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Penguins Wrap: Quinn Comes Aboard; Dubas Outlines Strategy

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Erik Karlsson will be reunited with his former coach.

With just one significant move by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the past week — the hiring of an assistant coach — the team’s offseason maneuverings still lie mostly ahead of them, and the intrigue builds.

The draft is still nearly two weeks away. We’ll see what happens before then.

In the meantime, here’s a recap of the past week:

Saturday: While he was at the NHL combine, Penguins president of hockey operations/general manager Kyle Dubas spoke about his plans to stock up on draft picks and young players.

Speculation over the free agent frenzy will only grow over the balance of June. Here are three bigger names expected to hit the market that are not the right fit for the Penguins.

The NHL set the salary cap for 2024-25.

Sunday: What might the Penguins’ veterans fetch in trades?

Monday: With this year’s draft coming up later this month, here is a look at the successes and misses of the Penguins’ recent drafts.

What does the future hold for Penguins front office executive Amanda Kessel after she was selected in the PWHL draft?

Tuesday: Word broke that the Penguins were hiring former San Jose coach David Quinn, a long-time close friend of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, to replace the fired Todd Reirden on the coaching staff.

Sullivan also gained an assistant on his staff for the 4 Nations Face-Off when Team USA GM Bill Guerin named Minnesota Wild coach John Hynes, a former Penguins minor-league coach, as an assistant for Sullivan’s American staff. The tournament is next February.

Wednesday: The Penguins make the Quinn hiring official and confirm he will oversee the defense. That means he will be reunited with former Sharks star Erik Karlsson and will begin working with long-time Penguins star Kris Letang.

Dan Kingerski addresses Penguins changes in this Q&A.

Thursday: There is an argument to be made that the Penguins should pursue a trade to acquire Patrik Laine, who is unhappy in Columbus.

Friday: Here is how the Penguins could follow the Florida Panthers’ path to success.