Penguins Rumors & News

  • Penguins Sign Forward Linus Olund to a Three-Year Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Linus Olund to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Olund's deal will begin with the 2018-19 campaign. He has already reported to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins..." April 25

  • Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin for Game 1 vs. Capitals

    TSN "The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their second round series against the Washington Capitals without two of their prominent forward as both Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will miss Game 1 with injuries. Malkin missed Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury while Hagelin..." April 25

  • Penguins GM seethes over Flyers fans’ conduct

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A barrage of beer cans flying from the stands marred the final seconds of the Penguins’ 8-5 win Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. From his booth high atop Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford watched. And seethed. “There were..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Penguins need faster start in Game 6 against Flyers "The Pittsburgh Penguins are saying all the right things entering Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS). After practice Saturday, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and several of his teammates..." April 22

  • Penguins get Patric Hornqvist back in lineup

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin will miss Game 6 of the of the first-round playoff series with the Flyers Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, but the Penguins did get Patric Hornqvist back, Malkin missed Saturday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry after an apparent knee injury in the first period..." April 22

  • Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin out for Game 6 vs. Flyers

    Sportsnet "Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin will not play in Game 6 of his team’s first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Malkin has three goals and five points this post-season, but got caught up Flyers centre Jori Lehtera in the first period of Game 5. The 31-year-old missed..." April 22

  • Penguins hope Malkin, Hornqvist ready for Game 6 against Flyers "Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist will be game-time decisions for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS). When asked about the availability of the two forwards, Penguins..." April 21

  • Penguins won’t have Hornqvist; Flyers lineup murky for Game 5

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 tonight, they’ll do so without Patric Hornqvist. The Swedish winger already missed Game 4 with an upper-body injury, and the team ruled him out for Game 5. Hornqvist had been playing quite well lately, including..." April 20

  • Comparisons to Sidney Crosby not easy for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore

    Sportsnet "He’s heard all the chatter about how good he is right now and how much better he’s projected to become. It’s something that’s hard for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore when he’s already being touted as a future first overall NHL Draft pick – not for this year, or even next, but in 2020. There are..." April 19

  • Penguins rule Hornqvist out for Game 4; Can Simon step up?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Patric Hornqvist won’t be in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup for Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Sullivan revealed as much after Hornqvist missed practice today, when Dominik Simon joined Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel on the first line. If that stands,..." April 17

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby isn't impressed with Flyers fans' urinal prank

    USA Today "Sidney Crosby has a message for Philadelphia Flyers fans: You can do better. Flyers fans took their trash-talking to a new level Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, putting pictures of the Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s face in arena urinals during Game 3. “It’s not the first building that’s..." April 16

  • Sidney Crosby pictures grace the urinals at Flyers' Wells Fargo Center

    CBS Sports "There are usually quite a few potty mouths that go back and forth between Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers fans, but the latter took to the potties -- literally -- to show their disdain for their Metropolitan rivals on Sunday. With the feisty Pens-Flyers rivalry in the City of..." April 15

  • Penguins C Brassard a GTD vs. Flyers

    TSN "The Pittsburgh Penguins may be without trade deadline pickup Derick Brassard for their first game of the postseason. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan played coy when asked about Brassard's status for Game 1 Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, replying "all players will be a game-time..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Crosby appears in all 82 regular-season games for 1st time in career

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Two of the Penguins players with the lengthiest injury histories were among the four players to appear in all 82 games this season. Sidney Crosby and Olli Maatta joined Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel in the perfect-attendance club when they dressed for the regular-season finale Friday night..." April 07

  • Penguins Sign Anthony Angello To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It may have been a disappointing end to the season for Cornell, a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament upset in their first game, but for one player the year will end on a positive note. Anthony Angello, a junior forward for the Big Red, has signed an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins,..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Why was Evgeni Malkin so mad? Let him explain

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Don't get Geno mad. Especially when there's business to take care of. Evgeni Malkin got a game misconduct late in the third period during the Penguins' 3-1 loss to Washington on Sunday. He flipped T.J. Oshie's stick into the Washington bench. They mucked it up. And while that was happening,..." April 02

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Dane Birks To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The signing spree continues, this time with the Pittsburgh Penguins inking Dane Birks to a two-year entry-level contract. Birks’ season finished when Michigan Tech was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, but now he’ll get to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout for the..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Penguins have strong chance at three-peat, GM says "The Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing for a run at a three-peat, and there's good reason to believe it's possible. "It's the opportunity to win," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Not only do we have that opportunity again this year, I see it for a few more years." Pittsburgh has won..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Penguins Recall Forward Josh Jooris "The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Jooris, 27, has played in two games with the Penguins..." March 18

  • Murray practices with Penguins "Matt Murray participated in practice Saturday for the first time since sustaining a concussion Feb. 26. The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie who faced full shots prior to a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, split time in net with rookie goalies Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith..." March 17

  • Murray making progress, Rust expected to return for Penguins "Matt Murray faced full shots during the Pittsburgh Penguins morning skate Wednesday. It's the second straight day the goaltender faced full shots since sustaining a concussion Feb. 26, when he took a puck off his mask from defenseman Olli Maatta during practice. Murray will not be in the lineup..." March 14

  • Sergei Gonchar continues to work magic with Penguins’ new defensemen

    Pro Hockey Talk "During his playing days Sergei Gonchar spent five years as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped play a critical role in the team reaching back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009. His impact was noticeable every time he was in the lineup. He was a 25-minute per night defenseman,..." March 14

  • Jamie Benn chimes in on strange goalie interference call: 'Huh?'

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins thought they had cut the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lead to 3-1 late in the second period Saturday night when Brian Dumoulin slid the puck by Frederik Andersen. However, the goal did not count, as the Pens’ blueliner was assessed a goaltender interference penalty despite the..." March 11

  • Evgeni Malkin doesn’t lack credit in Maple Leafs room

    Sportsnet "“Do you want the credit, or do you want the wins?” Mike Babcock poses this rhetorical question during a discussion about Evgeni Malkin, he of three Stanley Cup rings, one Hart Trophy, and permanent status as the second-best player on his own team. But the coach could also be subtly talking..." March 10

  • Crosby due for Malkin-type scoring run as Penguins prime for playoffs

    Sportsnet "After a season where he challenged Connor McDavid for the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award while taking home the Rocket Richard Trophy with 44 goals, Sidney Crosby is having an OK year — for him. Over a point per game with 73 in 68 games, on pace for 88, that’s about nine points off last..." March 10

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Injuries Piling Up For Pittsburgh Penguins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the Pittsburgh Penguins march towards the playoffs and an attempt at a third straight Stanley Cup Championship, the injury list is beginning to crowd. The team announced today that Bryan Rust is dealing with a concussion, Dominik Simon is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury, and that Zach..." March 09

  • Why aren’t more people talking about Evgeni Malkin?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has put up some crazy numbers throughout his 12-year NHL career, but it’s been a while since he’s had a season like this one. Despite his incredible campaign, he appears to be flying under the radar for a superstar. The early portion of the season was all about..." March 08

  • Penguins Sign Forward Sam Lafferty to a Two-Year Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Sam Lafferty to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Lafferty's deal will begin with the 2018-19 campaign. He will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this..." March 07

  • Penguins’ Hornqvist avoids suspension for hit on Bruins’ McAvoy

    Pro Hockey Talk "Last night’s Penguins – Bruins game was nasty at times, and not just considering Boston handing an 8-4 drubbing to Pittsburgh. There were some violent moments, which can often happen when a game gets out of hand (especially for a testy team like the Penguins). The most memorable event happened..." March 02

  • Murray skates before Penguins practice, remains out indefinitely "Matt Murray skated on his own before Pittsburgh Penguins practice Friday. It was the first time the goaltender was on the ice since sustaining a concussion during practice Monday when he was hit in the head by a shot by defenseman Olli Maatta. Murray was in full equipment during his time on..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Penguins' Aston-Reese out 'longer term' after suffering injury in practice

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese will be out "longer-term" because of an upper-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Wednesday. Aston-Reese was injured during the team's practice Monday. He did not play Tuesday night against the Devils, and was absent from the team's practice..." February 28

  • Penguins' Matt Murray out with a concussion

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Goalie Matt Murray is out with a concussion, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday morning. Murray suffered the injury when he was struck in the head by a puck during Monday's practice. Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry will make up the team's goaltending tandem while Murray is out." February 27

  • Penguins GM says team is close to extension with Patric Hornqvist

    Sportsnet "Pittsburgh Penguins general manger Jim Rutherford says his team is closing in on a contract extension with forward Patric Hornqvist.’s Wes Crosby is reporting that Rutherford expects the deal to be announced on Tuesday. Hornqvist has 17 goals and 32 points in 51 games this season,..." February 26

  • Penguins add center Josh Jooris at NHL trade deadline

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins added center Josh Jooris from Carolina in exchange for Greg McKegg at the NHL trade deadline Monday. While nothing is for sure, it’s believed to be the Penguins’ only move of the day. A source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that adding Matt Cullen, one possibility for the..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Pittsburgh Penguins clear winners in Derick Brassard deal

    Sportsnet "The Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Vegas Golden Knights completed a trade on Friday that is extremely complex and doesn’t really make any sense at all, unless you’re Pittsburgh. Chris Johnston broke down the details of the trade, which was actually multiple trades, and all the effort..." February 24

  • Penguins see trade for Brassard as sign 'we're going for it' "The Pittsburgh Penguins finished a 6-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday that put them back in first place in the Metropolitan Division, then found out that Derick Brassard would be joining them in their attempt to win the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. "Obviously, we're..." February 24

  • Why the Golden Knights got involved in Derick Brassard deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "If Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is to be believed, getting forward Ryan Reaves and a draft pick while not having to give up anything but some cap space was the meal ticket. McPhee, who spoke to the media in Las Vegas during the first intermission of their game against the..." February 24

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