Pittsburgh Penguins Player News: All Positions

News: Marino agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Impact: Marino will forego his senior season with Havard to instead join the Penguins' organization. The blueliner put up 11 points in 33 games last year and figures to see significant minutes with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2019-20. With the signing of Marino, Pittsburgh will send a 2021 sixth-round pick to the Oilers.
News: Marino was brought in by the Penguins from the Oilers in exchange for a 2021 conditional sixth-round pick.
Impact: Pittsburgh will only have to fork over the pick if the team signs Marino to an entry-level contract. The blueliner is set to captain Harvard this season, his final year of collegiate eligibility. In his prior three campaigns, the 22-year-old notched seven goals and 35 helpers in 101 contests.
News: Summers inked a one-year contract with German side Nurnberg on Wednesday.
Impact: After spending the past three seasons in the AHL without an NHL appearance, Summers will transition to the DEL, his first foray into European hockey. The 31-year-old saw action in 70 NHL games with the Coyotes and Rangers, in which he notched two goals, seven helpers and 52 shots. The blueliner figures to close out his professional career overseas.
News: Aston-Reese agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.
Impact: Aston-Reese did have his arbitration hearing with the league Monday, but it appears that after that meeting, the two-sides were able to reach an agreement. The natural center's deal is one-way in nature, which all but ensures he won't have to spend any time in the minors. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the Staten Island native will need to beat out Dominik Simon for a spot in the lineup Opening Night versus Buffalo on Oct. 3.
News: Aston-Reese and the Penguins met with a salary arbitrator Monday after failing to come to terms on a contract, Dave Molinari of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: While the two sides can still find a middle ground prior to the arbitrator's ruling, it seems unlikely the two sides are going to be able to find a match. While no official terms have been released, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the organization asking for a two-way deal, while the winger is looking for a one-way contract. The additions of Brandon Tanev and Dominik Kahun have likely forced Aston-Reese into a position battle with Dominik Simon for the final spot in the lineup.
News: Blueger agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.5 million contract with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Impact: Blueger made his NHL debut last season in late January and quickly secured his spot in the lineup. The youngster logged 28 games for the Pens, in which he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots while averaging 11:03 of ice time. With a one-way deal in place, the Latvian center won't have to worry about spending time in the minors and should provide solid scoring depth in a fourth-line role.
News: Johnson inked a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Friday worth $700,000 at the NHL level.
Impact: Johnson put up 18 goals and 25 assists in 67 games with the Baby Pens last season. The center likely will begin the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but he'll be an option throughout the year if a call-up is needed.
News: Cullen announced his retirement Wednesday.
Impact: Cullen revealed in April that he was considering retirement, and after consulting with friends and family, he's decided to walk away from the game. The 42-year-old registered 20 points over 71 games with Pittsburgh during his final season of action, his lowest total of his 14-year career.
News: Aston-Reese filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Aston-Reese had the best season of his two-year NHL career in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (eight), assists (nine), points (17), shots on goal (76) and hits (138). The New York native also saw the ice an average of 2:16 more than he did in 2017-18. It's understandable that the Pens would want to keep Aston-Reese around, and therefore the negotiations on a new salary for the upcoming season should likely be done before the arbitration hearings.
News: Blandisi put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins on Wednesday.
Impact: Blandisi played in just six games for Pittsburgh last season, in which he notched zero points, seven shots and six hits while logging 5:51 of ice time per game. The center could make his way onto the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Sabres on Oct. 3, but he will be hard pressed to surpass Teddy Blueger and may have to spend time in the minors.
News: Agozzino inked a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.4 million at the NHL level with the Penguins on Monday.
Impact: Agozzino saw action in just 11 games for the Avs last season, in which he tallied one goal, one assist and 11 shots while averaging 7:49 of ice time. Pittsburgh has a bevy of talented wingers looking for opportunities, including the recently acquired Dominik Kahun, so Agozzino will likely have to settle for at least starting the year in the minors.
News: Warsofsky signed a two-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Monday worth $1.4 million at the NHL level.
Impact: After a two-year stint with Colorado, Warsofsky rejoins the Penguins organization on a two-way deal. Given Pittsburgh's blue line depth, the 29-year-old will likely need somebody to pick up an injury to crack the 23-man roster, but should be atop the shortlist of potential call-ups.
News: Tanev secured a six-year, $21 million contract from the Penguins on Monday.
Impact: Tanev is coming off a career year in which he recorded personal bests in games played (80), goals (14), assists (15) and shots (127). The winger figures to take on a bottom-six role with the Penguins, but could challenge for top-six minutes on the second line with Evgeni Malkin. If he does get to play with one of Pittsburgh's stars, he could push for the 40-point mark in 2019-20.
News: Joseph and Alex Galchenyuk were traded to the Penguins from the Coyotes for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Joseph was the 23rd overall pick in 2017 and split time between Charlottetown and Drummondville in the juniors last season. The 6-foot-2 defenseman will turn 20 on July 1. Joseph tallied 39 points in 47 games in 2018-19.
News: Galchenyuk and Pierre-Joseph Olivier were traded to the Penguins from the Coyotes for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Galchenyuk was acquired by the Coyotes from the Canadiens in June 2018 and will once again head to a new team one year later. The 25-year-old had 19 goals and 22 assists in 72 games during his lone season in Arizona, and he's exceeded 40 points in five straight campaigns.
News: Taylor will hit the open market after Pittsburgh declined to give him a qualifying offer Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Taylor was drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft. After a four-year career at Union College, the 25-year-old spent the past three years bouncing between the AHL and ECHL. With no clear path to the Penguins locker room, the Albany, New York native will be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent.
News: Blandisi received a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Blandisi was acquired by the Penguins from Anaheim in January and appears to have earned himself at least another year with the franchise. The 24-year-old garnered nine goals and 11 helpers in 27 games with the Baby Pens. The acquisition of Dominik Kahun and emergence of Teddy Blueger could force Bladnisi to spend most of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: Johnson was qualified by the Penguins on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Johnson appeared in six games for Pittsburgh this season, in which he notched two assists, three shots and a plus-2 rating while averaging a meager 5:18 of ice time. The center figures to continue spending time in the minors this upcoming season and could struggle to earn a call-up.
News: Aston-Reese was tendered a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Aston-Reese is coming off a career year, in which he set personal bests in games played (43), goals (eight), assists (nine) and shots (76), so it's not surprising to see the Penguins move to retain his rights. The 24-year-old's spot in the lineup remains tenuous at best -- though he should make the 23-man roster Opening Night -- following the acquisition of Dominik Kahun from Chicago.
News: Blueger was handed a qualifying offer from the Penguins on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: If Blueger were to sign his offer, he would be playing on a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000. Despite playing in just 28 games this season, the youngster's performance, six goals and four assists, could see him take over the fourth-line center role, assuming Matt Cullen opts to retire.
News: Pettersson was given a qualifying offer from the Penguins on Tuesday, Taylor Hasse of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Pettersson was a lock to receive a qualifying offer from the Penguins, in order to retain his rights, as the blueliner figures to be a mainstay in the lineup this season. There is little chance the Swede will agree to sign his one-year, two-way offer worth $874,215 and instead will be looking for a more long term, higher value deal this summer. With the departure of Olli Maatta, Pettersson could be vaulted into Pittsburgh's top-four defensemen.
News: Lindberg -- who was acquired by the Golden Knights as part of the Mark Stone deal -- was not given a qualifying offer by the team, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lindberg played for three different teams in the minors this season, logging a total of 61 games in which he tallied five goals and 11 helpers. Where the 23-year-old lands remains to be seen, but a return to the Swedish league certainly isn't out of the question.
News: Trotman penned a two-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday worth $700,000 in the NHL.
Impact: Trotman saw action in 13 games with the Penguins this season, in which he notched one assist, 16 shots and 20 hits while averaging 15:16 of ice time. Pittsburgh's blue line is rather deep, which means Trotman will almost certainly start the year in the minors with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but should be one of the first players considered for a call-up if needed.
News: Czuczman secured a two-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday worth $700,000 at the NHL level.
Impact: Czuczman hasn't appeared in an NHL game since the 2013-14 campaign when he was with the Islanders. Still, the 28-year-old has put together two solid seasons with the Baby Pens, a combined 56 points in 136 games, and should be atop the short list of potential call-ups throughout the upcoming season.
News: Caulfield was drafted 145th overall by the Penguins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Caulfield's offensive opportunities were limited all season long as he filled a depth role for the USNTDP. He played well with the ice time he did receive, but Caulfield doesn't look like he will be much of a scorer at the collegiate or professional levels. What he is, is a huge body (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) who excels at carving out space. His effort level is exceptional and he can complement better offensive players because he is willing to do the dirty work in the corners to make a play. While he has more natural ability than your average fourth-liner, it would be a stretch to project the North Dakota commit in a future top-six role.
News: Legare was drafted 74th overall by the Penguins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: The AHL (and leagues around the world, really) are littered with talented goal scorers that have been held back by a lack of foot speed. That is precisely the dilemma which Legare faces moving forward. After posting just 10 goals in 62 games for Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL in 2017-18, Legare bumped that number up to 45 goals in 67 games this past season. Few junior players have displayed the ability to put the puck in the net as often and consistently as Legare did this season, but his ability to keep up with the pace of the professional game is a question which we won't have the answer to for several more years.
News: Poulin was drafted 21st overall by the Penguins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Poulin is a future power forward with great bloodlines -- his dad played in the NHL. His hockey sense is strong and he's like a dog on a bone with the puck. But his skating is just OK. Poulin's vision, smarts and tenacity will win many fans. But it won't make him a fantasy star ... unless he ends up skating alongside Sid the Kid someday.
News: Kahun was acquired by the Penguins from the Blackhawks on Saturday in exchange for defenseman Olli Maatta. The Penguins also received a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Impact: Kahun had 13 goals and 24 assists and averaged 14:09 of ice time for the Blackhawks this season. The 23-year-old joined Chicago on an entry-level contract in April 2018 and played all 82 games.
News: Kessel appears to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports. According to general manager Jim Rutherford, "I expect Kessel will probably play for Pittsburgh next season"
Impact: Rutherford went on to say, "First of all, he's a good player. He's been a good player for us. It's not as if we have to trade him." Good might be a bit of an understatement regarding a player who has racked up 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins, along with another 20 goals and 36 assists in 65 postseason contests that includes two Stanley Cup championships. The problem for the club is Kessel's limited no-trade clause that allows him to name eight teams he could be traded to, which is what the winger used to block the move to Minnesota. With the 31-year-old still in the squad, Pittsburgh's No. 1 power play should continue to pose problems for the rest of the league and he remains capable of hitting the 80-point mark and beyond.
News: Larmi signed a two-year, entry-level contract worth $700,000 with the Penguins on Sunday.
Impact: Larmi signs from the top league in Finland, where he went 50-44-29 to go along with a 2.07 GAA and .931 save percentage in three seasons with HPK. At 22 years old, he certainly has a chance to get a call to the big club at some point in his career if he keeps developing. For next season, however, it's likely that Larmi starts his career in North America with AHL Wilkes-Barre.
News: Riikola signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Impact: Riikola's deal is one-way in nature, which means that the Penguins would have to risk putting the youngster on waivers in order to send him down to the minors. With the team also signing Chad Ruhwedel to a new contract, it currently has eight blueliners under contract for the 2019-20 campaign, which could be an indication that somebody will get moved via trade, with Jack Johnson perhaps the most likely candidate.
News: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, it's a matter matter of "when" not "if" Kessel will be traded by the Penguins.
Impact: According to LeBrun, Minnesota has emerged as a frontrunner to land Kessel early on, but the American winger would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for that deal to come to fruition. It was clear that the Penguins would likely be looking to shake up their roster after being swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs this year, but it's still a little surprising to see them so eager to move a player that just racked up 27 goals and 82 points in 82 contests.
News: Ruhwedel (upper body) signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: Ruhwedel has only totaled 17 points in 96 contests over the past three seasons with Pittsburgh, but his new contract suggests he may be expected to take on a slightly larger role in 2019-20. Either way, the Penguins currently have a logjam at defense, so they'll almost certainly be looking to trade at least one of their blueliners away this offseason. Ruhwedel missed the final 23 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to an upper-body injury, so now that he's been re-signed, he can shift his focus to getting back to 100 percent in time for training camp.