2018-19 Record: 44-26-12 100pts. – – 3rd Place in Metropolitan
Playoffs: Lost in First Round to NY Islanders
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: D – David Warsofsky, F – Brandon Tanev, F – Alex Galchenyuk, F – Dominik Kahun
Key Departures: F – Matt Cullen, F – Phil Kessel, D – Olli Maatta
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked to the 2019 Offseason as an opportunity to change thier team in a few areas after being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round. One of the key move the Penguins did was part with forward Phil Kessel.
Kessel, who spent four seasons with the Penguins, was traded to the Arizona Coyotes in return for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defensive prospect Pierre-Oliver Joseph. This will mark the third team in three years for Galcheyuk, and he will look to fill into Kessel’s spot in the top six and on the powerplay.
Also with the trade of Kessel it would open up Cap space for the Penguins as they would sign forward Brandon Tanev to a six year contract. Also the Penguins would trade defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Dominik Kahun. The Penguins still have some Cap issues that general manager Jim Rutherford will need to resolve going into the 2019-20 season.