The Penguins will have one restricted free agent, as they have given a qualifying offer to forward Chris Conner. The speedy forward split time between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last season, scoring three points (two goals, one assist) in eight appearances in the NHL. Conner was Wilkes-Barre’s second leading scorer last season, tallying 56 points in 59 games.â†µ
The Penguins decided not to give a qualifying offer to minor league forward Aaron Boogaard or defenseman Jonathan D’Aversa, which sends both players to unrestricted free agency.â†µ
As of noon on Thursday eight NHL veterans, highlighted by defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Dan Hamhuis are set to become unrestricted free agents.