The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new left wing. Burning the midnight oil in the wake of last night’s 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay, general manager Jim Rutherford swapped underachieving forward David Perron and spare defenseman Adam Clendening to Anaheim for left wing Carl Hagelin.
Impetus for the deal? Struggling offenses and disappointing ov [...]
As our Penguins enter the second half on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture looking in, it’s safe to say the season hasn’t gone as planned.
Dreams of an offensive dynamo were dashed early on as a squad built to score goals struggled to produce under former coach Mike Johnston. Stars like Sidney Crosby experienced epic droug [...]
With a couple of days between games and nothing in particular to write about, I thought I’d compare the Penguins’ stats under new coach Mike Sullivan to those compiled under former skipper Mike Johnston.
While the impromptu analysis didn’t expose anything earth-shattering, it did reveal a few surprises.
First, the expected. Based on the numb [...]
After watching Chicago’s dynamic rookie Artemi Panarin shred our Penguins to the tune of four goals over the past two nights, the difference between the organizations became painfully apparent. The Blackhawks sign studs like the undrafted Panarin. We sign duds who struggle to score.
Indeed, last night’s ugly 3-1 defeat in the Windy City serv [...]
There must’ve been times early in his tenure as Penguins coach when Mike Sullivan wondered what he’d gotten himself into. Especially after watching his new charges fold up like a cheap suit during a dismal 6-2 loss to Boston on home ice a week before Christmas.
Fortunately for the Pens, “Sully” resisted the temptation to pack his bags and je [...]
It’s one of the golden rules. If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.
As our present Pittsburgh Penguins continue to reveal more flaws than a botched plastic surgery, it’s increasingly difficult for me to find positives to write about.
I suppose if you dig deep enough through the rubble of the team’s recent 3 [...]