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Sport Penguins extend offer to Matt Murray, let Dominik Simon hit free agency

21:36  05 october  2020
21:36  05 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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While a buyout of Jack Johnson will steal the headlines, the Pittsburgh Penguins also announced which restricted free agents have received qualifying offers. Pontus Aberg, Anthony Angello, Sam Lafferty, Sam Miletic and Matt Murray have all received offers and will be restricted free agents.

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Graham Knott, John Nyberg and most notably, Dominik Simon, have not been given qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents on Friday.

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Though there was some speculation that the team could leave Murray unqualified, it never did seem very likely. The goaltender’s qualifying offer was for $3.75M, a big number for a team looking to free up cap space and retool the roster. The Penguins seem determined to make Tristan Jarry the starter next season, with Murray being all but traded already by GM Jim Rutherford. Even at $3.75M he could still draw plenty of trade interest given his history of success — two Stanley Cup championships before your rookie status runs out will do that.

Simon though will come as a surprise to some (though his situation was reported on over the weekend by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) as he hits free agency despite what would have been an inexpensive qualifying offer. The reason the Penguins couldn’t afford to give him one is the risk of arbitration, where Simon likely would have received a cap hit the team deemed too high.

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Simon does have 50 points over the last two seasons, even though at least some of that production can be linked directly to minutes played with Sidney Crosby. He’s much more suited to a depth role but should attract some interest on the open market.

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