-Winning the Memorial Cup last season was a big step forward for Penguins goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry (above).
-What do the Penguins' management changes mean for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes?
-"I’m a goal scorer I think so I try to score as many as I can. When you have one chance in overtime, you need to score." - Penguins prospect Anton Zlobin on his reputation of being a clutch goal-scorer in the postseason.
-Taylor Pyatt is considering playing in Europe next season.
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-Former Penguins assistant coach Troy Ward was named head coach of the WHL's Vancouver Giants.
-Former Penguins prospect Casey Pierro-Zabotel has joined the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators.
-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and assistant coach Bryan Trottier. A former Hart Trophy winner and a vital part of the Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s, Trottier joined the Penguins as a free agent in the 1990 offseason and spent three seasons with the franchise. Providing leadership on a young team missing the talents of injured captain Mario Lemieux for most of the season, Trottier (right) helped guide the squad to its first Patrick Division championship while appearing in 52 games and scoring 28 points in 1990-91. In the playoffs, Trottier appeared in all 23 of the team's games and contributed seven points including two game-winning goals as the franchise claimed its first Stanley Cup title. In 1991-92, Trottier recorded 29 points in 63 games and was selected to the All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he once again appeared in all 21 of the team's games and scored seven points as the franchise won its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He retired in the 1992 offseason and sat out in 1992-93, but returned as a player/coach in 1993-94. That season, he saw action in 41 games and contributed 15 points. Trottier retired as a player for good in the 1994 offseason and became a full-time assistant with the Penguins. He served in that capacity until the 1997 offseason when he took a head coaching job with the AHL's Portland Pirates. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, Trottier, a noted Brian Bellows fan along with teammate Kevin Stevens, is one of the most accomplished players in NHL history with 1,425 career points, 16th-most in NHL history. In 156 regular season games with the Penguins, Trottier scored 72 points. In 46 postseason games, he scored 14 points.
-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Jay Caufield. One of the toughest players in team history, Caufield, a former linebacker at North Dakota, came to the Penguins after being claimed off waivers from the North Stars prior to the 1988-89 season and spent five seasons with the franchise. In 1988-89, Caufield (right) saw action in 58 games and scored five points while racking up a team-leading 285 penalty minutes, a mark which remains a franchise record for rookies. He also appeared in nine playoff games that spring and racked up 28 penalty minutes. Caufield (right) was limited to 37 games in and three points 1989-90 but still compiled 123 penalty minutes. In 1990-91, he only played in 23 games and recorded two points and 71 penalty minutes but still got his name on Stanley Cup that spring. Caufield saw a jump in playing time in 1991-92 as he played in 50 games and recorded 175 penalty minutes and once again helped the team claim a second Stanley Cup title. His final season in the NHL was 1992-93 as he appeared in 26 contests with 60 penalty minutes. He was released in the 1993 offseason. In 196 games with the Penguins, Caufield scored 10 points and recorded 714 penalty minutes, ninth-most in franchise history. After being replaced by a Pittsburgh firefighter in a Stanley Cup final against the Blackhawks, Brad Tolliver Caufield became a personal trainer and helped Mario Lemieux during his comeback in the 2000-01 season. He currently works as a broadcaster with Root Sports.
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-The Rangers signed former Ducks forward Matthew Lombardi to a two-year contract worth $1.6 million. His contract will have a salary cap hit of $800,000. Lombardi, 32, spent last season with Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA. In 46 games last season, he scored 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists).
-EN Says: Lombardi is a playmaking center who has dealt with injuries, most notably concussions, throughout his career. He gives the Rangers some bottom-six depth.
-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent forward Tyler Ennis (right) to a five-year contract worth $23 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2,812,500, Ennis' new contract will have a cap hit of $4.6 million. Appearing in 80 games last season, Ennis, 24, scored 43 points (21 goals, 23 assists).
-EN Says: Ennis was one of the few bright spots for the Sabres last season. Despite a horrible situation with a really bad team in a rebuild, Ennis was able to produce a fair amount of offense. He's a slick waterbug of a skilled winger who has been a fairly consistent 20-goal threat throughout his career. This is a fair contract for a player who will be part of Buffalo's future.
-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.3 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $925,000, Ruhwedel's new deal will have a cap hit of $650,000. Appearing in 21 games last season, Ruhwedel, 24, recorded one assists.
-Ruhwedel is a small (6-foot-1, 181 pounds) puck moving defenseman who is probably no better than a bottom-pairing blue liner.
-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent forward Peter Holland to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.55 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $870,000, Holland's new deal will have a cap hit of $775,000. Appearing in 43 games last season, Holland, 23, scored 11 points (six goals, five assists).
-EN Says: Holland is a former first-round pick of the Ducks who never quite fit in with that organization. He came to Toronto via trade last season and found a role as a fill-in anytime injuries set in. With the departure of Dave Bolland as a free agent, there could be a spot on the NHL roster for Holland this season.
-The Bruins re-signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Caron (right) to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $640,000, Caron, 23, appeared in 35 games last season and scored three points (two goals, one assist).
-Caron is a former first-round pick who has never been able to completely establish himself at the NHL level. He has mostly served as a fit-in for the Bruins anytime injuries have struck. For that role, this contract is more than fair.
-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent forward Brandon Pirri to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.85 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $618,333, Pirri's new deal will have a cap hit of $925,000. Appearing in 49 games last season, Pirri scored 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists).
-EN Says: After never really finding a role with the Blackhawks, Pirri was dealt to the Panthers and found a way to produce albeit with a bad team.
-“It was not even really a thought of continuing your career anywhere else. I think we’re both happy that we’re locked up here for a while.” - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on the identical eight-year $84 million contract extensions he and captain Jonathan Toews signed this offseason.
-How will the Blackhawks manage the salary cap with the Kane and Toews contracts?
-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent forward Carl Klingberg to a one-year two-way contract.
-The Blues signed former Flames defenseman Chris Butler to a one-year two-way contract.
-The Blues signed former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Benn Ferriero to a one-year two-way contract.
-The Sharks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers (right) to a contract worth a total of $6.8 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.5 million, Demers' new deal will have a cap hit of $3.4 million. Appearing in 75 games last season, Demers, 26, scored 34 points (five goals, 29 assists).
-EN Says: With Dan Boyle leaving as a free agent, Demers will be expected to take on a bigger role with the Sharks. That means more minutes in every situation. This contract is an endorsement of his abilities to be a more important player.
-What's next for former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette now that he knows he won't be re-signing with the Coyotes?
-The Oilers hired former Flames/Panthers forward Rocky Thompson as an assistant coach.
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