Some People say he has points right tnow that (call me a hater because I point out the facts )doesn’t matter when he is clumsy, lost, can’t control puck, most of his point comes from Sid, he frustrates Sid, big turnovers, no defense ultimately just weighs Sid down and tonight he is on the wing with Sid for the Oilers ‘ game I wouldn’t be surprised Sully removed him then put Jake back with Sid. I look at it like this Sid look comfortable definitely happy when he is with Jake who is outstanding winger who is just like Sid in every way, their bond ( you can see it like it was with Kunitz), how close they have gotten for pass year,the understanding they have on ice for plays , Rust+ Horrny as well fit Sid ‘s two way game well, he deserves permanent wingers like that if you want him to get going and get Points every game ultimately win awards this year then Sheary needs to be permanent remove from his line. I hope Sully +GMJR will see that definitely know Sheary is a replaceable winger on this team no matter if he has little bit of speed..

  2. John

    October 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    DK, you think Pens would be too left-handed with Zaripov. I wonder if this Zaripov can be as creative as Kovalev was in his Pens years. 36 good age play a couple years and one of the talented young wingers takes his place. Maybe, this Zaripov can jumpstart Malkin and Malkin becomes a points monster. I still marvel at Malkin’s brilliance. Few NHLers can reach that level.

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