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  • Forbes names Pittsburgh Penguins fans best in NHL

    Sporting News "Forbes released its rankings of the top fans around the NHL  on Friday— and Pittsburgh Penguins fans topped the list. The media company named the Penguins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks as having the league's best fan bases. According to Forbes'..." December 13

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Penguins' John Marino is the best rookie defenseman no one's talking about

    ESPN "On the Pittsburgh Penguins team plane, John Marino challenges Sam Lafferty in Wordscapes, a fast-moving game they play on their mobile devices. They swipe different letter combinations into words, filling small crossword puzzles and earning points. If..." December 11

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • When Penguins’ injury woes end, Alex Galchenyuk destined for trade block

    Sportsnet "The NHL trade deadline is still more than two months away, but there appears to be a decent chance Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alex Galchenyuk won’t have to wait that long to be shipped to a new team. Citing a report from The Athletic‘s..." December 08

  • Justin Schultz Activated, Zach Trotman Assigned

    CBS Pittsburgh "Defenseman Zach Trotman has been re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Justin Shultz has been activated from injured reserve. " December 06

  • Phil Kessel returns to Pittsburgh trying to find his game for Coyotes

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Arizona Coyotes acquired Phil Kessel from the Pittsburgh Penguins back in August (for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defense prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph) it gave them the type of player the organization had been lacking for years: a bonafide star forward, and one..." December 06

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Patric Hornqvist Out “Longer-Term” With Lower-Body Injury

    CBS Pittsburgh " Another injury is taking one of the Penguins top forwards out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan says Patric Hornqvist is out “longer term” with a lower body injury. Hornqvist was injured after taking a hard..." December 04

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Keith Kinkaid, Joseph Blandisi Clear Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After being placed on waivers by the Canadiens and Penguins, both Keith Kinkaid and Joesph Blandisi went unclaimed. Both can now be sent to their AHL teams. " December 03

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Brian Dumoulin Has Ankle Surgery

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that defenceman Brian Dumoulin is sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks after having successful ankle surgery on Sunday. He’ll be re-evaluated after that time.       December 02

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Stefan Noesen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have decided that Stefan Noesen has done enough at the minor league level this season to earn an NHL deal. The team has signed the veteran forward to a one-year, two-way contract that carries an average annual value of $700K. Noesen will report..." December 02

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • John Marino has been exactly what the Penguins needed

    PensBurgh "Not going to lie, when the Penguins traded a conditional sixth-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for John Marino back in July it really didn’t do much to get my attention. A depth defenseman, someone that — if they are lucky —..." November 29

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • 5 Biggest Surprises of the NHL Season Thus Far

    12 Up "The Stanley Cup Playoffs are the least predictable and toughest to win of those of any sport. However, the NHL has proven that even the regular season can amaze its fans through these five unexpected moments this season. 5. Florida Panthers Developing Ahead of..." November 29

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Jake Guentzel thriving even without Sidney Crosby

    PensBurgh "In a way, the narratives write themselves because they’re so easy. Jake Guentzel was a mid-round draft pick. He didn’t play for Team USA growing up. He weighed about 150 pounds on draft day. He went to college in Nebraska. Outside of diehard Pittsburgh or prospect fans, no..." November 27

  • Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returns to practice

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Sunday in Cranberry, the first time he skated with teammates since suffering an undisclosed injury Nov. 4. Letang practiced with no restrictions on contract and reported positive results..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Off Script: Eddie Olczyk opens up about his battle with colon cancer

    NBC Sports "NHL on NBC analyst and 2019 NHL Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador Eddie Olczyk discusses his career and fight with colon cancer in an interview with Kathryn Tappen in a 30-minute special. Olczyk was named the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador earlier this month and November..." November 23

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21

  • NHL stars carrying the biggest offensive burden for their teams

    ESPN "An exercise I do every season is looking at which players played the biggest role in their team's overall offensive production. While the raw list of scoring leaders is a good starting point and features a collection of the league's most prolific offensive players, it also doesn't..." November 21

  • Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad Out Long-Term

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins can’t catch a break. The team has announced that Nick Bjugstad underwent core muscle surgery and will be out at least eight weeks, after head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters it would be “longer-term” earlier this week...." November 21

  • ‘Blow the damn whistle’: The NHL has to stop letting player safety depend on referees’ judgment calls

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has a problem. “Matt Calvert is helpless at the top of the circle—there’s blood still down all over the Avalanche zone!—and they don’t blow the whistle.” Avalanche commentators Mark Moser and Peter McNab were..." November 21

  • Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks Complete Minor Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Graham Knott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Joseph Cramarossa. Knott will be assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins immediately, while Cramarossa is headed to the Rockford IceHogs. This move doesn’t..." November 20

  • NHL renames GM of the Year award after late Jim Gregory

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday, the NHL announced that the annual award presented to the top general manager in the league will be renamed to honor the late Jim Gregory who was best known for his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to, after presenting the new name in Toronto..." November 20

  • When should the Penguins start giving Tristan Jarry more starts?

    PensBurgh "Matt Murray is expected to get the start for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, and that really should not be much of a surprise. The Penguins have been off since Saturday, are rested, and are playing at home against a white hot divisional opponent that is riding..." November 20

  • Odds to replace Don Cherry on 'Coach's Corner'

    The Score "When Sportsnet made the decision to fire Don Cherry, it vacated the biggest seat on one of the nation's longest-running television broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada. Following one of the most divisive decisions in the network's history, the entire nation awaits its next move...." November 20

  • Nick Bjugstad Out “Longer-Term” With Lower-Body Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins have suffered another injury. Head coach Mike Sullivan updated the media today and explained that though Nick Bjugstad was still being evaluated, he expects the big forward to be out “longer-term.” Bjugstad exited the game on..." November 19

  • NHL GMs to re-examine offside specifics at March meeting

    Sportsnet "The NHL is going to take another run at tweaking its offside rule. The league’s general managers shot down a proposed change 2 1/2 years ago that would have seen an attacking player deemed onside if his skate was in the air above the blue line — but not on the ice —..." November 19