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Kyle Dubas criticizes one of his big free agent signings

Published April 19, 2024 at 7:54 PM

The season is over in Pittsburgh after every playoff hope died after the Capitals clinched the final wild card spot versus their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. In today's end of year media press conference, GM Kyle Dubas threw some shade at one of his first ever signings as Penguins GM in Ryan Graves.

It has been a lackluster first season for Ryan Graves in the Black and Gold. The defenseman has not exactly been the offensive dynamo, who put up an underwhelming stat line of 14 points in 70 games played. He was also the fans' scapegoat, calling on him to perform better. Kyle Dubas said the following regarding the big defenceman.

With Ryan, there's no dancing around it. He was a very good player in Colorado and New Jersey... He came in and from the beginning, I thought, 'it happens'. Did I expect it to go the whole year? No. Part of that is on us as an organization, but it's as much on Ryan to push and find his way through the summer. It's a massive summer for him. His strength, which will allow him to be more physical and make stops in the defensive zone, his mobility - he's going to have to push and really work on that. We have to arm him with the path to get there and he has to execute it relentlessly and if he can do that, he will get back to being the player he was when we signed him.

Something needs to change, and hopefully Ryan Graves can get back to his self when he was with Colorado and New Jersey, or else the PIttsburgh Penguins have themselves a lucrative contract for the next five years.

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