Penguins Acquire Eric Fehr and Nick Bonino – Trade Brandon Sutter

Fehr will be able to take the ice in 4-6 months due to offseason elbow surgery

Fehr will be able to take the ice in 4-6 months due to offseason elbow surgery (Kim Klement – USA Today Sports)

The Penguins were busy this afternoon signing free agent Eric Fehr to a 3-year, $6 million deal. Fehr will be sidelined for 4-6 months from the time he received his elbow surgery on June 4. Fehr scored 19 goals and 14 assists in 2014-15 and has proven to be a valuable 3rd-line center. In addition to being a consistent force in the bottom six, he also averaged 1:23 of shorthanded time last season.

In a separate transaction, the Penguins also traded Brandon Sutter and a 2016 3rd-round draft pick to Vancouver for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a 2016 2nd-round draft pick. Bonino scored 15 goals and 24 assists in 2014-15 and averaged 1:57 per game on the penalty kill. Clendening is a young defenseman at 22 who has not had much time to flourish in the NHL. He may get a chance to prove himself in a bottom pairing role this season depending on how things shake out.


 

TPN Take: The Penguins basically got rid of an overpaid third line center and received two players that can equal his output from year-to-year. The cost is a difference of only $600k. Additionally, the Penguins received a better draft pick in 2016, and a project with upside in Adam Clendening. In short, this was a good day for the Pittsburgh Penguins and it will be fun to see this roster when everyone is healthy later in the fall (fingers crossed).