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  1. NHL ROSTER JT Miller - Logan Couture - Rick Nash Alex Killorn - Brandon Dubinsky - James Neal Johan Larsson - Alexander Wennberg - Tommy Wingels Shane Prince - Riley Nash - Patrick Eaves Extras: Nick Cousins, Stefan Matteau, Matt Stajan Alec Martinez - Kris Letang Jake McCabe - David Savard John Moore - Eric Gelinas Henrik Lundqvist Michael Neuvirth TOP PROSPECTS Shea Theodore Anthony Mantha Mathew Barzal Nick Schmaltz Julius Nattinen Noah Juulsen The Pittsburgh Penguins are excited for the upcoming year of hockey. Last year the team was decimated by injuries and did not ice a 23 man roster until February but that will not happen again. GM Watermelons went into the offseason aiming to improve the team's depth while adding another top six scoring threat. Although the top six group stays the same for now, the bottom six has been revamped with the additions of Tommy Wingels, Riley Nash, and Johan Larsson. Factoring in another big step from Alex Wennberg, GM Watermelons is confident that depth will no longer be an issue. Barring the inability to add another top six forward, Pittsburgh is confident that Rick Nash will have a huge bounce back year to solidify the top six. The D group features a new second pairing in David Savard and Jake McCabe. Savard is a consistent fantasy force who provides good category coverage. McCabe is a younger d-man who is expected to take on a bigger role on his real life team (Buffalo) and was named one of the top three players for the 2016 IIHF World Championships. These two help close the gap between the Penguins top two d-men and the rest of the d-core. The defence struggled to produce at a consistent level last year when one of Martinez or Letang got injured. The team is also excited to see how Anthony Mantha, Shea Theodore, Michael Keranen and Kyle Rau have improved over the summer. All three got a small taste of NHL action last year and are expected to make an appearance with the big club sometime throughout the year. TRADE RUMOURS GM Watermelons has been recorded expressing a desire to add on waiver ineligible players to his team. He understands that these players are in high demand and is willing to package a depth player with picks/prospects to acquire one.
  2. Pittsburgh would like to thank GM Salter for the smooth negotiations process. Negotiations took longer than expected but once we heard Comissioner @Master Mind publicly ask us to make a trade to show off our new logo, the Pens knew the deal had to be closed ASAP. We would also like to thank Brian Gionta, Byron Froese and Mitchell Vande Sompel for their services in Vancouver. In particular, Gionta was a calming influence last year as the team got struck by injuries and helped us in our push to make the playoffs. That said, we are pleased to welcome Tommy Wingels and Matt Stajan onto the team. Wingels has been a consistent fantasy player for a couple years and we believe that he will be a strong middle six presence on the team. His fantasy points production did drop below his usual level during the playoffs but we are confident he will bounce back with a strong showing next year. Stajan has been declining as of late but he will be a serviceable depth player for the Penguins for the duration of his contract. Pittsburgh has had a quiet offseason compared to many of its division rivals and while we are confident in our team, we are still looking for ways to improve. We are looking to acquire more waiver ineligible players for the team.
  3. Over the years Vancouver has been a top destination for free agents, regardless of players who play here. We live in a beautiful city that has mild weather changes and a passionate fan base. Cities like Winnipeg and Edmonton have a much harder time attracting people than us. Oh we also have these two players called the Sedins that have done their fair share of attracting players to play here. The Oilers were NOT tanking the last three years. They simply sucked. That's why it was hilarious how they won the McDavid sweepstakes. Buffalo and Arizona tanked but failed. Three years before you commented on the Oiler's potential top six group other people talked about how the Oilers were on the verge of dominating the NHL with their new top six core - Eberle (22nd overall), Paajarvi (10th overall), Hall (1st overall), RNH (1st overall), and Yakupov (1st overall). Clearly that worked out for them, right? Paajarvi scored more than 30 points once in his career, Hall turned into Larsson, RNH is a middle six forward, and Yakupov is reportedly worth a 3rd round pick. Those three first overall picks sure panned out great (sarcasm). Yes, Eberle and Hall have had productive seasons in the NHL but the Oilers are STILL bottom 5 year after year. Why do people bring up the Oilers as an example for why we should tank? Makes no sense. Why not talk about Chicago or Pittsburgh who have actually had success in the NHL? Those teams also have their fair share of draft pick busts including, but not limited to, Cam Barker, Jack Skille, Kyle Beach, etc. Pittsburgh won the cup this year and their best line was formed from three guys who were acquired in a trade - Kessel, Hagelin, and Bonino. San Jose was in a similar position as us a year or two ago and with a couple free agent acquisitions and young players developing into key pieces they ended up in the finals. I wonder if they regret not blowing up the team. There is more than one way to build a team. You want top 10 picks? Well we have those already - Sedins, Horvat, Virtanen, Juolevi, and now Gudbranson. We just signed a guy who scored 60+ points twice and 70+ points three times. People want to draft in the top 5 for a guy who scores 60-70 a year and we just got one for free. He also plays a strong two way game. Don't forget that players can also develop into more than their draft position suggests. We have a couple of those gems in our system as well - Hutton, Tanev, Burrows, and Edler. Don't forget that we have two of hockey's top prospects in Boeser and Demko. I'm not saying that we'll become a force in the NHL overnight but no one said this retool/rebuild will be easy.
  4. If we blow up the team and end up with a top 5 draft pick we'd be drafting a guy who we hope can score 60-70 points in the NHL. Eriksson has three 70+ point season and two 60+ point seasons already. He scored 30+ goals last season while playing a strong two way game. I'd say that he's one of the more underrated players in the NHL so I have no problem with the signing. As others have mentioned, Gudbranson is also going to be a huge piece for us going forward. Edmonton gave up Hall for Larsson while we give up McCann and a 2nd. That's a steal of a deal for us if you ask me. People need to realize that there is more than one way to build a team and compared to where we were 2 years ago we are in a much better place.
  5. Pittsburgh selects Markus Nurmi @inane
  6. I don't want to clog the other thread but the 19th overall pick has been traded. @Captain Woodget you're up!
  7. Pittsburgh is looking to lose cap space. Willing to package picks/prospects to reduce cap. We hold the 19th and 49th overall picks.
  8. Is Fantrax not showing the FP/G and overall FP for the 2015/16 regular season for you guys? It shows all zeros for me now...
  9. All of Pittsburgh's picks are available for trade. Looking to acquire a roster player. That includes the 19th overall and 49th overall picks.
  10. NHL ROSTER JT Miller - Logan Couture - Rick Nash Alex Killorn - Brandon Dubinsky - James Neal Johan Larsson - Alexander Wennberg - Tommy Wingels Shane Prince - Riley Nash - Patrick Eaves Extras: Nick Cousins, Stefan Matteau, Matt Stajan Alec Martinez - Kris Letang Jake McCabe - David Savard John Moore - Shea Theodore Eric Gelinas Henrik Lundqvist Michael Neuvirth PROSPECTS Michael Keranen - Mathew Barzal - Anthony Mantha Dennis Yan - Nick Schmaltz - Conor Garland Joey Hishon - Julius Nattinen - Noah Gregor Markus Nurmi Adam Clendening - Noah Juulsen Brenden Kitchton- Thomas Schemitsch Dean Kukan - James de Haas Stephon Williams
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    Rumours are that GM Watermelons is looking to add young roster players on playoff teams to make a deep run next year. He's been heard singling out the following players as available for sale: -G Michael Neuvrith 6.84FP/G ($1,625,000): His FP/G ranks 6th amongst goalies who played at least 5 games last NHL season. Neuvirth played 32 games last season and it is very probable that he plays even more, given Mason's inconsistency and history with injuries. Also comes at a $1.6mill cap hit. Would be a great fit for someone who is looking to solidify their goalie depth. -C/LW Brandon Dubinsky 4.75 FP/G ($5,850,000): One of the most consistent forces in CDC Puck all year. Providing solid production all around production (goals, assists, hits, blocked shots). Also part of an up and coming Columbus team that could be making the playoffs as soon as next year. -C/LW Johan Larsson 2.22 FP/G ($900,000): A young guy with plenty of offensive potential who is signed for a great deal until 2018. He plays on a young Buffalo team that is full of NHL ready talent. Larsson finished the season strong with 6 points in his last 5 games and provides good all around production (SOGS, hits, etc.). He would be a great fit with a team that is looking to rebuild and add a talented young roster player. -RW Brian Gionta 2.45 FP/G ($4,250,000): Solid veteran player who provides good production for a middle six player. He plays on an improving Buffalo team and could see plenty of ice time with many talented youngsters. Available for cheap. -D David Savard 3.75 FP/G ($4,000,000): A good young d-man who is starting to make an offensive impact in the NHL. He also provides a lot of hits and block shots. Signed to a cheap $4 mill cap hit until 2019. -D Nicklas Grossman 2.37 FP/G (unsigned): Exclusive negotiation rights available. Could be resigned for cheap and provide a good veteran presence from the blue line.
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    All draft picks from the Pittsburgh Penguins are available. Looking to acquire young NHL players on playoff teams.
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    The following players are available for trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins: -Mikael Backlund ($3.575 mill cap hit) - 3.68 FP/G -Brian Gionta ($4.250 mill cap hit) - 2.45 FP/G -Brandon Dubinsky ($5.850 mill cap hit) - 4.75 FP/G -Jake Gardiner ($4.050 mill cap hit) - 2.75 FP/G -All draft picks in 2016 and 2017 Pittsburgh is looking to lose salary and add players that are on playoff teams. We are looking to acquire a similar player back and are not interested in trading a guy like Dubinsky for two or three smaller pieces.
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    Congratulations to @Drewismyname and the Detroit Red Wings for advancing on to Round 2. It was a hard fought series and the Penguins just did not have the depth to match up against Detroit's team. Best of luck going into the second round!
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    I prefer CDC for sure. It seems a lot more reliable than Fantrax and everyone is familiar with using it. I'll vote for option 5 (first two rounds quick then long draft on CDC)