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  • Pens name Chris Pryor director of player personnel

    TSN "The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Chris Pryor director of player personnel, general manager Ron Hextall announced on Saturday.  "Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a welcome addition to our hockey operations staff," said Hextall. " February 27

  • Jason Zucker back in Pittsburgh for lower-body injury evaluation

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins on Wednesday sent Jason Zucker back to Pittsburgh so his lower-body injury could be further evaluated by doctors there. The Penguins are holding out hope that the injury won’t be as bad as initially feared but are preparing to be without the top-six winger for an..." February 25

  • Penguins' Jason Zucker out 'longer-term' with LBI

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said forward Jason Zucker will be out "longer-term" with a lower-body injury. " February 25

  • Capitals to wear Black History Night warmup jerseys before Penguins game "The Washington Capitals will wear special Black History Night warmup jerseys before they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NBCSWA, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV). The black jerseys feature a Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch. They will be autographed..." February 25

  • This Penguins season is starting to get interesting

    PensBurgh "Like most of you I am sure, it has been difficult for me at times this season to be overly optimistic about the 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins season. The combination of injuries, subpar goaltending, sketchy defensive play, and the lack of on-ice results made it seem like we were at the..." February 25

  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • Jason Zucker, Kris Letang Injured in 3rd Period of Penguins Win

    Pittsburgh Hockey Now "The injury specter which has hung over the Pittsburgh Penguins again this season may have struck again. Penguins winger Jason Zucker twisted awkwardly into the boards in the middle of the third period and grimaced in pain. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang didn’t suffer such an immediately..." February 24

  • Pens claim Mark Friedman on waivers. Ron Hextall takes first chance at reshaping the Pens

    PensBurgh "The Penguins have claimed defensemen Mark Friedman off of waivers from the Flyers. They were at 22 players yesterday, now up to 23 and are still under the limit, so no further roster moves are necessarily in-bound as of the moment.   " February 24

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • Nothing will turn the Penguins season around faster than Tristan Jarry and Kris Letang

    PensBurgh "Saturday’s comeback win against the New York Islanders was significant for a couple of reasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins. For one, it gave them a clean two-game sweep of a team they are competing with for a playoff spot. They took four points, did not give any..." February 23

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • How Sidney Crosby's career stacks up to the greats after 1,000 games

    The Score "Can we still call him "Sid the Kid?" After 1,000 career games, the moniker can be contributed to Sidney Crosby's evergreen love for the game and his elite ability at 33 years of age. Hockey fans everywhere still hold on to parts of that rosy-cheeked wunderkind from Cole..." February 21

  • Crosby's 1,000th game a moment to celebrate, and contemplate his next act

    Sportsnet "Who said it first, whether it’s been massaged from its original form and who might have shaped it along the way are all a mystery to me. All I know is, the first time I heard somebody say Sidney Crosby was the best fourth-liner in hockey, I thought Yogi Berra himself..." February 20

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby on Trade Rumors: I Want to Finish My Career Here

    Bleacher Report "Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby said Friday he has no interest in being moved after speculation about his future arose ahead of the April 12 NHL trade deadline. "I love playing here," Crosby told reporters. "This is where..." February 19

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • Connor McDavid scores 500th NHL point with assist for Oilers, equals Sidney Crosby "Connor McDavid scored his 500th NHL point with an assist for the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. "It's a little milestone, I guess, a little thing along the way here which is nice," McDavid said after he had two assists in a 3-2 win at Rogers..." February 18

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • Oilers' Connor McDavid forever linked to Sidney Crosby as 500th career point approaches

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid would have done this long ago — last season, likely — had he not missed nearly half his rookie season with a broken collarbone. Truly, there is only one surprising detail about McDavid scoring his 500th NHL point, very likely on Wednesday night versus..." February 16

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • 10 NHL Players Having Disappointing Starts to the 2020-21 Season

    Bleacher Report "Over a month into the NHL's shortened 2020-21 season, there are several notable players encountering difficulties in the early going. Some, such as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, are longtime superstars unaccustomed to being in this position. Others, like..." February 16

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov expected to return for Capitals against Penguins on Sunday "Forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana, defenseman Justin Schultz and goalie Ilya Samsonov will be ready to return for the Washington Capitals when they play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). It will..." February 13

  • Six teams that could be interested in Canadiens' Victor Mete

    Sportsnet "It has been more than a week since Victor Mete’s agent went public with the Montreal Canadiens defenceman’s trade request. Besides suiting up for two of Montreal’s wins over Vancouver at the beginning of February, the 22-year-old has been a..." February 13

  • Brian Burke is already talking about bringing ‘ugly hockey’ to Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Beyond the comedy of seeing the former fiery Flyers goalie running the Penguins, Ron Hextall becoming the Penguins’ next GM wasn’t that surprising. Brian Burke becoming the Penguins’ president of hockey operations, though? Few of us saw that coming. But..." February 13

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby to the Colorado Avalanche? Darren Dreger says “It makes a lot of sense to me”

    Colorado Hockey Now "First off, I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t trade prospects like Alex Newhook or Bo Byram. I especially wouldn’t trade either one along with two or three first-round picks and maybe another roster player or two for Sidney Crosby. Why am I bringing up even the possibility of a..." February 11

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • The biggest issues Brian Burke and Ron Hextall will have to deal with

    PensBurgh "There is no doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins front office jobs were highly sought after given the reputation, success, resources, and expectations. Brian Burke sounded downright giddy at the thought of working for the Penguins, while he and new general manager Ron Hextall said all the..." February 11

  • Evgeni Malkin leaves practice early

    TSN "Forward Evgeni Malkin left Wednesday's practice after experiencing irritation in his eye. Head coach Mike Sullivan said the 34-year-old was taken off the ice as a precaution.The 15-year veteran has six points in 11 games this season.  Defenceman Marcus..." February 10

  • Ron Hextall hire could bring massive shift in how Penguins are built

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you look at the spectrum of NHL general managers it would be nearly impossible to find two people at more polar opposite ends with how they build their rosters than Jim Rutherford and Ron Hextall. That is what makes the Penguins decision to hire the latter as..." February 10

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • Brian Burke was happy in the media, then Mario Lemieux and the Penguins called back

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "If it surprised you Tuesday when the Penguins hired Brian Burke to be their president of hockey operations and oversee new general manager Ron Hextall, you are far from alone. In fact, Burke as of a few days ago didn’t see this coming. The 65-year-old Rhode Islander..." February 10

  • Looking back at Ron Hextall as Flyers GM

    PensBurgh "“If you’d have told me two years ago I’d be sitting here, the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, I would have started laughing, but here we are. I’m very excited about it.” — Ron Hextall, 2/9/2021 Hextall is not kidding, what a long..." February 10

  • Most of the Penguins X-factors are trending in the wrong direction

    PensBurgh "At this point is pretty easy to identify the Pittsburgh Penguins’ biggest problems this season. The power play is lousy. Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have seemingly forgotten how to play hockey for large stretches of time. Injuries to the defense rapidly mounted and are..." February 09

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Offer GM Position To Ron Hextall

    PensBurgh "The Penguins open position for general manager may be coming closer to being filled. Following Jim Rutherford’s shock resignation less than two weeks ago, a short list of candidates to replace him had trickled out. That list included Ron Hextall, Mike Futa, Chris Drury, John..." February 09

  • Penguins name Ron Hextall as GM, Brian Burke as President of Hockey Ops

    TSN "The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Ron Hextall as general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations, it was announced today by co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle. "We feel incredibly lucky to bring in two highly-respected executives with a combined 50-plus..." February 09

  • Brian Burke, Ron Hextall face delicate balancing act with Penguins

    Sportsnet "Well, this should be interesting. The Pittsburgh Penguins hired their next general manager Tuesday, bringing in former rival Ron Hextall for the job. On top of that, the team also created a new position, President of Hockey Operations, and hired former NHL GM and Sportsnet..." February 09

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09

  • Five candidates to coach Team Canada at 2022 Winter Olympics

    Sportsnet "Last week, it was announced the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic hockey team would be led by Doug Armstrong, as the Blues GM will be tasked with building out the roster and hiring the coaches to organize it all. What's especially interesting heading into the 2022 tournament is that..." February 09

  • Why goalies are struggling so far in 2021

    ESPN "On Feb. 28, Maddie Rooney will play at Madison Square Garden as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association Dream Gap Tour. For the 23-year-old goalie, it's "an incredible opportunity" to play in New York City at the world's most famous arena...." February 08

  • Penguins To Narrow Down List Of GM Candidates

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins don't want to waste too much time in their search for their next general manager as they move on to the second phase of interviews. In Saturday night's "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte..." February 08