After PHN put out the shingle for this week’s Pittsburgh Penguins Q&A, the Penguins signed winger Danton Heinen to a shockingly low one-year, $1 million contract. The move puts the Penguins between $780,000 and $1.4 million over the coming salary cap, pending demotions, which means GM Ron Hextall is not done making moves. Another Penguins trade is entirely plausible, if not necessary.
According to puck scribe Ken Weibe of Sportsnet, who covers the Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg was one of several teams to offer Heinen more money, but Heinen declined the offers because he wanted to play in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins’ bottom-six added scoring, and the middle-six added some depth. But that also means the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hextall have more decisions ahead.
From size to defensemen, to trades, and prospects who could surprise. Here we go…
Pittsburgh Penguins Q&A:
Do you think the Pens are big and tough enough to keep up with the Metro? I believe we added size but not enough toughness — Brian R.
Has anyone spoken with Sully about him coaching the team with older players and tweaking the style of play? They aren’t speedy anymore. — Melissa H.