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Joe Vitale got a 2 year extension from the Pens this week at $550k per year. Just a raise of $25 per year. Not a bad signing. Vitale is a grinding high energy player who can play on the PK, and is >52% on face offs this year. Good signing.


On a side note, the Pens also picked up Cal O'Riley off waivers this week to fill in at the center position. Not sure if that is good news or bad news, because it may mean that they don't see Staal or Crosby coming back for a while. A cheap deal paying half of a pro-rated $1M/year contract, could work out okay.
 

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Joe Vitale got a 2 year extension from the Pens this week at $550k per year. Just a raise of $25 per year. Not a bad signing. Vitale is a grinding high energy player who can play on the PK, and is >52% on face offs this year. Good signing.
Most important part of this signing is that it's a one-way contract so it could be a sign that Vitale's probably cemented himself as a permanent fixture on the Penguins NHL squad, even when they're healthy.
 

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Most important part of this signing is that it's a one-way contract so it could be a sign that Vitale's probably cemented himself as a permanent fixture on the Penguins NHL squad, even when they're healthy.
I think so also.

Tyler Kennedy, although a great energy player, has not pushed his game forward this season. At $2M a year, he's making himself obsolete. Won't make 20 goals like he did last year unless he goes on a tear all the way in.

Vitale, and a quarter the price, provides the same energy with a little less scoring(but he IS playing 4th line). But Vitale has become a big part of the Pens PK unit.
 

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A well deserved extension.

On top of leading the team in faceoff percentage, the kid hits, hustles, doesn't shy away from getting his nose dirty and plays on one of the league's better PK units. All for $550,000. In short, a solid signing by Shero.

Now, get Neal done.

As for the Cal O'Reilly signing, it's a low-risk move. I'm not ready to throw a parade down Centre Avenue over the signing, but what can it hurt? Plus, I can't imagine him playing any worse than Park or Kennedy. Throw him in there and see how he responds.
 
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