The Penguins released their Protection List for the upcoming Expansion Draft.
Opting to protect eight skaters and a goalie, the black and gold shielded forwards Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz, and goalie Matt Murray.
Players in the first a [...]
With the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft just around the corner, I thought I’d take a stab at deciphering the rules and determining who the Penguins might protect and expose.
Teams must submit their list of protected players to the league by 5 PM (ET) this coming Saturday. The league’s new entry—the Las Vegas Golden Knights—will then announce its se [...]
I realize it’s awfully early to ponder our chances for next season. Heck, the sheen’s barely been smudged from the glittering silver surface of the newly captured Cup. However, since so many folks seem to be talking about it, I thought I’d risk appearing presumptuous and toss my two cents in.
Can the Penguins accomplish something that no bla [...]
“We could have clubs for the next eight or nine years like this.”
Venerable Eddie Johnston, then the Penguins’ senior advisor, uttered those words shortly after the team won the Stanley Cup back in 2009. How prophetic he was.
However, for the longest time—through an unending string of playoff disappointments—it seemed the promise of those day [...]
Buried deep within the Penguins’ glorious Game Five victory over the Predators on Thursday night is a most disturbing pattern. One I feel compelled to write about in hopes of dispelling any bad juju or lingering negative mojo.
Go back with me eight years, if you will, to June of 2009. Led by superstar Pavel Datsyuk and perennial Norris Trophy [...]
“He’s done three things tonight I’ve never seen him do before.”
Those words were uttered by good friend and Wright’s Gym member Dave Karpinski, shortly after Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby narrowly missed cashing in last night with an improbable, corkscrewing effort.
I readily agreed. It seemed to me Crosby was inventing a new move nearly [...]