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Penguins Update: Rutherford Pulls Two Shockers

pp0514 Just when you thought it was safe to toss your old Ben Lovejoy jersey, GM Jim Rutherford pulled off two buzzer-beaters at the trade deadline. Seeking to improve the Penguins’ defense for the postseason, JR swapped rugged Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th-round pick in the upcoming draft to St. Louis for sturdy Ian Cole. He followed up by dealing tal [...]

Penguins Land Winnik

pp0513 Determined to get a jump on the March 2 trade deadline, GM Jim Rutherford moved boldly yesterday to reinforce the Penguins’ bottom six for a postseason run. JR dealt a fourth-round pick in 2015, a second-round pick in 2016, and rugged forward Zach Sill to Toronto for forward Daniel Winnik. The swap capped off prolonged negotiations between R [...]

Penguins Update: The Unsung Heroes

pp0512 It’s been a topsy-turvy season in Penguin-land to say the least. For starters, there’s a new coach and GM. Not to mention tons of personnel changes and the usual spate of injuries and illnesses to contend with. Even team captain and reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby hasn’t been immune, enduring an uncharacteristically epi [...]

Solution to Penguins Power-Play Woes: Shoooooot!

00ppfront I never played hockey. Can’t skate a lick. But even I know you have to shoot the puck to score. I wonder if the Penguins do? For all their wondrous talent, the Pens’ power play has morphed into a black hole where scoring chances go to die. There’s a reason our boys are 0-for-18 and counting with the man advantage. They don’t shoot the puck. N [...]

Penguins Update: Rutherford Proving His Worth

pp0511 Two seasons ago Ray Shero won the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award. Back then the Penguins’ mantra was “In Ray We Trust.” A confidence well-earned…until chronic playoff failures, salary-cap issues, and an uninspired season at the helm cost him his job. Could Shero’s successor win the award this year? Given the fact that the Pens may f [...]

Baby Pens Update: February 7, 2015

pp0510 Here are the stats for the 2014-15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins through February 6, 2015. The Baby Pens (25-18-1-3) are currently in second place in the AHL East Division with 54 points. (more…)

Penguins Update: The Comeback Kid

pp0509 Amid the kerfuffle that has become our Pittsburgh Penguins, one player has stood out from the pack. A year after suffering a potential career-ending stroke, Kris Letang has returned with a vengeance. The former Norris Trophy candidate and Second Team NHL All-Star has piled up nine goals and 39 points (in 44 games)—the third-best points total [...]

Penguins Update: Is Sid Still Super?

pp0508 Sidney Crosby’s on-ice achievements are truly awe-inspiring. Two Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Trophies, three Ted Lindsay/Lester Pearson Awards, and a Stanley Cup. Enough lesser trophies, all-star selections and awards to fill a small museum. Along with his stats—a staggering 821 points in 596 NHL games—they speak of a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. [...]

Penguins Update: Lapierre Deal a Step in the Right Direction

pp0507 At the risk of mimicking that annoying blue jay perched on a branch outside your window that just won’t shut up, I’m once more going to expound on my favorite hockey subject. The Penguins need to get bigger. Especially up front. In a hurry. Last week’s games were a case in point. After delivering a superhuman effort to beat an infinitely larg [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: All-Star Break

pp0506 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring at the NHL All-Star break. Stats include games played through Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (more…)

            

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