Pens Resign Archibald And Pouliot

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Josh Archibald and defenseman Derrick Pouliot.  24-year-old Archibald skated in four playoff games in 2017.  23-year-old Pouliot appeared in two clutch wins in the Washington series during the 2016 Cup run.

 

Recchi Replaces Tocchet In Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Hall of Famer Mark Recchi to replace assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who left the Pens to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Coyotes.  Recchi is the 12th-leading scorer in NHL history, racking up 1,533 points during a 22-year-career.  Recchi won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991), Carolina (2006) and Boston (2011) as a player.  Recchi spent the past three years as a player development coach with the Pens.  He will work with the team’s forwards and help head coach Mike Sullivan coordinate the power play.

 

Pens Add Depth

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The Penguins added depth to their organization by signing defensemen Chris Summers, Jarred Tinordi and Zach Trotman along with forward Greg McKegg.  Tinordi and McKegg teamed with Olli Maata to win a 2012 Ontario Hockey League title with the London Knights.  Summers played the last two years with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top minor league affiliate of the Rangers.  Trotman spent last season with the Ontario Reign of the AHL, the top affiliate of the Kings.

 

Pens Re-Sign Ruhwedel

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The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.  The deal runs through the 2018-19 season and has an average annual value of $650,000.  27-year-old Ruhwedel had 10 points (2 goals-8 assists) this past season.

 

Flower A Big Night

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The Vegas Golden Knights selected former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the NHL’s expansion draft.  32-year-old Fleury has two years on his contract.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury

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Marc-Andre Fleury arrived at PPG Paints Arena yesterday for cleanout day knowing that was likely the last time he ever steps foot inside the Pens locker room.  Fleury makes too much money ($5.75 million) to be a backup.  23-year-old Matt Murray is now the No. 1 net minder in Pittsburgh.

 

Fleury Waives No-Movement Clause

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Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has waived his no-movement clause for the expansion draft, so now the Pens can protect 23-year-old Matt Murray.  32-year-old Fleury backstopped the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup but was displaced by Murray in last year’s run to the title.

 

Pens Dance With Lord Stanley

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Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winner with 1:35 left by banking the puck off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s left elbow, and the Penguins became the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in nearly two decades with a 2-0 win over the Predators.  Pens’ captain Sidney Crosby won his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

 

Pens Take 3-2 Series Lead

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Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin scored first period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins demolished the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead.  Game 6 is Sunday night at 8 o’clock in Nashville.  Listen live on 106.3 The River and the Trinity Health System Stream, beginning at 7 for the pregame.