The Pittsburgh Penguins solidified their 2014-15 lineup almost completely under the radar in the first week of free agency.
General manager Jim Rutherford and his staff did a marvelous job of finding the right supporting cast for Sidney Crosby and company, while their biggest offensive acquisition, Patric Hornqvist, was brought in just days before.
The two forward acquisitions—Blake Comeau and Steve Downie—are two gritty, hard-hitting hockey players who can finally bring a level of physicality to the Pens’ game. Sure, the team was frightening in the skills department, but no one was capable of providing that intimidation factor.
The one signing that did catch the league by surprise was veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who declined a number of lucrative offers to join the Penguins.
The Penguins signed five new free agents, and I’ve taken it upon myself to grade each one of them. Read on for my verdicts.