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  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Sidney Crosby says 'it's not easy' to hear trade rumors about Penguins "Sidney Crosby said he believes the Pittsburgh Penguins can be champions again, but even he isn't sure who will be on the team next season.   "We believe in our group," the Penguins captain said at NHL Awards Media Day on Tuesday. "Obviously there's always..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford explains why Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang aren't untouchable

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In a conversation with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last Tuesday, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford passed on an opportunity to definitively say that Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang will play for Pittsburgh this upcoming season. He passed again Monday during an interview with..." June 17

  • Pens GM: Phil Kessel vetoed trade, not shopping him

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed the rumor Monday that forward Phil Kessel had vetoed a recent trade. The GM did not name the team involved, but it had been widely reported that the Penguins had a deal on the table with the Minnesota..." June 17

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Olli Maatta Traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to trade defenceman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft. In Maatta, the Blackhawks get a young defenseman who can eat up minutes on the blueline. Despite..." June 16

  • If Phil Kessel stays, who goes?

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that after a trade fell through with the Minnesota Wild last month, Phil Kessel is now expected to remain with the franchise. However, with Rutherford still looking to tweak his roster this off-season, TSN Hockey..." June 13

  • Penguins unlikely to trade Phil Kessel or Evgeni Malkin, according to GM

    Yahoo! Sports "In the wise words of Michael Scott of The Office, “Well, well, well, how the turntables...” When it comes to Phil Kessel’s situation in Pittsburgh, it would appear that those very turntables have turned. Less than three weeks after a potential..." June 12

  • Phil Kessel Trade Now Unlikely, Says Pittsburgh GM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins tried to trade Phil Kessel last month to the Minnesota Wild, but after the enigmatic forward wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause the deal fell apart. Now, in conversation with The Athletic’s Josh Yohe (subscription required), Penguins..." June 11

  • The Phil Kessel Situation: When new metrics challenge what we thought we knew

    Raw Charge "he Penguins are trying to trade Phil Kessel. They’ve made no secret of that. Even going so far as to leak that he that nixed a trade to the Minnesota Wild that would have netted the team Jason Zucker and swapped Jack Johnson’s bad contract for Victor Rask’s bad contract...." June 07

  • Kris Letang hoping Penguins stay intact "Kris Letang hopes the Pittsburgh Penguins don't make changes to their roster next season, the defenseman told The Athletic on Wednesday. Trade rumors have surrounded a number of players since the Penguins were swept by the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round,..." June 07

  • Pens 'more than happy' to keep Phil Kessel if trade doesn't pan out

    The Score "It's no secret that the Pittsburgh Penguins have made an effort to move Phil Kessel, but a trade out of the Steel City doesn't seem as certain as it once did. The Pens have let Kessel know that they're "more than happy" to keep him if a trade can't be worked..." May 31

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Phil Kessel nixed trade to Wild due to belief team won't contend

    The Score "Details about the potential blockbuster trade between the Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins that fell through last week are starting to come to light. Penguins forward Phil Kessel, who owns an eight-team "yes" trade list, nixed a deal that would've sent him to..." May 27

  • Can Penguins win a Phil Kessel trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins face steep challenges as they aim to improve, and it sure seems like they’re in a tough spot to try to “win” a Phil Kessel trade … or really, break even. The Athletic’s tandem of Josh Yohe and Michael Russo reports (sub required)..." May 26

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Would the Penguins get good value by trading Phil Kessel to Minnesota?

    PensBurgh "When analyzing trades (or potential trades), often people will want to know one thing. Who won the trade? It’s not uncommon for people to try and award a winner just five minutes after the ink is dry on the paperwork. In the terms of the potential Phil Kessel/Jack..." May 24

  • Minnesota, Pittsburgh In Trade Talks Regarding Phil Kessel

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t been secretive about their plans to shake up the roster this summer, and Phil Kessel’s name has been front and center in all of the trade speculation. That seems to be coming to a head, as Josh Yohe of The Atheltic (subscription..." May 23

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Chad Ruhwedel signs two-year, $1.4 million contract with Penguins "Chad Ruhwedel signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. The contract has an average annual value of $700,000. The 29-year-old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. "Chad has exemplified what it..." May 23

  • 7 NHL teams staring into the infernos of salary cap hell

    Sportsnet "Winning comes at a cost. “When we’re not dealing with cap issues, we’re probably rebuilding,” Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan recently explained on Prime Time Sports. “The better you become, the less peaceful it is, the more..." May 21

  • The Penguins desperately need to find the next Robert Thomas

    PensBurgh "As written about last week, the best use of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round pick in 2019 (21st overall) is probably trading it for an immediate NHL asset who can bolster the club’s chances in 2019-20. We’re deep enough into the franchise’s life-cycle that the here..." May 17

  • Penguins haven't asked Evgeni Malkin about NMC

    TSN "Though he's been involved in trade speculation since the team's first-round playoff exit, Evgeni Malkin has not been approached by the Pittsburgh Penguins about waiving his no-movement clause, Rob Rossi of The Athletic reports. Malkin, along with captain Sidney Crosby, is..." May 17

  • How, why Evgeni Malkin must adapt

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Evgeni Malkin spoke with reporters in Russia about his 2018-19 NHL season when he joined the national team earlier this month. "I had a bad season and I’m going to get out of the pit," he told reporters in Russian. "Sometimes, criticism is justified. This..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • For Penguins, a potential Phil Kessel trade must be more than addition by subtraction

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "In the days immediately following his team’s first-round ouster from the playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said he needed to take some time to make sure the emotion had faded from the decision-making process before plotting out his offseason..." May 15

  • The Matt Murray contract situation

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins have a lot of questions to answer this summer. Where did the 2018-19 season go wrong, and why? How do we fix it? Who stays and who goes in an effort to fix it? The big questions are the ones surrounding the core players and their long-term future with..." May 14

  • Olli Maatta puzzle frames difficult summer decisions Penguins must make

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "There are plenty of questions facing the Pittsburgh Penguins as they consider how to retool their roster after a disappointing 2018-19 season. Here’s a big one: Did the Penguins struggle in transition because their defense corps lacked the speed and skill to get the puck to the..." May 13

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Niclas Almari

    CBS Sports "Almari signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins on Thursday. Pittsburgh selected Almari in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old blueliner spent the 2018-19 campaign in his native Finland playing for HPK Hameenlinna of the SM-liiga, notching..." May 09

  • Penguins’ Liam Gorman Commits To Princeton University

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Princeton University Tigers received some major news today, as Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Liam Gorman announced that he had committed to join the program for next season. The big power forward will join a roster that did not feature any NHL draft picks this past season and lost..." May 05

  • Murray will be Canada's No. 1 goalie at Worlds

    TSN "Head coach Alain Vigneault said Matt Murray will be Team Canada's No. 1 goalie at the upcoming World Hockey Championship, with Carter Hart serving as the backup to start. "Matt has played in big moments and big games, pressure games," Vigneault said. "There is no..." May 05

  • Is Evgeni Malkin again the subject of trade rumors?

    Yardbarker "Even in a year in which the Pittsburgh Penguins were swept out of the first round, they somehow are still creating headlines deep into the playoffs. As wild card teams battle for a chance at the Stanley Cup, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is sitting back dissecting what went wrong this year and how..." May 04

  • How a text from Crosby helped MacKinnon dominate the playoffs

    Sportsnet "Nathan MacKinnon wants the record set straight. He didn’t fall, he was pushed. In the midst of a heated exchange on the bench with Colorado coach Jared Bednar, the two things that interrupted MacKinnon’s verbal assault included him throwing a water bottle and him..." April 30

  • Penguins re-sign forward prospect Thomas Di Pauli

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins on Tuesday announced that they’ve re-signed forward Thomas Di Pauli to a one-year, two-way contract that’s worth $700,000 at the NHL level. Di Pauli, who turned 25 on Monday, is a speedy winger who has battled injuries throughout his career. When healthy, he..." April 30

  • 2019 World Championships: Matt Murray, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist among Penguins’ representatives

    PensBurgh "In a couple weeks the 2019 IIHF World Championships will begin in Slovakia and by now we’re starting to learn which members of the Pittsburgh Penguins will and won’t be playing more competitive hockey before the summer break. Playing at Worlds Matt Murray..." April 28

  • Crosby, Kucherov, McDavid voted Hart Trophy finalists "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey..." April 28

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Extend Joseph Cramarossa

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a one-year extension with Joseph Cramarossa, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The two-way contract is worth $700K at the NHL level. Cramarossa was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. " April 26

  • The Ottawa Senators coaching search has heated up in the last week

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators have stepped up their efforts to find a new head coach. Not only has Senators general manager Pierre Dorion already sat down to interview interim coach Marc Crawford and Belleville coach Troy Mann in the last 10 days, there are more talks planned with other top..." April 24

  • Penguins assistant Jacques Martin a candidate for Buffalo Sabres job

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Jacques Martin is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Buffalo Sabres, according to multiple reports. Martin, 66, has been with the Penguins for the last six seasons, serving mostly as the assistant coach who works most closely with the..." April 24

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Will Likely Trade A Defenseman

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins were swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the New York Islanders, opening the door to plenty of questions surrounding the roster composition moving forward. The team made a few big trades during the season to change the look of their group, sending out names..." April 22

  • How close are the Penguins to becoming the Blackhawks or Kings?

    PensBurgh "Dynasties don’t always fade away. Sometimes they just crumble and collapse into a smoldering pile of ruin that cannibalizes itself and everything around it. Sure, we sometimes throw the word “dynasty” around in sports a little too loosely, and I admit I am probably..." April 22

  • Penguins Sign Oula Palve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins have made a splash on the European free agent market.  CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that Pittsburgh has signed center Oula Palve to a one-year, entry-level contract.  The deal will carry an NHL salary of $700K (the league minimum) as well as a maximum $92.5K signing..." April 20

  • Penguins GM never saw point where 'guys came together as a team'

    Sporting News "The status quo is not going to remain in Pittsburgh this year. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told reporters Thursday he did not see what he wanted to this season and changes will be coming after Pittsburgh was swept by the Islanders and knocked out in the first round of the..." April 19

  • Kessel looks ahead to next season with Penguins, Cullen mulls retirement "Phil Kessel sounds as if he expects to be with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Matt Cullen isn't so sure. After the Penguins were swept in a best-of-7 series by the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round, the futures of the veteran forwards in Pittsburgh..." April 18

  • Sidney Crosby to miss world hockey championship for rest

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not be playing for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championship. "As you get older there are things that nag you," Crosby said, per Pens Inside Scoop. "I'm trying to take care of those." Crosby..." April 18

  • Penguins lack of offense from stars among reasons for playoff elimination "The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a third Stanley Cup championship in four seasons didn't last long. After the Penguins qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 13th straight season, the longest active streak in the NHL, they were swept in four games by the New York..." April 17

  • Penguins’ playoff exit was two years in the making

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins loss to the New York Islanders was no fluke. It was a result they earned and was due to them being outplayed and soundly beaten in pretty much every phase of the game by a Islanders team that looked faster, crisper, and smoother. It was also..." April 17