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  • Japan's Yushiroh Hirano won't give up on the American hockey dream

    The Score "To properly understand the perpetual infancy of Japanese hockey, consider the strange case of 1974 NHL draft pick Taro Tsujimoto. Tsujimoto, an imaginary hockey player from Tokyo - literally created out of thin air in the middle of a professional sports league draft - was selected in..." September 20

  • Penguins' Matt Cullen gets kick out of defying age-related expectations

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It would be easy to forgive Matt Cullen if he didn’t exactly turn his effort and intensity dial to 10 for the championship game of the Penguins’ annual intrasquad scrimmage tournament Monday morning in Cranberry. He’s 41 years old. It’s his 22nd NHL..." September 18

  • Jack Johnson is starting to feel at home with the Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Before the start of training camp, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, as he does with many of his players, sat Jack Johnson down for a one-on-one chat. The message? Get back to playing your game. Skate. Feel free to join the rush. Hit people. Rediscover that swagger you had in..." September 17

  • A look at 3 players with NHL experience flying under the radar in Penguins camp

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With 56 players on the roster, it’s hard for even the most ardent Penguins fan to keep track of everyone skating in training camp practices in Cranberry. Even some players with NHL experience on their resumes might manage to fly under the radar. Here’s a list of..." September 16

  • Kris Letang ‘a million times better’ after a healthy summer to train

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Things are different these days for Kris Letang. Not the obvious — the birth this summer of his daughter, Victoria. That’s seemingly been totally fine, a breeze. Older brother Alex has been eager to help, and outside of a bit more noise, the chemistry in the Letang house..." September 11

  • Penguins GM expects big contributions from Kessel, Letang, Cullen "Jim Rutherford feels good about the makeup of the Pittsburgh Penguins entering training camp. "We're rested and healthy, and we have more balance and depth now, so some of the things we set out to do [after last season], we felt we've done," the Penguins general..." September 10

  • Matt Murray needs to improve after struggling to replace Marc-Andre Fleury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have a lot invested in their goaltender of the present and future in Matt Murray. You would think replacing Marc-Andre Fleury might be a challenging procedure, but Murray’s .923 save percentage in 49 games proved that the youngster was ready for the full-time role,..." September 09

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Crosby says Penguins have something to prove "Sidney Crosby skated with an unfamiliar feeling Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins center joined 13 teammates for an informal practice. That was normal; Crosby usually participates in workouts before training camp. The difference: the 31-year-old captain skated alongside a..." September 06

  • Penguins prospect to play again after summer campfire accident

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the Pittsburgh Penguins top prospects will participate in the team’s rookie challenge, just a few months removed from being badly burned in a campfire accident. Center Jordy Bellerive will travel to Buffalo and suit up for the Penguins in the Prospects Challenge, the..." September 05

  • Daniel Sprong still has to earn his ice time and role with the Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins would love for 21-year-old right wing Daniel Sprong to score 30 or more goals. They certainly wouldn’t complain if he played a stout, two-way game and punched up a respectable plus/minus. It’s down the road, sure, but maybe he could even earn some..." September 05

  • Johnson quickly getting acclimated with Penguins "Jack Johnson wanted to acclimate to Pittsburgh as soon as possible. After signing a five-year, $16.25 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, the 31-year-old defenseman returned to the city and skated with Sidney Crosby on Aug. 23. On Wednesday, Johnson joined forward..." August 29

  • Penguins need more from Kris Letang in order to contend

    Yardbarker "The Pittsburgh Penguins still need to get the most out of their top defenseman Kris Letang if they intend to compete for their third Stanley Cup in four years. However, while Letang posted solid numbers, his presence as the team’s No. 1 blueliner has been left in doubt as the veteran has..." August 25

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Jake Guentzel has a whole new set of goals this season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Mike Sullivan had seen enough. On Feb. 12, a day after playing Jake Guentzel just 9:01 in a 4-1 win at St. Louis, Sullivan summoned the 23-year-old winger into his office. Close the door, Sullivan told Guentzel. Take a seat. What followed was textbook Sullivan: ripping..." August 13

  • The upcoming season is likely Matt Cullen’s last

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Matt Cullen is 41 years old and will turn 42 on Nov. 2. He’s currently the NHL’s oldest player, although he doesn’t really plan on holding that title for long. “I’m definitely going into [the 2018-19 season] thinking that this is probably it,”..." August 09

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Tristan Jarry

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have their final restricted free agent wrapped up. The team has announced a two-year contract extension with backup goalie Tristan Jarry that carries a cap hit of only $675K. On top of a friendly salary, the deal is also of a two-way nature this season before..." July 26

  • Mario Lemieux selling Quebec castle for $22M

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux has put his 17,000-square-foot castle on the market with a price tag of $21,999,066. Built in 2012, the Chateau Fleur de Lys - as the property is known - is located on the flank of Mont-Tremblant in Quebec and overlooks Lake Tremblant. It..." July 26

  • Jarome Iginla returning to Calgary to retire from NHL after 20 seasons

    Calgary Sun "Former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla is retiring from the National Hockey League after 20 seasons. The team announced the news Wednesday and said Iginla will speak to media in Calgary on Monday. Iginla, who is from St. Albert, was acquired by the Flames in December..." July 25

  • What will Penguins do with all their centers?

    Pro Hockey Talk "This past week the Pittsburgh Penguins added free agent Derek Grant on a one-year contract. Not a major signing, but one that still seems to be a little curious given the current construction of the roster. The 28-year-old Grant, you see, is a center. After bouncing around..." July 23

  • Derek Grant Agrees To Terms With Pittsburgh Penguins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins waited patiently and have found a bargain on the free agent market, agreeing to terms with Derek Grant on a one-year $650K contract. Grant was arguably the top forward left in free agency other than Rick Nash, who hasn’t made a decision on whether or not..." July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Three Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially re-signed three minor league players, inking Teddy Blueger, Thomas Di Pauli and Ethan Prow to one-year two-way contracts worth $650K at the NHL. " July 17

  • Derick Brassard could be Penguins’ next top-six wing

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins could open the 2018-19 regular season with a new top-six left wing, but it wouldn’t involve a trade for Jeff Skinner, Max Pacioretty or any of the other premium players they’ve been linked to over the past couple of weeks. According to general manager Jim..." July 14

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford dials back comments about Blue Jackets

    Sportsnet "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford addressed his recent comments about the Columbus Blue Jackets in a new interview. “I have nothing but respect for the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Rutherford said to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh..." July 13

  • Penguins Re-Sign Jamie Oleksiak

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins had one arbitration hearing on the books this off-season and it can now be canceled. The team announced that they have agreed to terms on a new contract with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. It is a three-year extension that carries a cap hit of approximately..." July 12

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Addison looks to bring offensive flair to Penguins "Calen Addison sits a few lockers down from the stall normally reserved for Kris Letang, possibly a future teammate with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Addison, a defenseman prospect, said he idolizes another notable offensive defenseman. "My favorite player is Erik Karlsson,"..." July 08

  • Too many centers a 'good' problem for Penguins?

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Besides goaltender, center is the most important position in the NHL. You can never have too many good centers. But the Penguins might. That's not a problem. Except for the center who gets scratched. Or for the winger who gets scratched because a center plays..." July 04

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Defenseman Stefan Elliott

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins made their major blue line addition earlier with the signing of Jack Johnson, but they are not done filling out the depth chart. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the team has signed defenseman Stefan Elliott to a one-year, two-way contract. Elliott,..." July 01

  • Pittsburgh Re-Signs Trotman, Adds Hayes And Muse

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After their deal with defenseman Stefan Elliott was previously reported, the Penguins announced that they have also signed three more players to matching deals. Defenseman Zach Trotman has been re-signed and forward Jimmy Hayes and goaltender John..." July 01

  • Tortorella explodes on Penguins' Rutherford, Johnson: 'Shut the f--- up!'

    The Score "John Tortorella has repeatedly called the Pittsburgh Penguins "whiners" in the past and has unleashed his fury on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but his latest criticism is zeroed in on Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Following Pittsburgh's signing of..." July 01

  • Penguins Sign Forward Matt Cullen to a One-Year Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Matt Cullen to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal has an average annual value of $650,000. Cullen, 41, returns for a second tour of duty with the..." July 01

  • Penguins Sign Defenseman Jack Johnson to a Five-Year Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal runs through the 2022-23 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $3.25..." July 01

  • Lemieux's son honing game with Penguins "Austin Lemieux has made a summer tradition of skating on a rink bearing his last name. The 22-year-old son of Mario Lemieux, the Pittsburgh Penguins owner and all-time leading scorer with 1,723 points (690 goals, 1,033 assists) in 17 NHL seasons, is taking part in his third prospect..." June 30

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Jean-Sebastien Dea

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have been busy locking up depth players the last few days, and today is no different. Jean-Sebastien Dea has signed a one-year, two-way contract that will carry a $650K cap hit at the NHL level. It wasn’t clear if Dea had received a qualifying offer on..." June 28

  • Pittsburgh Closing In On Deal With Riley Sheahan

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though he wasn’t qualified earlier this week, Riley Sheahan is likely headed back to the Pittsburgh Penguins anyway. GM Jim Rutherford took questions after his trade of Conor Sheary earlier today, and indicated that the team was getting closer to a deal with Sheahan and would have..." June 27

  • Pittsburgh Re-Signs Riley Sheahan To A One-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins have indeed finalized a deal with Sheahan, announcing that he has signed a one-year, $2.1MM contract. " June 27

  • Penguins plan to add defenseman Jack Johnson once free agency begins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins intend to sign free agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract when free agency begins at noon Sunday, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday. The deal is expected to be for a total of around $16 million, with an average annual value of between..." June 27

  • Sabres add Conor Sheary & Matt Hunwick from Penguins

    WKBW "Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill didn't wait for free agency to start wheeling and dealing. On Wednesday, Botterill called up his former boss and made a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending left-winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Sabres in..." June 27

  • Penguins’ talks with defenseman Jack Johnson intensify

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With the interview window for soon-to-be unrestricted free agents officially open, the Penguins and defenseman Jack Johnson have talked, and there seems to be plenty of mutual interest in a potential deal, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday. Rules prohibit the two..." June 26

  • Maria Sharapova takes Sidney Crosby on tour of Wimbledon

    Sportress of Blogitude "Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby currently is enjoying some well-deserved R&R while on a tour of Europe. And his stop in England presumably had to be highlighted by Monday’s tour of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club led by none other than 2004 Wimbledon champ Maria..." June 26

  • Penguins lock up Bryan Rust with 4-year, $14 million deal

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins have made a long-term commitment to winger Bryan Rust, signing the 26-year-old winger to a four-year contract with an average annual salary of $3.5 million, the team announced Monday. Rust has averaged 14 goals and 33 points while playing all over the lineup for the..." June 26

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Three Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced three new contracts for pending free agents, agreeing to terms with Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong, while re-signing Kevin Czuczman. Sprong and Simon have agreed on identical two-year deals that will carry a cap hit of $750K per season, while Czuczman has..." June 25

  • Source: Penguins interested in potential Chris Kunitz return

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins do indeed have legitimate interest in bringing back former left wing Chris Kunitz, but anything they might do is contingent on creating additional salary-cap space, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday afternoon. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said..." June 25

  • Penguins’ Sullivan disputes reports about rift with Phil Kessel

    Sportsnet "After weeks of reports detailing an alleged rift between Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel and head coach Mike Sullivan, the Penguins bench boss set the record straight about what he believes has been an unfair characterization of his relationship with the star winger. Much has been made..." June 23

  • Blues, Penguins Interested In Jeff Skinner

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins and Blues are among the teams that are interested in acquiring Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner, Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reports (Twitter link).  Skinner has been frequently speculated as a trade candidate in recent months as he gets set to enter the final..." June 22