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Ceci Cashes In With Edmonton; Gaudreau To Minnesota; Lagace to Tampa

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Pittsburgh Penguins Cody Ceci

The expectations from fans and such seemed low when the Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman Codi Ceci for the 2020-21 season. But he far exceeded those expectations and now, in free agency, has cashed in.

Ceci on Wednesday, the first day for free-agent signings to become official, signed a with the Edmonton Oilers, who reportedly snatched him fairly quickly after things got rolling.

And this was no one-year, take-a-flier-on-him deal. Ceci signed for four years at $3.25 million per year, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. That’s a substantial contract.

Ceci, 27, was a first-round draft pick by Ottawa in 2012 but just never lived up to that in six seasons with the Senators and one with Toronto.

The Penguins saw something in him and gave him $1.25 for one year. He proved to be a solid player in his one season with them, getting four goals, 17 points in 53 games while showing a strong defensive game as a reliable, mostly third-pairing guy with Mike Matheson. He was good enough that the Penguins will need to make replacing him at least some level or priority.

On Wednesday, the Penguins signed old friend Dominik Simon and re-signed Evan Rodrigues. 

Update: Another free agent who garnered some attention has moved on. Forward Frederick Gaudreau signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Gaudreau, 28, had two goals, 10 points, both career highs, in 19 games with the Penguins last season, playing on a two-way contract at the league minimum of $700,000,

Update: Third goalie Maxime Lagace who won his only Pittsburgh Penguins start signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Pittsburgh Penguins (or Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) do not currently have a third goalie with NHL experience.

Watch this file for other news regarding players who might be moving on from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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dweth2
dweth2
1 month ago

What a disaster. Hextall????

Curt Lindner
Curt Lindner
1 month ago
Reply to  dweth2

Actually it is a remark. I didn’t go out and dig up dirt on the guy. He and the organization volunteered the information. HE TOUTED THE TEAM AS NEEDING TO BE GRITTIER. You can fill in the blanks, but after today it sure isn’t prettier!,

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
1 month ago

Signings Rodriguez is OK. Smon is very bad. McGinn is very good and Saad is still out there.

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago

the Penguins have about 3.75 of salary cap space and need a RHD. That would be some cap magic to get Saad in that mix.

jack burton
jack burton
1 month ago

Congratulations for Coach Sullivan. I just heard from “Olympics Expert” Peggy Finnegan that coach is going to be team USA coach In the Winter Olympics. That is probably the only notable thing he will be doing in the next few years cause this team is going to be Mediocre for the time being. Oh and what exactly makes Peggy an “Olympics Expert”?

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  jack burton

I don’t know but we had the story with comment from Mike Sullivan on Wednesday morning. Check back more often!

jack burton
jack burton
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Sorry I should have prefaced my post with “This is a Rhetorical question”. I already knew that Mike was selected well before the Local Local Local “Olympics Expert” reported on it. I was trying to be funny, and clearly failed so apologies for that. My point is that Peggy is absolutely the least likely person in media that should be identified as an “expert” in the Olympics. Heck I actually played 3 sports that are in the Olympics on the High School and Collegiate level and would never deign myself an expert in the Olympics.

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