Jason Mackey's Penguins chat: 7.13.17
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Lukas
1:47
Do you think Rowney get first shot at 4th line C if Cullen retires or do you think it'll be an UFA or possibly a guy like Adam Johnson?
Jason Mackey
1:48
If Cullen retires, I wouldn't be surprised if they sign a veteran for cheap so Rowney doesn't have to be counted upon to play center. Honestly, I thought he was a lot better on the wing. I wouldn't play him at center unless I had to.
CarlyDishong
1:49
I like Archibald on the 4th line. Chances he's there for the start of the regular season?
Jason Mackey
1:49
I think fairly good. With Kunitz gone, I think that increased his chances. I also think to acquire a 3C and fit everything under the cap, someone like Wilson or Kuhnhackl could easily be included to sweeten the pot, if necessary.
Jaromir Jagr
1:49
Will the Penguins call me do you think
Jason Mackey
1:50
I wish, Jags. But no. You in no way fit what the Penguins are trying to do, and it's a [darn] shame.
HB
1:50
why would cullen want to go to a trainwreck that is the western conference capitals hes stated multiple times he loves Pittsburgh and he said its great for his kids to be around the pens franchise.
Jason Mackey
1:51
Because he's from Minnesota, his wife is from Minnesota, and she has admitted she's homesick. They also want to get their boys in public school, entrenched in that life. That's one of the reasons Matt has thought about retiring. To do that and play one more year with a good team ... I think that may be too much to resist. Cullen also said what he said before Minnesota showed interest.
John
1:51
How many more years of their prime do you think Crosby and Geno have?
Jason Mackey
1:51
More than I'm comfortable handicapping at this point.
MFA
1:51
What's your take on Corrado? Do you think there's potential there, maybe another Schultz on a smaller scale?
Jason Mackey
1:52
Yeah, I definitely saw some potential. I didn't see an NHL-ready player, however. I think he'll really benefit from working with Gonchar. How far he comes will dictate whether he sees NHL time this year.
Jaromir Jagr
1:52
Cmon man, I'm still fast
Jason Mackey
1:52
If you came back here, it might be the single greatest story in the history of Pittsburgh sports.
Lukas
1:52
Do you have any guys you'd like to see then Pens target in FA or through trade?
Jason Mackey
1:53
I think Tyler Bozak is very appealing. I'd also like to see them bring in Jaromir Jagr, although I'll admit that makes zero sense and is good only for me.
Eric
1:56
The team seems to have an abundance of NHL level wings ie. Wilson, Kuhnackl, Archibald, Hagelin, and even Sprong eventually. Do you think the team will try to move any of these guys for potentially a third line center?
Jason Mackey
1:57
I think they could be packaged. I don't think they could net a third-line center by themselves. I worry about the tradeability of Hagelin given his contract, but it would give them financial flexibility -- sorry, I know we all hate that term. I also wonder who would want Hagelin for his production and that number.
JamesinNYC
1:57
I was listening to the NHL station on Sirius...they were downplaying college FA but the Pens have done well.  Luck or just old school thinking on their part?
Jason Mackey
1:58
Jimmy Vesey hasn't stunk. Wait until Aston-Reese, Ethan Prow and Thomas Di Pauli are integral parts of the Penguins. There are obviously more. I wouldn't say you should build your team 1-23 like that, but I think it's important to be active on the market; you can find value, and the Penguins have.
Lukas
1:58
I like Bozak but I'd rather the Pens step-up and go after a guy like Kadri. I know he'd take more to acquire but after watching him play against Ovi in the playoffs, I'd love to have him as our 3C.
Jason Mackey
1:59
Absolutely. I'd take Kadri in a heartbeat. I don't know why Toronto would let him go.
guest
1:59
I am really bummed they did not resign Kunitz.... for the deal he got you would think they would have brought him back for his leadership and experience alone
Jason Mackey
1:59
I was similarly surprised. If he would have gotten 2-3 years or like $4 million from some desperate team, I would have understood the Penguins letting him walk. Not for one year and $2 million. I thought that was reasonable. Clearly they don't think he has much good hockey left.
2:00
OK, folks. That does it. Will hopefully be talking to Pouliot soon, then have to head into the office for a staff meeting, following by a P-G sports department happy hour. Look out. Thanks for participating. Always enjoy these. I'm on vacation next week, but let's do this again the week after.
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