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  • 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

  • Save the hot takes regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins and appreciate the journey of the past decade

    PensBurgh "The Penguins came up as empty handed as could be, failing to win a game and getting swept by the New York Islanders. Writing it still doesn’t have it make sense. A week ago this morning the hockey world was getting pumped up for the start of the playoffs...." April 17

  • Report: Only Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin 'untouchable' for Pens on trade market

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly view just two of their players as unavailable to other clubs in potential deals. Only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are considered "untouchable" when it comes to a potential Penguins trade, a team source..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Penguins move Jake Guentzel to top power-play unit for Game 4

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jake Guentzel talked about Game 4 being a chance for the Pittsburgh Penguins to do “something special,” and that starts with moving the winger to the top special-teams unit. Looking for a way to spark the Pittsburgh Penguins with a man advantage in the Stanley Cup..." April 16

  • The two Islanders responsible for shutting down Sidney Crosby

    New York Post "It was just over four months ago when Adam Pelech was made a healthy scratch for the third time this season, as the Islanders defenseman was trying to find his game. Now, coach Barry Trotz has entrusted him with one of the Islanders’ biggest responsibilities at the biggest time of year..." April 16

  • Penguins confident, not going to panic heading into Game 3 "Kris Letang said there's little reason for the Pittsburgh Penguins to panic. After losing 3-1 to the New York Islanders in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Friday, the Penguins trail the best-of-7 series with Game 3 at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC,..." April 14

  • Sidney Crosby is only Cole Harbour’s second-best hockey story

    Sportsnet "Kelly Serbu was toughness distilled. You can see it in the scrapbook photos and clips lifted from old videotape. On the bench, he was just waiting for the coach to tap his shoulder. When he finally got that signal, he didn’t need words, not even a number. He’d just hop over the..." April 14

  • Islanders looking forward, not taking series lead vs. Penguins for granted

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz is very familiar with the situation the Pittsburgh Penguins face being down 0-2 in their Round 1 series against the New York Islanders. During opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotz’ Washington Capitals dropped the first two games of their series with..." April 13

  • Crosby expects greater sense of urgency from Penguins after Game 2 loss "Sidney Crosby expects a greater sense of urgency to be displayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins when they play the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Pittsburgh, which lost Game 2 3-1 to New..." April 13

  • The Barry Trotz problem Islanders face with Penguins

    New York Post "Barry Trotz had to laugh when he thought about how many playoff games he has coached against the Penguins in each of the past three seasons. And he had to laugh that even after he left the Capitals to coach the Islanders, he still can’t get away from Pittsburgh, with Game 1 of their..." April 09

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Penguins' perseverance led to playoff berth "The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 13th straight season, the longest active streak in the NHL. The Penguins (44-26-11), who clinched a playoff berth with a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday, are in third place in the..." April 06

  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton signs Calen Addison, Jordy Bellerive to ATO contracts

    PensBurgh "The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced this morning that they’ve officially signed Pittsburgh prospects Calen Addison and Jordy Bellerive to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2018-19 AHL season. This doesn’t come as much surprise given that Addison..." April 06

  • Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang appear likely to return to Penguins lineup Thursday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With the Penguins still looking to officially punch their tickets to the playoffs, which they can do Thursday with a win, injured stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang appear likely to return to the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena. Coach Mike Sullivan said..." April 04

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Evgeni Malkin could return for Penguins next game "Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they host the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, FS-D, NHL.TV). "I told you like a week ago, I would try to play the last two games," Malkin said...." April 03

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Kris Letang day-to-day with upper-body injury, will miss Rangers game

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins will be without Kris Letang on Monday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, as their top defenseman will sit out with an upper-body injury. Speaking after morning skate, coach Mike Sullivan said Letang’s status is day-to-day. It’s..." March 25

  • Jake Guentzel might be the best winger Sidney Crosby has ever had

    PensBurgh "Jake Guentzel is only two goals away from reaching the 40-goal mark during the 2018-19 season, and if he gets there at some point over the next six games will join a very short list of Penguins to do it over the past 25 years. That list, as of this moment, includes..." March 25

  • Is Sidney Crosby still the best hockey player in the world?

    ESPN "There were two great revelations in the recent National Hockey League Players' Association poll. The first was that Boston Bruins rascal Brad Marchand was voted by his peers as the league's best trash-talker (21.8 percent) ... and also its worst trash-talker (12.5 percent). In..." March 23

  • Evgeni Malkin Week-To-Week With Upper Body Injury

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins were dealt another injury blow to their lineup as head coach Mike Sullivan has announced that Evgeni Malkin will be week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Malkin suffered the injury on a crosscheck from Robert Bortuzzo during Saturday..." March 18

  • Penguins fans taunt Flyers with 16,000 chant

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Flyers may have beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, but Penguins fans were still able to play the ultimate trump card. Sunday marked the 16,000th day since the Flyers last won a Stanley Cup. Fans were quick to use that as a taunt on social media and also at the..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Malkin honored for 1,000 points with gifts from Lemieux, Crosby, Kessel "The Pittsburgh Penguins brought out the heavyweights to celebrate Evgeni Malkin reaching 1,000 NHL points. Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang joined Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and Malkin's family to honor the Penguins center for reaching the milestone before..." March 17

  • Letang, Rust could play for Penguins against Flyers "Kris Letang and Bryan Rust could return for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV). Each took contact during practice Friday for the first time since being injured, but were not in the lineup in a 5-1..." March 17

  • Letang, Rust could play for Penguins against Blues "Kris Letang and Bryan Rust could return for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, FS-MW, NHL.TV). Letang, a 31-year-old defenseman, has missed nine games since sustaining an upper-body injury during the..." March 15

  • Evgeni Malkin Becomes Fifth Russian Born Player To Hit 1,000 Points

    Last Word On Hockey "Going into Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, Evgeni Malkin was sitting on 998 career NHL points. He notched two assists to get to 1,000 career NHL points, becoming only the fifth Russian born player to do so. The other four Russian players that have done..." March 13

  • Hagelin on different side of heated rivalry between Capitals and Penguins "Carl Hagelin knows the moment is coming, and he knows it will be a little strange. The 30-year-old forward will be back in Pittsburgh for the first time as a member of the Washington Capitals when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE,..." March 11

  • Jake Lucchini Signs With Pittsburgh Penguins "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed undrafted college free agent forward Jake Lucchini to a one-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The contract will begin with the 2019-20 season. Lucchini will report to..." March 11

  • Pens Sign Forward Justin Almeida to a Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Justin Almeida to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The contract will begin when Almeida turns pro next season in 2019-20. Pittsburgh selected Almeida..." March 09

  • Penguins Interested In Josh Wilkins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Penguins have been active in college free agency in the past with players like Zach Aston-Reese, Thomas DiPauli, and Adam Johnson all signing in recent years.  It appears that they have their eyes set on the NCAA market once again as Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted in..." March 09

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Sidney Crosby has played his way into the MVP discussion

    PensBurgh "There are a few things we know about the NHL’s MVP award. First, it creates a stupid yearly discussion centered around the definition of “value” that makes us all dumber for having taken part in it. Just two sides screaming at each other about the subjective meaning..." March 07

  • Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang doesn’t regret sticking up for teammate

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Given the chance to do it all over again, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang doesn’t know what he could do differently. Letang was injured during the outdoor game in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, coming to the defense of teammate Brian Dumoulin after he was given a concussion..." March 06

  • Sidney Crosby loved how Penguins fans treated Phil Kessel

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Phil Kessel sat on the Penguins bench, tapping his glove along the boards before the start of the third period as Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared on the PPG Paints Arena sound system. With the game tied at 2, it seemed like the perfect time for Kessel to go all..." March 06

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Kessel searching for answers, goals with Penguins "It's been 15 games since Phil Kessel scored a goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 31-year-old right wing is well aware and trying to end the drought, which is his longest in four seasons with the Penguins, he just isn't sure how. "I don't know,"..." March 04

  • Jarome Iginla’s fire still burns bright even in retirement

    Sportsnet "Jarome Iginla still remembers that long, heart-wrenching walk out of the St. Pete Times Forum that muggy June evening. Next to him strode downtrodden coach Darryl Sutter, who listened to the captain lament the fact he couldn’t come up with one more goal somewhere along the way..." March 02

  • Penguins’ injury list grows as Rust, Ruhwedel out ‘longer term’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The playoff push has already started for the Pittsburgh Penguins and they scored a huge victory on Tuesday night with a gutsy 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It helped move the Penguins back into the top-eight in the Eastern Conference — for now — and came on a night where..." February 27

  • Constant roster shuffling makes Penguins look directionless

    Pro Hockey Talk "Success at a championship level in professional sports is not only a rare and short-lived thing, it also tends to be quickly and easily forgotten when the winning stops. Or at least when it slows down. So with that in mind we really need to talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins because this is a..." February 26