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2011



 

All PenguinPoop’s 2011 Articles:

 

  • Devils Sting Slumbering Penguins 3-1December 31, 2011Perhaps it was fitting that the Penguins closed out 2011 the way it began—with a disappointing 3-1 loss. After all, the year was none too kind to the boys from the ‘Burgh. Starting with Sidney Crosby’s concussion on New Year’s Day and continuin…
  • 23 Years ago todayDecember 31, 2011Against this very same New Jersey Devils team in a game that also started at 3:00, Mario Lemieux scored 5 goals 5 different ways(Even Strength, Power Play, Short Handed, Penalty Shot and Empty Net) in a feat that has never been duplicated.  I was lucky…
  • Jagr, Talbot Silence Penguins 4-2December 30, 2011Through the years Pittsburgh fans have become accustomed to watching Jaromir Jagr score big goals. So it was nothing new, really, to see No. 68 find an open patch of ice and whip his patented backhander past an opposing goalie. Trouble is, the one-time…
  • I Will be Standing Up Cheering Jaromir Jagr TonightDecember 29, 2011What if we tried to make Pittsburgh not look stupid & petty tonight for the HBO 24/7 camera’s and national TV?  Lemieux once got a standing ovation in Philadelphia when he showed up. Today all I see and hear is reporters all over the radio, new…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 6: Sid versus Richy (2005-present)December 29, 2011For the third time during the course of the Pens-Flyers rivalry, the momentum shifted with the arrival of a superstar. Sidney Crosby would lead the Penguins to a third Stanley Cup—and become a lightning rod for Philadelphia fans’ hatred and jealous…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 5: Eric Lindros and the Legion of Doom (1994-2005)December 28, 2011Following a sorry sixth-place finish in 1991-92, the Flyers acquired the rights to phenom Eric Lindros from Quebec during the summer. Slowly but surely “the Next One” began to restore the Flyers to their former glory while centering the imposing ??…
  • Pumped-up Penguins Steamroller ‘Canes 4-2December 28, 2011Contests between the Penguins and the equally swift Carolina Hurricanes usually feature lots of end-to-end action and plenty of shots. This time, however, the Steel City sextet outdid themselves. Facing a Carolina team that was fresh off an emotional w…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 4: Super Mario and “the Streak” (1984-1994)December 27, 2011The Penguins were on life support when they drafted Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick in the 1984 Entry Draft. Although No. 66 would eventually lead the team to two Stanley Cups, it didn’t alter the nature of the Pens-Flyers rivalry—at leas…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 3: Rise of the Broad Street Bullies (1972-1984)December 26, 2011The Pens-Flyers rivalry heated up during the early ‘70s, due in no small part to the emergence of “the Broad Street Bullies.” Armed with bruisers like Dave “the Hammer” Schultz, Bob “Hound” Kelly, Andre “Moose” Dupont, and Don “Big …
  • Ex-Penguins Update: December 25, 2011December 25, 2011Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through December 24, 2011. Forwards and Defensemen               Player Pos Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 2: The Early Years (1967-1972)December 25, 2011The seeds for “the Battle of Pennsylvania” were sown perhaps as far back as the mid-1960s. Upon learning of the National Hockey League’s ambitious plan to expand from six to 12 teams, Senator Jack McGregor and Peter Block lobbied hard to secure a…
  • Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 1: Roots (1925-1967)December 24, 2011Have you ever wondered how the bitter rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers got started? If so, you’re in luck. To prime the pump for the upcoming matchup between the Penguins and Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center on December 2…
  • Penguins Ground Jets 4-1December 24, 2011In certain parts of Canada the good citizens bid you a Joyeux Noel rather than a Merry Christmas. So it seemed altogether appropriate that the Penguins ushered in the holidays with an impressive 4-1 victory over Claude Noel’s Winnipeg Jets on Friday …
  • Penguins Update: Kunitz Solid GoldDecember 23, 2011When the Penguins signed Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract extension on October 13 worth $7.45 million, a hockey buddy of mine shook his head and lamented, “Why overpay for Kunitz?”I quickly came to “Kuny’s” defense. I told my friend th…
  • Memories of a Penguins Fan: My First Hockey HeroDecember 21, 2011As a kid growing up in suburban Pittsburgh I was an avid sports fan. My dad Jim Buker had played baseball and basketball at Oliver High School. He passed his love of sports on to his first son. Not coincidentally, my favorite sports were baseball an…
  • Penguins Beat Blackhawks 3-2 in a BarnburnerDecember 21, 2011It’s a darn shame the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet only once a year. Games between the two clubs invariably feature superb skill play, gut-wrenching momentum swings, and the riveting intensity of a Stanley Cup Finals matchup. Tu…
  • Penguins Update: Make Way for DespresDecember 18, 2011During the first half of the 2011-12 season the Penguins have suffered enough injuries to keep a hospital staff fully employed. Given the hailstorm of misfortune, one has to wonder if the club inadvertently invoked some ancient curse by building CONSOL…
  • Penguins Chase Miller From Net Twice, Beat Sabres 8-3December 18, 2011Jason Williams scored his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin 2 minutes into the game blasting a shot from the blue line past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller tonight and the Penguins never looked back.  Four minutes later Pens Simon Despres score…
  • An Amazing Piece that Remembers the “Railway Men”December 17, 2011A piece was written last week like none that I have recently read.  It recounts and pays tribute to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, the KHL team that was lost in a tragic place crash this September. The details and perspectives offered are like none gained i…
  • Hungry Senators Hammer Penguins 6-4December 17, 2011During the first meeting between the Penguins and the Senators in Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Sidney Crosby initiated a nasty skirmish with feisty Ottawa winger Nick Foligno. While the Pens shrugged off the incident as one of those things that occur du…
  • Red Wings Checkmate Penguins 4-1December 14, 2011During the Dan Bylsma era, Penguins fans are accustomed to seeing the home team post some gaudy numbers on the CONSOL Energy Center shot clock. However, while preparing his charges for Tuesday night’s clash with Western Conference titan Detroit, the …
  • More Book Signings: 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They DieDecember 13, 2011  On Saturday evening, December 17, Rick Buker will be signing copies of his latest book, 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille (located in Pennsbury Village) from 7 PM-9 PM. The “Molson Girl…
  • Penguins Profile: The King of EngellandDecember 11, 2011To say Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland came up the hard way would be a vast understatement. Indeed, the rugged rearguard’s path to the National Hockey League was the ultimate test of patience and perseverance. A right-handed shooting defensema…
  • Penguins Flatten Islanders 6-3December 11, 2011Fresh off a pair of disappointing losses to Boston and Philadelphia, the Penguins entered Saturday night’s contest with the improving New York Islanders in desperate need of a win. A match-up with their favorite patsies proved to be just the right to…
  • The Penguins Need the Old Matt Cooke BackDecember 10, 2011Right now 3 or 4 Penguins are sidelined with concussions. After the NHL completely ignored Philadelphia Flyer Zac Rinaldo’s blind side head hit that gave the Penguins defenseman Bob Bortuzzo a concussion, I think it’s time Matt Cooke goes back to play…
  • Flyers Topple Sid-less Penguins 3-2December 9, 2011In an effort to fare better in their quest for a Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers made wholesale changes over the off-season. Philly GM Paul Holmgren boldly peddled popular stars Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, while inking goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and…
  • Video:  Making Sense of How the NHL Dishes Out Fines & SuspensionsDecember 8, 2011I know people were upset about John Carlson from the Washington Capitals not getting a suspension or even a hearing for throwing his elbow through Matt Cooke’s head.  So I thought I would make a video to explain how the NHL works to try to dispel fan…
  • Penguins History: Ken SchinkelDecember 6, 2011During the Penguins’ early years the Civic Arena faithful didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about. One of the few bright spots on an otherwise unimposing team was right wing Ken Schinkel. An old-school player who paid his dues during the “Original…
  • Bruins Overpower Penguins 3-1December 6, 2011Entering Monday night’s battle between Eastern Conference heavyweights at CONSOL Energy Center, both Pittsburgh and Boston were riding hot streaks. Following a sluggish 3-7 start, the defending Cup champion Bruins had gone 13-0-1. Meanwhile, the Peng…
  • Baby Penguins UpdateDecember 4, 2011Here’s a quick glance at how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are doing. The Baby Pens have a record of 12-7-5, good for a first place tie in the East Division (AHL Eastern Conference). Stats are updated through December 3, 2011. Forwards an…
  • Penguins Circle the Wagons, Hold Off Hurricanes 3-2December 4, 2011In a game packed with all the drama of a classic shoot ‘em up Western, the Penguins overcame penalty woes and a furious last-minute barrage by Carolina to defeat the Hurricanes 3-2 at the RBC Center on Saturday night. Under newly minted coach Kirk…
  • Penguins Clip Capitals 2-1December 2, 2011Change is good, they say. So perhaps the Penguins felt heartened when they gazed at the Washington bench Thursday night at the Verizon Center and saw steely eyed Dale Hunter perched behind Alexander Ovechkin and company instead of the departed Bruce Bo…
  • Sidney Crosby is the NHL’s Only Superstar, but not for LongDecember 1, 2011Where have all the NHL Superstars gone? Even though he was sidelined for 10 1/2 months, Sidney Crosby in a mere five games has returned to his top post among the NHL’s elite. Captain Crosby’s 11 points in 5 games leads the league with a points per …
  • Rangers Chill Hot Penguins 4-3November 30, 2011The Penguins undeniably were excited about playing their first, honest-to-goodness division rivalry game of the season when they faced the New York Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. As it turned out, the red-hot Rangers were every bit as …
  • Book Signing: “100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”November 27, 2011On Wednesday evening, November 30, Wright’s Gym will sponsor a book signing for our own Rick Buker. Rick will be available to sign copies of his latest book, 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, from 6 PM-8 PM. Treats from Dun…
  • Justice is Served, Penguins Nip Canadiens 4-3 in OTNovember 27, 2011Hockey players are taught from the time they lace up their first pair of skates to “play to the whistle.” Following the old adage to the hilt, the Penguins staged a furious rally from a 3-1 deficit Saturday night to beat Montreal on a disputed over…
  • Penguins Update: He’s BaaaackNovember 26, 2011It’s been a thrill to watch him again, hasn’t it? To see the Penguins’ center dangle with the puck in the slot, work the half-wall on the power play like a virtuoso, and scare the daylights out of opposing goalies with that rapier-like wrist shot…
  • Penguins Paste Senators 6-3November 26, 2011Just a few short seasons ago the Penguins and the Senators were one of the NHL’s marquee match-ups. It was Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Sergei Gonchar taking on the likes of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, and Jason Spezza. My, how times hav…
  • Top 25 Pittsburgh Penguins Gift Ideas for 2011November 24, 2011PenguinPoop’s 2011 top 25 gift ideas for the Pittsburgh Penguin crazy fan in your life.   Toasters, Rubber Duckies, items going for $7.99 to thousands of dollars.  We did all of your holiday shopping leg work. You better hurry, many of the items ar…
  • Penguins Sing the Blues, Fall to St. Louis 3-2November 24, 2011Skating before a capacity crowd at CONSOL Energy Center on Thanksgiving Eve, the Penguins seemed anxious to get into the holiday spirit. So much so that they felt compelled to share the puck with St. Louis at every opportunity. How else do explain a pa…
  • Penguins Update: Neal Deal a StealNovember 23, 2011When Penguins general manager Ray Shero acquired promising power forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from Dallas last February for Alex Goligoski, there was no doubt he was anticipating good things.“This is the hockey trade we’ve be…
  • Sid Sizzles, Penguins Fry Islanders 5-0November 22, 2011The moment all of Pittsburgh—if not the entire hockey universe—anxiously awaited finally came to pass on Monday evening. After missing 61 games due to a concussion and related symptoms, Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby at long last made his triumph…
  • Sidney Crosby is Back, Has the NHL Made it a Safer League?November 21, 2011It’s been about 11 months since hockey fans have seen the NHL’s best player Sidney Crosby play. With his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup tonight versus the New York Islanders. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the changes, if…
  • Ex-Penguins UpdateNovember 20, 2011Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through November 19, 2011.    Forwards and Defensemen               Player Pos Team GP G A PTS PI…
  • Panthers Pounce on Skidding Penguins 3-2November 20, 2011Each year the Penguins invite the fathers to join their sons on a road trip. And while the “Dads’ Trip” is undoubtedly one of the most popular events of the season, the Pens’ brass may want to consider inviting the moms next time in the wake of…
  • Bolts Zap Punchless Penguins 4-1November 18, 2011If you’d spent the past six months marooned on a tropical island and tuned into the Penguins-Lightning game at St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday night, you’d have sworn you were watching an extension of last spring’s Eastern Conference Quarterfina…
  • Penguins Bury Avalanche 6-3November 16, 2011Beware all you unsuspecting NHL clubs. The banged-up Penguins are finally getting healthy. With 20-goal man Tyler Kennedy returning to action (and Sidney Crosby sure to follow), the Pens spotted Colorado a 3-1 lead before roaring back to dismantle the …
  • When is Sidney Crosby returning?November 15, 2011The Penguins have afforded Sidney Crosby all the time he needs.  There are many documented cases of players around the NHL coming back to soon after concussions. It would be stupid to push Sidney Crosby back onto the ice too soon at a time when the Pe…
  • Penguins Need More from MartinNovember 13, 2011Through the first 17 games of the season Paul Martin has, quite literally, served as the Penguins’ defensive anchor. He’s registered a team-worst plus/minus rating of minus-11—and it’s sinking fast. On a club packed with overachievers Martin s…
  • Stars Neal to Penguins 3-1November 12, 2011In a battle for overall supremacy in the league standings, the Penguins overcame an early deficit and two no-goal calls to torpedo Dallas 3-1 Friday night before a sellout throng at CONSOL Energy Center. Pacing the Pens’ attack was ex-Star James Neal…
  • Book Review of “Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners are Built”November 11, 2011For anyone who’s ever fancied himself as a closet general manager, Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners Are Built is an absolute must read. Frankly, I was floored by the depth and sheer volume of information packed into this bri…
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins: Big on Talent, even Bigger on HeartNovember 9, 2011In this day and age of negativity, it is not often you get to witness the nicer side of sports.  Thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Jennifer Mercer and Matt Ciesluk of Catalyst Public Relations, I was able to witness the pure unadulterated joy that p…
  • Baby Penguins UpdateNovember 6, 2011Here’s a quick glance at how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are doing. The Baby Pens have a record of 7-2-2, good for first place in the East Division (AHL Eastern Conference). Stats are updated through November 5, 2011.  Forwards and Def…
  • Plug ‘N’ Play Penguins Crown Kings 3-2November 6, 2011Boasting an injury list that would keep a hospital staff fully employed, the plug ‘n’ play Penguins continue to find a way. Paced by Marc-Andre Fleury’s 24 saves and timely scoring from Chris Kunitz, the Steel City sextet staged a late rally at t…
  • Penguins Update: Size MattersNovember 5, 2011In the wake of the post-lockout rule changes, there’s a popular notion that demon speed prevails in the new NHL. The Penguins certainly have subscribed to that theory. Over the past few summers they’ve allowed bigger players like Hal Gill and Mike …
  • Sharks Put the Bite on Penguins 4-3November 4, 2011Okay, so it ain’t exactly “the Streak,” when the Penguins went a dismal 0-39-3 in Philadelphia over an infamous 15-year stretch. But the black and gold extended its winless skein in San Jose to 10 games (0-8-2) on Thursday night with a heartbreak…
  • Penguins History: Colin CampbellNovember 2, 2011It’s somewhat ironic that former Penguin Colin Campbell earned lasting fame while serving as the NHL’s czar of discipline. After all, the rugged little defenseman was no stranger to the penalty box. Over the course of a 636-game NHL career that spa…
  • Ex-Penguins UpdateOctober 31, 2011Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through October 29, 2011. Forwards and Defensemen               Player Pos Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-Jaromir Jagr RW P…
  • Maple Leafs Topple Penguins in a ThrillerOctober 30, 2011In a game befitting a clash of Eastern Conference titans, the Penguins and Maple Leafs put on a show Saturday night for the 19,526 fans in attendance at Air Canada Centre. Powered by Jonas Gustavsson’s 34-save effort and NHL scoring leader Phil Kesse…
  • Penguins Catch a Wave, Surge Past Islanders 3-2October 28, 2011During the course of Thursday night’s telecast of the Penguins-Islanders game, it was duly noted that the black and gold hadn’t earned a comeback victory in quite a while. Almost on cue, the Pens rallied from a two goal third-period deficit to scra…
  • When you break it down scientifically, the numbers never lieOctober 26, 2011With their methodical 3 – 0 victory over the New York Islanders last night at the Nassau County Colosseum, the Penguins now find themselves with a 7-2-2 record after 11 games, a pace, if kept up, that would see them record 119 points and surely the top…
  • Fleury Ices Islanders as Penguins Prevail 3-0October 26, 2011To borrow a refrain from an old Aerosmith tune, the Penguins’ train kept a rollin’ at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Tuesday night. Buoyed by the return of superstar Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury’s 20th career shutout, the Pens bounced t…
  • Penguins Update: In Shero We TrustOctober 23, 2011They say confession is good for the soul. And I must confess, here and now, that I was not pleased with the moves made by Penguins’ GM Ray Shero over the summer. (It should be noted the last time I felt this way the Pens won the Stanley Cup.) I gr…
  • Penguins Bedevil New Jersey 4-1October 23, 2011It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for the Penguins. Not with top guns Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup and a murderous schedule that would wear out even the hardiest team of Alaskan sled dogs. But the plucky Pens continue to find a …
  • Penguins Near Perfect in 3-1 Win Over MontrealOctober 21, 2011In the wake of the Penguins’ 3-1 win over Montreal at CONSOL Energy Center Thursday night, Dan Bylsma had every reason to feel positively giddy. Not only did the black and gold prevail over a Canadiens club that has given his team fits the past coupl…
  • Gritty Penguins Conquer Wild 4-2October 19, 2011A night after suffering perhaps their most disheartening loss of the young season, the gritty Penguins rebounded with an inspired effort to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-2. The game marked a reunion of sorts. Minnesota GM (and former Pens executive) C…
  • Jets Soar Past Penguins 2-1October 18, 2011Following three dismal losses to open the season, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel threw down the gauntlet for his struggling young team.“If they think this [the move from Atlanta] gives them an excuse to fail,” he fumed, “they’ve got anothe…
  • Sabres Surprise Sloppy Penguins 3-2October 16, 2011Entering Saturday night’s contest at CONSOL Energy Center with Buffalo, the Penguins felt good about their chances. After all, the black and gold had dominated Lindy Ruff’s squad in recent seasons (15-4-1) and were riding a six-game winning streak …
  • Collection Tonight To Benefit Local Fallen OfficerOctober 15, 2011From the Pens site: Local Police Officers to Collect For Fallen Officer Derek Kotecki’s Family Before Penguins’ Game Saturday Local police officers will hold a collection to benefit the family of fallen officer Derek Kotecki before the Pengui…
  • Don Cherry’s Flub Could End in LawsuitOctober 14, 2011A couple of weeks ago I started to write a piece about the offseason passing of three NHL players: Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, and Derek Boogaard. I waited to finish it because I felt I needed something to put everything into perspective.  During a rec…
  • Capitals Clip Penguins in OTOctober 14, 2011After playing four games against opponents who hardly could be considered bitter foes, the Penguins and their faithful were treated to their first honest-to-goodness rivalry game of the young season against the Washington Capitals. The fact that the Pe…
  • Book Review: Pucks On The ‘NetOctober 13, 2011If you’re a Penguins fan with an insatiable appetite for hockey, I’ve got a book for you. Renowned hockey history blogger Joe Pelletier shares his favorite stories from the world of hockey in his brand new e-book, “Pucks On The ‘Net.”Hot …
  • Penguins Tame Panthers 4-2October 12, 2011It was a scenario with which the Pittsburgh Penguins have become all too familiar. The players skated onto the CONSOL Energy Center ice for the home opener knowing they’d face the improved Florida Panthers without superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni …
  • Oilers Slip Past Penguins 2-1October 10, 2011After playing a quintessential road game for 55 minutes, the Penguins leaked for a late goal by rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and fell to the Oilers, 2-1, in a shootout. Despite playing without superstar Evgeni Malkin, who was a late scratch due to an …
  • Penguins Douse Flames 5-3October 9, 2011Powered by five goals from five different players, the Penguins overcame an early surge by Calgary to dump the Flames, 5-3, Saturday night. Playing before a packed house at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames started like a house afire while the P…
  • Penguins Nip Canucks in Shootout, 4-3October 7, 2011As season openers go, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins. Indeed, the Penguins blew a pair of two-goal leads while looking scrambled at times in their own zone. In the end, two special-teams goals by Matt Cooke and clutch goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleur…
  • The 2010-2011 NHL Season:  Why We Need To Remember The TragedyOctober 6, 2011As we count down the minutes and hours until the start of the 2011-2012 season tonight and get caught up in its excitement, it is important to look back and remember the human side of what happened during the 2010-2011 season.  Of course there was the…
  • The Official Wash Your Hockey Jersey Day!October 6, 2011I would like to once again pronounce today, October 6th as the Official Wash Your Hockey Jersey Day! The Hockey Gods have assured me that no bad juju can come from washing your jersey on this day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKgBDCP-DWQ Also R…
  • Book Review: 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They DieOctober 4, 2011When I first learned that fellow PenguinPoop blogger Rick Buker had written a new book about the Pittsburgh Penguins, I must confess that I wondered what he could’ve found to write about. After all, his first book — “Total Penguins” — was 705…
  • It’s awfully crowded at the bottomSeptember 23, 2011  It’s getting close to crunch time now as the first exhibition games are in the books,and opening day draws ever nearer.    Any Penguin fan worth his salt has to be uber excited about the depth that Ray Shero has amassed for the upcoming season. ?…
  • Fleury & Letang Octagon Camp PicturesSeptember 9, 2011A little over a week ago, PenguinPoop’s Art Vandelay’s bachelor party started out on Pittsburgh’s north shore at the Tilted Kilt and somehow ended up in Montreal.  He got to hang with Marc Andre Fleury and Kris Letang up at an Allan Walsh – Octagon P…
  • Crosby Update: Penguins Patience a VirtueSeptember 8, 2011Like all Penguins fans, I anxiously awaited Sidney Crosby’s press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center on September 7. While I hoped to receive news that the iconic Pens’ superstar was given the green light to resume his career, I also harbored a…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Dan HinoteAugust 22, 2011Last week I had the privilege of talking with current assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dan Hinote. During Dan’s professional careeer he played for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, and finished his career in Sweden playing for Mo…
  • Slap Shot: Who Were Those Guys?August 19, 2011Having cut my hockey teeth during the heyday of goon-squad hockey back in the 1970s, I’ve always had an affinity for the movie Slap Shot. With nothing in particular to do (a mind is a terrible thing to waste), I decided to delve into the true identit…
  • Penguins History: Demolition DurbyAugust 14, 2011As a young hockey fan, I’ll never forget the day in January of 1974 that the Penguins acquired tough guys Steve Durbano and Bob “Battleship” Kelly from St. Louis. At the time of the trade the Pens were languishing in next-to-last place. Worse yet…
  • Penguins History: Kjell GameAugust 5, 2011Following nine seasons in his native Sweden, Kjell Samuelsson ventured across the pond to join the New York Rangers in 1985-86. Standing 6’6” and weighing 235 pounds, the 27-year-old defenseman was considered an oddity—a foreign-born player of im…
  • Penguins Free-Agent Update: Rupp Leaves Big HoleJuly 4, 2011Although Mike Rupp’s departure didn’t receive much fanfare, losing the big forward to the Rangers creates an even bigger hole in the Penguins’ lineup. In an era when classic “beat ‘em in the alley” power forwards such as Gary Roberts and…
  • Penguins Free-Agent Update: Good RiddanceJuly 2, 2011When I first learned that the Penguins were entertaining the idea of bringing Jaromir Jagr back to the ‘Burgh, I must confess to having mixed emotions. On one hand, a Jagr return to the Steel City would have revved fan interest to a fever pitch, n…
  • Penguins Free-Agent Update: Au RevoirJuly 1, 2011Lost amid the turmoil of the Jaromir Jagr “my heart’s in Pittsburgh but my wallet’s in Philly” fiasco, Max Talbot signed a five-year deal with the Flyers on Friday. I’ve always loved Talbot. The son of a construction worker, Max was a big-…
  • Ch Ch Ch ChangesJuly 1, 2011The free agent frenzy began at 12:01 with Jamaal Meyers signing with the Blackhawks for one year, and it hasn’t slowed down yet.  Before noon, the Penguins announced that they had broken off negotiating with Jaromir Jagr, and instantly turned their at…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Jay GrossmanJune 26, 2011With the conclussion of the Stanley Cup Finals this past week. PenguinPoop readers turn their attention to the NHL hockey draft followed by free agency on July 1st. I was extremely fortunate to be able to talk to Jay Grossman Presdient of the Puck …
  • Video: Dan Bylsma Coach of the Year Acceptance SpeechJune 23, 2011Dan Bylsma won a well deserved Jack Adams award for “Coach of the Year”. Bylsma is the first Penguins coach to win the award. This is the video of his acceptance speech. We had an idea Bylsma was going to win the award back in March, you can rea…
  • The Stanley Cup FinalsJune 1, 2011Well, here we are…the first day of the Stanley Cup Finals.  It doesn’t matter what team you’re a fan of, there’s some excitement that comes as a hockey fan at this point in the playoffs.  I think it has to do with a month and a half of waiting and …
  • On to the Conference FinalsMay 15, 2011Time to review my round 2 picks and look at my predictions for the Conference Finals.  I went 75% again.  Kudos again to the West for playing along!  And, in the East, well…apparently no one told Tampa that they weren’t supposed to still be in the…
  • Looking Back at Round One, What to Expect in Round TwoMay 3, 2011It’s time to take a look back at my own predictions and see how I did. And, since I went 6-2, I have a little tweaking to do for the second round. I know that we’re five days until the second round, but this will have to do given that it started the…
  • THANK YOU PENS FOR AN AMAZING SEASON!April 28, 2011Another season, another heck of a ride.  It’s not the ride we feared we were in for back in October.  It’s not the ride we were thrilled to be on in November.  It’s not the one that punched us in the gut both in early January and again in February.?…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Free Agent ListApril 28, 2011Here is a current list of Pittsburgh Penguin players who’s contracts are up and become free agents as of 12:01 pm, July 1st 2011. Click here if you are looking for all of the Pittsburgh Penguin salary cap numbers: Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 – 20…
  • Lightning Oust Penguins 1-0April 28, 2011Backed by the shutout goaltending of 41-year-old marvel Dwayne Roloson and a timely tally by Sean Bergenheim, the Lightning staved off a late charge by the Penguins to take Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals set 1-0. It was playoff hocke…
  • Penguins Bylsma Needs to Earn His SpursApril 27, 2011I know it’s probably considered heresy in these parts to criticize Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. After all, the guy won a Stanley Cup in his first season behind the bench. He’s already won more playoff games than any other skipper in franchise history…
  • Gameday Poop:  GAME 7 – Pittsburgh Penguins vs TB LightningApril 27, 2011Tonight the Penguins need to hit somebody. I’m not talking the soft checks the Pens have been throwing the last two games. I’m talking the Brooks Orpik type teeth rattling check he threw at Steven Stamkos the first game. For the last two games the Peng…
  • Lightning Down Penguins to Force Game 7April 26, 2011Paced by Dwayne Roloson’s sparkling 27-save performance and clutch goal scoring, Tampa Bay outslugged the gritty Penguins 4-2 to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Determined to rebound from an 8-2 shellacking in Game…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Power Play Needs a Big ChangeApril 25, 2011Drastic times call for drastic measures!  The Pens power play is mired in drastic times.  Coach Dan needs to take drastic measures to make the power play even remotely effective.  I am not sure what the answer is, but I would start with taking Kris …
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs TB Lightning Gameday Poop: Game 6April 25, 2011The Penguins that will be wearing the Penguin uniform on the ice tonight and the coaches that will be standing behind them have played half a season without Crosby. They have worked their asses off to get the tiny crumb of respect that the media has gi…
  • Amped-up Lightning Demolish Penguins 8-2April 23, 2011With their playoff backs to the wall, the Lightning’s big guns sprang to life to power Tampa Bay to an 8-2 rout of the Penguins. Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos and Pavel Kubina paced the Bolts’ potent attack with two goals apiece, while Vincent Lecava…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs TB Lightning Gameday Poop:  Game 5April 23, 2011There is so much to get to this morning.  TSN is calling for Tyler Kennedy to be suspended, Buffalo’s coach has called the Flyers “Whiners” and who should be singing the National Anthem. Before I get into all of that, the Penguins have Tampa Bay o…
  • Bombs Away:  Quit Your Whining!April 22, 2011That’s directed at the fans of the other 14 teams left in the playoffs because you will get NO sympathy from Pens fans.  NONE.  ZERO.  NADA.  All I keep seeing is fans crying about how one or two of their good players got hurt and will miss a game …
  • Penguins Fourth Line Hauls the Freight … and MoreApril 21, 2011When Penguins general manager Ray Shero inked Arron Asham to a free-agent deal last summer, he wasn’t necessarily expecting big numbers. Indeed, the peppery winger had tallied just 82 goals over 10 NHL seasons. However, Shero was intrigued by Asham??…
  • Penguins Catch Lightning in a BottleApril 21, 2011James Neal scored 3:38 into the second overtime Wednesday night to propel the Penguins to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Thanks to Neal’s heroics, the Pens snatched a commanding 3-1 lead over the Lightning in their opening-round playoff serie…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Gameday Poop: Game 4April 20, 2011The three words that describe the Penguins special teams are as follows, and I quote, Stink, Stank, Stunk. Laugh as you may about the old chestnut “decline the powerplay”, but according to the numbers the Penguins stand a better chance of scoring if t…
  • Video:  Crosby and Malkin Greet Players After Big Win in TampaApril 19, 2011You have to love it when your two superstars who are out with injuries show up in the locker room to congratulate the team after a hard fought victory.  LETS GO PENS!!
  • Bounce Back Penguins Top Lightning 3-2April 19, 2011What a difference a game makes. A mere 72 hours after a sloppy, disjointed effort in Game 2 that had Steel City fans (and their coach) scratching their heads, the gritty, never-say-die Penguins rebounded to throttle the Lightning 3-2. It was clear f…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Gameday Poop: Game 3 April 18, 2011The Penguins game plan for tonight’s 7:38PM tip off in Tampa should be a simple one. Stop Tampa Bay from scoring in the first period. To do this the Penguins need to play strict defense, Kris Letang can’t be pinching in taking chances until later in th…
  • Penguins Playoff Update: Time for a Cool Change (or Two)April 16, 2011Being tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay after two games is hardly reason to push the panic button. And I’m certainly not advocating any kind of sweeping changes. But I have a couple suggestions for coach Dan Bylsma that might help the Penguins’ cause. Fi…
  • Lightning Singe Penguins 5-1April 16, 2011To borrow a refrain from an old Sam Cooke tune, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This.” And so it was for the Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with Tampa Bay. Playing before another packed house at CONSOL Energy …
  • Gameday poop: Game 2 Pittsburgh Penguins VS Tampa Bay LightningApril 15, 2011The Penguins proved on Wednesday night that hockey is a team sport. You play as a team, you win as a team. The Penguins organization has put together a group of characters who are a team on the ice, a family off the ice. Game one didn’t just show the g…
  • Fleury Paces Penguins to 3-0 Win Over LightningApril 14, 2011Heading into Wednesday night’s encounter with Tampa Bay, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t have particularly fond memories of his last playoff game. Not after leaking for four goals on 13 shots during a do-or-die Game 7 versus Montreal—an …
  • 2011 NHL Playoff PredictionsApril 13, 2011We thought we would post some of our emails that are going back and forth here at PenguinPoop about how we think the playoffs will go down.  We are doing this informally, so some of us are only talking about the first round Eastern Conference, while …
  • Gameday Poop: Game 1 – Pittsburgh Penguins VS Tampa Bay LightningApril 13, 2011Some people say Summer is the best season. Some say Spring or Fall.  My favorite season is hockey playoff season. The Penguins will be playing their first playoff game tonight in the Consol Energy Center and at the same time will be playing their fi…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff PredictionsApril 12, 2011The PenguinPoop prediction debate is on.  For the first time that I can remember one of our writers is saying they think the opposing team will win.  Some are saying  the Penguins are underdogs and some are saying they think the Pens fans think th…
  • Penguins Torch Thrashers 5-2April 11, 2011The Penguins wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena. It was the fourth straight win for the piping hot Pens, who enter the Stanley Cup playoffs on a roll.“We have had a great year, but we w…
  • It’s Official, The Penguins Will Be Playing Tampa Bay Lightning First RoundApril 9, 2011The Penguins start their quest for the Stanley Cup either Wednesday or Thursday night.  Philadelphia’s win tonight has assured the Penguins 4th place in the Eastern Conference regardless of how the Penguins do tomorrow in Atlanta.  The Penguins first…
  • Penguins Pay Back Islanders 4-3April 9, 2011Entering Friday night’s contest against the Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum, the Penguins had two goals. First and foremost, they needed a victory to clinch home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs and keep the heat on the Atlantic-…
  • Who Do the Pittsburgh Penguins Play Next Round?April 9, 2011Who will the Penguins end up playing next round? The Penguins will be playing a round of golf next.  GREAT SEASON PENS!  If they could do that great without Malkin & Crosby…  Look out next season.    Here is the Official NHL Schedule:  …
  • Win a PenguinPoop Hoodie Autographed by Brooks OrpikApril 8, 2011It’s week 4 of your chance to win autographed PenguinPoop shirts. This week is a size XL Black PenguinPoop hoodie autographed by Brooks Orpik. All enteries must be in by 11:49PM EST Thurday April 14th The winner will be announced Friday Apri…
  • When do the Pittsburgh Penguins Play next?April 7, 2011The Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning  Here is the Official NHL Schedule: Series tied 3-3 Home Wed, April 13 Pens won 3-0 Home Fri, April 15 Lightning won 5-1 Away Mon, April 18 Pens won 3-2   Awa…
  • Dupuis Nets Two as Penguins Defeat DevilsApril 6, 2011Pascal Dupuis scored two goals, including an empty-netter with a minute left to play, to pace the Penguins to a 4-2 victory over New Jersey. The win pulled the Pens to within a point of the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers and reestablished a three-poi…
  • Hockey World Saddened by the Loss of 23 Year Old Mandi SchwartzApril 5, 2011Sometimes, a story comes along that just writes itself and compels you to follow it. I was sitting around Sunday afternoon thinking about what inconsistency in the NHL to rant about in my next “Bombs Away” when I saw this come across my Twitter fee…
  • Video: New Penguins History Takes Every Last Second CommercialApril 5, 2011If this doesn’t get you ready for the playoffs, I don’t think you’ll ever be ready! (Detroit fans not included)
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with ex-Penguin Chris TamerApril 4, 2011I recently had the luck of catching up with ex-Pittsburgh Penguin defenseman Chris Tamer.  Some of the Pittsburgh fans who started following the Penguins after Sidney Crosby was drafted may not be familiar with him, but Chris was drafted 68th overal…
  • Penguins Rally Past Panthers 4-2April 3, 2011Buoyed by Brent Johnson’s 28-save performance and timely goals from Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Zbynek Michalek, and Craig Adams, the Penguins rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. The victory snapped…
  • Win a PenguinPoop t-shirt autographed by Arron AshamApril 1, 2011It’s week 3 of your chance to win autographed PenguinPoop shirts.  This week is a size Large PenguinPoop tshirt autographed by Arron Asham. All enteries must be in by 11:49PM EST Thurday April 7th    The winner will be announced Friday …
  • Lightning Zap Penguins 2-1April 1, 2011In what amounted to a dress rehearsal of their opening-round playoff series, the Penguins dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum. The victory pulled the Lightning to within three points of the Pens in the battle for…
  • Losing Dustin Jeffrey HurtsMarch 31, 2011Dustin Jeffrey didn’t anticipate being an important cog in the Penguins’ machine this season. Indeed, the 23-year-old center figured to spend the season at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, honing his skills. Little did the Pens realize Jeffrey’s game wa…
  • Matt Cooke, Todd Bertuzzi & the Mistake that is the NHL.March 30, 2011I wrote this piece just after the Matt Cooke suspension was assessed.  Unfortunately, my day jobs sometimes get in the way, I didn’t finish in a pertinent time frame.  Well, Todd Bertuzzi has opened the door for me to submit my thoughts again. T…
  • Penguins Fall to Philly 5-2March 30, 2011In a battle for Eastern Conference supremacy, the Flyers rallied from an early one-goal deficit to down the Penguins 5-2. The loss snapped the Pens’ four-game winning streak as they fell four points behind the front-running Flyers with five games to …
  • Penguins Defenseman Paul Martin’s Numbers Don’t Make the PointMarch 28, 2011The Pittsburgh Penguins  powerplay ranks 23rd in the league.  The Nashville Predators are the only other team in the league that currently holds a playoff spot with a worse powerplay.  This has been a problem all season and is in no way a reflectio…
  • Penguins Flatten Florida in ShootoutMarch 27, 2011Buoyed by a sensational 37-save effort by Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins overcame another sluggish start to edge the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. The victory established a new NHL record with four consecutive shootout wins. Although the Peng…
  • Streaking Penguins Dump the DevilsMarch 26, 2011Beating the nettlesome New Jersey Devils at their own game, the Penguins rode a 21-save shutout performance by Marc-Andre Fleury to a crisp 1-0 shootout victory over their Atlantic Division foes. The Pens’ third win in a row—all by shootout—narro…
  • Win a PenguinPoop T-shirt Autographed by Kris LetangMarch 25, 2011It’s week 2 of your chance to win autographed PenguinPoop shirts.  This week is a size Large PenguinPoop tshirt autographed by Kris Letang. All enteries must be in by 11:49PM EST Thurday March 31st.    The winner will be announced Friday A…
  • Kunitz Leads Penguins Past FlyersMarch 25, 2011Chris Kunitz beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winner during a shootout to pace the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. The win pulled the surging Pens to within four points of the Flyers in the race for Atlantic Division supremacy.    I…
  • Bombs Away:  No, Chara, I Didn’t Forget About YouMarch 24, 2011Just over two weeks ago, Mike Murphy handed down one of the biggest joke decisions in supplementary discipline when he decided that the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara should receive no fine or suspension for his hit the night before on the Canadiens’ Max Pacior…
  • Penguins History: Dave Schultz – If I Had A HammerMarch 23, 2011During the summer of 1977, popular enforcer Bob “Battleship” Kelly signed a free-agent deal with Chicago, leaving the Penguins without a protector. Although general manager Baz Bastien imported rugged players Colin Campbell, Bob Paradise, and Brian Spe…
  • Penguins Clip Red Wings in a ShootoutMarch 22, 2011It wasn’t the prettiest of wins–certainly not one Dan Bylsma and the Penguins’ coaching staff will use for instructional video. However, given the fact that the Pens triumphed in the Motor City after blowing a 4-0 second-period lead, they’ll gla…
  • NHL Policy Forces Mario and the Penguins to Employ a Matt CookeMarch 21, 2011The media can “spin” the problems of the NHL onto Mario Lemieux’s shoulders all they want, but when push comes to shove, the NHL will still be the one that needs to correct their problem, not Mario. Until the NHL fixes the problem of leaving players t…
  • Rangers Power Past PenguinsMarch 21, 2011Taking full advantage of overlapping third-period penalties, the Rangers rode a pair of power-play goals to a 5-2 victory over the Penguins before a sellout matinee crowd at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens, who outshot the Blueshirts 40-27 while …
  • NHL needs to adopt NBA playoff formatMarch 21, 2011With the addition of the expansion Nashville Predators in 1998, the NHL realigned  to a strictly geographic six-division structure (three per conference) and changed their playoff format to the top eight teams in each conference making the playoffs wi…
  • Win a PenguinPoop Hoodie Autographed by Maxime Talbot March 18, 2011Over the next 4 weeks we will be offering chances to win autographed PenguinPoop shirts.  First up is an size XL Black PenguinPoop Hoodie autographed by Maxime Talbot. All enteries must be in by 11:49PM EST Thurday March 24rd.     The winner …
  • Next Four Penguin Games – A Litmus TestMarch 17, 2011The play of the Penguins over the next four games should give us a very good idea of how they might fare in the playoffs.  Rangers and Devils at home, Red Wings and Flyers on the road.  Three playoff-bound teams and maybe four as the Devils are the h…
  • Sidney Crosby Skates Again… And More Good NewsMarch 17, 2011Sidney Crosby skated for the 3rd time in four days and even though each time has only been 15 minutes, he has been symptom free.  ” I know it’s going to take time. From the way I feel out there and not doing anything for two and a half months, you …
  • Sidney Crosby Skating Raises More Questions Than it Answers w/VideoMarch 14, 2011On Friday Bob McCown a radio guy up in Toronto said about Sidney Crosby: “Members of his family I’ve been told have suggested to Sid or maybe talking to Sid or trying to encourage Sid to consider retirement” he said that it was not Sid’s parents, and t…
  • Video:  PK Subban Tries to Take Off Rupp’s Head – No Penalty!March 12, 2011Surely everyone in Pittsburgh is familiar with PK Subban’s antics.  You remember the guy who purposely swung his leg out to trip Jordan Staal and had his skate blade go through the top of Staal’s foot.  This time Subban purposely swings his stick at…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with ex-Penguin Jason WoolleyMarch 10, 2011Jason Woolley had a front row seat to two of the weirder things that went on in the 90′s and sandwiched right in between he spent part of a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jason came to Pittsburgh along with Stu Barnes in a trade that sent Chris…
  • Penguins Coach Bylsma Deserves Jack Adams Award ConsiderationMarch 9, 2011The Pittsburgh Penguins have just awarded head coach Dan Bylsma a very well deserved 3 year contract extension. Bylsma has been keeping the 2010-2011 roller coaster ride of a season on steady course and it is about time he gets some accolades from the …
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Phil Pritchard and his Stanley Cup SecretsMarch 6, 2011I recently caught up with Phil Pritchard and he was telling me what the first thing Sidney Crosby wanted to do with the Stanley Cup on his day with the Cup.  You may know Phil from the credit card commercial where he is stuck in the airport with the …
  • Islanders Organization, Jack Capuano and Garth Snow Continue to Embarrass NHLMarch 3, 2011UPDATE:  On Friday, March 4, the NHL suspended Gilles for 10 games, and he will forfeit over $60,000 in salary.  Not one member of the Islanders organization accompanied him to his hearing in Toronto It has now been four weeks since the infamous P…
  • The Penguins Playoff Push starts tonightMarch 2, 2011To coin a phrase, today is the first day of the rest of the season.  Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, the Penguins will now focus on the final 18 games of the regular season and try to finish as high in the standings as they can.  T…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Trade Deadline DayFebruary 28, 2011PITTSBURGH PENGUINS MOVES: Ray Shero has said that the Pittsburgh Penguins have made no moves today. Todays Penguins Trade Rumors EX-Penguin Player Moves: Former Penguin goalie Ty Conklin has cleared waivers. Some Other Moves: Jason…
  • Taking a Shift with Brian DuffFebruary 27, 2011Unless you are not a hockey fan or have been living in Outer Mongolia for the past four years (and in either case, I’m not sure what you’re doing on this site), then you know Brian Duff as the host of the best hockey show on television, NHL Network…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Craig ButtonFebruary 25, 2011I had the luck of having a phone conversation with NHL on the Fly’s analyst Craig Button yesterday right after the Penguins traded for Alexei Kovalev.   I say luck because this time of year with all the trades going on Craig is an extremely busy pers…
  • Penguins trade for Kovalev puts Crosby’s return in doubtFebruary 24, 2011—————————>The Penguins today reacquired Alexi Kovalev today from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional 7th round pick in the 2011 entry draft.  The pick could change to a 6th round one if the Penguins advance beyond the first …
  • Could Kovalev be a Good Fit for the Penguins?February 23, 2011*Feb 24th, 2011:  The Penguins have just picked up Alexei Kovalev for a 7th round draft pick.  The big question now is whether Craig Adams will give up his number so we can bring back the AK27. There is a lot of talk right now about the Pens havin…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee talk with Lisa BowesFebruary 22, 2011I recently caught up with CTV Calgary’s Lisa Bowes.     Lisa Bowes is known through out Canada as the woman who broke barriers by becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for the National Women’s Hockey League, she is also know for the job she d…
  • Penguins Trade Goligoski to Dallas for Neal and Niskanen by the numbersFebruary 21, 2011Alex Goligoski has been traded to the Dallas Stars for winger James Neal  & defenseman Matt Niskanen.    This will probably be considered an immediate coo for Penguins GM Ray Shero, the proof will be in how Goligoski performs in the future….
  • Penguins fans will love James Neal as much as they will miss GoligoskiFebruary 21, 2011Today, Ray Shero pulled off another trade that is being touted by Dallas fans as highway robbery.  The Penguins sent crowd favorite defenseman, Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars for Left Winger, James Neal and Defenseman, Matt Niskanen.  Stars’ …
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins and Brad Richards, the Perfect MatchFebruary 19, 2011With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out, you may think the Penguins GM Ray Shero should waive the white flag and live to fight another day. I’m willing  to bet there is a locker room full of Penguins that would not agree with this sentiment. I also b…
  • Penguins possible trade acquisitions drying up while Shero waits on CrosbyFebruary 17, 2011Within the past week, three possible players the Penguins may have been targeting at the trade deadline have been plucked by other clubs, and in all three instances, the price was fairly low.  The least likely of the three to be acquired by the Pengui…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Bernie NichollsFebruary 16, 2011It’s not often you get to talk to a guy who has scored over 70 goals in one season in the NHL, after all there are only eight that have accomplished that feat.  It is not often you get to talk to a guy who has scored at least 150 points in one season…
  • Wheeling-Johnstown Nailers are Losing Players Left and RightFebruary 15, 2011The Wheeling Nailers have lost their last three games after winning 9 out of 10.   JLPens, from our PenguinPoop Johnstown office has filed this report: We had two games here (in Johnstown) over the weekend (the Nailers lost both).  Right now, Whe…
  • Lemieux Was Right to Tell the NHL Emperor He’s Wearing no ClothesFebruary 14, 2011The effect that a game like Friday night’s debacle will have on the NHL world, not just this year but in the future, is way more than the NHL executives are aware of. When the Disney executives, who just happen to be the owners of ESPN, look at the gam…
  • Mario Lemieux Makes Statement, Slams NHLFebruary 13, 2011Mario Lemieux just released a statement on the Pittsburgh Penguins website saying “If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.” and a bunch more.   The entire stat…
  • Penguins Bylsma could be suspended because of ref O’Halloran’s incompetenceFebruary 12, 2011Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma has been suspended by the NHL pending review because Penguins enforcer Eric Godard left the bench during an altercation. An altercation that would have never taken place had NHL referee #13 Dan O’Halloran did his job. A lit…
  • Penguins / Islanders Marred by Ugly Play and Horrible OfficiatingFebruary 11, 2011Wow, I haven’t witnessed this kind of thing since the North Stars skated Basil McRae and Shane Churla together.  Obviously, the Islanders had vengeance on their minds.  Unfortunately, the Pens gave them ample opportunity to extract revenge as they sp…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Stu Grimson the ‘Grim Reaper’February 10, 2011With all the recent Sidney Crosby concussion talk I thought it would be a good idea to head to Nashville Tennessee and talk with former NHL tough guy Stu Grimson. One of the toughest guys to ever lace them up in the NHL.  Stu ended up retiring a bi…
  • What will the Penguins do next?????February 8, 2011Now that Dave Molinari and Ecklund are done telling us exactly what the Penguins will not be doing, let toss out a few things my sources are telling me the Penguins may actually do. Due to the injuries that the Penguins have sustained this year …
  • Pens Lucky to Have Bylsma – Not BoudreauFebruary 8, 2011I am so glad that Dan Bylsma is the coach of the Penguins and not Pillsbury Dough Boy Bruce Boudreau.  He doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut when he should.  I’m guessing it’s because he is not very intelligent. We got a good look at Boudreau…
  • Bombs Away:  Caps Can’t Get Enough Of The PensFebruary 6, 2011The Pens and Caps is more than a rivalry, it has become a story of unrequited love.  Or obsession.  If we have learned nothing else about the Caps this season, especially through the eyes of 24/7, it’s that they have this non-stop focus on the Pens. …
  • Video: Pittsburgh Steelers Renegade Tribute at Penguins GameFebruary 5, 2011I have to admit we are very psyched about the Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl tomorrow and the game against the Washington Capitals at 12:30PM to kick the day off.    It is definitely in the back of our minds that the last time the Steelers won the S…
  • Jordan Staal Gets Time Served Because of Poor OfficiatingFebruary 2, 2011I can’t remember the last time I turned off a game on TV. Last night I was so pissed at this call that I turned the TV off and changed channels. TSN reported this morning that Jordan Staal was suspended for tonight’s game and has since then rescinded t…
  • Vandelay’s Coffee Talk with Dan MoriartyJanuary 27, 2011Sorry you have not heard from me in a while. Krundle has sent me on a special assignment doing interviews for PenguinPoop. Having never done and interview, I thought I would do my first interview with probably the best NHL interviewer out there,  Dan…
  • With Malkin & Crosby Out GM Ray Shero Can Scout the PenguinsJanuary 25, 2011I’ve never been much for the idiom “Is the glass half empty or full?”  The glass is always full, it’s just a matter of what’s in it. When the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice tonight for the third time in a row without the services of both Sidney Cro…
  • Bombs Away:  Star Players Starting Massive Protest of All Star GameJanuary 24, 2011I told you we had big news, a PenguinPoop exclusive!  What seemed like a few select players not participating in the All Star Game is turning into a massive effort to stand behind Crosby’s protest of the league’s weak stand on hits to the head by skip…
  • What’s Wrong With Malkin?January 21, 2011Or maybe, better yet, what does Malkin need to do, to get back to the form we expect from him?  I have to be honest, I don’t know the answer to this problem. I have a couple of theories that could contribute to his lackluster production, but no concre…
  • Bombs Away:  The Canadian Media Knows Everything About NothingJanuary 20, 2011The Canadian “mainstream media” knows all, it case you didn’t know.  Krundle thought he was an expert on concussions.  Little does he know that he was beat to that title weeks ago.  As soon it was announced that Crosby had a concussion following the…
  • Was Sidney Crosby’s Concussion Undiagnosed by Penguins Staff?January 18, 2011I’m an expert on Hockey Concussions. No, I’m not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. I also didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I did sustain a hockey concussion that warranted a few head staples and an overnight hospital stay and I’m very f…
  • Penguins Need to Spend Less Time in the Penalty BoxJanuary 14, 2011The Penguins have played 45 games this season.   They have played two with their full lineup.  They have still managed to hold a position near the top of the Eastern Conference.  Now that the Front Office has decided to keep us in the dark in regar…
  • Bombs Away:  The 3.5 Minute MeltdownJanuary 12, 2011(Note:  It happens to be a coincidence that “Bombs Away” is appearing for the first time with a post about a meltdown.  We’re trying to come up for a title for my mini-rants (kind of funny since I have a hard time writing anything very brief) and tha…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Trade RumorsJanuary 11, 2011We will keep updating this until the trade deadline:—————-February 28th We will be updating everything today from 10AM until 4PM on our: Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Trade Deadline Day page—————-February 28th If the Pengui…
  • Merry Christmas Evgeni Malkin!January 7, 2011Today is Christmas for those of the Eastern Orthodox churches, the Russians in particular stick close to this tradition.  Well, obviously I’m not considering last night’s loss a Christmas gift to Geno.  I’m talking about the bigger event that took pl…
  • Pittsburgh Penguins First Half of the Season ReportJanuary 6, 2011When the horn sounded at the end of last nights game, it marked the end of the first half of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins themselves have less than twenty four hours from the end of the first half last night ’til the start of …
  • Winter Classic is over, and I, for one, am gladJanuary 4, 2011The 2011 Winter Classic is in the books, and thankfully, it is time to get back to your regularly scheduled season.- Was anyone else wondering why they didn’t have the Stanley Cup presentation immediately after the game was over like they usually d…
  • PenguinPoop Photos: The Winter Classic a Weekend to Remember…January 3, 2011Sorry you haven’t heard from any of us over the weekend. We said we were going to party like rock stars and here is a photo blog of the proof. We made promises to certain people not to show all of the pictures, but here is what we were allowed to: U…

 

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