Penguin Kaspari Kapane contract, Evgeny Malkin in the wing, big 3 statue: Mailbag

Hello why

It’s been more than a while to you, dear readers, and I’ve had the opportunity to mailbag it. However, “mailbag” is not long enough to be used as a moving verb.

Anyway, with so many questions to choose from (thanks, everyone), I’d like to go into the answers. but first …

no i ain’t able to wrap my head around the Penguin‘ contract with caspari kapanen, I tried. And based on the many questions I’ve received about Kapanen’s contract, it’s clear that many of you are struggling with this.

A two-year commitment of $3.2 million a year for a winger who appears to lack an identifiable fit on the roster and was a head-scratching decision by GM Ron Hextall. However, Hextall has mostly had a good off-season, so it’s probably best to rely on him on the Kapanen front.

So, to avoid every question about Kapanen, allow me to sign off on this principle:

Penguins believe their optimal third line includes Jason Zucker And Jeff CarterPartly because Zucker has done well with Carter and didn’t click as expected. Evgeny Malkin, Also, if Zucker and Malkin were injured on the same line, as is possible given their injury history, the Penguins would need to adjust their second line further if Zucker and Malkin were on the same line as well. were not playing.

Enter Kapanen, who showed some chemistry with Malkin, at least in his first season.

If Kaplan as the right wing on the second line centered on the recently expanded Malkin is the third option. Ricard Raquel Lefties can play on that line. Sure, it goes against my forecast athletics first roster estimateBut NHL Life changes like the title of a certain Vin Diesel Auto movie franchise. Alas, roster estimates too. New projection for the front lines:

new forward depth chart



right wing

First line

Jake Gwentzel

Sidney Crosby

Brian Rusto

second line

Ricard Raquel

Evgeny Malkin

caspari kapanen

third row

Jason Zucker

Jeff Carter

Denton Heinen

fourth row

Brock McGuino

teddy blueger

Ryan Pohling


I recommend Zohorn

Drew O’Connor

Josh Archibald

new slot

Now on to some questions!

how upset Denton Heinen Every time he looks up and sees Kapanaan and wonders about his salary? — Ryan Xu

Heen will million Very good reasons to focus on thoughts more productive than jealousy.

Do you agree that Hextall is erecting the fence between winning now and building the future? After Malkin and Letang resign it seems like it should be “all” about the next 3 years and not the draft picks. The second line is mediocre. On paper the RD looks better, however, the LD is missing a true shutdown defender. It looks like Penn’s chance of making the play-offs has been left alone. – Dean you

To be fair, Hextall was hired by a previous owner to span that fence. That’s one reason Hextall was told that the job was essentially a non-win venture by Brian Burke, who advised the Penguins on their GM quest before hiring him as hockey operations president.

On paper, the Penguins are the top-three clubs in the Metropolitan Division. In my eyes, they were at least a second-round club in each of the last two seasons, if only their goal was NHL-level enough. Hextall seems to have assessed this group in a similar way. So, the notion of putting a band together to make the playoffs and hope for the best is probably not the worst move.

Well, the new ownership, I’m told, didn’t want to blow everything up as its first big step into a new market. Hextall was not hired by this ownership group, so he may have felt pressure to follow those wishes to move forward with the group as he/she was. He also has a job to keep.

When seen through those realities, this off-season makes a lot of sense, even if reasonable people disagree with Hextall’s point of view.

How is the current management rate PO Joseph? Is he still exempt? — Jonathan D

My read on POJ is that management feels that it lacks an edge that would enhance its considerable talent. To be candid, I expect him to be among the names we hear in any potential trade of Left Defense personnel.

If you look at the players on the right who have been added to the defense this off-season, they have brought some sandpaper to their game. POJ, he doesn’t bring sandpaper for whatever he brings.

I have to stop near Home Depot.

Are Hextall and Burke’s hands tied in regards to bringing in big wingers who can play a hard physical game and drop the gloves because Sullivan probably won’t play them? – Wayne I

In fact, with those types of wingers not available, those hands are more tied. There are less now than I can remember at any time, so have to haul panthers handed over to the flames For Matthew Tkachuk, The game has changed, and the prototypical power forward is no longer so exclusive – and it is expensive to acquire.

The Penguins lack the assets to enter that game, unless they outgrow an up-and-coming force. It’s just that those players rarely develop how they are estimated.

Did it bother you during the Malkin talks that people imply that Geno’s team was using you as a mouthpiece? I mean, obviously we understand the connection, but I found it objectionable to point out over and over again. love your reporting! — Dalton M

Thanks, Dalton.

Everything that has been said, tweeted or implied about my relationship with Malkin haunts me. Mostly, it’s because I don’t expect people outside – whether in the media or working for the hockey team or reading my articles – to know more about me or Evgeny’s relationship.

We are not friends.

We have very strong professional relationship. He trusts me, and I think that faith has spawned many, many stories that have painted a more complete picture of Evgeny than there are out there.

When it comes to my job, I’ve learned, through a lot of therapy, not to take anything personally. It’s not easy. But with my diagnosed mental and neurological conditions, I can’t afford to worry about controlling what’s out of my control. And what people think is beyond my control.

Do you see that Malkin turns into a wing as he grows up? — Douglas EB

Inevitably, and against his true will, Malkin is probably going to play more on the wing on this four-year contract. especially if, as I suspect is in the cards, the penguins are playing JT Miller next season. Miller can play on center or wing.

Malkin being listed as a winger, or being considered a winger, is probably not in the cards. He plays and thinks like a center. But it certainly seems that over time his most efficient use will be the same as his rookie season or the post-2009 season, when his center duty was on more offense and he took what was essentially the duty of a winger on defense. did.

How is the war in Ukraine having an impact on Russian players and team decisions? – cleo ho

an awful lot. And I emphasize “terrible”.

Several Russian players who were impending free agents could not pass up the chance to return to Russia due to potential government travel issues. Those who have lived in the US and/or Canada for fear of not returning from Russia on time for training camp have not had the chance to see family and friends for over a year. Almost every Russian I know is concerned about someone they love to be in harm’s way because of the war with Ukraine.

This is territory unknown to Russian players and the NHL clubs for which they play. I fear the situation will get more complicated.

What can we expect from the next Crosby contract (bonus: do you think he’ll find a way to include #87 in his next deal like he did with this one)? — Chris Q

Well, Chris, let’s make sure everyone understands that Sidney Crosby has three seasons left on his current contract. And he pulled off a major power play just to keep his closest friends (Malkin and Chris Letang) in Pittsburgh for a lifetime.

He told Josh Yohe about his desire to play six more seasons. The Penguins’ cap hit for Crosby has been $8.7 million for all but his first three NHL seasons. I don’t see that changing in his next contract, although the structure for how he pays will probably be pre-filled, as was the case with his current contract.

However, it is safe to say that any fear that Crosby would not end his career in Pittsburgh was dispelled when the Penguins opted to keep Malkin and Letang.

My idea for the next penguin statue is a statue of Crosby, Malkin and Letang, only with Sid in front. What is it about? — Tom M

Tommy, my man, you are a genius. That’s exactly what should be built near the Mario Lemieux statue outside the PPG Paints Arena. Here’s hoping that Kevin Ecklin, President of Penguin Business Operations, is reading this mailbag.

Can the Penguins trade one of their left-handed D-men? Not from a monetary point of view but from a skill point of view. – Joe Q

Not from where I sit, Joe.

penguins really can’t afford to lose Brian Dumoulin And Marcus Petersen, If they’re going to fight for the Stanley Cup, they need every left-handed defenseman to perform as close to peak level as possible. If the Penguins get this type of exposure, the back end immediately becomes the dominant force of this squad.

That’s too big an “if” to call right now.

Hey Rob! To suit the cap I suggest the following trading archetype: All our expensive bad players, wait for it…. All their good players, preferably on better deals; Bonus points if they are local products. Do you know of seven or maybe 20 examples of impending potential business proposals that fit this criterion? — Tim Joo

Complete. really, Josh Archibald back to edmonton Conor McDavid Definitely working (I write as I check it was really creamier in my morning coffee).

Do you think that if the Penguins don’t make the first round, Sullivan is fired? — Marissa O

I think Mike Sullivan is one of the best coaches in the NHL and he’s done an excellent job with subtle adjustments that he doesn’t often get credit for. I also think that no one believes in this group of players, at least to the core, more than Sullivan.

Still, it would be hard for the Penguins to accept five consecutive opening-round losses, especially if it cannot be blamed for insufficient goalscoring.

are you alive? — Richard B.

is anybody?

(Photo by Kaspari Kapanen: Gelen Morse / USA Today)

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