HP Hockey's Free Agency LIVE BLOG: #Pens & #WBSPens Ready For Day 2

Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Day Two of Free Agency

Yesterday, the Penguins brought back defenseman Rob Scuderi, signing him to a four year deal that pays him $3.375 million annually. Read more about the Scuderi signing here. The move to add a defenseman at that cost almost surely means more changes to the blue line will occur as the Penguins now have eight NHL defensemen on the roster.

Pittsburgh also re-signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year deal that pays him $700,000 a season. This move bolsters the bottom six depth in the NHL.

As for the AHL depth, the Penguins added four forwards in what should be the start of a "rebuliding" in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) after seeing 10 of the team's free agents leave town. The four forwards they added could be read all about here.

After the jump, a look at Team Needs and an updated organizational depth chart at each position.

Team Needs

NHL Penguins Team Needs
  • 1-2 bottom-six forwards to challenge guys like Zach Sill and Harry Zolnierczyk
AHL Penguins Team Needs
  • 2-3 forwards, preferably veteran-type and/or top-six capable.
  • 2-3 defenseman, especially veteran defenseman to help stabilize and give direction to the younger prospects
  • Some AHL-only deals for more depth at both the forward and defenseman position
Preliminary WBS Depth Chart

Draenovic - Ebbett - Conner
Kuhnhackl - Gibbons (RFA) - Thompson (RFA)
Payerl - Sill (RFA) - Uher
Farnham - Megna - Zlobin

Dumoulin - Samuelsson
xxxxxx - xxxxxx
Harrington - McNeill
Ruopp - D'Agostino

Zatkoff - Hartzell (RFA)

Organizational Depth Chart


Sidney Crosby
Evgeni Malkin
James Neal
Pascal Dupuis
Chris Kunitz
Beau Bennett
Brandon Sutter
Jussi Jokinen
Dustin Jeffrey (RFA)
Joe Vitale
Tanner Glass
Craig Adams
Harry Zolnierczyk (RFA)
Andrew Ebbett
Zach Sill (RFA) 
Chris Conner
Nick Drazenovic
Brian Gibbons (RFA)
Paul Thompson (RFA)
Tom Kuhnhackl
Jayson Megna
Adam Payerl
Dominik Uher
Anton Zlobin
Bobby Farnham
Steve MacIntyre


Paul Martin
Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi
Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres
Deryk Engelland
Robert Bortuzzo (RFA)
Brian Dumoulin
Olli Maata (NHL-only)
Scott Harrington
Derrick Pouliot (NHL-only)
Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill
Harrison Ruopp
Nick D'Agostino


Marc-Andre Fleury
Tomas Vokoun
Jeff Zatkoff
Eric Hartzell


Ryan said...

Whats going on with Thiessen?

TonyAndrock said...

Thiessen is an unrestricted free agent who told media he was moving on to free agency this summer. Thanks for commenting on the blog!

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