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Ex-Penguins Update: November 21, 2015

pp0515 Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Friday, November 20. James Neal leads the expatriate Pens with nine goals. Neal, Jarome Iginla, Lee Stempniak, and ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr each have 15 points. Stempniak paces the ex-Pens in assists (11). Matt Niskanen and 2007 dra [...]

Penguins Update: What’s Wrong With Sid?

pp0552 It’s a question asked by virtually every Penguins fan. What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby? A prickly one, to be sure. With no easy answers. Heck, this was supposed to be a breakout season for Sid. Especially with sniper Phil Kessel rolling into town to ride shotgun. Instead, the Nova Scotia native’s been held off the scoresheet a stunning 13 ti [...]

Malkin Shines; Penguins Tame Wild

pp0551 Leave it to Penguins star Evgeni Malkin to put a new spin on an old Teddy Roosevelt quote. Rather than “speak softly and carry a big stick,” as the former U.S. President was fond of saying? How about speak loudly and carry a big stick. Days after expressing his disappointment with the team’s dismal play, Malkin paced the re [...]

Penguins Dumoulin a Pleasant Surprise

pp0550 Our Pittsburgh Penguins are in a state of flux. The team’s up for sale. Superstars are struggling to score. Players are airing their gripes to the press. Rumors are swirling anew that coach Mike Johnston’s job may be in jeopardy. Heck, it’s downright depressing if you’re a Pens fan. Searching for a bright spot? How about the play of Brian Dum [...]

Penguins Bedeviled

pp0549 The Mike Johnston Watch has officially restarted. Indeed, in the wake of Saturday’s dismal 4-0 drubbing at the hands of New Jersey—one of the worst inflicted on a Penguins team in years—MJ may want to dust off his resume. Or deny any association with the team. Talk about lifeless. The Penguins could’ve saved ownership some bucks by seeking a [...]

Penguins Update: Old-Time Hockey

pp0548 It wasn’t a fancy pass. Or a sizzling shot. Or even a dazzling one-on-one move. On the contrary, the pivotal play of last night’s 2-1 Penguins loss to Columbus occurred midway through the second period when Blue Jackets villain Scott Hartnell barged into the slot and flattened glamour boy Beau Bennett. A red-alert scramble ensued. The free-f [...]

Penguins Johnston Shows Character

pp0547 Few jobs in professional sports come with more pressure—and less security—than coaching in the National Hockey League. Indeed, the average tenure of an NHL head coach is 2.4 years, according to a 2014 study published by Peter Tanner on FiveThirtyEight. Coaching our Penguins? Given the expectations that throb like an extended hangover in the [...]

Penguins Update: Flower in Full Bloom

pp0546 From the moment he first skated onto an NHL rink as a callow 19-year-old, Marc-Andre Fleury flashed the extraordinary flexibility and cat-like reflexes that had pro scouts drooling. Attributes that encouraged then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick—seeking a franchise goalie—to trade up in the 2003 Entry Draft to take the Cape Breton marvel No. 1 over [...]

Penguins Update: The Sprong Conundrum

pp0543 It’s the white elephant in the Penguins’ dressing room. What to do with Daniel Sprong. Keep him? Or send him back to the Quebec League for another year of seasoning. Financial and contractual considerations loom large. If the speedy 6’0″ 180-pounder plays two more games, it’ll lop a year off his entry contract. If he skates in 40 [...]

Penguins Update: Fehr Deal

pp0542 It sure was nice to watch forward Eric Fehr make his black-and-gold debut Saturday night. The Winkler, Alberta native didn’t disappoint, notching a goal and an assist to propel the Penguins to a 4-0 victory over Toronto. A key free-agent pick up, Fehr missed the first 10 games of the campaign due to off-season elbow surgery. Initially expect [...]


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