A couple of hours ago I completed a long analysis that I turned in over at The Farm Club on potential free agent “values” that could come in and play on the third line for the Penguins for the coming season. I’ll be the first to tell you that I had no idea that Matt D’Agostini was (a) a free agent, or (b) looking for such a small money deal. If I did I likely would have included the one time 20-goal scorer, but I didn’t.
Here’s what we know about D’Agostini: he was a 6th round pick in the 2005 draft (Crosby’s draft) of the Montreal Canadiens. He’s from Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario which is where Wayne Gretzky played his Junior Hockey. It’s also the same hometown as Tyler Kennedy. Like Kennedy D’Agostini is a right-handed shooter, however, he’s a natural right winger, which just happens to be a hole the Pens need to fill. Fortunately for the Penguins he is considerably bigger than TK standing 6’0” 201lbs. And now I’m done talking about Tyler Kennedy.
D’Agostini’s best season in the NHL came in 2010-11 when he scored 21 goals and 25 assists in a full 82 games season with the Blues. However, after Ken Hitchcock’s arrival in St. Louis D’Agostini plummeted down the depth chart until ultimately he watched most games from the press box. In March of 2013 he was traded to the Devils but failed to make a dynamic impact with them, as such, they did not offer him an RFA tender which would have seen him make at least $1.6 million (100% of the AAV of his last contract, which he signed after his 46 point season).
Check out this piece from Rossi and the accompanying tweet stream for some interesting news.
So in other words it looks like Double-J will get a look at the second line before Beau Bennett. Just saying but that probably means the Penguins have plans of trading Jokinen, otherwise they wouldn’t give him an opportunity to prove how good he can still be. If they wanted to keep him for a while they would likely bury him on the third line so they could re-sign him for lower money after this season.