Penguins Make Massive Decision on the Future of Their Management

April 14, 2023  (10:33)

Impending Change for Penguins Fans

Long-awaited changes could soon be on the horizon for Penguins fans.

The Promise of Better Days

In the coming days, good news is expected to be delivered to Penguins fans.
Hextall's decisions this season have been controversial, with some attributing them to the team's struggles.

Controversial Trades

Before the trade deadline, Hextall made a series of questionable moves. He traded a 2023 2nd round pick to Nashville Predators for forward Mikael Granlund, who only managed 1 goal and 4 assists after joining the Penguins. Granlund, 31, has two more years on his $5M contract.
Additionally, Hextall traded Brock McGinn and a 2024 3rd round pick to Anaheim Ducks for 32-year-old defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov recorded only 1 assist and suffered an injury just 4 games into his tenure with the Penguins.
Lastly, Hextall traded a 2023 7th round pick and a 2024 5th round pick to San Jose Sharks for 34-year-old Nick Bonino, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins. Unfortunately, Bonino sustained an injury 3 games into his return and did not contribute any goals or assists for the remainder of the season.

Questionable Extension

In January 2022, Hextall signed 37-year-old Jeff Carter to a two-year extension. Though Carter managed 13 goals and 16 assists this season, his performance declined after the extension, as he often made poor decisions and turned over the puck.

Eager for a Fresh Start

"Fire Hextall" chants were heard at several Penguins games after the trade deadline, reflecting fans' eagerness for change.
Pens goaltender Tristan Jarry revealed that he had been playing injured all season, raising questions about Hextall's failure to acquire another goaltender.
Moreover, the team's owner, Fenway Sports Group, may consider a complete overhaul by parting ways with President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and head coach Mike Sullivan.
Penguins fans are eagerly awaiting these potential changes. Only time will tell how the team's future unfolds.
As Read on HockeyPatrol - Penguins Plan to Move on From Hextall