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Pittsburgh Penguins Free Agency Round Up – 2009

A list of Penguins and ex-Penguin free agency moves:

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  • Pittsburgh defenseman Philippe Boucher has announced his retirement from the NHL after playing 16 seasons.
  • Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL has signed WBS Penguin Janne Pesonen.  Pesonen set the record for points scored in a season for the WBS Penguins last season.
  • Pittsburgh signed 25 year old WBS Penguins goaltender John Curry to a 2 year contract
  • Pittsburgh signed 32 year old Washington goaltender Brent Johnson to a one year deal .525 million.
  • Pittsburgh signed 25 year old defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a one year 2 way deal.  Lovejoy played 2 games for the Penguins last year.
  • Pittsburgh signed 24 year old center Tim Wallace to a two year two way deal. Wallace played 16 games for the Penguins last year.
  • WBS Penguins signed 21 year old center Zack Sill to a minor league contract
  • Pittsburgh signed 31 year old 6ft 4in defenseman Jay Mckee from St.Louis to a 1 year .8 million dollar deal.  St. Louis bought out his contract and will pay him 2/3 of his 4 million dollar buyout over 2 years.
  • Edmonton signed 27 yr old Chris Minard to a two way contract.  Minard set the record for goals scored in a season with the WBS Penguins last season.
  • Florida signed 28 yr old Jeff Taffe to a 2 year two way contract
  • Pittsburgh signed 29 yr old defenseman Chris Lee from the Islanders farm system
  • Pittsburgh signed forward Chris Conner from Dallas to a one year 2 way contract
  • Pittsburgh signed Ruslan Fedetenko to a 1 year 1.8M contract
  • Pittsburgh signed 6ft 3in 210pd 26 yr old defenseman Nate Guenin from the Flyers to a 2 way contract, he will get paid .5 million if he plays for the Pittsburgh and .1 million if he plays for WBS.  Guenin is a Sewickley, PA native.
  • Los Angeles signed Rob Scuderi to a 4 year 13.6 million dollar contract
  • Pittsburgh signed their 3rd round 2006 pick – 6ft 1in – 200 pd defenseman Brian Strait to a 3 year entry level contract.  Strait captained the US National under-18 team to a gold medal and won the national championship with the Boston Terriers this season
  • Columbus signed Penguin backup goaltender Mathieu Garon for 2.4M for 2 years
  • Pittsburgh signed forward Michael Rupp from New Jersey, 2 years 1.65M dollar deal
  • Montreal signed Penguin defenseman Hal Gill for 4.5M for 2 years.

———————————————- exPenguins on the move –

  • Ottawa has signed 29 year old ex-Penguin goalkeeper Andy Chiodo to a one year two way contract.
  • Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL has signed 29 year old exPenguin Ramzi Abid away from Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss league.  Abid last played for Nashville in 2007
  • SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL has signed 39 year old exPenguin Sergei Zubov to a 2 year deal
  • Toronto aquired exPenguin Wayne Primeau and a second round draft pick from Calgary for defenseman Anton Stralman and forward Colin Stuart.
  • Minnesota has signed ex WBS Penguin Kyle Brodziak away from edmonton.  Brodziak will be reunited with his WBS Penguin coach Todd Richards.
  • Atlanta has come to terms with RFA exPenguin Colby Armstrong who had filed for salary arbitration. Armstrong signed a 2 year 2.4 million dollar deal
  • Carolina signed exPenguin winger Tom Kostopoulos away from Montreal to a 3yr 2.75 million dollar contract
  • Atlanta signed exPenguin defenseman Noah Welch away from Tampa Bay
  • Boston signed exPenguin backup goalie Dany Sabourin away from Edmonton
  • Boston signed exPenguin 29year old Rico Fata away from Ottawa
  • Calgary signed ex WBS Penguin/Nailer Jason Jaffray away from Vancouver
  • Ottawa signed exPenguin, 36 year old Alexei Kovalev away from Montreal to a two year $10 million dollar deal
  • Vancouver signed exPenguin Mikael Samuelsson away from Detroit to a 3 year deal.  Details are not available yet.  Samulelsson was a player the Penguins received when we traded Kovalev to the Rangers.
  • Boston resigned 41 year old exPenguin Mark Recchi to a one year 1 million dollar contract.  Recchi finished the season with 23 goals and 61 total points last season.  Recchi said he will retire after this season.
  • Atlanta resigned exPenguin Chris Thorburn contract details are not available yet.  The Penguins traded Thornburn to Atlanta 6/22/07 for a 3rd round pick (Robert Bortuzzo)
  • Colorado signed former 2000 5th round Penguin pick David Koci for .575M for one year.
  • St. Louis signed 33 year old exPenguin Ty Conklin to a 2 year 2.6 Million dollar deal
  • Chicago signed 30 year old exPenguin Marian Hossa to a 12 year 62.4 Million dollar deal 5.2 Million a year (he is signed until he is 42 years old).  Hossa is signed for 7.5 million the first 5 years, then the contract goes way down just to keep the salary cap figure low at 5.2 mil a year.
  • Anaheim signed exPenguin Erik Christensen to a one year deal, the amount has not been announced
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  1. PenQuin's Gravatar PenQuin
    July 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Afterthought if I may. We have never started a season with this kind of talent in the new NHL salary capped era. Look for Sid and Malkin and Staal and players like Kennedy and the list goes on and on to have big scoring seasons. We can score on the D or on the O, it`s Pens hockey at it`s best!

  2. PenQuin's Gravatar PenQuin
    July 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Back from vacation and still as excited as ever about winning the Stanley Cup and what Ray Shero has accomplished in free agency. I got a tee shirt that reads “On Ice or on Grass, we will kick your ass”. People knew I was from Pittsburgh, that`s for sure. Is there anyone not totally excited about Fedotenko and Guerin resigning? I like Mike Rupp and I like having a vet d-man like Jay McKee there to help with what I eventually see happening, and that`s Ben Lovejoy making the team as a seventh d-man. One year deals for a lot less money, what`s not to like? This gives the new kids on the block some time this coming season, to get ready for their big debut in 2010-11. This will be the last time we hang a banner in the Igloo and what a banner it will be. Hope everyone is having a good summer, the Pens will be back in action before we all know it. this will be the season to follow the Baby Pens also. Lot`s of good looking prospects coming in. I see will still didn`t sign Curry or a vet goalie for WBS. In Ray Shero I trust!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    The Dany Sabourin one is pretty funny as they Boston) can’t afford to bring up Tuukka Rask because of the salary cap. Maybe Kessel is the next one out of Boston. Or Bergeron. Is our competition really getting weaker? I don’t think the Flyers, Capitals, nor Boston has made themselves any stronger.

    • mariorules's Gravatar mariorules
      July 9, 2009 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Yeah, but honestly, I don’t see the Pens getting any stronger either (not that we need to, really). But all I see in the headlines is: “Bouwmeester signs with the Flames”; “Gaborik signs with the Rangers”; Kovalev signs with the Senators”; “Koivu signs with the Ducks”. Not that I had the desire for any of these players to be playing in Pittsburgh (OK, maybe Bouwmeester), but with Talbot injured, and maybe with the releases of Sykora, Satan and Boucher (not to mention already goners Scuderi and Gill), and the paycuts accepted by Guerin and Fedotenko, I mean… where’s all the cap space? Will Shero save it again for a trade late in the season? ‘Cause my guess is that the Pens are short of talent in the RW and Defense departments right now 🙁

      • RBuckle's Gravatar RBuckle
        July 9, 2009 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        I think you need to look at what really happened last year from the Penguins. They grew from within. I’m not talking about bringing up minor leaguers from Wilkes/Barre. The players grew, or the players grew up and their not finished. Malkin became the best player in the world, Crosby was hindered by injury but came through once he was healthy. Players like Staal, Kennedy, Letang, Goligoski and a handful of others not only got better, they all have the ultimate in experience on their resumes both winning and losing a cup. They are only an average of 22 years old. Goligoski proved he can play D coming in under the highest pressure possible during the Washington series and filled in perfect for Gonchar. Lovejoy is big and is it actually possible he could have less skill than Hal Gill? I think not! They will get better and grow again this year, and with Bylsma running the team for the full year, look out. Turn that frown upside down.

        • mariorules's Gravatar mariorules
          July 10, 2009 at 3:34 am | Permalink

          Hehehe, yeah the frown was uncalled for 🙂 There you go… You’re totally right about the Penguins’ young talent. But wasn’t Gonchar replaced by Boucher (and not Goligoski) when he was injured in the Washington series? I might be wrong though…

          I’m in no way saying the Penguins will have a hard time in this next season, as it did in more than first half of the last. I just thought that with the precise (or more than one) UFA signing, it would become an even smoother ride.

  4. Penguin871's Gravatar Penguin871
    July 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Seems to me with the signing of Chris Lee, who is a lifelong minor leaguer, the Pens are looking at bringing up Lovejoy and Goligoski instead of going after free-agents to replace scuderi & Gill.

      July 7, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      It’s “seems” like posters are surprised about Ben Lovejoy and yet with Alex Grant who is following in the development footsteps of Whitney, Letang, Goligoski — Ben Lovejoy has been a top AHL defensemen based on his skating and his PK ability. The Pens felt he might challenge for a spot last season and at 6′-2, 218 I think he’ll move right in. Lovejoy was one of those FA signings last July and I think we’ll all be pleasantly surprised at this kid’s ability. I don’t know what he fished at last season but towrads the end he was a +40. I wouldn’t be surprised if Shero took it easy until camp begins as there is no rush now to sign anyone just to sign him. If Orpik, Eaton and Lovejoy can provide the stay at home for Gonchar, Letang and Goligoski that’s three defense parings that are pretty decent.

  5. dekhead33's Gravatar dekhead33
    July 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Penguins signed Fedotenko to a one year contract worth 1.8 million

  6. Lucky Pierre's Gravatar Lucky Pierre
    July 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I am not right often so I had to cut and paste my post on the Ewall from 6/29 here….
    Reply By Lucky Pierre June 29th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Adams actually signed for less 550 for 2 years Made 600 in 09. I believe they will be able to retain Guerin and Fedetenko. I just don’t see how they can keep Scuderi. He will probably go in the high 3 million range possibly long term. Some team will offer something like 14 to 15 mil over 4 years. No way the Pens can(or should) match it.

  7. Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
    July 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Three cheers for Scuderi. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. $3.4 million a year for 4-years. He and his family are set for life. That’s what the hockey business is all about. So far, Gill got a few million – so did Scuderi – and even Garon got into the act. I wouldn’t imagine Fedotenko not cashing-in also.
    We might not like it but the memories will last forever. Boom -Boom -Boom………

  8. Ron Malore's Gravatar Ron Malore
    July 2, 2009 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Recchi just signed a 1-year $1 million with Boston.

  9. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    July 2, 2009 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Ya know, I would like to see some new faces on this team, well if anyone is available. Need to replace Sykora or Feds and resign Scuds at 1.5-2. Sykora needs to go, id take Feds back. Just want to try someone else with Malkin.

  10. Penguin871's Gravatar Penguin871
    July 2, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I read in the Trib and PG that the Pens are trying to retain Scuds, Feds & Sykora but i think that some sort of deal is in the works. They can’t sign them with the salary cap restrictions and still don’t have a backup goaltender, something has to give.

    I’m sure Curry will accept a small amount just knowing he will be playing on a pro team, but these other players arn’t going to wait for Shero forever. The Rupp signing makes you think Godard might be moving. Shero might be wondering Godards value when he was a healthy scratch the entire playoffs. I think there will be a big trade/move today.

    • Ron Malore's Gravatar Ron Malore
      July 2, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      As much as I think GOONS are a sideshow they do keep things from getting out of hand during the regular season games. I don’t think Godard is going anywhere and the signing of Rupp makes us a little bit tougher. Adams, Godard, Rupp bring three forwards who don’t take any crap from anyone. That’s a key when you have these other old-folk GMs getting Brashear, Orr and even the Flyers bring in Laperriere to go with Carcillo and Cote. Until the NHL stops it you’ve got to cobat it IMO.

  11. DR Hook's Gravatar DR Hook
    July 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    What do we all know about Michael Rupp… not too much. Why do we go after him and why does he sign here? Let’s start with the easy one… why does he sign here. $825,000 is still a lot of money for most people and for two-years that’s a nice piece of change. Plus none other than Ian Moran tells him that he has had nothing but fond memories of Pittsburgh and of their fans and that he should take advantage of the opportunity to play here.
    He is a 6′ 5, 230 pounder… maybe losing Gill we are trying to keep our average size up. He really hasn’t put up anything close to the numbers he had with the Erie Otters in the OHL but there’s always that something hidden in these deals. This is what I think it is. Turns out he a close friend of Tiger Woods and supposedly a pretty good golfer himself. It’s Mario looking for lessons and that’s the hidden factor in the Rupp signing. Remember where you got this inside info first. I don’t think he knows we don’t go golfing until late June around here.
    BTW, he is no relation to the first defenseman ever to score a HT in a Penguin sweater, Duane Rupp. (The former owner of Rupp’s in Mt Lebo) where YINZ all got your skates as a kid.

  12. McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
    July 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    the PG is reporting that Garon has received a contract offer from Columbus and the the Penguins may make another move this evening in an attempt to retain Scuderi.

  13. dekhead33's Gravatar dekhead33
    July 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Montreal just signed Hal Gill to a 2 year $4.5M

  14. dekhead33's Gravatar dekhead33
    July 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Penguins just signed Michael Rupp from New Jersey 2 years $825K per.


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