Here we go. The Coronavirus has not only delayed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2020 offseason, but the activity has been the most controversial since turmoil engulfed the organization’s housecleaning in 2014. Gone is a piece of the Penguins soul via the Patric Hornqvist trade, and the otherwise “constipated” NHL trade market meant the Penguins bought out defenseman Jack Johnson, ate 50% of Nick Bjugstad’s contract in a salary dump to Minnesota, and said goodbye to Justin Schultz and Dominik Simon.
It’s hard to believe PHN has been around long enough to begin annual contests, but this is the second annual PHN Penguins GM for a Day contest. No, you don’t actually get to run the real Pittsburgh Penguins, but with a strong submission you can earn fame, a $25 Gift Card of your choice, and a free PHN+ subsription.
And, we know you have the time while working from home!
There are a few rules for this contest. First, you can’t make trades but you can make offers. You are bound by the NHL salary cap rules and the CBA. We will edit submissions before publishing, but please no vulgarity. And keep the submissions under 1000 words but make sure they are at least 100 words. Bullet points are fine as long as you write a few thoughts, too. You don’t have to be a subscriber to enter, this is free to all!
We’ve broken down the offseason in our State of the Penguins piece, here. But you can start over or continue Jim Rutherford’s work.
You can begin from the ending roster of the NHL postseason which includes Hornqvist, Schultz and the rest, or you can begin from this moment with Matheson, Ceci, Jankowski and Rodrigues. We’ll leave that choice to you.
Email submissions to email@example.com
Also new this year, you can use the My PuckPedia GM mode and simply share your creation with us with a bit of explanation or additional moves. Here’s the PuckPedia GM site.
We will publish selected submissions and readers will vote on the winner.
You will also be able vote via Twitter and Facebook. Sorry, no mail-in-ballots. We do reserve the right to add rules for contest integrity and to not to publish submissions based on various factors including insanity (if you’re making an offer for Connor McDavid, step away from the keyboard). Someone has to be in charge of this rodeo, so that’s us.
And, a side note, our winner last year bequeethed his prize to 11-year-old Fiona in New Jersey. However, the Kris Letang bobblehead she requested is still on our shelf. The Post Office returned it to PHN Offices in Market Square as undeliverable. We haven’t been able to reach Fiona, so if you’re out there — contact us!
All right, the controls are yours.