With the first day of NHL free agency rapidly approaching, I thought I’d evaluate the Penguins potential needs and see who’s available.
First, let’s look at the forwards.
Nick Bonino and veteran Matt Cullen are set to become free agents on July 1, potentially leaving the black and gold with a gaping hole down the middle.
Bonino, who [...]
When the Penguins took Mark Recchi in the fourth round of 1988 Entry Draft, it was hardly a lock he’d make the team, let alone go on to a Hall-of-Fame career.
Despite scoring 61 goals during his final season of junior hockey, he was passed over by the 21 NHL teams—including the Pens—not once, but three times.
Too small, the scouts whispered. [...]
General manager Jim Rutherford and the scouting staff added six new players to the Penguins’ fold yesterday at the NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.
With the 51st overall pick—acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Reaves deal—the Pens selected defenseman Zachary Lauzon from Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Although a bit unders [...]
Say this about Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. He ain’t afraid to be bold.
A fortnight after hinting at reinforcing his quicksilver Cup-winners with a much-needed physical presence, JR backed up his words with deeds.
Upset with the way foes took liberties with his players—Sidney Crosby in particular—with little-to-no protection from [...]
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 [...]
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. “ [...]