Penguins Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Coyotes may consider trading for Phil Kessel

    Yardbarker "Part of Josh Yohe’s latest piece for The Athletic (subscription required) touched on the fact that Phil Kessel would be willing to play for the Arizona Coyotes due to his solid relationship with head coach Rick Tocchet. The problem, according to Yohe, was that the Coyotes are..." June 21

  • Tom Kostopoulos, Andy Chiodo Join Penguins Coaching Staff

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins are bringing back some familiar faces. The team announced today that Tom Kostopoulos, recently retired from his playing career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, has been hired as a player development coach, while Andy Chiodo has been hired as a goaltending..." June 20

  • Pittsburgh Re-Signs Tobias Lindberg

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Tuesday: The team has officially announced the signing, confirming that it is a two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. Monday: It’s easy to forget that Derick Brassard was not the only player acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the three-team blockbuster..." June 19

  • Kessel not opposed to trade, would play for Tocchet's Coyotes

    The Score "However, Kessel would consider a trade out of Pittsburgh, as The Athletic's Josh Yohe reports. Furthermore, Kessel would even be willing to play for his former assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who is now the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, per Yohe. Although, Kessel's..." June 19

  • Pittsburgh Made Rust, Sheary, Simon Available In Max Domi Negotiations

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Josh Yohe of The Athletic has some of the best sources inside the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in a piece (subscription required) detailing the potential availability of Phil Kessel this summer—something Yohe confirms is possible, though takes the Arizona Coyotes out of the running for..." June 19

  • Rutherford indicates changes coming for Penguins: 'We need to get deeper'

    The Score "General manager Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't satisfied with a second-round playoff elimination. After their quest for a three-peat was cut short in May, Rutherford and his club have their sights set on another championship run in 2018-19, and roster changes..." June 18

  • Jordy Bellerive, Two Others Injured In Fire

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive, along with Lethbridge Hurricanes teammates Ryan Vandervlis and Matt Alfaro, were injured last night in a fire that broke out at a bachelor party the three were attending. All three were taken to hospital with one—who Jason Mackey of the..." June 17

  • Penguins not looking to trade Kessel "The rift between Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel and coach Mike Sullivan is unlikely to result in a trade, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. Kessel, who had an NHL career-high 92 points (34 goals, 58 assists) this season, was held to..." June 12

  • Jim Rutherford: Penguins won't utilize buyouts this week

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The NHL window for buying out contracts opens at 12:01 a.m. Friday. It doesn’t matter for the Penguins. “We’re not buying anybody out,” general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday morning. In reality, the only..." June 11

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Pens GM: Phil Kessel rift 'blown out of proportion'

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun on Friday that the recent reports of dissention between Phil Kessel and head coach Mike Sullivan have been exaggerated. “This is something that I believe has been blown out of..." June 04

  • Pittsburgh Is Not Looking To Trade Phil Kessel "Phil Kessel is not on the trade market, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told The Athletic on Friday, and reports of problems between the forward and coach Mike Sullivan are exaggerated. "This is something that I believe has been blown out of proportion,"..." June 02

  • Max Domi linked to Penguins

    Yardbarker "In this week’s 31 Thoughts Podcast with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the two hosts enter into discussion over Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi and where his future may lie. Domi has been involved in trade speculation for more than a year, and after his second consecutive..." May 30

  • Penguins need to find offense for fourth line

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins are expected to try to add some offense to their fourth line this summer, notes Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Getting some scoring from their bottom trio was an important key to their successful Stanley Cup runs the past two years but that was an area of..." May 30

  • Kessel was furious he didn't play regularly with Malkin in playoffs

    The Score "There appears to be a rift between Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan and star forward Phil Kessel, and the latter's displeasure with the former's lineup decisions during the playoffs is apparently at the forefront. Kessel was reportedly furious that he didn't..." May 29

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Phil Kessel, Pens headed for a split?

    TSN "Phil Kessel is coming off a career-year in which he posted 34 goals and 92 points, but 105.9 FM Pittsburgh’s Mark Madden reports it may have been his last with the Penguins. According to Madden, the Penguins are going to attempt to move Kessel this off-season and..." May 25

  • Crosby 'happy' Fleury reached Cup Final with Golden Knights: report "Sidney Crosby said Thursday he is glad former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury has reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Vegas Golden Knights. "I am happy for him," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told The Athletic. "He's having a lot of fun, you can tell, and as a..." May 24

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Penguins GM on Kris Letang: 'I can’t project the future'

    Yardbarker "Following an up-and-down season, some have speculated if the Penguins could consider trading defenseman Kris Letang this summer. Speaking with Josh Yohe of The Athletic (subscription required), GM Jim Rutherford acknowledged that he’s not shopping the blueliner but he stopped short of..." May 18

  • Penguins sign Finnish defenseman Juuso Riikola

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have reportedly signed 24-year-old Finnish defenseman Juuso Riikola, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. Riikola, 6-foot, 189 pounds, played for Finland at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark this month. The Finns were eliminated with a 3-2 loss to Switzerland..." May 17

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Orpik compares Ovechkin and Crosby, breaks down Pens-Caps rivalry

    Sportsnet "Few personal rivalries have persisted in the hockey world’s collective consciousness as long as Sid vs. Ovi — the one pitting the reserved, by-the-book Canadian centreman against the eccentric, fun-loving Russian winger. It’s been at times a fair narrative and at others an overblown one, but for..." May 13

  • Penguins could move G Tristan Jarry

    Yardbarker "With the Penguins seemingly being comfortable with goaltender Casey DeSmith as a backup for Matt Murray, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speculates that Tristan Jarry could be someone they look to deal this summer. The pending RFA has been dominant at the AHL level at times over the..." May 12

  • Four players Penguins could consider moving this off-season

    Sportsnet "It’s hard to imagine that after finishing their season without a Stanley Cup for the first time in two years the Pittsburgh Penguins will overreact in the off-season and make vast changes to its roster. But at his year-end availability, general manager Jim Rutherford kept the door open for some..." May 10

  • Rutherford: Kessel played thru injuries all year

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday forward Phil Kessel dealt with injuries throughout the regular season, despite playing in all 82 games. Kessel had a career year this season, averaging more than a point per game for the first time in his career. He finished the..." May 09

  • Penguins should bet on a Kris Letang rebound

    Pro Hockey Talk "The relationship between Kris Letang and Pittsburgh Penguins fans. Sometimes it’s complicated. For more than a decade Letang has been a No. 1 defenseman for the Penguins, and for many of those years he has been a top-10, and at times maybe even a top-five, player in the league at his position...." May 09

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford says he will have 'different-looking team' next season

    Sporting News "Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has a big offseason ahead of him. Following the team's elimination from the playoffs, Rutherford remained optimistic about winning another Stanley Cup but said a number of changes will be necessary to ensure Pittsburgh's return to the championship. "I..." May 09

  • Daniel Sprong Will Be A “Regular” With Pittsburgh Penguins In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins held their season-ending press conferences today, after being eliminated by the Washington Capitals in the second round. Among the usual injury news, general manager Jim Rutherford also noted that young forward Daniel Sprong “will be a regular” on the roster next season...." May 09

  • Can Daniel Sprong help Penguins in do-or-die game?

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Penguins can’t afford to lose another game in their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. The two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions are facing elimination, as they trail 3-2 in this best-of-seven series. It’s a position they haven’t been in..." May 07

  • Guentzel won't have hearing for high hit on Carlson

    The Score "Jake Guentzel is apparently off the hook. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward will not face a hearing to answer for his check on Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson in Game 5 of their second-round series Saturday night, The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan reported Sunday, adding that..." May 06

  • Crosby climbing all-time playoff scoring list for Penguins "Sidney Crosby passed Hockey Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Nicklas Lidstrom to move into 11th place on the NHL's all-time playoff points list when he scored a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on..." May 06

  • Capitals' Barry Trotz suggests Penguins' Jake Guentzel deserves suspension for hit

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Capitals coach Barry Trotz lobbied for a suspension for Penguins leading scorer Jake Guentzel after a hit on defenseman John Carlson late in Washington's 6-3 victory in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division finals Saturday night. Carlson was playing the puck behind his net when Guentzel swooped..." May 06

  • Jake Guentzel proving to be the elite winger Sidney Crosby never had

    The Score "These days, if the Pittsburgh Penguins score a goal, there’s an excellent chance Sidney Crosby is involved. Crosby has been on the ice for all 10 of the Penguins’ goals in their second-round series against the Washington Capitals, which resumes Saturday night in Washington with the teams tied..." May 05

  • Sidney Crosby gifts child hockey gear after fire burns family’s house "Pittsburgh Penguins practices are normally closed to the public during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins made an exception Friday when they hosted the Tauch family, whose home in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, was badly damaged in a fire Sunday. They were allowed to enter the curtained-off..." May 05

  • Penguins may stick with same lines for Game 5 against Capitals "Mike Sullivan is trying to find what works for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Through four games of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals, the Penguins coach has yet to use the same lineup. Injuries have played a part, with forward Evgeni Malkin returning from a..." May 04

  • Did Sidney Crosby spit on Evgeny Kuznetsov in Game 3?

    Sporting News "One thing the Pittsburgh-Washington rivalry is guaranteed to bring is bad blood. During a scrum that took place in the second period of Tuesday's Game 3 matchup, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby engaged in a verbal disagreement with Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. After being pulled away by..." May 02

  • How Matt Murray's playing style is leaving the glove side open for the Caps

    NBC Sports Washington "How do you beat a two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie? Shoot to the glove side. That seems to be the strategy the Capitals are taking against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray. In the three games of the series, the Capitals have scored 10 goals. One goal was on an empty net in Game 2...." May 02

  • Penguins angry with Tom Wilson for laughing after injuring Zach Aston-Reese

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Being a jerk is one thing. Being a jerk about being a jerk is worse. Trust me, I'd like to use stronger language than jerk. But this is a family website. Hey, there should be at least one on the internet, right? So "jerk" it is. A lot of Pittsburgh hockey fans are upset about Tom..." May 02

  • Coach Sullivan: Forward Aston-Reese Has Broken Jaw, Concussion

    CBS Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan says forward Zach Aston-Reese has a broken jaw and a concussion after a hit from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson. Aston-Reese was checked by Wilson during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night. “We..." May 02

  • Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin playing in Game 3

    Sportsnet "Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. Malkin missed the first two games of the series with a lower-body injury, while Dumoulin was questionable after taking a high hit from Capitals forward..." May 01

  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin game-time decisions for Game 3

    Sporting News "Help is on the way for Pittsburgh. The Penguins could get reinforcements with the return of center Evgeni Malkin and winger Carl Hagelin as both are listed as game-time decisions for Tuesday's Game 3 matchup against the Capitals, coach Mike Sullivan announced. Penguins defenseman Brian..." May 01

  • Questionable calls, big hits, no-goal annoy Penguins in Game 2 loss to Capitals

    ESPN "The Pittsburgh Penguins were irritated after a disallowed goal in the third period and a brutal hit to the head that took out one of their defensemen were turning points in their Game 2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday. With 10:57 left in the game and down two goals to the Capitals, a..." April 30

  • Capitals must execute better against Penguins in Game 2 "Heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS), the Washington Capitals don't want to change much from their approach in their 3-2 loss in Game 1. The Capitals know they need to execute better in some areas,..." April 29

  • Should Capitals' Tom Wilson be suspended for hit to head of Penguins' Brian Dumoulin?

    USA Today "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson knocked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin out of Sunday afternoon's game with a big hit. The big question now is whether Wilson will face a suspension for the hit. No penalty was called on the play early in the second period of Game 2, but..." April 29

  • Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin Will Miss Game 2

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Despite rumors to the contrary, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced that center Evgeni Malkin will not play this afternoon in Game 2 against the Washington Capitals, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey. Sullivan said if Malkin was going to be in for Game 2, it..." April 29

  • Murray's calm demeanor key to Penguins playoff push "Matt Murray knows how to move on quickly. When the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender allowed a goal by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 that gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead 28 seconds in the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Thursday, Murray wasn't..." April 28

  • Don't forget to tip. The Penguins always seem to remember.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "If you’re a waiter or waitress and a few Penguins stop by for dinner, don’t go anywhere. Do a good job, too. They’re excellent tippers. Accumulating tip-in goals is something the Penguins have done with regularity under coach Mike Sullivan. It’s been especially timely this postseason,..." April 28

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