Over the years, the Penguins have featured dozens of foreign-born players representing a virtual smorgasbord of nationalities.
Czechs, Finns, Germans (Tom Kuhnhackl), Italians (Nelson Debenedet), Latvians (Peter Skudra), Lithuanians (Darius Kasparaitis), Poles (Nick Harbaruk), Russians, South Koreans (Jim Paek), Slovaks, Swedes and Ukrainians [...]
Call me a “Nervous Nellie.” But when Tampa Bay rookie Adam Erne cruised down the slot unmolested and hammered the puck past Penguins goalie Matt Murray to break a scoreless tie early in the second period last night, I looked to the heavens and thought, here we go again.
After all, our guys haven’t exactly been lighting it up lately.
Thank go [...]
It was right around this time last season when the Penguins received a divine bit of inspiration, wrapped in the guise of a devastating injury.
Remember? March 11, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Evgeni Malkin was checked awkwardly into the end boards during second-period action by Blue Jackets bruiser Dalton Prout and came away favorin [...]
I hope last night’s 4-1 loss to Chicago at the United Center wasn’t somehow symbolic. Like in the Miss America pageant, when last year’s honoree hands her crown to the latest winner.
Unfortunately, that’s what it felt like. A changing of the guard…or passing of the Cup, if you will. The King is dead, Long live the King.
Talk about two teams [...]
Laboring under the mistaken assumption that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford stood pat at the trade deadline, I started to compose a piece for PenguinPoop based on Kenny Rogers C&W classic, The Gambler.
The one where he sings, “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”
I was convinced JR had held ’ [...]
While we’re waiting to see if Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford pulls the trigger on any more deals, I thought it would be fun to glance back at the best (and worst) deadline trades in team history.
I’ll call ‘em doozies ‘n’ duds.
The best deadline deal of all-time? That’s easy. “The Trade.”
Given a mandate by Hartford owner Richard Gor [...]