Jason Mackey's Penguins chat: 6.22.17
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guest
1:02
I understand the Stanley Cup will get a new ring added this year, does this mean the Penguins will be the first team on the new ring?
Jason Mackey
1:02
Believe so. And they have to take some off. Would encourage you to read this: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/09/hockey-lore-is-removed-but-not-fo...
guest
1:02
With Murray being a rookie, why was he not exempt from the expansion draft like Guentzel was?
Jason Mackey
1:03
Expansion was based off of years as a pro. You're forgetting Murray's time in Wilkes-Barre, when he was getting paid. Guentzel was in college. That's the difference.
Gordon C.
1:03
With Fleury officially in Vegas, who will the Penguins target as a backup? Trade for a backup, sign one in free agency, or bring up Jarry full time? Personally, I'd like to see them bring in Eddie Lack from Carolina now that Scott Darling has signed there.
Jason Mackey
1:04
Lack is the type that would make a lot of sense. Names for potential backup goaltenders have not been floated, but I would expect them to sign a veteran backup as insurance. Counting on Jarry is scary because he's never played an extended stretch of games at the NHL level.
Mike
1:04
Did the Pens get snookered in having to give up a 2nd round draft pick for Fleury?   I was thinking a 6th round draft pick, maybe 4th round tops.   2nd seems like they got played, a very steep price to protect Rust.
Jason Mackey
1:05
They did. Is that a bad thing? With the rules they way they were, we saw all over the league George McPhee (Vegas GM) juice draft picks out of teams. I think GMJR would do the same thing. It looks bad when you compare it to potential return -- losing a second versus getting, say, a fifth -- but if you traded him at the deadline, Jarry starts against Columbus, and you're probably out in the first round. They paid a small price to have a No. 1 goalie win a pair of playoff series.
Passe-A-Grille,FL.Pansy
1:06
Hello, Jason. My man missed out on Marc Andre Fleury's autograph session due to his office job. Even though he was just drafted by Las Vegas, will the Pens have any Fleury merchandise auctions? My BF says he's determined to get his hands on, "anything Fleury"!
Jason Mackey
1:06
I have no idea the team's plans on merchandise auctions. I would encourage you to check with them.
Andrew Gill
1:06
Which current Penguin player is missing the most teeth?
Jason Mackey
1:07
Not sure. It's tough because some cover 'em up and others such as Justin Schultz don't. Crosby took a shot earlier in the season, too. In Buffalo, I believe. I'm going with either Schultz or Hainsey.
Andy
1:07
Hi Jason, any chance the Pens will make a nice trade with the VGK today? Hearing anything? I'm hoping Nate Schmidt becomes a Pen
Jason Mackey
1:07
I wouldn't count on it.
Matt Coohill
1:07
The NHL site says the Penguins traded their 2nd round pick (2020) to the Golden Knights for "future considerations." I think everyone can assume it's nothing, but why was the trade structured that way?
Jason Mackey
1:07
I'm not sure. I didn't see that. That's strange. I'll have to check that out.
Andy
1:08
Pens linked to Duchene rumors again, as well as Kane, Radulov.  I don't understand the need to pay $6 mil to Duchene to be a third center, or to pay $6 mil for another winger when we have cheap talent there already....unless they are shipping out Hags or Horny. Have you heard anything?
Jason Mackey
1:09
Guys, not going to get into hypotheticals here. If you can provide a link to what you're talking about it, we can talk. But I'm not going to address blind hypotheticals.
Andy
1:09
Maatta always seems to be in these trade rumors too.  Is JR really going to ship out a young blueliner for another expensive forward we don't need as the highest goal-scoring team last year?  The only reason to trade him is if you think you can get a better D man to replace him...not for another forward. Thoughts?
Jason Mackey
1:09
The Penguins value Maatta, otherwise they would have been OK exposing him to Las Vegas.
Bill
1:10
Is Jarry ready to the handle the backup role or do you think the Pens will look for a veteran goaltender in free agency to be the backup?   Seems kind of risky to rely solely on two goaltenders under the age of 24 to backstop a Stanley Cup team.
Jason Mackey
1:10
I think they'll look for a veteran backup in free agency.
John
1:10
How would you rank the Pens' Stanley Cup teams in order from favorite to fifth most favorite?    It's really difficult, but I would go 1992, 2009, 2017, 1991, 2016.   What say you?
Jason Mackey
1:11
Good question, John. I don't really have "favorites" the way fans do, but I'll say this: I think this year, given what they overcame, might be the most impressive. The first one will always be special.
jIM
1:11
Were the Pens seriously worried about Vegas not taking MAF hence the inclusion of a draft pick?
Jason Mackey
1:11
I wouldn't say "worried," but this was a bargaining tool Vegas used on a lot of other teams, not just the Penguins.
PensSeattle
1:12
tough decisions in salary cap world... considering depth at forward in the pipeline, is now the time to move Kessel's $6.8/yr cap hit for defensive depth/help?  Kessel for Dumba?  young, affordable Dman with upside and still allows you to sign others, including Schultz.  Hope for the best with Letang but he is coming off neck surgery and has a history of injuries.  Sorry for the long question, thnx
Jason Mackey
1:12
No worries. It's a fair question, but I would say no. I think Kessel adds value; there's a reason he's 2 for 2 winning Stanley Cups. I don't see it happening. I think with Fleury in Vegas and other contract changes, the room will be there to add on defense.
Tim Gerth
1:12
Will a good veteran goalie, such as Mike Condon, now be a main trade target for the Pens or will they stick with their young tandem?
Jason Mackey
1:13
Mike Condon would be a perfect target for them. I have a hard time seeing Ottawa let him get away, though.
Tim Gerth
1:13
Which RFA's and UFA's will be the most likely to stick around?
Jason Mackey
1:13
I think they'll try to bring back Kunitz and Ruhwedel, provided someone doesn't throw a stupid amount of money at Kunitz. ... I think the other guys will move on.
Dwayne-PGHGuy
1:14
Foregone conclusion that Quebec is eventually the 32nd franchise? Are they naming that team the "Clovers"? Great name, by the way - definitely the pick!
Jason Mackey
1:14
Dwayne -- have to stick to on-topic stuff. Sorry. You've asked about 20 goofy questions that I can't tackle. Thanks for participating. Really appreciate you hanging out. But I need to stay relatively on topic. Thanks. ... I do think Quebec is next, and it will be the Nordiques. Within 2-3 years.
DW
1:15
Are you aware of any specific players the Pens are interested in obtaining from free agency?
Jason Mackey
1:16
I know boxes they're looking to check, put it that way. At least one bottom-six center. Some toughness -- from a guy who can fit within Sullivan's system. Depth on defense, and a right shot would be great. It isn't always about targeting specific players, although sometimes that happens, but more addressing areas of need.
guest
1:16
Who decides which names go on the Stanley cup?   Are there any players such at Strait or Rudwedal that might get left off?
Jason Mackey
1:17
There's criteria, and you can petition for more. Ruhwedel and Streit are likely two names the Penguins will petition the NHL to add.
Rahn
1:17
The forwards to keep an eye on from W-B/S are pretty easy to guess: Daniel Sprong, Zach Ashton-Reese and Thomas Di Pauli. What about the defense? Who is management excited to see with another year of experience? Lukas Bengtsson? Ethan Prow? Jeff Taylor? Dylan Zink? Connor Hall probably in another few years.
Jason Mackey
1:18
Bengsston and Prow are the next up, as I understand it. Also don't forget about Frank Corrado. He'll be in the mix for next season. Also wouldn't be surprised to see the Penguins go defense high in the upcoming draft.
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