Penguins Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Penguins were easy choice for DiPauli: 'I even wore 87 growing up'

    The Score "It was always the Pittsburgh Penguins for Thomas DiPauli. The Notre Dame standout was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round in 2012, but after three seasons in South Bend, he opted to sign a two-year entry-level contract with the Cup champs Friday." August 20

  • Penguins Sign Forward Thomas DiPauli to a Two-Year Contract

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Thomas DiPauli to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. DiPauli was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2012 NHL..." August 19

  • Report: Crosby reached out to Vesey on behalf of Pens

    The Score ""Hi, can I speak to Jimmy Vesey? It's Sidney Crosby." Imagine getting that phone call. It's possible young Vesey did. The prized collegiate free agent remains the talk of the hockey world during Jimmy Vesey Week, and he was reportedly contacted by the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain on behalf..." August 18

  • Former Capitals draft pick Thomas DiPauli reportedly to sign with Penguins

    Washington Post "Center Thomas DiPauli will reportedly sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to CBC Sports’ Tim Wharnsby. DiPauli was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012, and after he didn’t agree to a deal with Washington before Aug. 16, he became an unrestricted free agent. Contacted by phone..." August 18

  • Drake receives signed Mario Lemieux jersey, performs in Penguins gear

    The Score "Phil Kessel isn't the only Toronto performer to take center stage in Pittsburgh. Following in the footsteps of the Penguins winger, Drake made the trip down from Canada to perform at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday, where he received quite a gift from Alexa Lemieux, daughter of team owner..." August 18

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Penguins Re-Sign Matt Cullen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed veteran center Matt Cullen to a one-year deal worth $1MM, as reported on the team’s website. As of last week, Cullen was believed to be entertaining offers from at least four teams but evidently chose to remain with the club with whom he just won the Stanley..." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Penguins to court Hobey Baker winner Vesey

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins are one of a handful of teams with a chance to secure the services of the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner as he hits the open market. Jimmy Vesey, a 23-year-old left wing who was named college hockey's top player after scoring 24 goals in 33 games for Harvard last season, was set..." August 16

  • Sidney Crosby Loves Brad Marchand On Team Canada

    Causeway Crowd "Sidney Crosby was recently interviewed on the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Crosby will likely captain Team Canada as they take on some of the best NHL players on the planet. Team Canada’s roster have been tweaked a few times since the roster first came out, and when asked which player Crosby is..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Penguins' Bryan Rust spoons Stanley Cup in bed

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust got his turn with the Stanley Cup on Saturday, and decided to pull a Sidney Crosby by napping with the trophy. The intimate moment was captured by Phil Pritchard, the official keeper of the Stanley Cup. " August 14

  • Bonino's dream of eating pasta out of Stanley Cup comes true

    The Score "In life, it's important to have dreams. To dream big, in fact. Nick Bonino had a dream. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward told his mom about it. "Nick would say, 'If we ever win the Stanley Cup, we're eating pasta out of it,'" his mother Joanne told the Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs. Well,..." August 13

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Penguins' Fleury: I want to win my job back

    NHL.com "Having watched most of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the bench, goaltender Marc-André Fleury wasn't in much of a party mood when his Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup at SAP Center in San Jose on June 12. It was a different story Saturday. Fleury brought the Stanley Cup back to his..." August 08

  • Crosby shows up unannounced at fan's house to sign jersey

    The Score "More proof that Sidney Crosby is perfect. The Chronicle Herald published a story about the Pittsburgh Penguins captain taking care of some unfinished business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, showing up at a fan's house to sign a jersey. Patricia Lingley-Pottie's husband Darryl placed a plywood sign..." August 07

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

    Puck Drunk Love "The Stanley Cup has had its fair share of crazy adventures this summer (including a trip down a water slide), but it’s also enjoying some quieter moments too. Matt Cullen opted to enjoy a special breakfast with his family which included eating cereal out of the Cup." July 30

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • On Sidney Crosby's day with the Cup, one fan encounter stands out from all the rest

    USA Today "For his second time with the Stanley Cup, Sidney Crosby said he wanted to make sure that as many people as possible could share the day with him. Crosby took the Cup to Tim Hortons, visited his hockey school and surprised people all over his home town with it, but one fan encounter stands out..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • A trip to Nova Scotia ignited Crosby's surge

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "It was right out of a Rockwell painting, the scene in this small maritime town on this Saturday morning. Fathers and sons playing catch on the sprawling grass fields beside Cole Harbour Place. Young and old, male and female, rich and poor, the citizens turned out in thousands to celebrate Sidney..." July 18

  • Sidney Crosby thrills hometown in victory parade

    NHL.com "The staging area Saturday was the church parking lot where Sidney Crosby played street hockey as a kid. "I don't think I ever thought I'd be starting off a Stanley Cup parade there," Crosby said. The 1.1-mile parade route he traveled while standing in the back of a Ford F-150 truck with the..." July 17

  • Penguins' 1st GM Jack Riley dies at 97

    The Score "Jack Riley, the first general manager in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins, died Wednesday at the age of 97. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jack Riley," the club said in a statement Thursday. "Jack served as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first general manager in 1967 and played an..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Crosby brings Stanley Cup to hometown hockey school

    The Score "It's Sidney Crosby's day with the Stanley Cup (and the Conn Smythe trophy), so the Pittsburgh Penguins captain opted to share his hardware with students at his hockey school in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Penguins GM confirms Kessel had hand surgery stemming from preseason injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins right winger Phil Kessel underwent surgery for a hand injury Friday and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2016-17 season. “It was something he dealt with all season,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “It bothered him. He took care of it. He's not expect to miss any time”" July 10

  • Phil Kessel sustained hand injury in round 1 of the playoffs, had surgery

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2016 Stanley Cup win wouldn't have happened without Phil Kessel. The Pens made a statement when they acquired him last off-season, and that statement rang through loud and clear. Sure, there may have been some criticism throughout the regular season, even though he..." July 09

  • Penguins Sign Forward Garrett Wilson

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Garrett Wilson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way contract that contains an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. Wilson, 25, split the..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Third-round pick Hall surprises on final day of development camp

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When the Penguins used the third-round pick they acquired from New Jersey in exchange for Beau Bennett to select Connor Hall in last month's NHL Draft, team officials painted a clear picture of what kind of player the 18-year-old defenseman is. “Very, very physically aggressive,” director of..." July 03

  • Minnesotan Cullen wants to stay with Stanley Cup champion Penguins

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Matt Cullen has the chance to go out a champion, but the allure of a 19th NHL season may prove too much. Cullen, a former Wild player from Moorhead, Minn., lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup with the Penguins this season, playing a pivotal role for Pittsburgh all season. And as NHL free agency begins..." July 01

  • Penguins Re-Sign Forward Tom Sestito to a One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tom Sestito to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way contract that has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. Sestito, 28, saw ice time in..." July 01

  • Pens make minor signings: sign Stuart Percy, bring back Sestito and Oleksy

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins made the smallest of splashes at the start of the NHL free agency period. They signed three players, all to two-way deals: Tom Sestito, Steve Oleksy and Stuart Percey. Sestito and Oleksy were with the Pens organization last year, mostly at the AHL level but both were..." July 01

  • Devils re-sign forward Beau Bennett to a one-year deal

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils today re-signed forward Beau Bennett to a one-year, one-way, $725,000 contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero." July 01

  • Kings add backup Zatkoff on 2-year deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract Friday to back up Jonathan Quick, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. Zatkoff will join the team that originally drafted him in the third round in 2006. He never played a game for the Kings before signing with the Pittsburgh..." July 01

  • Penguins Sign GM Jim Rutherford to a Three-Year Contract Extension

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that general manager Jim Rutherford has signed a three-year contract extension. The deal replaces Rutherford’s current deal. He is now signed through the 2018-19 season. Rutherford is two weeks removed from leading the Penguins to the franchise’s..." July 01

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Ben Lovejoy, Vern Fiddler

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils have shored up their blue line a little bit by signing defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year contract worth $2.66 million per season. Lovejoy is a 32-year-old right-handed shot who averaged almost 19 minutes a night on the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He probably..." July 01

  • Phil Kessel's Toronto Career Forever Memorialized In Jamaican Sports Bar

    The Big Lead "Phil Kessel won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month. He won the Cup in his first season after being run out of Toronto where he spent the previous 6 years of his career. Kessel’s relationship with the Maple Leafs remains a complicated one, but there is at least one sports..." June 29

  • Dion Phaneuf talks Toronto, Phil Kessel’s Cup party: ‘I’ll be there’

    Sportsnet "Think back 16 months ago, Toronto. Before the oh-so-sweet lottery win and the fevered Steven Stamkos anticipation and the new No. 1 goaltender and those slick new throwback sweaters that pop like hope. Flash back to the Globe and Mail‘s memorable report of the “scorched earth” Shanny-plan, in..." June 29

  • Cullen reportedly wants to come back for a 20th season

    The Score "Matt Cullen will let you know when he's done. The veteran and two-time Stanley Cup champion reportedly wants to return for a 20th season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Cullen will be 40 in early November and Friedman adds that the Pittsburgh Penguins would love to retain his..." June 28

  • Justin Schultz will not get qualifying offer from Penguins

    Today's Slapshot "The Pittsburgh Penguins only had one pending RFA on their NHL roster following their recent Stanley Cup win – but he won’t be coming back next season. The Penguins confirmed, via Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that only one pending RFA in the team’s system has been given a..." June 28

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Tim Erixon

    The Hockey Writers "The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they’ve re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year, two-way contract. The team made the announcement via their official Twitter account." June 28

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