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Breaking News: Kapanen Getting Qualifying Offer; Heinen Will Not

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CRANBERRY — Kasperi Kapanen is going to get a qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Danton Heinen will not, PHN has learned.

That means the Penguins will retain the rights to compensation if Kapanen, who is a restricted free agent, signs with another team and the Penguins decline to match that club’s offer.

Heinen had been restricted, but will now be unrestricted and free to sign with another club, with the Penguins receiving no compensation.

The Pittsburgh Penguins still are allowed to try to re-sign Heinen, although it was not immediately clear whether they plan to do so.

Kapanen had to receive a qualifying offer of $840,000 by the deadline today, while Danton Heinen was in line for one worth $1.1 million.

Both players had arbitration rights; consequently, if Kapanen takes the team to arbitration and is awarded a contract worth more than $4,538,958 — which almost certainly will not happen — the Penguins can walk away from the award and allow Kapanen to become unrestricted.

Kasperi Kapanen had a seriously disappointing season in 2021-22, recording just 11 goals and 21 assists in 79 games. He had been projected to be a reliable goal-scorer in a top-six role.

Heinen was signed as a free agent last summer after Anaheim declined to give him a qualifying offer and received positive reviews for his work, as he had 18 goals and 21 assists in 76 games.

There is no word yet on which of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ other restricted free agents, none of whom currently are listed on the major-league roster, will be qualified.

Defenseman P.O Joseph, who is one of them, presumably will be.

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kingpuck
kingpuck
1 month ago

This is the right move definitely.
I like it!

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Why? Can you explain Pens thinking? I mean 18 goals is better than 11 right?

AnthonyB
AnthonyB
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

Dollar amount plain and simple. Heinen would probably win arbitration and Kappy would not. They want to sign Heinen but not for 3mil plus. Great deal on Kappy though!

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  AnthonyB

But the QO on Heinen would only be 1.1. Surely 18 goals is worth that. Are we sure KK will outscore Heinen next year?

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

QO is 1.1, but he has arbitration rights, and he just scored 18 goals… which is worth more than 1.1, so he’ll go to arbitration and the Pens probably pay more than they’re willing to spend. Kappy has less chance of winning 3mil arb reward.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Aaaaaahhhhh. Thank you!

Marc Badger
Marc Badger
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

cost and UPside

Justin
Justin
1 month ago

I like Heinen above kappy

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Justin

Everyone does. The Penguins do too. They just can’t afford to go to arbitration for him.

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

I would love to see Kapanen sign a team friendly one-year contract like Pettersson did a few years back, which could then make signing Malkin more manageable. If Kapanen has a big year, then Zucker will be off the books next year and the team and he can negotiate a new deal. Based on performance, Kapanen shouldn’t get more than Heinen got last year. Probably won’t happen, but it isn’t crazy and would make the other pieces fit more easily.

Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
1 month ago

If this team is going to get tougher and harder to play against, Heinen doesn’t fit the bill.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Mike Matheson (A DEFENSEMAN) had 31 points and only 1 point less than Kapanen. So they’ll sign him cause he’s Cheap? The problem is Zucker Pettersson salary and wanting to sign Malkin is where the problem lies.

Cal
Cal
1 month ago

Happy for Kappy! Good moves by the Pens. Kap didnt have a good year but he is a player that is still young and can fly. He is a 15 goal 35 point guy so anything more than that is bonus. If they can get him to kill penalties successfully he will be a steal at 840k. He is a player who can be effective more than just scoring. Heinen had a great year but can be replaced much cheaper.

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago

I wonder if the Kappy news” is tied to the certainty some hockey sources in Pittsburgh have the Geno is “in the bag’ and signs with the Pens??

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago
Reply to  William Maloni

“that” not “the.”

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  William Maloni

I don’t know who is reporting it’s in the bag, that’s a good bit away from what we know to be true.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

The reporting by the national guys is that it is moving in a more positive direction.

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

DK, strongly repeated this morning after his initial weekend report.

ric Jefferies
ric Jefferies
1 month ago

boy, I’d like to know the logic or strategy here. What am I missing and what did I watch all last season? To me Heinen is a “keeper” and well Kapanen is expendable. .

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  ric Jefferies

Yeah I thought heinen did everything you could have asked for, and kapanen basically did the opposite.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

$$$ is your answer. Penguins can only afford one and the arbitration process which Heinen would (rightfully) choose would put his $$$ over what the Penguins are willing to pay. Kappy didn’t do himself the same favors by only scoring 11 goals which will keep his $$$ down, but could rebound and score Heinen’s 18+.

Shocked
Shocked
1 month ago

Kapanen needs to be shown the door. He brings nothing to the table. It was a bad move to trade for him in the first place.

Alan Smith
1 month ago

Thought Kappy played a good defense during the playoffs! Hags did the same for the Pens and played second line as well! He could of scored 25 if he could handle the reactions he was given to score! He is very fast and he is hard to defend. Still think he is worth the money for now! Big enough to give hits out and returns himself back on the defensive side catching the third man in! Rodriquez did the same thing his first year!

Brian
Brian
1 month ago

Should have kept Heinen and let Kapanen go.

CPA
CPA
1 month ago

It’s all about $$ esp arb favoring Heinen his cap hit this yr with limited funds. Also Pens next 3 with Jarry next yr, Guentzel 2yrs & still filling the roster all plays a part. In the end to be legit in the Cup mix GMRH needs to make a market to move salary before Wednesday.

Brandon O
Brandon O
1 month ago

Another shrewd move by Hextall. Heinen is probably looking to get paid. Arbitration would give a near 20 goal scorer in his prime 3+ mil. He will test the market and is likely gone. Kapanen has stated he knows he underperformed and they have probably discussed a prove it deal. At worst, his rights still have trade value. There’s no chance that contract gets to arbitration. The Ufa market continues to evolve with intriguing options for the pens to get creative.

Last edited 1 month ago by Brandon O
Peter
Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Brandon O

Kapanen will MOST CERTAINLY go to arbitration, he isn’t going to settle for $840K, have you lost your mind? It’s his choice, he will end up with around $2M between 1.8 and 2.4. Heinen was going to get $3M in arbitartion for sure so you are right that, Kapanen is going to be traded, just watch.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Malkin to test free agency or is this his game to try and get Pittsburgh to sign him or is it because his feelings are hurt? 🥲Hope it’s true and Sayronara! Don’t let the door hit you in the you know what on the way out!

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