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  • In benching Jake Guentzel, Mike Sullivan is wielding the biggest power he has: ice time

    PensBurgh "Coaching in the modern day is always an interesting topic. Being a head coach, even a good one, doesn’t necessarily mean much job security in a league like the NHL where the voice of the man behind the bench is seen as replaceable. As the old saying goes, you can’t fire 20 players..." December 18

  • Penguins D Kris Letang avoids injury scare, returns to lineup

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang took part in a morning skate Monday and is in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. Letang appeared to injure his left leg after colliding with Boston forward Joakim Nordstrom during the third period of..." December 17

  • We should talk about the Penguins’ Goaltending situation

    PensBurgh "At the moment none of us should have any idea as to what type of team the 2018-19 Pittsburgh Penguins actually are. We have seen a wide range of results, different levels of play, hot streaks, cold streaks, big wins, ugly losses, and everything else that could fit in..." December 17

  • Penguins ready to welcome back Matt Murray, but Kris Letang’s status is in doubt

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to welcome back the one player that could significantly alter their 2018-19 season, and are also facing the possibility of being without the one player they may not be able to replace. Matt Murray, the team’s regular starting goalie over the past..." December 16

  • Which teams are likely to make moves before Holiday Freeze?

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’re exactly one week away from the NHL’s holiday roster freeze. Teams won’t be able to make a move between Dec. 19 at 11:59 pm ET and Dec. 28 at 12:01 am ET, which means there could be some fireworks between now and the 19th. So, which teams are most likely to make a move..." December 13

  • Penguins Place Patric Hornqvist On IR, Activate Matt Cullen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a slightly different look up front tonight and moving forward, after the shuffling a pair of injured players. The team announced that Patric Hornqvist has been placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to November 6th, while Matt..." December 13

  • Penguins activate goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated Matt Murray from injured reserve, the club announced Wednesday. Murray’s been out of action since Nov. 17 while dealing with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old had been hampered by the injury for a couple weeks before..." December 12

  • Moment of truth draws near for Penguins goalie Matt Murray

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The time is drawing near for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray to show whether or not he’s got his game back in order. Murray took part in a full team practice Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined with a lower-body injury on Thanksgiving morning. He..." December 11

  • Isles’ Clutterbuck injured after punch from Pens’ Letang

    Pro Hockey Talk "This is a weird one, so let’s start from the beginning. With the Penguins on the power play, Evgeni Malkin‘s one-timer deflected off Leo Komarov‘s stick and into the head of Thomas Hickey. There was a quick bit of confusion amongst players..." December 11

  • Crosby on Kessel trade rumors: 'There's always going to be talk'

    The Score "Phil Kessel's name made headlines this week because the Pittsburgh Penguinsreportedly tested the trade market for the winger, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday. Captain Sidney Crosby addressed those rumors following the Penguins'..." December 07

  • There is no precedent for an in-season Phil Kessel trade

    PensBurgh "It has been a while since the Phil Kessel trade rumor mill started to spin, but it was back in action this week when Elliotte Friedman mentioned in his latest 31 thoughts column that the Penguinshad “tested the market” on their top winger. This does not..." December 06

  • Penguins Acquire Ben Sexton and Macoy Erkamps from the Ottawa Senators

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Ben Sexton and defenseman Macoy Erkamps from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Stefan Elliott and Tobias Lindberg, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Sexton and Erkamps will report to..." December 05

  • Report: Penguins recently “tested the market” on trading Phil Kessel

    PensBurgh "Per Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts, Phil Kessel trade rumors are back en vogue. According to multiple sources, Pittsburgh “tested the market” on Phil Kessel. This one is tricky, because the Penguins appear to have decided to hold off on..." December 05

  • Crosby calling for more consistency from Penguins

    NHL.com "Sidney Crosby knows it's too late to call it early for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh is sixth in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the last-place New Jersey Devils and eight behind the first-place Washington Capitals. Crosby, the 31-year-old center who has 10..." December 03

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Daniel Sprong To Anaheim Ducks for Marcus Pettersson

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins completed a trade Monday with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks acquire winger Daniel Sprong and in exchange for defensemen Marcus Pettersson. Key Players In Prong, the Ducks get a young and talented forward who has not yet been able to produce at the NHL..." December 03

  • Offseason Pals Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon Showcased Their Genius on Wednesday Night

    SI "For much of the past two years, Sidney Crosby convinced Nathan MacKinnon that he was moving. Normally this wouldn’t cause any alarm, except for the small detail that MacKinnon was just finishing construction on a summer house along Grand Lake in Nova Scotia … less than a one-minute..." November 29

  • Penguins claim Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers after dropping him two months ago

    PensBurgh "The Penguins welcome former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton regular Jean-Sebastien Dea back into the fold after dropping him to waivers two months ago with a re-claim from the New Jersey Devils. Former Pens’ GM Ray Shero made it clear that Dea’s skillset was useful on a team..." November 29

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Underlying numbers suggesting Penguins are moving in the right direction

    PensBurgh "With 22 games down, the Pittsburgh Penguins have pulled past the quarter-pole of the 2018-19 season. A rough stretch in November has left them in shaky positioning with just a 9-8-5 record. Despite only winning nine of 22 games, the Pens may be trending in the upward..." November 27

  • Hornqvist's status questionable, Pens recall Garrett Wilson

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With Patric Hornqvist’s status for Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets up in the air, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled winger Garrett Wilson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday afternoon. Hornqvist took a hard hit into the boards from Boston’s..." November 24

  • Struggling Penguins goalie Matt Murray put on injured reserve, will be out 'longer term'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins on Thursday placed Matt Murray on injured reserve. Coach Mike Sullivan said he will be out “longer term” with a lower-body injury. Sullivan said that Murray has been bothered by the injury for a couple of weeks and conceded that it might have contributed to..." November 22

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Showed Interest In Brandon Montour

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks have made in-season trades in the past, most notably swapping Carl Hagelin for David Perron and Adam Clendening just a few months before the Penguins would go on to win the Stanley Cup. Hagelin was a huge part of that 2016..." November 22

  • Crosby to return to lineup vs. Stars after 3-game absence

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury, the team announced. The Penguins went 0-2-1 without Crosby in the lineup and have just one win in..." November 21

  • Craig Patrick returns to Pittsburgh

    PensBurgh "One of the most important pieces in franchise history is coming back to Pittsburgh to embark on his second stint with the Penguins. Former general manager Craig Patrick has been hired as a pro scout, Jim Rutherford announced on Monday evening. Patrick previously served as the team’s..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • No quick fix for Penguins' problems

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins are a stink sandwich. There’s no easy blame, which means there’s no easy fix. It’s only November, and the Penguins are just five points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division. But they’re also in a pack of teams grasping at..." November 20

  • The Penguins will need a better output from supporting players to right the ship

    PensBurgh "The Penguins bottom six has been a real issue. They haven’t scored in forever, seemingly. Just look at these indefensibly bad numbers, which no one is immune from: Bryan Rust has just one goal (and three assists) in 17 games. Not what you want to pay $3.5 million for, which was..." November 19

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby making progress, not ready to return to lineup

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Sidney Crosby will miss his third straight game when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, but the captain said he’s happy with the progress he’s making from an upper-body injury. “Things are going in the right direction,” said..." November 19

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Matt Cullen Out “Longer Term” With Lower-Body Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins are struggling to stay relevant this season, finding themselves at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and on a three-game losing streak. The seemingly perennial Stanley Cup contenders haven’t been able to contend for much of anything this year, and still face..." November 19

  • Brassard could return for Penguins against Senators

    NHL.com "Derick Brassard could return to the lineup when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, CITY, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV). The 31-year-old center is day to day with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said; the Penguins are..." November 17

  • Penguins’ Matt Cullen fined $1,000 by NHL for dangerous trip

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL Department of Player Safety has made a ruling today on an incident that no one has considered ripe for supplemental discipline. Player Safety announced that veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen has received a $1,000 fine for a “dangerous trip” of the..." November 17

  • Sidney Crosby out with injury, could miss a week

    The Score "Sidney Crosby will miss Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with an upper-body injury. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the news Thursday morning. "Sid will not play tonight ... Right now his..." November 15

  • Sidney Crosby evaluated for upper-body injury, status unclear for Thursday's game

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins’ locker room had a decidedly different look after practice Wednesday, and not just because popular left wing Carl Hagelin was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Sidney Crosby did not skate at practice and later coach Mike Sullivan said his star center is being..." November 14

  • Penguins sign GM Jim Rutherford to three-year extension

    Sportsnet "The architect of the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ recent back-to-back Stanley Cup runs will be sticking with the team for three more years. Veteran GM Jim Rutherford has signed a three-year extension with Pittsburgh that should keep him in the Penguins fold until 2022, the..." November 14

  • Report: Los Angeles Kings Trade Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Last Word On Hockey "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford sent Twitter abuzz this morning. At a press conference announcing his contract extension, he also told reporters that the team had made a trade, but could not confirm details until after the trade call has been completed...." November 14

  • Penguins’ prospect Nikita Pavlychev is finally becoming the player he’s destined to be

    PensBurgh "No matter what you say about the Penguins, fan or not, the organization’s ability to locate darkhorse talent in both the minor leagues and college ranks is simply unrivaled — even if it doesn’t always seem like it at first. Dating back to my time as a student..." November 13

  • 4 players Rutherford could trade after Penguins’ disappointing start

    Sportsnet "If the Pittsburgh Penguins are struggling and in need of some changes, you can bet GM Jim Rutherford won’t be waiting until the trade deadline to do it. With five straight losses prior to Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes, the Penguins fell out of a playoff spot...." November 13

  • Why the Penguins’ bad start might actually be good

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With just seven wins and 17 points thus far, the Penguins technically are off to their second-worst 15-game start of the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era. But it hasn’t been all bad. This early part of the season has offered ample opportunity for lessons learned. The Penguins, by..." November 12

  • Malkin, Penguins respond to general manager's talk of making changes

    NHL.com "Evgeni Malkin understands why Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is not happy. The Penguins are 6-5-3 and have lost five in a row (0-4-1), including a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Before that loss, Rutherford said in a radio interview that he has..." November 10

  • Capitals fan gives up $19K raffle winnings so Penguins can aid synagogue shooting victims

    USA Today "Washington Capitals fans and Pittsburgh Penguins fans don't like each other. But when it comes to aiding victims of a tragic mass shooting, they are more than willing to put that heated rivalry aside. The Capitals, who announced that they were donating half the..." November 10

  • Reports: No supplemental discipline for Evgeni Malkin on T.J. Oshie head shot

    Sporting News "Evgeni Malkin briefly knocked T.J. Oshie out of Wednesday night's game between the Penguins and Capitals with an elbow to the head, but the star forward will not receive further supplemental discipline from the league's Department of Player Safety, according to several..." November 08

  • Penguins F Daniel Sprong on trade block

    TSN "In the midst of a slow start to the season, it appears Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford may be ready to try to spark his team with a trade. The Penguins dropped to 6-5-3 with their loss to the Washington Capitals, though TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports it..." November 08

  • Caps coach: Evgeni Malkin hit is kind NHL is trying to remove

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been some debate over the hit by Evgeni Malkin on TJ Oshie during Wednesday night’s Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins game, but there’s no doubt about where Todd Reirden stands on it. The Washington Capitals head coach stated clearly after his team’s..." November 08

  • Jim Rutherford blasts Penguins' poor start, threatens changes

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jim Rutherford is nowhere near happy. The Penguins general manager — never known for holding back much in interviews — blasted his team on his bi-weekly radio show Wednesday with Josh Getzoff of the Penguins Radio Network on 105.9 FM. Rutherford also..." November 08

  • Penguins’ Malkin tossed for headshot on Capitals’ Oshie

    Sportsnet "Evgeni Malkin could soon find himself on a conference call with the NHL’s department of player safety after the Pittsburgh Penguins centre was ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals. Malkin was assessed a major penalty for..." November 08

  • Has the rest of the NHL caught up to the Penguins?

    PensBurgh "The first 12 games of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season have been ... interesting. Honestly, I still have no idea what to make of this team because they have given us so many different looks depending on the night and the opponent. Sometimes, as they did on their..." November 05

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Appreciating the continued greatness of Evgeni Malkin

    Sportsnet "A month or so into the 2018-19 NHL season, your points leader is Mikko Rantanen with 24, followed by his linemate Nathan MacKinnon at 21. However the leader in points per game is just behind the Colorado Avalanche duo, a familiar name in Evgeni Malkin. No one needs me to tell them..." November 03

  • Penguins’ Big 3 are dominating points-per-game

    PensBurgh "Advanced stats are a beautiful part of the modern day NHL, and when it comes to the star-studded power of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel, it’s always just a matter of time before that three-headed monster starts blowing everybody else out of the water with..." November 01