Metropolitan Division Preview: Penguins

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Key Additions/Subtractions

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Additions

  • Rob Scuderi
  • Andrew Ebbett

Subtractions

  • Tyler Kennedy
  • Matt Cooke
  • Jarome Iginla
  • Brendan Morrow

The bigger names on the Penguins’ offseason list were those of departing players. Gone are Tyler Kennedy (traded to San Jose), Matt Cooke (Minnesota) and Jarome Iginla (Boston) and Brendan Morrow, giving Pittsburgh a slightly different look up front, especially in terms of depth.

The Penguins did bring back defenseman Rob Scuderi via free agency, which should help Pittsburgh’s defensive woes that were evident in the playoffs when they allowed 40 goals in 15 games. Scuderi, 34, was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1998 and played with the team from 2004 through 2009, which included a Stanley Cup championship his final season. He captured another Stanley Cup in 2012 with the Los Angeles Kings.

While they were not free agents, the Penguins locked up Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to eight-year deals early in the summer, solidifying the team’s core along with Sidney Crosby and James Neal for the foreseeable future.