Top FA’s Remaining

The offseason has been a quiet one for the team out of Pittsburgh. Many rumors have had fan favorite Marc-Andre Fleury leaving but GMJR had other plans. 

However, D Ben Lovejoy and G Jeff Zatkoff had other ideas also. Both left via free agency on July 1 which opens some roster spots.

You may ask who can fill them? I’ve got a couple players still on the market that can assist the Penguins.
WPO means what the Penguins should offer.

1) C Matt Cullen

2015 Cap: $800,000

WPO: $825,000

The Penguins should bring Cullen back because of how good of a two-way forward he was during the team championship season. However, Rutherford should not compete with Minnesota to overpay for him.

2) D Justin Schultz

2015 Cap: $3,900,000

WPO: $2,500,000

Schultz was a great addition for the Penguins run once Trevor Daley went down. Justin paired with Ian Cole was an amazing defensive pairing for Mike Sullivan.

3) D Luke Schenn

2015 Cap: $3,350,000

WPO: $2,500,000

The former Flyer, who was dealt to Los Angeles, is a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. With the loss of Ben Lovejoy, the defense is missing a steady player. Luke Schenn has speed and can throw his weight around.

4) F Jiri Hudler

2015 Cap: $4,000,000

WPO: $2,750,000

Everyone thought Jiri was going to join the team last year but Florida offered a lot more. Jiri would be a perfect LW for Evgeni Malkin if the Penguins can move Kunitz. Hudler has that scoring touch that would fit perfectly with Malkin and Rust.

5) D Dennis Seidenberg

2015 Cap: $4,000,000

WPO: $1,000,000

The former Bruin, who was bought out this offseason, is very similar to the Christian Ehrhoff situation. Both being bought out of their heavy contracts. This could be nice for the Penguins because Wideman is looking to get another chance in the NHL and will come cheap.

6) LW Tomas Fleischmann

2015 Cap: $750,000

WPO: $815,000

Tomas was a 50/50 chance last year for Montreal. Good thing was, he was the only thing that was going last year for the Canadiens. Tomas has found his scoring touch back last year and could be perfect if Matt Cullen doesn’t come back. Fourth line would look like Fleischmann-Fehr-Kuhnackl.

7) RW Radim Vrbata

2015 Cap: $4,000,000

WPO: $1,000,000

After a disappointing stint with the struggling Vancouver Canucks, Vrbata is looking for a new home. The former 20+ goal scorer could find his touch with the talented Penguins.

8) LW/C/RW Brandon Pirri

2015 Cap: $975,000

WPO: $995,000

The very underrated Pirri could be a steal for whoever lands him. Brandon has speed and skill which sounds like a perfect match to me.

9) LW Jiri Tlusty

2015 Cap: $800,000

WPO: $900,000

Jim Rutherford and Jiri Tlusty have been close once Jiri started his career in Carolina. Jiri could be also another steal and benefical for the Penguins. Tlusty can play on the power play and pentaly kill which is very nice.

10) D Matt Bartkowski

2015 Cap: $1,750,000

PWO: $900,000

The Pittsburgh native would love to play infront of his hometown. Matt, who started off his career in Boston, found a big pay day last year. However, like everyone else in Vancouver, the deal didn’t work out last year. 

In review, GMJR can look at:

  1. Matt Cullen
  2. Justin Schultz 
  3. Luke Schenn
  4. Jiri Hudler
  5. Dennis Seidenberg 
  6. Tomas Fleischmann
  7. Radim Vrbata
  8. Brandon Pirri
  9. Jiri Tlusty 
  10. Matt Bartkowski 
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