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Rodrigues Lands With Colorado on 1 Year, $2 Million Deal

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Pittsburgh Penguins Evan Rodrigues

Good things sometimes happen to those who wait, and that could apply to former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues.

Rodrigues, who was a valuable depth player last season and stepped up while some of the team’s bigger names were out because of injuries, signed Monday with the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, a one-year deal worth $2 million.

He became an unrestricted free agent this summer, and entered into a waiting game. Considering that many free agents were not snapped up quickly and bidding wars were scarce this offseason given the stale salary cap, this seems like a good deal for Rodrigues, a well-liked, versatile forward.

Rodrigues, 29, tailed off some the second half of last season for the Penguins, but he played all 82 games and by far hit career highs with 19 goals, 43 points.

He spent two-plus seasons with the Penguins after beginning his career with Buffalo.

Check out the Colorado Hockey Now take.

Look for Rodrigues to again fill the role of depth player with Colorado and a player who has an upbeat personality that could easily fit into the Avalanche locker room in terms of chemistry. When speaking with Pittsburgh reporters, Rodrigues routinely ended his session with wishes for a good day, safe travels home and the like.

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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Bachinga
Bachinga
18 days ago

Why was ERod negotiating with Pens…fired his agent and then got nothing? Enquiring minds want to know…

Dean
Dean
18 days ago
Reply to  Bachinga

ERod and his agent tried to cash in for more money and term at the beginning of free agency. The Pens may have taken a $2M 1-year deal before filling up the roster.

Bachinga
Bachinga
17 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Your response makes no sense…

Dean
Dean
17 days ago
Reply to  Bachinga

It is simple. What ERod wanted two months ago at the beginning of free agency and what he ended up with in September are 2 different things. I saw estimates of $3M+ per year on a multi-year deal. That is very different than $2M for one year, which was not on the table in July for the Pens. ERod and his agent obviously wanted more than any team would pay and now they have to take another 1-year deal.

Bachinga
Bachinga
16 days ago
Reply to  Dean

He fired his agent and then settled for $2MM?

How much did Pens offer him?

Pete
Pete
18 days ago

Click on the Colorado hockey now link and then on the film of all 19 ERod goals.

Yeah, its easy to see why the Pens wouldn’t want THAT guy on the roster!

Well, maybe he gets a cup with an Avalanche repeat.

I will miss him.

Pepper
Pepper
18 days ago
Reply to  Pete

So, the Pens considered him a third or fourth liner. The defending champs are likely going to have him centering the second line. Not sure what to make of this but one of the two teams’ analysis of him seems to be off.

Robert Mild
18 days ago
Reply to  Pete

Like the hated Jack Johnson??

ric Jefferies
ric Jefferies
18 days ago

Best of luck to ERod, I hope he has a great season with Colorado. I will miss seeing his energy on the ice and enthusiasm.

Donny D
Donny D
18 days ago

Truly a value signing. Wish he was still ours.

Wasnt
18 days ago

Yea but the Pens got Kapanen…..wait, what?

James
James
18 days ago
Reply to  Wasnt

Yeah, that one I really can’t seem to wrap my mind around.

Paul
Paul
17 days ago

Great career move. #GoodRiddance