Penguins add Petri, Rota and Smith to the core collection

After the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, NHL.com is considering where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, Pittsburgh Penguins:

2021-22 season: 46-25-11, third in the capital division; Lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Main arrivals

Jeff PetriDr: The 34-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with Montreal Canadiens on July 16 for defenseman Mike Matheson and a fourth-round pick in the NHL Draft 2023. Petrie scored 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 68 games last season, 11 (2 goals, 9 assists) in his last 11 games after returning from a lower body injury. … Ryan BoehlingF: The 23-year-old arrived at Petrie after collecting 17 points (nine goals and eight assists) in 57 NHL games last season and provides the depth needed for the bottom six. … Jean RutaDr: The 32-year-old signed a three-year contract on July 13. The two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning (2020, 2021) scored 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 76 NHL games. Last season. … Ty SmithDr: The 22-year-old was obtained by a third-round pick in the 2023 draft of the New Jersey Devils for man of defense. John Marino On July 16. After scoring 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in 66 games last season, Smith was able to take on Pierre-Olivier Joseph for last place on the left side.

Video: Brian Burke in a bad season for the Penguins

Main departures

Mike MathesonDr: He scored in the National Hockey League 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 74 games last season, second in the Penguins’ defense behind him. Chris Letang (68 points; 10 goals, 58 assists). Matheson led Pittsburgh in center with six points (one goal, five assists) in seven Stanley Cup games. … John MarinoDr: He scored 25 points (1 goal, 24 assists) in 81 games last season. Marino has scored four goals in 133 games in the past two seasons, but there was harmony in an ordinary duo Marcus Peterson. … Brian BoyleF: He earned 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 66 games last season after signing a professional test contract on September 3, 2021, and not playing in 2020-21. The 37-year-old remains an unrestricted free agent.

On the edge

Pierre-Olivier Joseph, d: The 23-year-old, who was selected by the Arizona Wolf in the first round (#23) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 20 games for the Penguins. Joseph could remain at the level of the NHL this season, tasked in part with replacing the lost production of Matheson. … Casper Bjorkvist, Ph: The 25-year-old, selected in the second round (#61) of the 2016 NHL Draft, made his National Hockey League debut last season, scoring one goal in six games, and having 12 points (eight goals, four assists). ) in 54 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton NHL games during his first full professional season. … Valtteri Puustinen, F: The 23-year-old, a seventh-round pick (#203) in the 2019 NHL Draft, earned an assist in his NHL debut against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 11. He had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 73 AHL games last season.

They still need

The Penguins are content to return a similar set, leaving few possible moves after the signing of Letang and the attackers Yevgeny MalkinAnd the Brian RustAnd the Ricard RaquelAnd the Casperi Cabanen And the Danton Heinen for new decades. They will need to reduce their salaries to come into line with the NHL’s salary cap, perhaps by making another deal.

they said that

When my agent mentioned [Pittsburgh] For me, my eyes got kind of big because you look at what they’ve done in the past and the list they have, just talking to some people, it’s a great organization, a great team. Their desire to win is very clear. That’s the most exciting thing for me to be in a team that’s ready and eager to win.” Defender Jeff Petrie

imaginative focus

Letang had a career NHL lead in points and was tied for sixth in the NHL among defenders. He also had the seventh most shots on target in position (214) and tied with him Noah Dobson The New York Islanders are eighth in strengths (22). Letang should be considered a top 60 fantasy player overall and a top 10 defense choice after re-signing with the Penguins to maintain his three-time Stanley Cup championship with him and the elite positions. Sidney Crosby And the owners are healthy. He could also benefit from having more support around him after Petrie was acquired by Pittsburgh, which renewed his imaginative appeal. Petrie had four consecutive 40-point seasons for the Canadians from 2017-18 to 2020-21. – Anna Dua

Expected lineup

Jake Goentzel – Sidney Crosby – Brian Rust

Jason Zucker – Evgeny Malkin – Ricardo Raquel

Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Casperi Cabanen

Ryan Boehling – Teddy BloggerBrooke McGinn

Brian Dumoulin – Chris Letang

Marcus Peterson – Jeff Petrie

Ty Smith – Jean Ruta

Tristan Garry

Casey Desmith

The injured: Drake Kajuula

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