Free agency will tell all about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ plans for this next season.
And it starts Jul. 1.
According to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford is prepared to reportedly sign up to as many as four players on Tuesday, and apparently has four targets in mind.
Rutherford just said the Penguins could sign as many as four players on July 1.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) June 28, 2014
So, it sounds like the Pens have four free agent targets. They have 14 players under contract and about $14.6 million in cap space. — Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) June 28, 2014
Now, as far as who Rutherford has on his radar is uncertain. And, we don’t know if he’s included forward Brian Gibbons, who’s an unrestricted free agent, and should see an offer his way from Pittsburgh.
However, we all should assume Rutherford’s four targets will be forwards, considering the team is seriously lacking depth at that position. Nonetheless, as Yohe stated in his tweet above, Pittsburgh has little cap space. So, it’s hard to imagine them distributing lucrative offers.
Yohe has reported that one of their targets is most likely forward Nikolai Kulemin, who’s allegedly Evgeni Malkin’s best friend, and could fit in on the left side of his second unit.
Improving the secondary scoring though will be a must come Tuesday.