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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 [...]

Penguins Update: Love for the Reverend

pp0545 It ranks among the most unpopular—and controversial—deals in recent Penguins history. To such an extent that GM Jim Rutherford felt compelled to absolve himself of sole responsibility, stating that a push for the trade came from above. An organizational decision. Heck, JR stopped just short of calling the swap a mistake. Yes, I’m refer [...]

Penguins Stun Capitals 3-1

pp0541 A springboard game. That’s what NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire called Wednesday’s impressive 3-1 Penguins victory over a very good Capitals team on the road. Pierre may be right. A hockey team in search of an identity may have, indeed, found one. It wasn’t so much that the Penguins won as how they won. After failing to convert on an extended 5 [...]

Penguins Update: The Farnham (and Bailey) Circus

pp0540 Yesterday was a sad day for Penguins fans who like a little mustard on their hot dog. Bobby Farnham, the crowd-pleasing buzz-saw with the enormous heart, was claimed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. The move was more symbolic than anything. The modestly skilled marauder wasn’t going to be an effective player for the Pens. Not with pacifi [...]

Baby Pens Update: October 25, 2015

00ppfront The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are off to a fast start under new coach Mike Sullivan. Including games played through Saturday, October 24, the Baby Pens are tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 5-1-0. They’ve scored 22 goals and allowed an even dozen. Goalie Matt Murray, who earned First-Team AHL All-Star honors [...]

Penguins Update: Decline of a Champion

pp0539 To everything there is a season. While it may seem odd to open a blog post with a Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1), it is appropriate. Everything in our world runs in cycles. The four seasons, for example. Winter, spring, summer, and fall. A time to plant and a time to harvest. The same holds true for hockey teams. They run in cycles, too. Ther [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: October 18, 2015

pp0538 Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Saturday, October 17. (more…)


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