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  • Alex Galchenyuk needs to have big season in Pittsburgh

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Montreal Canadiens selected Alex Galchenyuk third overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, they expected him to be their franchise center for the better part of a decade. Unfortunately for both sides, that didn’t work out as planned. Last summer, the Canadiens shipped Galchenyuk to..." August 24

  • It’s a big year for Penguins’ Matt Murray

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray has a lot to prove this season. He has to prove to the NHL that he is still the goalie that backstopped his team to back-to-back Stanley Cups, and he has to prove to the Penguins that he is worthy of a significant long-term commitment after this..." August 24

  • What the Penguins need to become a championship team again

    Pro Hockey Talk "There is going to come a point in the next few years where the Pittsburgh Penguins are no longer a playoff team. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang are all over the age of 32 and probably only have a handful of high-level years ahead of them. When they start to decline or..." August 24

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • Who are the biggest Penguin killers in the NHL today?

    PensBurgh "Watch enough Penguins games and you’ll notice that certain guys are just total nuisances. Don’t they know their role is to play Jack Nicholson’s Joker to the black ‘n gold’s Michael Keaton’s Batman? But such is the case, every good protagonist needs..." August 20

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • What is Sidney Crosby’s current place among NHL’s all-time greats?

    PensBurgh "Over the weekend Steve Simmons, everyone’s favorite Canadian hockey columnist, used the opening section of his weekly notes column to ponder whether or not Sidney Crosby or Jean Beliveau is currently the fifth greatest hockey player of all time behind the hockey Mount Rushmore of Wayne..." August 15

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Zach Aston-Reese confident Penguins can make another run at Stanley Cup "Zach Aston-Reese is confident that the Pittsburgh Penguins can have a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season after getting swept in the first round last season. "We have three of the best players in the NHL, Tanger (Kris Letang), Sid (Sidney Crosby) and Geno (Evgeni..." August 10

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Sidney Crosby was 'irritated' by Subban's bad-breath comments in 2017 playoffs

    The Score "Although then-Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said Sidney Crosby told him his breath smelled bad during the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, it was Crosby who was left with a bad taste in his mouth. The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar recently..." August 08

  • Penguins sign prospect John Marino to two-year, entry-level deal

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins on Thursday signed John Marino, the young defenseman they acquired from the Edmonton Oilers a couple of weeks ago. Marino, 22, will skip his senior season at Harvard after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins. In three seasons at Harvard, the..." August 08

  • Candid Sidney Crosby talks the Golden Goal, and the time Mario Lemieux cleaned up after his dog

    Yahoo! Sports "It’s Sidney Crosby’s birthday, but it was No. 87 himself that brought gifts. Set for release on his 32nd, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre made his debut appearance on Barstool’s Spittin’ Chiclets podcast to cover a variety of topics with co-hosts and..." August 07

  • Sidney Crosby Admits He's Been Wearing Same Jock Strap Since High School

    The Big Lead "Athletes are a very strange breed. Like that Bud Light commercial about how it’s only weird if it doesn’t work, nearly every athlete has their own set of superstitions that come across as bizarre to most of the population. Most aren’t as extreme as Pedro Cerrano’s voodoo..." August 07

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Matt Cullen to Join Hockey Operations Staff in a Player Development Role "After a 21-year career in the NHL, Matt Cullen has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins' hockey operations department in a player development role, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. In his new role, Cullen will work closely with..." August 01

  • Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin facing big year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Evgeni Malkin has seemingly made it through another summer of trade speculation to remain a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rumors about his future and whether the team could, would, or even should trade him is nothing new. It is a yearly occurrence and no matter how many..." July 31

  • As almost mirror images, Penguins and Capitals take divergent paths in rebuilding on the fly

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals make for a fantastic comparison. If only starting with the natural recoil both teams and fanbases will feel to be held up against each other as peers. But the two teams have a lot in common right now. There’s the three straight..." July 30

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Zachary Lauzon out to prove himself, earn contract with Penguins "Zachary Lauzon once considered giving up his NHL dream. After being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (No. 51) of the 2017 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old defenseman prospect struggled to stay healthy following post-concussion symptoms. He considered attending a..." July 29

  • Penguins' Alex Galchenyuk ready to fill big skates on offense

    Sporting News "The Penguins knew they were taking a gamble when they shipped Phil Kessel to Arizona in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk and prospects, but they made a smart investment with what they got in return. The 25-year-old hasn't yet put up the same point production as a player of..." July 28

  • Cap crunch: Rangers, Penguins, Flames among teams that need moves

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even though most of the NHL’s biggest roster transactions have already happened this summer, there are still some significant moves that will be coming over the next few weeks. Many of them will be out of necessity as it relates to getting under the salary cap for the 2019-20..." July 27

  • Marcus Pettersson Doesn’t Intend To Re-Sign With Pittsburgh Until They Clear Cap Room

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Marcus Pettersson is the lone remaining Penguins free agent without a contract. That might not change for a while, even though Pettersson is quite content to play here and management seems very happy with how he performed after being acquired from Anaheim last Dec. 3. The..." July 27

  • Jake Guentzel looks to be offensive catalyst for new-look Penguins "Jake Guentzel sees the departure of forward Phil Kessel as an opportunity for himself, as well as the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 24-year-old forward said he's ready to shoulder more responsibility this season after the Penguins traded Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes for..." July 26

  • The Penguins need to make a trade to solve their salary cap crunch

    PensBurgh "In recent days the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed two of their restricted free agents to very reasonable contracts. Center Teddy Blueger got a one-way contract for two years at $750,000 per year. Winger Zach Aston-Reese is locked down for two years at $1.0 million per..." July 26

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Oilers send defenceman John Marino to Penguins for conditional pick

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a draft pick. Marino is currently unsigned. If he signs with the Penguins or his rights are traded by Pittsburgh before the 2021 NHL Draft, Edmonton will get a sixth-round pick in..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • Penguins aren’t the only NHL team worried about salary cap

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "By waiting until the absolute last minute before an arbitration hearing to sign winger Zach Aston-Reese to a new two-year contract Monday morning, the Pittsburgh Penguins sent a message. At this point, every dollar matters. Given their lack of wiggle room under the salary..." July 24

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Penguins sign Zach Aston-Reese to two-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Zach Aston-Reese to a two-year contract, the team announced on Monday. The deal is one-way and carries an average annual value of $1 million. “Zach is a responsible player who plays a solid two-way..." July 22

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Penguins re-sign Teddy Blueger to a two-year contract

    PensBurgh "Looks like Teddy Blueger is staying for a while. The 24-year-old forward has been signed to a two-year, one-way contract with a cap hit of $750,000. From the Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Teddy Blueger to a two-year..." July 16

  • Penguins Forced to Trade Phil Kessel to Keep Evgeni Malkin

    The Hockey Writers "In what apparently had become an NHL rite of summer, the Phil Kessel trade rumors came out in full bloom for the Pittsburgh Penguins again this year, albeit a little earlier than last year with the team being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. Having..." July 15

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Victor Soderstrom, Coyotes draft pick, emulating Sidnet Crosby instead of defenseman "Victor Soderstrom had his pick of countrymen to look up to as a defenseman growing up in Sweden, including Erik Karlsson, Anton Stralman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Victor Hedman, who each plays the position in the NHL and, like Soderstrom, was born there. But despite wearing No. 77 at..." July 14

  • Samuel Poulin hoping speed, grit help earn spot with Penguins "Samuel Poulin could be part of a stylistic shift toward a more physical approach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. If that proves true, the 18-year-old forward wouldn't mind being at the forefront. "I'm going to try to make the team right away," Poulin said..." July 13

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Penguins re-sign Adam Johnson for one year contract

    PensBurgh "The Penguins took care of a little business on Friday, re-signing restricted free agent Adam Johnson for the 2019-20 season. From the team: >The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Adam Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today..." July 12