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PHN Extra: Rowney, Kühnhackl Cash In On ‘Penguins Bump’



Carter Rowney. - Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0]

If you’re a longtime supporter of the Wheeling Nailers, Monday had to have been fun.

The second day of NHL free agency saw former Nailers and one-time Penguins depth forwards Carter Rowney and Tom Kühnhackl sign deals with the Ducks and the Islanders, respectively. Rowney’s was the more jarring of the two, as the got three years and a total of $3.4 million from Anaheim. Kühnhackl’s contract was more reasonable for a fringe NHLer: One year and $650,000 from New York.

Both men were part of the Penguins’ fourth line to start the 2017-18 season, with Rowney centering Kühnhackl on the left side and Ryan Reaves on the right. I wrote for a different website at the time that the thought of a ‘change of pace’ line was intriguing, but didn’t appear to be working outside of one great night in Sunrise, Florida, back in October.

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter from 2016-18, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He contributes commentary and analysis here in various forms.

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