Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Recap
Projected Cap Space: $70,000
Jack Johnson, Matt Cullen, Jimmy Hayes, Zach Trotman, Stefan Elliott, John Muse, Jamie Oleksiak, Derek Grant, Tristan Jarry, Bryan Rust
Josh Jooris, Carter Rowney, Jarred Tinordi, Tom Kuhnhackl, Conor Sheary, Matt Hunwick, Jean-Sébastien Dea
The Penguins did not have a good offseason. They traded Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Sabres as a salary dump. But, trading Sheary will hurt them this season. The player to trade was Phil Kessel as he is aging and his contract is huge. They did re-sign Jamie Oleksiak and Bryan Rust which was key. But, signing Jack Johnson to a 5 year deal worth $3.25 Million per year did not make any sense. In addition, they failed to sign a backup goalie. They are still a playoff team. I do not see them going far into the playoffs due to goaltending depth and minimum options to make the team better near the trade deadline (due to salary cap).