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The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ron Hextall added a few more goals to the lineup on Wednesday afternoon. In a mildly surprising move, the Penguins re-signed winger Danton Heinen to a one-year contract for $1 million.

Heinen made more money last season on his show-me deal. The Penguins signed him to a bargain $1.1 million contract last season.

Heinen, 27, was one of the healthiest and more consistent Penguins scorers. He netted 18 goals and 33 points in 76 games. He also had three goals in the Penguins’ Round One loss to the New York Rangers.

His 18 goals were a single-season career high, and his three power-play goals tied his career best set in 2019-20. Fifteen of Heinen’s 18 goals were at even strength. He trailed only Jake Guentzel (33) and Sidney Crosby (23) for most on the Penguins.

Heinen’s contract puts the Penguins about $1.4 million over the cap (according to CapFriendly.com) with 14 forwards and eight defensemen (assuming Ty Smith or P.O Joseph will be sent to the AHL’s WBS Penguins).

The Pittsburgh Penguins could demote forward Drew O’Connor to WBS without exposing him to waivers, but one more player would need to be sent to the AHL. After O’Connor and Smith, the Penguins do not have additional players who are exempt.

PuckPedia.com puts the Penguins about $780,000 over the salary cap with 13 forwards and eight defensemen.

They would likely lose any of the players exposed to waivers.

Necessarily, they must shed at least one more salary before opening night. Whether it’s waivers or a Penguins trade remains to be seen.

Update: Sportsnet writer Ken Wiebe reports Heinen turned down more money from other teams, including the Winnipeg Jets, to play for the Penguins. Heinen liked the fit and was comfortable in Pittsburgh.

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HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
16 days ago

Dan, I thought Poehling was waiver exempt as well?

Steve Malik
Steve Malik
16 days ago

Trade Kapenen

GBG
GBG
16 days ago
Reply to  Steve Malik

Would that they could. If Heinen couldn’t get signed who in their right mind wants a lazy, inconsistent and often disengaged Kapinen for triple the dough?

Bob
Bob
16 days ago
Reply to  GBG

Maybe Rutherford can be the sucker since he coveted him so much..

Bob
Bob
16 days ago

Glad he was signed. Surprised but i guess Heinen not getting any offers was the case.

moe
moe
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Heinen turned down a Winnipeg offer for more money to go back to the Pens and said he was comfortable in pittsburgh, and would like to chase the Cup here.

Bob
Bob
16 days ago
Reply to  moe

Probably will make the same money here even though he turned down more money from Winnipeg with Canada’s tax rate up there being much more than here in the States.

maybeTROLLn
maybeTROLLn
15 days ago
Reply to  moe

you read the article, dood?

Ethan
16 days ago

Solid/smart player. Not physical but knows how to read the game and puts himself in opportunistic positions to score goals. Feel a bit bad for Heineken though, feel like he earned a slight raise from somebody. But teams are pinched by players with contracts that aren’t earning them.

Jay95
Jay95
16 days ago
Reply to  Ethan

You summed up his game very well. He’s not exceptional at any one thing. Average speed, average shot, average size. But, his hockey IQ makes him a very useful player.

Honestly, I didn’t think that he’s get less than 2 mil, and possible up to 2.75. this is a HUGE steal!

Ujn Hunter
16 days ago
Reply to  Ethan

Heineken?! #$%^ that @!&%! Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Ethan
16 days ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Love the Blue Velvet. But on this team it is Heinen-ken and Pabst Blue-ger Ribbon!

ric Jefferies
ric Jefferies
16 days ago

Heinen is a good man, lots of effort

Jack McCrory
Jack McCrory
16 days ago

I would guess today have plans to ship Zucker somewhere.

Katz is dumb
Katz is dumb
16 days ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

I would rather see Pettersson go.

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Rob
Rob
16 days ago

If the penguins are too old and slow to compete for a cup, then why are players taking less money to play in Pittsburgh? 🤔

Frank
Frank
16 days ago

Go figure. Heinen maximizes his skills and takes a paycut after his best year. Kapanen minimizes a deep skill set, does next to nothing that generates sweat and gets triple the income. If you look at the careers there is virtually no difference: Games Goals Assists +/- Heinen 348 62 92 +15 Kapanen 321 63 89 +23 Heinen was selected 116th overall . .. Kapanen was selected 22nd overall. So much for draft picks. Glad to see the Pens found someone under 40 to add to the roster. And you have to give Kapanen credit for being able to milk… Read more »

Rob
Rob
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank

I think Hextall copied and pasted when drafting Kapanen’s contract. Could have signed him for 1 mil or less as a UFA, but they qualified him. Oh well, what’s done is done.

Love the comparison of Kapanen and Heinen’s stats. Shows what an overpay one contract was. Hell, he lowballed Letang and Malkin but overpayed Kapanen?!?! I hope he has a great year to render all these complaints moot.

No one on the penguins is 40 or over, fyi.

TopShelf
TopShelf
16 days ago

Nice to see this depth signing at a discount. Not sure what Kap might have seen in FA, but to me this illustrates the error in qualifying him. There was simply not a lot of money out there and you were best letting him go to FA and negotiating for him there, like ERod last year and now Heinen this year. Once they qualified him the arbitration was a certainty and it was unlikely to bring a lower number in a result. They basically backed themselves into a corner for that 2Y 6.4M deal since Kap held the best cards… Read more »

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Ujn Hunter
16 days ago

They would likely lose any of the players exposed to waivers.” How so? You guys keep complaining about spending 900k on guys like Archie that it’s the most terrible contract in history and then you say that he’d likely be scooped up off of waivers?! We just signed Heinen for $1m there is NO MARKET for these guys… and yet teams are going to grab worse players for equal/more $ off waivers???

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Lars Nelson
Lars Nelson
16 days ago

The fact that he could have taken more money but loves the Pens shows how great the organization is and how well the locker room atmosphere is. In light of this deal, the Kapanen signing makes no sense to me. I understand his RFA status and qualifying offer and arbitration rights. There seem to be better players available in free agency for that money. Did we have to sign him for 2 years? If we offered him 1 year and he refused, could the Pens have walked away from arbitration? To me, we should not have qualified him and at… Read more »

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