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Penguins Rutherford Trading Like a Boss

I will be the first to admit that I was, almost to the last moment, against the Penguins trading for Phil Kessel. I am not going to be a hypocrite and act like I was an advocate all along because I wasn’t. My concerns, for the most part, were not about Kessel being out of shape, or a poor character in the locker room. I did not like the 8 million dollar cap hit and the high price...
Via PenguinPoop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

On Burning Bridges: Phil Kessel, Jim Rutherford, and Torching Legacy

  Think about your job for a minute.  How good are you at it?  Are you a guy(or gal) everyone depends on?  Are you a guy (or gal) just there to get a check? Whenever it is that you leave that job, even if you are terrible at it, do you want your supervisors and fellow employees to comment on how big of an ass you were.  How you never worked when you were sick?  How all you...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Beef Up

Back in 1984 Wendy’s fast-food restaurant struck advertising gold with the catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?” The clever lament could apply to our recent Penguins squads, too. According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail the Pens—with an average weight of 199.6 pounds—were the 25th heaviest team in the NHL to start the 2014-15 season. That was before deadline deals stripped...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

Is it too late to nominate a late entry to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat contest this weekend? Because Phil Kessel seems like a worthy contender. The polarizing forward was traded Wednesday from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was the biggest move of one of the NHL’s busiest days of the year. Thus ends Kessel’s contentious time in Toronto where he and...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Owner Makes Bizarre Comments About Penguins, Rutherford

So, this is strange. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the first day of free agency. Instead of focusing on his own team – the one that went 30-41-11 last season and missed the playoffs by 27 points – Karmanos spent a large portion of the time covering the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins after their trade for Phil...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: impact of the Phil Kessel trade

Well here we are again. It seems like Penguins fans have seen this story before. On the first day of free agency, Pittsburgh makes a big splash in an effort to increase their chances of winning a Stanley Cup for the upcoming season. High profile players have been brought in before to play alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and it hasn’t worked out. Players such as Marian...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Conor Sheary

By: Joe Guzy (KDP Photography) The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Conor Sheary to a two-year entry-level contract. Sheary was the team leader in points for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins last season with 20 goals and 25 assists. Michael Pityk over at TheHockeyWriters has some great things to say about Sheary: Sheary also is not one to shy away from...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Sergei Plotnikov

By: Joe Guzy (Pekka Rautiainen/ The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Russian forward Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract. The signing doesn’t come as a surprise as Plotnikov terminated his KHL contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He earned 101 points in 159 games with the club. Plotnikov is no stranger to NHL talent, playing on Alexander...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

NHL free agency began Wednesday at noon, but it’s a blockbuster trade that has stole the headlines. The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded first-line right winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports the Penguins will send forward prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington and a draft pick to the Leafs...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens Initiative 2015 Free Agency Coverage

(Source: WTAE)This page will be updated throughout the coming days with information about what the Penguins do during this, the opening days of Free Agency. PI Thoughts: (refresh this page to see new tweets) Tweets about #PIFreeAgency from:evil_shero OR from:LCJS OR from:ryannoble66 OR from:hockeynicole OR from:jagermeister OR from:dxtraeger OR from:kjcmalakai OR from:briank_pi...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins sign defenseman Cole to 3-year deal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of $2.1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season. Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Cole had one goal and seven...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL draft weekend leaves the Penguins with more questions than answers

Told you this was going to happen. Grandpa Jim Rutherford didn’t bring the putter out during the NHL draft weekend. Some think that it isn’t a bad thing – and it is true – it is better to not force something. However, the Penguins did try. And they tried hard: TSN Radio reports the Maple #Leafs reportedly turned down a 2016 1st-rd pick, Kunitz, Pouliot & Scuderi from...
Via The Pensblog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins draft a promising offensive prospect in Daniel Sprong

(Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a highly skilled winger with the 46th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. It bears repeating, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a highly skilled winger in the 2015 NHL Draft. His name is Daniel Sprong. He’s European and he can score goals. The Penguins cannot be accused of swinging for the fences, as Sprong has the skills to develop into a...
Via The PensNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins nab forward Daniel Sprong in 2nd round of NHL Draft

The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected forward Daniel Sprong with the 46th overall pick in the NHL Draft. The 18-year-old Sprong had 39 goals and 49 assists for Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. Sprong added seven goals and four assists in the playoffs as Charlottetown won a postseason series for the first time since 2004. Sprong is from Amsterdam...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens embrace youth movement, won’t re-sign Martin or Ehrhoff

Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweeted that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to embrace a youth movement on defense, and won’t bring back free agents Paul Martin or Christian Ehrhoff.  Penguins have decided to go for a full youth movement on defense, won't bring back Martin and Ehrhoff. They'd rather invest on wingers. — Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) June 11, 2015 ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: ownership giving up?

Two days ago TSN broke a story regarding Pittsburgh Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux hiring Morgan Stanley to explore selling the franchise. This news comes as quite a shock considering the current state of the team. Since making back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances and eventually winning a championship in 2009, this franchise has been surrounded by disappointment...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Evgeni Malkin may be unhappy, would welcome trade

Today in bonkers rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin may be unhappy and would welcome a trade, Elliotte Friedman told Sportsnet 960 on Friday. “When you get knocked out of the playoffs and the day after your president comes out and says, ‘Look, we’re not firing Mike Johnston, we’re not firing Jim Rutherford, we’re not trading Evgeni Malkin, and we’re...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

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