Penguins re-sign Bennett, add more to their AHL depth and appear to be in on a major free-agent.
Beau Bennett re-signs
The Penguins have re-sign forward Beau Bennett to a 1 year $800,000 contract.
Despite having wrist and leg injuries the past few seasons, this is a heck of a gamble for the Penguins. Bennett is the going to be the type of player who can make a difference on the roster. He may not be as flashy as Crosby, Malkin or Kessel but he does bring a great hockey sense and very impressive skill set.
This is the year Beau HAS to prove not to the fans or the Penguins but to himself that he is worthy to be in the NHL full time.
In 96 NHL games (Hard to believe it has only been 96 games) Bennett has scored only 10 goals and 33 points. And while those numbers don’t jump out at you and make you think “Eventual Top Six Forward” watch him closely this season as you may begin to see what fans of his have known for some time now.
And while there are still fans out there who question this signing take a look at what GMJR had to say about Beau here.
“We made a mistake on Beau Bennett as far as development-wise,” Rutherford said. “I’ll take the responsibility for that. When it was getting closer for him to become a waivered player, I felt that we should’ve sent him to Wilkes-Barre and let him play a lot. He’s a guy that hasn’t played enough over the years.”
Very interesting for sure. It’s nice to see an organization admit their faults in a situation like this. But on the flip side take a look at what Beau had to say when asked to comment on his General Managers statement.
“Anything with my development goes back to injuries,” Bennett explained. “I hate to keep bringing them up, but when you’re playing healthy and not hindered by wearing braces on your knees, wrist or thumb, it helps to play even at 90 percent. You’re not going to feel 100 percent every game, but you want to feel close to 100 percent.
“As far as my development, I don’t know in terms of how they messed it up. I feel pretty good about myself. I didn’t hear about that just until now. I’m off social media, so I don’t read up on anything. That is kind of unique to hear.”
Above quotes courtesy of Pittsburgh Tribune Reviews Jason Mackey
Bennett is going to either flourish or flounder this year. And while a Top Six position is not exactly available to him at this point, that doesn’t mean he can’t out work and out perform players like Kunitz, Plotnikov and Perron to earn a place.
As Penguins fans we all should be excited about Beau Bennett this season.
Side note: Bennett has been working with former Penguin Gary Roberts this off-season. He has added 10lbs putting him at 6’2″ and around 205lbs. He has also been working on his conditioning to better his injury problems of the past.
Are the Penguins REALLY in on Cody Franson?
Thanks to Ryan Wilson of Hockeybuzz.com for pointing this out
It seems there are sources somewhere believing that the Penguins are in on Franson. This is absolutely a surprise for sure. The Penguins GMJR mentioned nothing about pursuing any more defenders. There are many who believe the Penguins, while filled with plenty of talent on the blue-line, is in a dangerous position if players like Matta and Letang fall to injury again this season.
Imagine a Defense of
Letang – Matta
Pouliot – Franson
Dumoulin – Cole
That looks VERY impressive to me, but the likelihood of it happening is very slim as the Penguins, at this point, do not have the Cap space to adequately pay for Franson’s services. If the Penguins would move out some Salary to make this happen, the names that have been mentioned on a regular basis are Scuderi, Kunitz and Sutter, this would be a GREAT addition.
Side note: NHL teams can go over the Salary cap by 10% during the Off-season but MUST be compliant to the Cap restrictions prior to the season starting.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Dominik Simon to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Simon, 20, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, and will make the move from his native Praha, Czech Republic to play in North America this season. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward played last season for HC Plzen, a Czech Extraliga team owned by former Penguins player Martin Straka, and finished tied for third on the team with 30 points (18G-12A) in 52 games.
– Robert Slavinsky
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