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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 [...]

Is the Penguins’ Defense Good Enough?

pp0431 Back in 1973 the Philadelphia Flyers drafted defenseman Larry Goodenough with their second-round pick. Cleverly nicknamed “Izzy,” Goodenough enjoyed some early success with Philly before fizzling later on. It made me think of the Penguins’ defense. As it’s currently constructed, is the black-and-gold blueline corps good enough to anchor a Sta [...]

Penguins History: Paul Baxter

pp0419 Few Penguins players past or present created more of a stir on the ice than Paul Gordon Baxter. A born-again Christian who embraced the spiritual principle that it’s better to give than receive, the Winnipeg native meted out enough punishment to merit an astronomical 2526 minutes in the sin bin over the course of his 13-year-pro-career. Baxte [...]

Penguins Update: Hot ‘n’ Not

pp0418 Here’s a quick glance at who’s hot (and who’s not) for the Penguins over their last ten games leading up to Saturday’s contest with Calgary. The Pens were 7-2-1 during that span. (more…)

Baby Pens Update: January 10, 2014

pp0417 The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-11-1-3) presently are in second place in the AHL East Division, three points behind Binghamton. Stats include games played through Thursday, January 9, 2014.   (more…)

Penguins Update: Time to Dial Back Fleury’s Starts?

pp0416 Through the first few months of the season Marc-Andre Fleury was a virtual brick wall in the Penguins’ net. Gone was the tentative, skittish goalie whose porous play last spring forced coach Dan Bylsma to turn the reins over to veteran Tomas Vokoun. In his place a new and improved No. 29 emerged—calm, cool, athletic as ever, and rock solid. L [...]

Penguins Update: Simon Sez…Despres Needs to Play

pp0415 There’s no denying it. The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoy a wealth of riches when it comes to defensemen. Thanks to the drafting and bold maneuvering of GM Ray Shero, the Pens can boast of no fewer than a dozen defensemen (counting prospect Scott Harrington) who could be skating a regular shift in the NHL. That’s enough to stock two teams. Of all [...]

            

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