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Penguins Update: Patsies No More

Rail-thin and timid as a kid, I often was the target of a neighborhood bully named Tommy S (I’ll withhold his last name). Beefier by far and a year or two older, he picked on me mercilessly, often causing me to retreat to the safety of my bedroom. During those moments of isolation and despair I became fixated on those old Dynamic Tension ads [...]

Penguins Update: Centers of Attention

What do Brian Boyle, David Desharnais, Sam Gagner, Martin Hanzal, Dominic Moore and Joe Thornton have in common? If you answered all were free-agent centers who recently signed with other NHL teams, you’d be correct. Indeed, the days slip by. And the list of external candidates to fill the Penguins’ vacant third-line center spot keeps dwindli [...]

Does Nail Yakupov Make Sense for the Penguins?

Note: A couple of hours after I posted this article, Yakupov signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche for $875,000. Talk about timing! Now that the first hectic days of free-agent season have passed, we’ve settled into the dog days of summer, when activity on the hockey front is scarce as a snowball floating down the Mon. Penguins G [...]

Penguins Update: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

All my bags are packed. I’m ready to go. I’m standin’ here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say goodbye. Folks of a certain generation will instantly recognize those lyrics as the opening to John Denver’s timeless classic, Leaving on a Jet Plane. I thought it a fitting sendoff to free agents Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey [...]

Penguins Free-Agent Bulletin Board

The first day of free agency was a busy one for the Penguins. General manager Jim Rutherford added six new players, including defenseman Matt Hunwick and goaltender Antti Niemi. Likewise, six players departed, including forwards Nick Bonino and Chris Kunitz and defensemen Trevor Daley and Ron Hainsey. Here’s a list of the Pens’ arrivals and d [...]

Penguins Update: Who’s Out There—Part II

On day two of my Who’s Out There feature, let’s take a look at defensemen and goalies. Defensemen Penguins GM Jim Rutherford stated last week that free-agent Trevor Daley held the key to his off-season plans for the defense. If Daley stuck with the black and gold, JR would sign restricted free agents Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz and a d [...]

            

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