-Forward Tyler Biggs (right) is looking for a fresh start with the Penguins after being traded by the Maple Leafs.
-What does Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Matt Murray do for an encore after a historic season?
-"You know you're playing hockey on an NHL contract for another year. You can't take those things for granted." - Forward Bobby Farnham on signing a one-year, two-way contract.
-Forwards Oskar Sundqvist (hamstring) and Josh Archibald ("upper body") are dealing with injuries.
-The Penguins have hired Andy O'Brien as "director of sport science and performance." He has served as center Sidney Crosby's personal trainer since 2000.
-EN Says: Absurdly worded title aside, O'Brien's hire and the departure of former strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar last week illustrates a change in direction for the Penguins in how they want their players to train. Considering all the man games they have lost the past few years, a new direction can't hurt.
-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward John Flesch. A free agent signing midway through the 1977-78 season, Flesch's Penguins career amounted to 29 games and 12 points that campaign. He was released in the 1978 offseason.
-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward, coach and scout Rick Kehoe (right). Acquired prior to 1974-75 season in a deal which sent Blaine Stoughton and a draft pick to the Maple Leafs, Kehoe spent 11 seasons with the Penguins as a player. He immediately showed what he could do with the Penguins in 1974-75 by playing in 76 games and netting 32 goals and 63 points. He appeared in nine postseason games that spring and recorded two assists. His numbers improved in 1975-76 as he recorded 76 points in 71 games. He failed to record a point in three playoff games that season. The 1976-77 season saw him appear in all 80 of the team's games and record his second 30-goal season with the Penguins while netting 57 points. He appeared in three postseason games that spring and recorded two assists. Kehoe's production took a slide over the next two seasons as he had 50 points in 70 games during 1977-78 and 45 points in 57 games during 1978-79. During the 1979 playoffs, he contributed two assists. He rebounded in 1979-80 with a team-leading 30 goals and 60 points in 79 games and netted seven points in five playoff games. Kehoe's finest season was in 1980-81 when he appeared in 80 games while scoring a career-best 55 goals and 88 points and recorded three assists in five games. His 55 goals were a franchise record at the time. He followed that up in 1981-82 by recording 85 points in 71 games. That spring, he scored five points in a near-upset of the defending Stanley Cup champion Islanders in a five-game preliminary round series. Kehoe scored both of the Penguins' game-winning goals that series. The decline for Kehoe and the Penguins began in 1982-83 as he was limited to 65 points in 75 games. Injuries began to take their toll in 1983-84 as he could only appear in 57 games and score 45 points. Finally, in 1984-85, Kehoe could only squeeze six games and two assists out of his battered body before retiring at the age of 33. At the time of his retirement, Kehoe was the team's all-time leading scorer with 636 points. The team brought Kehoe back as an assistant coach in 1987-88 and he held that position on and off until early in 2001-02. During that time, Kehoe was a member of the team's first two Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992. Early in 2001-02, Kehoe took over as head coach for Ivan Hlinka. Under Kehoe, the team went 28-37-8-5 and missed the playoffs. Kehoe returned in 2002-03 but once again failed to reach the postseason with a 27-44-6-5 record. He was replaced in the 2003 offseason by Eddie Olczyk. One of the team's most accomplished players, Kehoe was inducted into the franchise's hall of fame in 1992. He is the franchise's fifth all-time leading scorer with 636 points trailing only Mario Lemieux (1,723), Jaromir Jagr (1,079), Sidney Crosby (853) and Evgeni Malkin (702). Appearing in two all-star games (1981 and 1983) and winning the Lady Byng Award in 1981, Kehoe is fourth all-time with the franchise in games played (722), fourth in goals (312), eighth in assists (324) and fifth in power-play goals (95). In 37 postseason games he scored 21 points. He currently works as a professional scout with the Rangers.
-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Chuck Arnason. Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Bob Paradise in a deal which sent Al McDonough to the Atlanta Flames, "The Rifleman" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Following the trade, Arnason appeared in 41 games and scored 18 points for the Penguins in 1973-74. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 1974-75. Primarily playing on a line Pierre Larouche and Bob "Battleship" Kelly, Arnason played in 78 games and recorded 58 points. He also contributed six points in nine playoff games that spring. In 1975-76, after 30 games and 10 points, Arnason was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Steve Durbano and a draft pick in exchange for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and a draft pick. In 169 games with the Penguins, Arnason scored 86 points, 98th-most in franchise history.
-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy (right). A fourth-round pick in 2004, Kennedy spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2007-08, "TK" was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and appeared in 55 games while recording 19 points. He also appeared in all 20 of the team's playoff games that spring and contributed four assists. In 2008-09, Kennedy played in 67 games and netted 35 points. In the playoffs, he once again played in all 24 of the club's playoff games while recording a team-leading three game-winning goals and nine points and helped the franchise win its third Stanley Cup title. Kennedy's numbers took a tumble in 2009-10 as he only appeared in 64 games and scored 25 points. In 10 postseason games that season, he failed to score a point. He rebounded in 2010-11 by reaching career highs in games (80), goals (21), assists (24) and points (45). That spring, he appeared in seven postseason games and contributed three points. In 2011-12, injuries limited Kennedy to 60 games and 33 points. During the 2012 postseason, he saw action in six games and recorded six points. The 2012-13 season saw Kennedy play in 46 games and score 11 points. Kennedy appeared in nine postseason games and scored five points. Last offseason, Kennedy was traded to the Sharks in exchange for a draft pick. In 372 games with the Penguins, Kennedy scored 168 points, 50th-most in franchise history. In 76 postseason games, he had 27 points. Kennedy is currently a free agent.
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-The Devils re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Eric Gelinas to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.15 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Gelinas' new deal will have a cap hit of $1.575 million. Gelinas, 24, appeared in 61 games last season and scored 19 points (six goals, 13 assists). This signing avoids arbitration.
-EN Says: With the Devils rebuilding, Gelinas is poised to be a big part of their future. A large player (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), Gelinas is blessed with offensive abilities including a large shot. He still needs to work on his defense. This could serve as a bridge contract towards a larger deal.
-The Rangers signed restricted free agent forward Emerson Etem to a one-year, two-way contract. The Rangers acquired his signing rights in a deal with the Ducks.
-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent minor league forward Oscar Lindberg to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.3 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $675,000, Lindberg's new deal will have a cap hit of $650,000. Appearing in 75 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack last season, Lindberg scored 56 points (28 goals, 28 assists).
-In the wake of his recent arrest for impaired driving, Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly is expected to be referred for evaluation under the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mark Pysyk to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.25 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $870,000, Pysyk's new contract will have a cap hit of $1.125 million. Pysyk appeared in seven NHL games last season and scored three points (two goals, one assist).
-EN Says: Pysyk is a former first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in 2010 who has never quite nailed down a full-time role at the NHL level. He has puck moving abilities. With the Sabres in a re-build, he will have ample chance to claim an NHL role.
-Coming off their second straight season in 30th place, the Sabres have hiked single-game ticket prices.
-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent forward Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract.
-Unrestricted free agent Johnny Oduya (right) will not re-sign with the Blackhawks.
-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Brendan Shinnimin to one-year, two-way contracts. Each signing avoids arbitration.
-Former Kings/Islanders/Oilers/Rangers/Capitals/Flames/Canucks/Ducks forward Josh Green has joined KooKoo of Finland's Liiga.
-Former Robert Morris defenseman Denny Urban has joined the Straubing Tigers of Germany's DEL.
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