Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

2018 Offseason Moves

I figured I would bring this back from the dead after not doing it last season. It’s the contract board for the offseason for the Penguins.

I’ll do my best once Free Agency gets kicking up in July to keep this board updated. New signings made by Wilkes-Barre or Pittsburgh for the benefit of Wilkes-Barre will be listed at the bottom.

Here we go, in no particular order.

Player Position Status Description
Dominik Simon C RFA Re-Signed with Pittsburgh 6/25
Josh Jooris C UFA Signed with Toronto Maple Leafs 7/1
Andrey Pedan D RFA Signed with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 7/4
Thomas DiPauli LW RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 7/17
Ethan Prow D RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 7/17
Teddy Blueger LW RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 7/17
Lukas Bengtsson D RFA Signed with  Linköping HC (SHL) 5/18
Tobias Lindberg LW RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 6/19
Daniel Sprong RW RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 6/25
Kevin Czuczman D UFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 6/25
Frank Corrado D RFA He’ll be 26 next year and has played in just 7 games for PIT. I let him walk. We’ll see what happens.
J-S Dea C RFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 6/28
Tom Sestito LW UFA Have a sense that if he decides to re-sign, he does so here in WBS as I get the sense that he has enjoyed his time here. Otherwise, I think he retires.
Jarred Tinordi D UFA Signed with Nashville 7/1
Zach Trotman D UFA Re-signed with Pittsburgh 7/1
Michael Leighton G UFA At age 36, that’s a lot of tread on the tires. He’d fit in perfect next year with Anthony Peters as his mentor as PIT doesn’t have any other goalies under contract eligible to play in the AHL next year.
Vincent Dunn C UFA Was not tendered. Is a Free Agent 
Tristan Jarry G RFA Question becomes did Jarry establish himself enough to be Matt Murray’s backup for next year. Casey DeSmith is already under contract so Jarry is already behind the proverbial 8-ball. Plus, Jarry would need waivers.

Below are the players on AHL contracts only.


Ryan Haggerty RW UFA Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre 7/9
Christian Thomas RW UFA Signed with Rögle BK in Sweden 7/12
Jarrett Burton C UFA Re-signed with the Penguins 7/12
Joseph Cramarossa C UFA Re-signed with the Penguins 7/12
Cody Wydo LW UFA Signed with HC Thurgau (HLB) 7/6
Reid Gardiner RW UFA Signed with Utica (AHL) 7/12
Patrick McGrath RW UFA Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre 7/9
Kevin Spinozzi D UFA Re-signed with the Penguins 7/12
Kevin Schulze D UFA Dime a dozen defender.
Cam Brown C UFA Signed with Wilkes-Barre 7/9
Gage Quinney F UFA Signed with Vegas Golden Knights 6/2
Troy Josephs C UFA Re-signed with the Penguins 7/12

New guys…


Position Old Team


Stefan Elliott D HV71 Spent last two seasons overseas. Was last with Milwaukee (AHL) decent shot, good two way player.
Jimmy Hayes F NJ 33 games with the Devils last year. Depth forward that either pushes an Aston-Reese or Simon down or is an excellent option for the AHL.
John Muse G LV 11-2-2 with Lehigh Valley in third goalie option role. Will most likely be the same option here in Wilkes-Barre.
Will O’Neill D LV 2016 AHL All-Star with Wilkes-Barre, was with Lehigh Valley for two seasons and made NHL debut with Philly. Good power play guy. Battled injuries last season with the Phantoms.
reserved for
next new guy

Last updated July 17.

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