Penguins Rumors & News

  • New Penguins winger Ryan Reaves relishes enforcer role

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The last time imposing winger Ryan Reaves played at PPG Paints Arena, he scored a pretty second-period breakaway goal in January to help his St. Louis Blues beat the Penguins. When he got home from the road trip, he shared a thought with his wife. “I keep having good games against..." June 25

  • Rutherford has holes to fill at center as free agency approaches

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As the Penguins come out of this weekend’s NHL Draft and prepare for free agency next week, general manager Jim Rutherford’s main priority is the same as it was 72 hours ago. If anything, it might even be more pressing than it was at the start of the weekend. The biggest concern Rutherford..." June 25

  • Let’s talk about why the Penguins traded for Ryan Reaves

    Pro Hockey Talk "From a big picture perspective the Pittsburgh Penguins acquisition of Ryan Reaves on Friday night isn’t really a major deal. Normally teams swapping fourth-liners and 20 draft spots wouldn’t be the type of move that would move the needle or send any sort of a ripple through the NHL. This one is..." June 25

  • Randy Sexton to leave Penguins for Sabres' assistant GM job

    TSN "It appears Randy Sexton, the director of amateur scouting for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, is leaving the organization to join the Buffalo Sabres front office, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. McKenzie says Sexton will work for the Sabres new general manager,..." June 25

  • Penguins acquire forward Ryan Reaves from Blues

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have traded forward Ryan Reaves, and a second-round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for pick No. 31 and forward Oskar Sundqvist. The Blues then used pick No. 31 to draft forward Klim Kostin. Reaves, 30, is known more for his grit than his scoring. " June 24

  • Penguins re-sign defenseman Chad Ruhwedel

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins will be keeping at least one of their unrestricted free agents in the fold, re-signing depth defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract Thursday. The contract will pay Ruhwedel $650,000 annually, which is a raise from the $575,000 he earned last season. Ruhwedel, 27, was..." June 22

  • Fleury: 'I just want to beat' Penguins "Marc-Andre Fleury didn't expect it, that standing ovation, the fans inside T-Mobile Arena chanting his last name. "I was just going on the stage to give a quick wave and get out of there," the goaltender said after the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday...." June 22

  • Vegas to select Fleury and acquire additional draft pick from Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "On this date in 2003, Marc-Andre Fleury went first overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Entry Draft. Today, it does in fact appear, based on translated reports, that the popular veteran goaltender is heading to Vegas in the expansion draft. Fleury has been, for quite some time now,..." June 21

  • Penguins promote Mike Buckley to goaltending coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins lost goaltending coach Mike Bales to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, but quickly filled the void by announcing the promotion of Mike Buckley. Buckley goes from the Penguins’ goalie development coach, a position he held for the past four years to the goaltender coach..." June 18

  • Handing of baton to Murray extends to Penguins' change in goalie coaches

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Suffice to say, Mike Bales was surprised when Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and coach Mike Sullivan pulled him into an office this past Thursday, the day after the team's Stanley Cup parade, and told Bales he was out as the team's goaltending coach. "I wasn’t expecting that coming off..." June 18

  • Penguins hire Carnegie Mellon analytics guru Sam Ventura to front-office job

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Statistician Sam Ventura has been added to the Penguins' full-time operations staff as the team's director of hockey research, the team announced Friday. Ventura, 29, had previously served as a consultant for the team for the past two years. In his new role, he will work with newly-promoted..." June 17

  • Matthews had high praise for Crosby and Malkin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Auston Matthews took the NHL by storm as a rookie, reaching the 40-goal plateau. Only four back of Sidney Crosby. As impressive as Matthews’ season was, helping the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs into the playoffs where they met the Washington Capitals in the first round, he was highly..." June 17

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford plans to shop for muscle this offseason

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford starts to put together next season's roster in the next few weeks, there will be something near the top of his shopping list that didn't necessarily appear there the previous few years. Muscle. Rutherford said Thursday he would like to add a..." June 17

  • Why the Penguins will achieve a three-peat, and probably four straight Stanley Cups

    The Comeback "For the first time in 19 years, the NHL has a repeat champion. The Pittsburgh Penguins took care of the Nashville Predators in six games in the Stanley Cup Final and about a day later, Las Vegas installed the Penguins as 9/1 favorites to win it all again in 2018. That’s almost always what Vegas..." June 16

  • Pens Sign Goalie Filip Gustavsson to a Three-Year Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed prospect goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal will kick into effect when Gustavsson begins playing in North America. He will spend..." June 16

  • Sullivan breaks down ‘most difficult’ decision between Fleury, Murray

    Sportsnet "Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has faced plenty of tough decisions during his time as a bench boss, but perhaps none as difficult as the one he faced prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators. Up until that point, Marc-Andre Fleury had backstopped..." June 15

  • Penguins' Murray tore hamstring before playoff opener

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins had to survive without Matt Murray for the first two rounds of their Stanley Cup run, due to what turned out to be a relatively serious injury. The team's starting goalie suffered a torn hamstring at the start of the postseason, per Pittsburgh sportswriter Shelly..." June 15

  • Schultz, Kunitz hope to stay with Pens

    TSN "Justin Schultz and Chris Kunitz both made it clear on Thursday that they would like to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Schultz is arbitration eligible as a restricted free agent this summer. The 26-year-old scored 12 goals and added 39 assists in 78 games this season. He..." June 15

  • Fleury: Waiving no-movement clause was 'right thing to help the team'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t take one for the team. He waived one for it. With the NHL trade deadline looming a few months ago, Fleury dropped the no-movement clause that would have prevented the Penguins from exposing him in the upcoming expansion draft. Had Fleury not done so, general..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Fans cheer on Penguins at parade for Stanley Cup win

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins players have greeted cheering fans while riding in pickup trucks, convertible cars and buses during a parade celebrating the Stanley Cup champions. MVP Sidney Crosby was riding with the cup during the Wednesday parade in downtown Pittsburgh. But he jumped out of the vehicle..." June 14

  • Penguins won't turn down White House invite

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins’ Stanley Cup victory hasn’t earned them an invitation to the White House. Not yet, anyway. But if one comes, they will accept it. “The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team,” team CEO/president David Morehouse..." June 13

  • Five intriguing destinations for Marc-Andre Fleury

    Sportsnet "Now that the Penguins have been crowned champions for the second straight year, it’s officially open season on rumours—and at the top of that list is Marc-Andre Fleury. Earlier on Monday, Renaud Lavoie reported that Fleury waived his no-move when asked back in February, but only for..." June 13

  • Marc-Andre Fleury agrees to waive no-movement clause

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Marc-Andre Fleury could be headed to the Vegas Golden Knights. According to a tweet Monday afternoon from Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Fleury has agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract and thus will be exposed in the upcoming expansion draft, which will be held Wednesday, June..." June 12

  • Sidney Crosby solidifies place among greatest ever with third Cup win "Sidney Crosby is one of the all-time greatest players in the history of the NHL. Crosby, the decorated captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was already on the long list of the best players of all time. He cemented his name onto the short list Sunday by winning another Stanley Cup, his second in..." June 12

  • Penguins favorites to win third straight Stanley Cup in 2018

    ESPN "The Pittsburgh Penguins finished off the Nashville Predators on Sunday to become the first repeat Stanley Cup champions in 19 seasons. The Penguins are the favorites in Las Vegas to make it three in a row next year. Pittsburgh heads into the offseason with 8-1 odds to win next year's Stanley..." June 12

  • Mario Lemieux: Penguins are catching up to Steelers

    Yardbarker "The city of Pittsburgh is home to a lot of sports champions, and those teams are competing to best each other. The Steelers are the most successful NFL franchise with six Super Bowl wins. The Pirates, despite their recent struggles, have won five World Series. The Penguins don’t have the most..." June 12

  • Matt Murray makes history with Stanley Cup victory

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Murray has gone into the Stanley Cup record books. Still technically a rookie, Murray became the first goalie in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in each of his first two seasons thanks to a 27-save shutout in the Penguins’ 2-0 championship clinching victory Sunday. They repeat as..." June 12

  • Predators' Fisher on pivotal disallowed goal in Game 6: 'That's sports'

    Bleacher Report "Nashville Predators fans will remember the disallowed goal in Game 6 for years, but captain Mike Fisher was understanding after the game. "Yeah, it's tough...but that's sports," he said, per John Shannon of Sportsnet. "And there's human error in every wasn't on purpose." The play..." June 12

  • Pens' Bonino broke tibia, played in Game 2

    TSN "Nick Bonino left the ice in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a P.K. Subban slapshot to the leg, but returned to play both the second and third periods. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward then missed Games 3-6 despite taking part in practice and skating in the warmup..." June 12

  • Fisher admits obvious: Penguins, Predators don’t like each other

    Pro Hockey Talk "Remarkably, the Nashville Predators face elimination for the first time in this entire postseason as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. You can probably expect some fight from the Preds, particularly after a nasty finish to Game 5. Predators captain Mike..." June 11

  • Chris Kunitz of Penguins going for fourth Cup in Game 6 "On the eve of a chance to win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time, Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz said patience and trust will be important before Game 6 of the Final against the Nashville Predators on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7..." June 11

  • Penguins on the cusp of another Stanley Cup — despite missing Kris Letang for the postseason

    Pro Hockey Talk "The journey back to the Stanley Cup Final hasn’t been easy for the Penguins. Injuries plague every team during the two-month tournament. But for the Penguins to make it back to this point is truly a wonder considering they’ve been without their No. 1 defenseman for the entire..." June 11

  • Mike Sullivan trying to stay on task with Penguins heading into Game 6 "With so much on the line, it's not surprising that sleep is in short supply for Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. But there are plenty of worries. The Penguins are one win from becoming the first team in nearly 20 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Game 6 of the Cup Final between..." June 11

  • Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin of Penguins on verge of third Cup together "Wayne Gretzky brought up the tandems, some of the greatest of all time in the NHL, during his press conference earlier in the Stanley Cup Final. Jacques Lemaire and Guy Lafleur. Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. Himself and Mark Messier. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Yes, them too. "I..." June 11

  • Luke Bryan to perform before Penguins – Predators Game 6

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Stanley Cup Final continues to draw big names, especially when it comes to country music stars to the contests in Nashville. That will continue when Luke Bryan performs before the Predators host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Sunday. The country star will perform on the rooftop of..." June 11

  • Matt Murray of Penguins honed in on Game 6 against Predators "Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is one win away from making history. Not that he cares to hear about it. "I know I personally don't spend much time thinking about it," Murray said. "I just focus on [Sunday] night's game and doing what I need to do to be prepared and give ourselves the..." June 10

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby has built a strong Conn Smythe case

    USA Today "The more that Nashville Predators fans hate Sidney Crosby the closer he seems to inch toward winning his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy. The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs, seems too close to call. However, if the Penguins, leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven Stanley..." June 10

  • If Matt Cullen does call it a career, he’d love to go out with another Stanley Cup

    Pro Hockey Talk "It seems like the perfect Hollywood ending: Going out as a champion. It’s not in the script for every professional athlete, but it certainly could be for Matt Cullen. Cullen and the Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from another Stanley Cup championship, which would make them the first..." June 09

  • Penguins on brink of Stanley Cup repeat despite injuries "The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the same position they were a year ago. Past that, there haven't been many similarities between this Stanley Cup Playoff run and the one they used to win the Stanley Cup in 2016. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and will travel to Bridgestone Arena..." June 09

  • Crosby claims Subban pulled 'some UFC move' on his foot in tussle

    Bleacher Report "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby told reporters after his team's 6-0 Game 5 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night that P.K. Subban was "doing some UFC move on me" during the first-period altercation that saw Crosby push the defenseman's head into the ice several times,..." June 09

  • Why Crosby's shots to Subban might help Predators

    Tennessean "For as long as the Nashville Predators are in the playoffs, we’ll take the temperature of the series the morning after each game. This storm is over: Both sides have said it, accurately, at different points of this series: Momentum isn’t a thing here. The Penguins absolutely destroyed the..." June 09

  • Penguins say Olli Maatta is ‘fine’ after nasty Colton Sissons crosscheck

    Pro Hockey Talk "Things got downright nasty late in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-0 blowout win against the Nashville Predators in Game 5. There was some concern that one of the nastiest moments – a crosscheck Colton Sissons delivered on Olli Maatta – might result in an injury. While you must correct for Typical..." June 09

  • Crosby: ‘I didn’t try to throw’ water bottle

    TSN "Sidney Crosby said he didn’t mean to do it. Yes, the water bottle went flying across the ice. Yes, Crosby admitted he “thought there was a penalty there” that went uncalled. But the Penguins’ captain said he “didn’t try to throw” the water bottle in the second period on Thursday night. “I..." June 09

  • Penguins center Guentzel ties rookie record for points in a postseason

    Fanrag Sports "The Stanley Cup champion is still undecided, but Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Jake Guentzel will have something to remember from the postseason no matter how it ends. Thursday night, he tied Dino Ciccarelli and Ville Leino for the most points by a rookie in a single postseason in NHL..." June 09

  • Phil Kessel needs to 'make 'em count' for Penguins in Game 5 "Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin expects one thing from slumping right wing Phil Kessel in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday. "[He'll] score," Malkin said bluntly. "I mean, it's his time to score. We know he's a great player and he likes to play in tough situations. Now it's..." June 08

  • Matt Murray to start for Penguins vs. Predators in Game 5 "Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will start in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Murray would start in his press conference following..." June 08

  • Penguins' Nick Bonino: Game-time decision for Game 5

    CBS Sports "Bonino (lower body) will be a game-time decision against the Predators on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. There is no aspect of Pittsburgh's lineup that won't get a boost if Bonino is able to suit up. The center logs time on both the power play and the penalty..." June 08

  • Pittsburgh media: Nashville not a 'hockey town,' Preds using fake crowd noise

    CBS Sports "The Nashville Predators are back from the dead, rebounding from an 0-2 series hole in the Stanley Cup Final to rout the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in two straight games and put themselves within two wins of the franchise's first championship. And a few media members in the Steel..." June 08

  • ‘There is zero chance’ Kris Letang returns during the Stanley Cup Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan quickly silenced any rumors of a possible Kris Letang return to the lineup at this juncture in the Stanley Cup Final. Following Monday’s contest in Nashville, in which the Penguins lost to the Predators, sending this series back to Pittsburgh all tied up,..." June 06

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