The free-agent frenzy keeps rolling along.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made an effort to shore up their forward depth on Wednesday afternoon, signing Brock McGinn to a four-year deal worth an average annual value of $2.75 million.
The 27-year-old had blossomed into a solid defensively-minded winger during his six years with the Carolina Hurricanes, finishing this past season with 13 points in 37 games while averaging the highest ice time, just under 15 minutes, of his career. McGinn is a useful penalty-killer as well, likely replacing some of the value that Brandon Tanev had shorthanded now that the latter is in Seattle.
Still, this deal doesn't come without risk.
The money isn't an issue for the most part, barring any unforeseen disasters. It's the term that could make the team sweat.
Handing four years to a player of McGinn's calibre is always dicey, with depth pieces rarely necessitating lengthy commitments on their deals given how easily they are to replace. McGinn is a useful asset, that's for sure. But if his play dips as he approaches 30, which he will two years into this deal, the Penguins now can't let him walk and simply replace him with a younger player of similar value.
Banking on McGinn being just as good as he was last season for the next four years is not an overly grandiose risk more than it's largely unnecessary.
Regardless, McGinn now joins a Penguins team that will try to squeeze some success out of the last few years of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.