Building the 2016 Penguins

In 2014, the Pittsburgh Penguins hired Jim Rutherford as their General Manager. He made several key changes to the Penguins roster, such as acquiring Phil Kessel in a blockbuster trade, as well as several free agent signings. The team also hired Mike Sullivan mid-season to take over as head coach, putting the team back on track to victory. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Timeline by Sal Barry | PuckJunk.com

Chris Kunitz | LW | #14

Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks with Eric Tangradi for Ryan Whitney on February 26, 2009.

Eric Fehr | C | #16

Signed as a free agent on July 28, 2015.

Olli Maatta | D | #3

Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 22nd overall)

Phil Kessel | RW | #81

Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs with Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and a 2nd round pick in the 2016 Draft for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, a 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick in the 2016 Draft on July 1, 2015.

Matthew Murray | G | #30

Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 83rd overall)

Kris Letang | D | #58

Selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 62nd overall)

Derrick Pouliot | D | #51

Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 8th overall)

Brian Dumoulin | D | #8

Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes with Brandon Sutter and a 1st round pick in the 2012 Draft for Jordan Staal on June 22, 2012.

Tom Kuhnhackl | RW | #34

Selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (4th round, 110th overall)

Beau Bennett | RW | #19

Selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 20th overall)

Bryan Rust | RW | #17

Selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 80th overall)

Sidney Crosby | C | #87

Selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (1st Round, 1st overall)

Nick Bonino | C | #13

Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks with Adam Clendening and a 2nd round pick in 2016 Draft for Brandon Sutter and a 3rd round pick in the 2016 Draft on July 28, 2015.

Tristan Jarry | G | #35

Selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (2nd round, 44th overall)

Patric Hornqvist | RW | #72

Acquired from the Nashville Predators with Nick Spaling for James Neal on June 27, 2014.

Marc-Andre Fleury | G | #29

Selected in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 1st overall)

Justin Schultz | D | #4

Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers for a 3rd round pick in the 2016 Draft on February 27, 2016.

Carl Hagelin | LW | #62

Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for Adam Clendening and David Perron on January 15, 2016.

Trevor Daley | D | #6

Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks for Rob Scuderi on December 14, 2015.

Mile Sullivan | HEAD COACH

Hired as the Penguins' Head Coach on December 12, 2015

Matt Cullen | C | #7

Signed as a free agent on August 6, 2015

Ben Lovejoy | D | #12

Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for Simon Despres on March 2, 2015.

2016 Stanley Cup Champs

The Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in team history.

Conor Sheary | LW | #43

Signed as a free agent on July 2, 2015.

Jim Rutherford | GM

Hired as Penguins General Manager on June 6, 2014

Evgeni Malkin | C | #71

Selected in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (1st Round, 2nd overall)

Ian Cole | D | #28

Acquired from the St. Louis Blues for Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick in the 2016 Draft on March 2, 2015.

Jeff Zatkoff | G | #37

Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2012.

Oskar Sundqvist | C | #40

Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 81st overall)

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