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Penguins Try Everyman Approach: Add Goc and Stempniak

pp0440 What a difference a year makes. Eleven months ago Penguins fans were dancing in the streets following GM Ray Shero’s blockbuster deadline deals for Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray. And this season? Not so much. Shero tried to add some glitter. He vigorously pursued Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, only to be rebuffed. [...]

Penguins Update: A Tale of Two Cities

pp0439 Celebrated author Charles Dickens opened his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with the famous phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It sounds like he was describing the present state of Penguins hockey. On one hand, the Pens remain perched atop the leaderboard of a weak Eastern Conference. However, in the wake of [...]

Penguins Update: Prelude to the Playoffs?

pp0438 In the wake of Team USA’s heartbreaking loss to Team Canada on Friday, a buddy of mine shook his head and muttered, “The damn Penguins lost again.” His eyes widened as he caught his mistake, and he quickly corrected himself. But the analogy was made. He was right, too. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was watching a replay of our season-e [...]

Baby Penguins Update: February 19, 2014

00ppfront The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (28-19-2-3) presently are in fourth place in the AHL East Division, five points behind first-place Binghamton. Stats include games played through Tuesday, February 18, 2014. (more…)

Penguins Update: Miracle on Ice

00ppfront No game in hockey history packed as much drama—or carried greater significance—than Team USA’s timeless 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Indeed, Sports Illustrated magazine rated the “Miracle on Ice” as the top sporting event of the 20th Century. Waged on February 22, 1980 amid Cold War tensions, the contest [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: Olympic Break

pp0437 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring at the Olympic break. Stats include games played through Saturday, February 8, 2014. (more…)

Penguins Update: Get Well Soon Tanger

pp0436 Perhaps no player in recent memory has elevated passions around these parts more than Kris Letang. Ironic, given that the ultra-skilled Penguins defenseman generally is a soft-spoken guy who shuns the limelight and prefers to let his play on the ice do the talking. Now comes the truly shocking news that the 26-year-old has suffered a stroke. [...]

Penguins Answer the Bell

pp0435 It’s hard to say whether the Penguins have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. Conventional wisdom says GM Ray Shero has some holes to fill—especially on the third line. While the team’s championship pedigree may be in question, its heart and soul are not. The Penguins displayed plenty of both against a surprisingly spirited Buffalo squad a [...]

Penguins Update: The Juice is Loose

pp0434 When Ray Shero acquired Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at last season’s trade deadline it barely caused a stir. After all, the Pens’ GM had already amped our emotions to a fever pitch by trading for Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray. These days Iginla, Morrow, and Murray are skating for other teams. And Jokinen? Heading int [...]

Penguins Update: Too Many Vets Spoil the Stew

pp0433 As I watched the Penguins take one on the chin last night at the hands of the Dallas Stars, I couldn’t help but note that for the second time in the past four games the black and gold got lit up by a younger, faster, hungrier team. It made me wistful for the time when injuries forced the Penguins to dress some of their kids. Remember how it f [...]

            

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