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Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson

Jul 10, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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Forward Jayson Megna and Defenseman Philip Samuelsson made their NHL debuts with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and will look to take another step forward in their careers next season. Both have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to make the team’s opening game roster though, as illustrated by the fact that they have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.

Pittsburgh announced that Megna, 24, will come with an annual cap hit of $874,125 in 2014-15. He scored five goals and nine points in 36 games last season.

Samuelsson, 22, played in five games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14 and recorded 22 points in 64 AHL contests. His new contract will pay him the league minimum should he play at the NHL level.

Samuelsson was taken in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is the son of retired NHL blueliner Ulf Samuelsson. The elder Samuelsson won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Pittsburgh already has five defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include Olli Maatta, who is also expected to make the team.

  1. killerpgh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I like both these signings. Samuelson will probably gets some playing time early in the season with Maata and Pouliot potentially being out with shoulder surgery Nov/Dec. But unless he has improved a lot over last season he is still behind Despres, Dumoulin and Harrington in development.

    Megna should be an improvement on the bottom 6 forwards over players like Vitale or Pyatt from last year.

  2. letsgolightning - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    It’s probably the Sudafed, but I read the headline as Penguins sign MEGA-Samuelsson and I was worried for the rest of the East for a minute. But this is just regular-Samuelsson, so it’s ok. Carry on.

    • shadow22f - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Ahh Megnam, the man who ultimately ruined the Flyers’ postseason by injuring Mason

      • shadow22f - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM


      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Technically it was MacDonald that injured Mason.

  3. rushledger - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Letsgolightning full props because that was hilarious.

    I like the depth we have on defense, the only thing is with simon Despres in the mix it’s gonna be difficult for these guys to earn the spot. I feel trading one expendable d man in that low end of the spectrum would be a reasonable thing to do, but with lots of man games lost from Martin and Letang last season and Oli and Puliout out to late in the year it’s also reasonable to sit tight.

  4. holeecowman - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    not surprised… they signed another cheapshot artist. a goalie charging chump, but then again fits right in with this band of b1tches.

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    SMegma is going to get rolled when he plays the Flyers…..Might not be the 1st game but his better be on a swivel

    • flyerspsu - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Its not the same game anymore, I don’t think anything will happen now that so much time has passed, absolutely nothing happened to Neal after the giroux and couturier incidents, Simmonds asked to fight him at the game but he refused to, both got kicked out and nothing happened since, Hartnell somewhat fought him the next yr but the refs broke it up and Neal wouldn’t throw a punch and both got minors

    • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      The Flyers did absolutely nothing about it, nor will they. Horrible play by MacDonald.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Horrible play by McDonald?…..He got slammed into Mason…..Judging by your other comment above you think it was Orpik that hurt himself and not Thorton correct?

      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        I think Megna’s hit on MacDonald was greasy. Not particularly hard or violent (wasn’t hard enough – certainly wasn’t ‘slammed’) but he knew what he was doing and what could happen, it was dirty. Why the hell MacDonald escorted him all the way back to the blue paint untouched was a mystery. That’s not how he played for the NYI, it was a bad play. Then, after the little snot pushed him, what did MacDonald do? Nothing. At all. Having said that Megna just about broke his leg trying to avoid Bernier earlier in the season, so he’s not typically a player that tries to injure anyone. MacDonald can’t take that chance, he needs to clear that area and keep it clear. Doesn’t make Megna innocent in it, but was a bad play.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Considering Megna never had the puck what was McDonald supposed to do ?…..Get an Interferance penalty when the Flyers were already on the PK?……Megna was called for goaltender Interferance on the play…which is exactly what it was….As a result Mason was lost for the start of the playoffs….Again Megna better have his head on a swivel….Especially when Rinaldo is on the ice!

      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        If he needs to have his head on a swivel, it should have happened that game. That happened at 16:27 in the second. Where was the response? You want that response to come NOW? Not even in the same YEAR? Nope. Not feeling it. And everyone has their head on a swivel when Rinaldo’s on the ice. He has no clue what the puck looks like, so they kind of have to watch.

        Look Megna’s shove was foul. Not clean. And a penalty. But why send a message now? What does that say…sorry, we weren’t man enough last year, but now we are? MacDonald should have got on the ice and ended it then. Actually he never should have escorted him to the net and allowed him to get that close to his goalie. I like MacDonald…but he needs to clear the net, penalty or not.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        412……You think retaliation has never happened in the following season in the past?……that’s 97 seasons to question!

  6. 3cupsanda6pack - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    LOL – U gotta love Flyers”fans”! I needed a good laugh. Thank you.

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