Sports Penguins Sign Heinen to One-Year Deal
Ducks GM Pat Verbeek: Team 'not done' with offseason additions
Verbeek mentioned that he would like to add another forward and defenseman to the organization, but before doing so, he wants to make sure the players he brings in are a good fit. Whoever the Ducks add, if anyone, wouldn’t be the first of this offseason, the team making a splash on the opening day of free agency, signing forwards Frank Vatrano and Ryan Strome to three and five year contracts respectively. Signing the two veterans seems to mark a turning point for Anaheim, who has been pretty clearly categorized as a rebuilder for the better part of the previous four seasons, last making the playoffs in 2017-18.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Danton Heinen to a one-year contract.
The Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed back one of their key depth forwards on Wednesday evening, agreeing to terms with Danton Heinen on a one-year contract worth $1 million.
After declining to tender Heinen a qualifying offer earlier this month, the Penguins clearly saw enough in the 27-year-old to keep him around after the market cooled off, ensuring that their bottom six will remain skilled and effective for at least another year.
As a middle-six winger making a smidge over $1 million, Heinen had a very encouraging 2021-22 season, racking up 18 goals and 33 points despite logging under 13 minutes per game and receiving no special teams usage, providing precisely the type of bargain value a contending team needs to find.
Philadelphia Flyers sign Tanner Laczynski
The Philadelphia Flyers have reached an agreement with restricted free agent Tanner Laczynski, signing him to a two-year contract. The first year of the deal, (2022-23) will be a two-way contract, while the second will be one-way. It will carry an average annual value of $762.5K at the NHL level, meaning it is worth the league minimum in both years. © Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Flyers has re-signed center Tanner Laczynski (58) to a two-year contract. Laczynski, 25, is an interesting candidate for a bottom-six role with the Flyers this season, after playing six games with them since turning pro.
That Heinen needed to take a pay cut after flirting with the 20-goal plateau for the bulk of last season is a testament to the current state of the free agent market, as a player of his caliber and with his history of production would typically double the $1 million he just signed for.
The signing caps off a torrid summer of personnel moves by the Penguins in an effort to keep their contention window alive, as the team re-signed the likes of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Rickard Rackell, and Bryan Rust to long-term extensions while trading for veteran defender Jeff Petry. Heinen gives the Penguins an extra dose of depth in their forward ranks, and should come in handy in the event that an injury forces him into the club's top-six.
Stay tuned. The moves aren't quite done just yet.
NHL Free Agency: Top Unqualified Players Set to Hit the UFA Market .
Here's a look at the top unqualified RFAs who will hit the open market on July 13 – and there are some decent options that could provide good value. © Provided by The Hockey News Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Free agency is just one day away, and a boatload of intriguing young names have just been added to the board. As teams handed out their qualifying offers yesterday, more than a few talented young players wound up empty-handed, sending them out to the open market in search of a new employer. These aren't all bargain basement candidates, either. There are some marquee names on this list, folks.