Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford decided to start re-signing his free agents on Monday Afternoon. Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong were each re-signed to two-year deals worth $750,000 per year.
Simon played in 33 games last year for the Pittsburgh Penguins and he scored four goals and recorded eight assists. His plus/minus was 2. In eight-playoff games, Simon recorded three assists and his plus/minus rating was even.
He would at times play on the first line with Sidney Crosby last season. Dominik Simon will most likely be playing a third or fourth line role than a first or second line role.
Daniel Sprong played in eight games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He scored two goals and recorded an assist. His plus/minus was 2. General manager Jim Rutherford made a statement in a press conference during locker clean out day that Daniel Sprong will be a regular next season in Pittsburgh.
The 21-year-old Sprong could be a boost to Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. Daniel Sprong spent most of the 2017-2018 season at the AHL level with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He scored 32 goals and recorded 33 assists. His plus/minus was 4. In three-playoff games, Sprong scored a goal and his plus/minus was -4.
Other than that, the Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to re-sign Bryan Rust, Jamie Oleksiak, and Riley Sheahan. It is quite possible that Carl Hagelin or Conor Sheary will be traded before the start of next season.
They should also try and trade Matt Hunwick. Pittsburgh should also look to trade for or sign another veteran defenseman and a gritty player.