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Penguins Update: Youth is Served…or Vice Versa

Why, it’s getting to be a regular routine. Each year around this time, the Penguins dip into their farm system and pluck out a youthful nugget or two to spice up the mix. In 2016, they mined a veritable bonanza of kid forwards, not to mention goalie Matt Murray. Last season? Mid-season call-up Jake Guentzel lit up scoreboards around the leagu [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: February 11, 2018

Here’s a look at how former Penguins are doing around the NHL. Stats are updated for games played through February 10. Vegas forwards David Perron and James Neal top the scoring list with 49 and 37 points, respectively. Jordan Staal of Carolina is next with 33 points. The Kings’ Jake Muzzin leads the defensemen with 32 points, six ahead of Ar [...]

Penguins Update: Dear Prudence

The actual title of my article was going to be, Sometimes the Best Trades Are the Ones You Don’t Make. Since it’s a bit long and unwieldy, I figured I’d borrow my title from an old Beatles tune and call it Dear Prudence. I liked my new title so much I decided to look up prudence in the dictionary. Merriman-Webster defines it as 1) the ability [...]

Penguins History: Remembering Jags

When I learned Jaromir Jagr had passed through waivers last week and returned to his native Czech Republic—effectively ending his NHL career—I started to tap out some memories as a comment to an earlier post. As the recollections came flooding back, I decided to pull my comments and honor ‘Jags’ with a full-blown post. My timing’s a bit off, [...]

Penguins Make Me Believe (Again)

I admit. A month ago, I wouldn’t have given a plugged nickel for the Penguins’ chances of making the playoffs, let alone making any significant noise if they got there. After logging so many hard miles over the past couple of seasons, it truly appeared as if our boys were running on fumes. They’d simply played too much high-stakes hockey, cra [...]

Penguins History: When Durby and Battleship Ruled

I was going about my business last Tuesday when a good friend, Tom Blanciak, reminded me that it was the 44th anniversary of one of the most epic games in Penguins history. Given that it’s All-Star weekend and there isn’t a whole lot to write about, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane. So step into the WABAC Machine with me and enjoy t [...]

            

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