The Pittsburgh Penguins surprised most with news that restricted free agent Riley Sheahan was not tendered a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent and leaving the Penguins with a gap in their lineup. Sheahan and the Penguins could still agree to a deal, but Sheahan is now open to speak with other teams which could offer well more than his previous $2 million salary.
And so, like last summer, when the Penguins engaged in a great hunt for a third line center, they could chase a center from the pickings of the rest of the NHL unless they decide 23-year-old minor league prospect Teddy Bluegger is worth a shot.
A Penguins fourth-line center does not figure to get much ice this year, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Derick Brassard gobbling minutes and ice-time, so the Penguins have options with the type and fit of their bottom pivot. They could add muscle, or they could use the spot for speed.