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Penguins Update: Golden Knights Take Center Stage

cut (2) The NHL arrived in Sin City last night with predictable glitz and fanfare. The Vegas Golden Knights officially revealed their picks last night at the NHL Awards Show before a hometown throng at T-Mobile Arena. Under the direction of owner William Foley and general manager George McPhee, the Golden Knights plucked 30 players from their NHL bre [...]

Penguins Update: Farewell Flower

Image1 I grew up during a bygone era before salary caps and free agency, when our beloved sports heroes spent their entire careers with one team. How I wish it still were so. It broke my heart to hear Marc-Andre Fleury bid adieu to the ‘Burgh at a press conference last Thursday. “It’s been such a long time, a great ride,” said an emotional Fleury. “ [...]

Penguins Release Protection List

645413342_slide The Penguins released their Protection List for the upcoming Expansion Draft. Opting to protect eight skaters and a goalie, the black and gold shielded forwards Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz, and goalie Matt Murray. Players in the first a [...]

How Will the Expansion Draft Affect the Penguins?

695039614_slide With the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft just around the corner, I thought I’d take a stab at deciphering the rules and determining who the Penguins might protect and expose. Teams must submit their list of protected players to the league by 5 PM (ET) this coming Saturday. The league’s new entry—the Las Vegas Golden Knights—will then announce its se [...]

Cup Talk: Can the Penguins Three-peat?

695026558_slide I realize it’s awfully early to ponder our chances for next season. Heck, the sheen’s barely been smudged from the glittering silver surface of the newly captured Cup. However, since so many folks seem to be talking about it, I thought I’d risk appearing presumptuous and toss my two cents in. Can the Penguins accomplish something that no bla [...]

Hallelujah Hollywood: Penguins Repeat!

695024302_slide “We could have clubs for the next eight or nine years like this.” Venerable Eddie Johnston, then the Penguins’ senior advisor, uttered those words shortly after the team won the Stanley Cup back in 2009. How prophetic he was. However, for the longest time—through an unending string of playoff disappointments—it seemed the promise of those day [...]

            

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