Pens Labyrinth Daily: Pittsburgh Penguins sign Jay McClement to a PTO and taking a chance on the center wouldn’t be such a bad idea, the NHL’s three questions and more!
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24 days from now, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take the ice for their first preseason game on Sept. 19 against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. No worries, though, the Pens will hit home ice the following day, Sept. 20, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Pittsburgh Penguins Daily:
Penguins Sign McClement to PTO
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they have signed Jay McClement to a professional tryout (PTO). McClement is a 34 year old center who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer when his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes expired. [NBC Sports]
McClement’s PTO is a Smart No-Hurt Move
The fact that the Penguins signed McClement to a PTO is a smart move that won’t hinder the Penguins if it goes wrong. If McClement comes into camp and impresses the Penguins, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sign the center to a one-year deal to as an insurance policy and some added center depth. This move would be beneficial because, if it works, it’ll be a wise move and, if it doesn’t, it isn’t such a big inconvenience. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Answering the NHL’s Three Questions For the Pens
NHL has recently asked the Pittsburgh Penguins three questions concerning the season coming. No worries though, the Penguins can address these three questions in time for the 2017-18 season. PensBurgh answers those questions here. [PensBurgh]
From Around the League:
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Cup Contenders
A few years ago NHL fans might have been somewhat hesitant to believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be a big Stanley Cup contender in just a few years. Toronto is a completely different team than just a few short years ago and this ‘new’ team is already a big Stanley Cup contender. Between Auston Matthews and the team’s rookie power and a coming solid veteran presence, the Leafs are headed for big things. [Editor-in-Leaf]
Is a Matt Duchene Trade Among Us?
The Colorado Avalanche have been teasing a Matt Duchene trade for quite some time but the trade has yet to happen. Now that the Avs have been signing some young center talents and looking to chance their team, is it possible that they are going to officially sign away Duchene yet? It seems like Colorado might be preparing for a move. [Puck Prose]