A couple weeks back I wrote an article about possible Free Agent Targets the Penguins should seriously look at pursuing. Since then a few more names have found their way back to the Free Agent Market and should be in the Penguins sights.
It was announced on 6/28/15 that the Montreal Canadiens had place P.A. Paranteau on waivers with the intent of buying-out his contract.
His best season was in 2011/2012 while playing for the New York Islanders he scored 18 goals and 67 points while occasionally playing along side John Tavares.Since leaving the Isles his numbers have declined year after year, scoring 18g/43p, 14g/33p and 8g/22p.
While it seems he is losing a bit of his “flare” his advance stats are still strong and show him to be a solid two-way player that would benefit greatly playing with one of the Penguins top two centers, which in turn would greatly benefit the Penguins.
His hero chart above shows his ability to be a strong top six winger. While he may not be the best available out there, if the Penguins do somehow make a move to acquire a bigger named winger and have a decent amount of money tied up in them, Paranteau could be a solid complimentary player who may take a lesser amount of money since he was just bought-out.
For roughly $2-$3 million dollars a year I could see him being a risk worth taking.
Another name that the Penguins may want to consider, and may get a lot of flak by fans, is Mike Richards who was recently put on waivers by L.A. with the intent of buying him out.
I’m not going to bury the lead here as many of you have, probably, already clicked off the site. But the 3 time Stanley Cup winner has certainly shown a steady decline over the past couple seasons but this could come tot he Penguins advantage. Below I have displayed Richards hero chart in comparison to Brandon Sutter’s hero chart
Besides the minutes played Sutter’s stats are inferior to Richards’. A benefit when looking at Richards will be his cap hit. He could probably be had for a very small amount, I suspect around $1 million or less even. And when you compare that to Sutter’s $3.3, it would be something to seriously consider as Richards would be an upgrade not only on the third line, but obviously the fourth line as well if Sundqvist struggles or, hopefully, excels this year.
We all know Sutter could potentially be moved this summer and signing someone like Richards could ease the “loss” in a few different ways.
But there you have it. two very different players who could potentially help the Penguins in different ways. What do you think, could they be players Pittsburgh should consider?
– Robert Slavinsky