James Neal RUMORS & NEWS

  • Neal Added to All-Star Game in Nashville

    NHL.com "The NHL revealed on Thursday that Nashville Predators leading goal-scorer, James Neal, will be added to 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville. The 28-year-old forward, who recorded his 200th career goal earlier this month, will be making his third appearance at an All-Star Weekend and his..." January 28

  • Kuznetsov, Neal added to All-Star Game rosters

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal were added Thursday to the rosters for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division..." January 28

  • James Neal embellishes, Tim Peel drops F-bombs about it (Video)

    Yahoo! Sports "James Neal is one of the NHL’s most accomplished embellishers, having been fined by the League in 2014 and having been called “everything that’s wrong with the NHL” by former referee Paul Stewart. On Monday night, the Nashville Predators forward was at it again, but our favorite referee of..." December 08

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    Eric Stromgren @estromgren

    James Neal is sick but does not have the mumps, Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said #preds

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    Rob Rossi @RobRossi_Trib

    Hearing Fleury not in play, Neal definitely is for #pens as far as trades. Also, Rutherford looking to find cap space with some deals

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Penguins forward James Neal fined $5,000 for cross checking Red Wings forward Luke Glendening.

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    Rob Rossi @RobRossi_Trib

    No Player Safety hearing scheduled on Friday for Neal regarding hit Thursday at Detroit. #pens play Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    Neal: As long as I'm good all day today (and) if I feel good in the morning, there's no reason why I can't (play Tuesday vs. Dallas). #Pens

  • Neal out indefinitely with a concussion

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins right wing James Neal is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion. Neal played in the team's 2-0 victory on Tuesday against Washington. Following Wednesday's off-day, however, Neal told team doctors that he “didn't feel right,” according to coach Dan Bylsma said. Later on..." March 15

  • James Neal may return Monday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Paul Martin has missed the past 23 games because of a broken leg. This Penguins defenseman does not want that to stretch to 24. “I’ll talk to the trainers and see if I can get in there [tonight],” Martin said of a game against the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center. He could very well..." January 20

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    James Neal is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He hasn't been ruled out of Wed game against Washington #Pens

  • Penguins winger Neal refining game, attitude

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "James Neal was changing his game. He finally can continue that Thursday night. Neal's five-game suspension is over, and he will play for the Penguins against Minnesota at Consol Energy Center. “I've only played in 16 games this year,” Neal said after a post-practice workout at Madison Square..." December 19

  • Neal vows to mend ways after earning suspension

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It all seems so obvious now. Sure, there might have been a time -- say, just over 11 minutes into what would become a 3-2 loss Saturday night in Boston -- when Penguins winger James Neal figured, however briefly, that driving a knee into the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand wasn't such a..." December 11

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    Dave Molinari @MolinariPG

    Neal: Kneeing Marchand "not the smartest decision I've ever made."

  • Pens' F James Neal handed 5-game suspension for kneeing Marchand

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was handed a five-game suspension on Monday for kneeing Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand on Saturday night at TD Garden. At 11:06 of the first period, Neal struck Marchand with his knee when Marchand was down on the ice. Marchand remained in the..." December 09

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    Josh Yohe @JoshYohe_Trib

    James Neal looked good in practice. Won't play in St. Louis. Next week seems possible, though.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    Today was #Pens Neal's first full practice. Cleared for everything. Stayed on ice after to work on taking contact.

  • Neal Returns to Full Practice

    NHL.com "Penguins right winger James Neal returned to full-team practice for the first time in over a month on Thursday afternoon at Southpointe. Neal, 26, has been out of the lineup since leaving the season opener Oct. 3 vs. New Jersey with an upper-body injury. “It feels good to be back with the..." November 07

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    Bylsma: "I don't anticipate (Neal) rejoining practice until probably Friday." #Pens

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    Ian Mendes @ian_mendes

    Pens GM Ray Shero tells @TSN1200 that James Neal "is out for a little while". Said it was better this injury happened now and not in March.

  • Penguins Place Neal On IR, Recall Forward Harry Zolnierczyk

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. The Penguins have also placed forward James Neal on injured reserve. Zolnierczyk 26..." October 15

  • Injury could keep Penguins right winger James Neal out for weeks

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins right winger James Neal could be out for an extended amount of time because of an injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said today that while Neal needs more medical evaluation for a firm timetable to be set he appears closer to being out week-to-week than day-to-day. Neal missed practice..." October 05

  • Elias in for Devils, Neal questionable for Penguins

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias is expected to skate Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins despite a groin injury while Penguins forward James Neal is a game-time decision with an upper-body injury. The Devils cleared a roster spot to activate Elias by placing defenseman Alexander..." October 03

  • Neal’s solid play soon could pay off on scoresheet for Penguins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin predicted the future Tuesday. He envisions James Neal busting out of his goal funk. “Yeah,” Malkin said Tuesday after a practice at Scotiabank Place. “Something big. Soon.” Neal has gone five consecutive games without a goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs, where he has..." May 22

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    Ken Wiebe @WiebeSunSports

    Warm-up just started at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. RW James Neal, D Brooks Orpik out there for #Pens and expected to suit up

  • Bylsma: No update on injured forward Neal

    NHL.com "Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal left Game 1 of his team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders on Wednesday after taking two second-period shifts. He did not return. Neal was spotted limping after absorbing a hit during a Pittsburgh power play during the..." May 02

  • Crosby practices with regular linemates, Neal does not practice

    TSN "There was some good news and some bad news at Pittsburgh Penguins practice on Thursday. Sidney Crosby may have taken another step towards returning, as he skated with his regular linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Crosby has been out of action for one month with a broken..." May 02

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    #Pens coach Bylsma: Orpik and Vitale (lower body) still day to day. No timetable on Crosby. Martin and Neal will play Saturday vs. Carolina

  • James Neal practices but Letang likely out Monday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins winger James Neal returned to practice Sunday for the first time since he sustained a concussion April 5 -- if only for 18 minutes. Coach Dan Bylsma noted that Neal "joined us for just a few drills," but added, "That would be an indication of him moving along in his protocol." Neal, who..." April 22

  • Penguins' James Neal returns for brief practice session

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins winger James Neal returned to practice with the team today at Southpointe. He practiced for only 18 minutes, but coach Dan Bylsma said that it represented a step in Neal's recovery from a concussion. Neal has missed the past five games since he got hurt. Neal joined three other..." April 21

  • Neal, Malkin recovering but not ready to play

    NHL.com "Evgeni Malkin skated with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Sunday, but coach Dan Bylsma said he will not be part of the lineup Monday when the Penguins play at the Ottawa Senators due to an upper-body injury. "Evgeni Malkin will not go on the trip with us [to Ottawa], so he will not be playing..." April 21

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    James Neal has a concussion and will miss the 3-game road trip, per coach Bylsma

  • James Neal has concussion; Letang practices

    NHL.com "Penguins winger James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion. “James Neal has a concussion and will miss the (three-game road) trip,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. Neal was elbowed in the head by New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto halfway through the third period of Pittsburgh’s..." April 08

  • James Neal leaves game after taking elbow to the chin

    CBC Sports "New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto is wishing he doesn't get a very unwanted phone call, while the Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping they don't lose the services of another star forward. But one play during Pittsburgh's 2-1 shootout win Friday night could make both of those scenarios a..." April 06

  • Neal, Crosby torch Toronto to earn shootout win for Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Desperation built. And built. For the Penguins, it was a matter of holding off the hard-charging Toronto Maple Leafs after twice leading by two goals. For Penguins center and team captain Sidney Crosby, that included clawing at the stubborn black tape on the blade of his stick so he could..." March 10

  • Discipline hearings set for Pens' Neal, Asham today

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins forward James Neal will have separate hearings Tuesday with the NHL discipline department for hits on Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux in Sunday's Game 3. Penguins forward Arron Asham faces an in-person hearing Tuesday for his cross-check and subsequent punch of the..." April 17

  • Star power paces Penguins in tough road victory over Bruins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins seemed to rid themselves of sloppy tendencies in the second half of their game in Boston. Their star power, though, was evident throughout. Center Sidney Crosby scored twice, and right wing James Neal scored his 40th goal of the season, as the Penguins emerged from Boston with a..." April 04

  • Malkin, Neal give it best shots

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It isn't the most important race involving the Penguins that will play out over the next few days -- there is the small matter of determining home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series -- but it might be one of the most interesting. Linemates Evgeni Malkin and James Neal entered..." April 04

  • Phoenix coach tips his cap to Penguins' Neal, Niskanen

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Phoenix coach Dave Tippett was an assistant coach in Dallas when right wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen entered the NHL. He isn't surprised to see the duo having success following their trade to the Penguins last season. "There's a lot of players in this league who envy Nealer's..." March 06

  • Niskanen takes it personally

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Matt Niskanen is not a guy who often draws attention to himself. Doesn't happen much on the ice, where his work is solid, but rarely spectacular. And it's more uncommon during interviews, when Niskanen tends to be soft-spoken and seldom utters so much as an inflammatory syllable. But..." February 29

  • Neal comfortable with team, contract

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "James Neal understood that waiting wouldn't give him much leverage. After all, he was scheduled to become a restricted free agent -- not an unrestricted one -- July 1, and those guys rarely receive outrageous contract offers or switch teams. Didn't seem to matter, though. Neal sounds like..." February 20

  • Penguins' stars shine bright at NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Fittingly, as the capper to a four-day stretch over which he constantly unveiled a personality worthy of attention, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin delivered a wicked one-liner about his own teammate after the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday. Of course, defenseman Kris Letang was not a teammate of..." January 30

  • It'll be Malkin vs. Neal, Letang in Sunday's All-Star Game

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins are guaranteed to have at least one player on the winning team Sunday in the NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. At least one on the losing club, too. That is because their three representatives in the game -- center Evgeni Malkin, winger James Neal and defenseman..." January 27

  • Neal takes all-star snub in stride

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins right wing James Neal said he intends to use his All-Star Game snub as motivation for the second half of the season. When asked if the slight could ignite a hot streak, Neal nodded. "Of course," he said. "Any time you don't get picked for something like that, it's disappointing when..." January 14

  • Comfortable Neal churns out goals

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The sweater is the same. So is the job description. Most of his teammates are, too, for that matter. The productivity, though, could not be much more different. Last season, James Neal scored two goals in 27 regular-season and playoff games after being acquired from Dallas...." January 04

  • Penguins' Neal: a shooting star

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "James Neal found the math amusing. If he sustains the pace he has had through the first 15 games, the Penguins winger will finish the season with 350 shots. "Three hundred and fifty?" Neal said, then called around to a couple of teammates to share the number and a chuckle. What's the NHL..." November 10

  • Penguins wingers picking up scoring slack

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When the NHL trade deadline rolls around in about four months, the annual demand for Penguins general manager Ray Shero to acquire a scoring winger will erupt. But this time, such a move might be unnecessary. Despite not having the prodigious playmaking skills of centers Sidney Crosby and..." November 04

  • Penguins' Neal shoots low, aims high

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "James Neal's formula for finding the back of the net seems glaringly obvious: Shooting low is good, shooting high bad. In the Penguins' eight games, he has six goals — most on the team and one behind NHL leader Phil Kessel of Toronto — and all have come on low shots. His shooting percentage is..." October 20

  • LW Neal is feeling all right in move

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It is, of course, far too early to declare this experiment a success. The sampling is too small to reach any serious conclusions. Still, that doesn't mean the Penguins can't be encouraged by what they've seen from James Neal since he was shifted to right wing at the start of training..." September 27

  • Neal looks to turn it up this season for Pens

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins are thrilled to welcome Evgeni Malkin and, eventually, a healthy Sidney Crosby back to their lineup. Having the real James Neal also should make for a nice addition. Neal, acquired from Dallas in February, scored only two goals in 27 games with the Penguins but has made a believer..." September 19