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Teddy Blueger a step in the right direction for forward depth

July 16, 2019, 10:35 AM ET [316 Comments]
Ryan Wilson
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It's been slow on the news front for the Penguins until this morning

This isn't a signing that will surprise anybody, but it remains a good one for the Penguins depth. The retirement of Matt Cullen cleared the way for Blueger to have a consistent role on the team. On merit Blueger's role should have had nothing to do with Matt Cullen. The reality was until Cullen walked away he was going to be a potential road block to Blueger.

Blueger is a step back in the right direction in having depth players who can do a few things with the puck and skate. It is likely his role will be fourth line center and you could do worse than having him there. The Penguins did worse just last year.

Blueger isn't going to set the world on fire. He is a likely upgrade at the position. There is still some uncertainty about Blueger's true ability because the sample here is only 28 games. He is 24 years old so I wouldn't expect huge growth, but having a consistent role might provide an opportunity to improve slightly which would still be good value for this contract.

There are certain scenarios where Blueger could be playing with Brandon Tanev and Dominik Simon on the fourth line. While I hate the Tanev contract he shouldn't be the Jack Johnson version of a forward. He should be able to provide acceptable play in a fourth line role (he damn well better!). This is a far cry from having Matt Cullen and Garrett Wilson in the lineup every night.

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