Pittsburgh Penguins' Biggest Takeaways from the Start of 2014 Free Agency

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Biggest Takeaways from the Start of 2014 Free Agency
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HC Mike Johnston (Left) GM Jim Rutherford (Far Right)

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford may have dipped his foot into the shallow end of the free-agency pool last week, but that is nothing to be ashamed of.

Nobody expected the Penguins to go out and sign the top free agents on July 1 primarily because they didn’t have a whole lot to work with due to tight salary cap restrictions. Most of the coveted forwards, like Matt Moulson and Paul Stastny, all signed pretty hefty contracts that the Pens would be unable to meet.

Management, however, has been able to work its way around the money issue and sign some promising depth players for a bargain. That’s what the plan was all along, right? Piecing together a bottom-six forward lineup to take the weight off its superstars is what the club’s front office has been working towards since 2009.

The Penguins acquired six new players in the past week and brought in winger Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling on draft day in exchange for James Neal. Marcel Goc re-signed for one more year as well.

Let’s take a look here at the biggest takeaways so far from free agency and what to expect for next season.

 

Stats courtesy of NHL.com

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