The Pittsburgh Penguins have five restricted free agents this summer, and the organization is hopeful to retain them.
According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh intends to make qualifying offers to forwards Bobby Farnham, Jayson Megna, and Brandon Sutter, and defensemen Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson.
By extending these qualifying offers, the Pens will have the opportunity to match any other deal towards one of these players that’s sent via another club. If they opt to not match, Pittsburgh will receive currency – per Molinari.
Out of the bunch, Sutter will probably collect a new contract altogether. General manager Jim Rutherford knows Sutter from his time in Carolina, and was the triggerman who sent him to Pittsburgh.
In his first go at the NHL level, Megna registered nine points (5G, 4A) in 36 regular-season games, and was able to perform in two postseason tilts. He collected 15 points (9G, 6A) in 25 regular-season contests in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and three points (1G, 2A) in 13 playoff games.
Despres was up-and-down from the NHL and AHL this past season. In 34 games for Pittsburgh he dished out five assists, and in WBS he compiled 22 points (6G, 16A) in 36 regular-season games, with nine points (2G, 7A) in 17 playoff tilts. He led the team with a plus-19 rating.
Samuelsson made his NHL debut in December and played in five games for Pittsburgh. In 64 regular-season contests for WBS, Samuelsson collected 22 points (3G, 19A) and had one assist in eight playoff tilts.
Farnham garnered 14 points (7G, 7A) in 64 regular-season games for WBS.
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