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Penguins Get Some Physicality–Sign Brock McGinn to 4-Year Deal

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Just when you thought it was safe to put down Twitter, the Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ron Hextall capitalized on the second wave of signings on Wednesday afternoon to scoop up physical bottom-six LW Brock McGinn on an affordable four-year contract.

McGinn, 27, is seemingly the replacement for the Seattle Kraken-selected Brandon Tanev. The former Carolina Hurricanes grinder, McGinn, will get a slight raise on his previous contract for the next four seasons. He’ll carry a $2.75 million AAV after signing the four-year, $11 million deal.

The AAV will offer the Penguins a $750,000 annual savings on Tanev.

McGinn is a hard-nosed, honest player with a bit of grit but not overwhelming size. He’s 6-foot, 187-pounds, and generally dishes between one and 1.5 hits per game throughout his career.

Last season, he scored 13 points, including eight goals, in 37 games. In his six-year NHL career, he’s scored 51 goals and 106 points in 345 games. He was the Carolina Hurricanes second-round pick (47th overall) in 2012.

The Pittsburgh Penguins thus far had an uneventful start to free agency. GM Ron Hextall re-signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $1 million contract. Hextall also welcomed back forward Dominik Simon on a two-way, one-year deal.

McGinn was the first significant signing of the Penguins’ day.

However, the lineup is still incomplete, unless Rodrigues or Simon are expected to be every-game players. The Penguins lost Frederick Gaudreau to the Minnesota Wild, and right-side defenseman Cody Ceci signed a four-year deal with Edmonton that carried a $3.5 million AAV.

McGinn is the Penguins’ fourth LW on the roster, though Rodrigues can play both sides, as can Simon. After signing Rodrigues and McGinn, the Penguins have about 3.75 million cap space remaining, according to PuckPedia.com.

Penguins GM Ron Hextall indicated last week the Penguins would pursue free agents into August, meaning the Penguins weren’t expected to be major players on the NHL free-agent market. Still, the move does fill the Tanev-void, which opened when the Seattle Kraken selected Brandon Tanev in the expansion draft.

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Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
1 month ago

We seriously need to get rid of Zucker and Petterson. Even if you need to give away a draft pick make it happen.

Katz
Katz
1 month ago

OK Kingersky you seem to be the guy with the betting odds. Where can I wager on Pgh missing the playoffs. Also would make a prop bet on Sullivan being fired .

What a dumpster fire.

Domineeeeek Seeeemone!!! Yes it’s two way but Sullivan lobbied for him I’m sure.

Bring back Jankowski.

Last edited 1 month ago by Katz
Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Ya sorry wouldn’t let me edit your name was not intentional. Thank you I’m on it and I’ll publish my wager .

Nancy Marcotte
Nancy Marcotte
1 month ago

All so boring……no excitement this off season…just frustrations….😶‍🌫️🙄🥱😴

dweth2
dweth2
1 month ago

Getting bigger, NO. Getting CAP space, NO. Getting back up goalie, NO. I am not a negative person but this is not looking good at all. We are by far a lot less talented team then before.

Iwasiam
1 month ago

I live in the South and Cane fans are going to miss Ginner….not much on stats but good PK guy and full speed all the time.

Jasonc
1 month ago

Not impressed at all by the moves today
Retreads never amount to anything significant
What happened to getting heavier and bigger and a veteran goalie?

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Without doubt it was a disappointing day. But the there are two truths. First the players who would have helped are out of dollar range. Second the players that are/were affordable are not difference makers. The expectations raised leading up to this were silly. There was a list of players they were “looking” at. Did you see what those guys were ultimately paid! The Pens were shopping for Mercedes with Chevy money. If you are still out there waiting for a “bomb shell” deal be prepared for a long long long wait. Oh . . . if you believe that… Read more »

Cal
Cal
1 month ago

I don’t get it. Didnt keep Tanev to save$ but signed this guy at 600k less? Hex has to have a better plan than this. Rodriguez again??? At least Simon is a two way contract. Seriously, wtf?

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