Pens Transaction Recap: May 1-14, 2019
This new effort the "Pens Transaction Recap" is exactly what it sounds like. It's our accumulation of any Penguins connected transactions from the NHL and around the entire hockey world. The goal is to keep you informed of all the various relevant player movements throughout the off-season.
The various entries are categorized by current "Penguins Transactions" and "Other Transactions" and listed with the most recent first.
Here's the format to find the most crucial details quickly. They're listed under the date and players name:
Move Type | Former Team | Future Team | Term | Signed Through | Money Per Yr | Pens History*
(*If applicable- Former Pens only)
Recap of recent Pens related transactions for the weeks of May 1-14, 2019:
First off, the Penguins two recent moves were signing a pair of draft picks to entry-level contracts which will move them from amateurs into the pro ranks.
-5/15/2019- Kasper Bjorkqvist (C, Providence [NCAA])-
Signing | Unsigned Draft Pick | Pittsburgh Penguins | 2 Years | 2020-21 | $792,500
2016 61st pick Bjorkqvist signed an entry-level contract for 2 years at $792,500 a year per CapFriendly. That will make him a RFA in summer 2021.
-5/9/2019- Niclas Almari (D, HPK [Liiga])-
Signing | Unsigned Draft Pick | Pittsburgh Penguins | 3 Years | 2021-22 | $809,167
2016 151st overall pick Almari signed a 3 year ELC at $809,167 a year per CapFriendly. He’ll be a RFA in the summer of 2022.
Both players project to play in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right off the bat this fall. And Almari has already had a brief, 3-game amateur try out stint with the team in 2018.
Bjorkqvist however, will miss the some time training this summer due to an injury sustained in late spring which will keep him out until at least the beginning of July per the Penguins contract announcement. Whether that could affect his transition to the pros is an unknown factor.
And in other organizational player moves:
-5/15/2019- Anthony Peters (G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins [AHL])-
Signing | WBS Penguins (AHL) | Iserlohn Roosters (DEL) | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed
One of the WBS Penguins’ goalies is leaving the team & the continent. Anthony Peters is making the jump to Europe and has signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL (Germany). Peters carried 19 games of the WBS goalie workload last year in support of their #1 goalie Tristan Jarry. But he wasn’t expected to part of the teams near future plans. WBS has Jarry, John Muse was brought into the fold last season as well, and Pens prospect Alex D’orio is coming down the pipeline.
-Source: Iserlohn Roosters
-5/9/2019- Troy Josephs (F, Storhamar [GET-Ligaen])-
Signing | Storhamar (GET-Ligaen) | EHC Visp (NLB) | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed
Troy Josephs will remain in Europe, seemingly cementing the end of his run as a Pens prospect for good. He has signed with EHC Visp of the 2nd tier NLB (Switzerland) for 1 year. Josephs played most of last season splitting time between Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre. The WBS Pens granted him his release in February so he pursue playing overseas. He then landed with Norway’s Storhamar for the tail end of the season.
-Source: EHC Visp
-5/5/2019- Liam Gorman (C, St. Sebastien's [USHS])-
College Commitment | St. Sebastien's (USHS) | Princeton (NCAA) | N/A | N/A | N/A |
Pens draft pick Liam Gorman committed to play college hockey with Princeton beginning this fall. The 19-year-old future Ivy Leaguer had been playing in good old fashioned high school hockey with St. Sebastian's Prep School. He joins current Pens prospects Kasper Bjorkqvist, Ryan Jones, Nikita Pavlychev, Clayton Phillips, and Will Reilly in going NCAA development route. Gorman is the third ever Penguins' property to play for Princeton after Mike Condon and Syl Apps Jr. He will also be teammates with former Pens Development Camp invitee Ryan Ferland with the Tigers.
-Source: Liam Gorman
-5/1/2019- Thomas Di Pauli (F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins [AHL])-
Extension | Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | $700,00
Di Pauli re-signed with the Pens on a one year, two-way contract worth $700,000. He'll mark three years with the Penguins organization this August, having signed with the team as a free agent in 2016. He’s spent all three seasons in the AHL with the WBS Penguins and injuries have plagued him throughout. His best effort came in 2017-18 with 58 games played with 12 goals and 8 assists. He’ll be an RFA next summer in 2020. Should he remain healthy and performing well Di Pauli projects as nearing an NHL call-up soon.
-Source: Pittsburgh Penguins
Tracking ex-Pens & other former organizational players are on the move. (Note that European teams typically don't disclose financial terms of contracts, so money per year is not recorded.)
-5/16/2019- Janne Pesonen (F, Vaxjo Lakers [Liiga])-
Signing | Vaxjo Lakers (Liiga) | Karpat (Liiga) | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-Pen
Pesonen, who played 7 games during the Pens 2009 Cup season, signed with Karpat another team within his home country Finland’s Liiga. That will keep him playing for one more season at the age of 37.
-Source: Ilta Sanomat
-5/16/2019- Adam Payerl (F, Augsburger Panther [DEL])-
Extension | Augsburger Panther (DEL) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-Pen
Former 4 year Penguins’ system vet Payerl re-signed with Augsburger in Germany for the 2019-20 season.
-Source: Augsburger Panther
-5/15/2019- Brad McClure (F, Texas Stars [AHL])-
Extension | Texas Stars (AHL) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Pens Invitee
McClure, a former Penguins Development Camp invitee, has re-signed with the Texas Stars for 1 year.
-Source: Texas Stars
-5/15/2019- Lukas Bengtsson (D, Linkoping [Liiga])-
Departure | Linkoping (Liiga) | KHL | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-WBS Pen
Bengtsson is leaving Finnish team Linkoping for the KHL (Russia). His destination team in Russia is still unknown.
-Source: Linkoping Hockey Club
-5/10/2019- Riley Holzapfel (F, Vienna Capitals [EBEL])-
Extension | Vienna Capitals (EBEL) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-WBS Pen
Holzapfel re-signed with Vienna in Austria for the 2019-20 season. It will be his 7th straight season playing in Europe, he seems to be settled there for the long-haul.
-Source: Vienna Capitals
-5/10/2019- Ryan Zapolski (G, Jokerit [KHL])-
Release | Jokerit (KHL) | Unknown | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-WBS Pen
Zapolski the one time WBS Penguin call-up & Western PA native, has agreed to part ways with Jokerit. He's now a free agent. But the 2018 Olympian has played the past 6 seasons in Europe and that’s likely where he’ll stay playing.
-5/9/2019- Sahir Gill (F, Augsburger Panther [DEL])-
Extension | Augsburger Panther (DEL) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-WBS Pen
Gill re-signed with German team Augsburger for 2019-20. He joins fellow Pens org alumus Adam Payerl on the team.
-Source: Augsburger Panther
-5/8/2019- Derrick Pouliot (D, Vancouver Canucks [NHL])-
Release | Vancouver Canucks (NHL) | Unknown | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-Pen
Pouliot, the Pens former 1st round draft pick, will be a NHL unrestricted free agent on July 1st as the Canucks will not make him a qualifying offer and have decided to allow him to move on. At 25 he’s still not completely out of the development range, and has promising advanced stats, so he should garner some interest. A Pens reunion is unlikely as coach Sullivan was famously not a fan of his.
Source: SportsNet 650 Vancouver
-5/8/2019- Mathew Maione (D, Dinamo Riga [KHL])-
Signing | Dinamo Riga (KHL) | Kunlun (KHL) | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-Nailer
Maione signed with Kunlun Red Star, the KHL’s Chinese franchise, for the 2019-20 season. The single season Wheeling Nailers veteran has turned into a KHL fan favorite.
-5/4/2019- Bryan Lerg (F, Ambri-Piotta [NLA])-
Departure | Ambri-Piotta (NLA) | SHL | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-WBS Pen
Lerg will leave Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland's NLA for a yet unknown in Sweden's SHL.
-5/2/2019- Brendan Mikkelson (D, Adler Mannheim [DEL])-
Release | Adler Mannheim (DEL) | Unknown | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-WBS Pen
Mikkelson has been released by Adler Mannheim of the DEL. He won the DEL Championship there this season along with fellow Penguins org alumni Chad Kolarik, Mattias Platcha, and Marcel Goc.
-Source: Adler Mannheim
-5/1/2019- Chad Kolarik (F, Adler Mannheim [DEL])-
Signing | Mannheim (DEL) | Salzburg (EBEL) | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed | Ex-WBS Pen
Kolarik has signed with EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria’s EBEL for the 2019-20 season. As mentioned he’s coming off winning the DEL Championship, where he was his team’s top scorer.
-Source: EC Red Bull Salzburg
-5/1/2019- Zbynek Michalek (D, HC Kometa Brno [Extraliga])-
Release | HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga) | Unknown | N/A | N/A | N/A | Ex-Pen
Former Penguins defense mainstay Zbynek Michalek has been released by Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga. At age 36, he might be a candidate for retirement. He’s around the age and has had his share of injuries.
-5/1/2019- Cody Sylvester (F, EC Bad Nauheim [DEL2])-
Extension | EC Bad Nauheim (DEL2) | ” | 1 Year | 2019-20 | Undisclosed |Ex-WBS
Sylvester has re-signed for 1 year with EC Bad Nauheim of Germany’s second league the DEL2. This will be his third season with the team where he acts as alternate captain.
-Source: EC Bad Nauheim
That does it for this Pens Transaction Recap. I'll be back here with more movement news for the last two weeks of May in that much time.
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