The Penguins signed defenseman Olli Maatta to a six-year contract extension yesterday. The $24.5-million deal, which starts next season, will pay Maatta an average annual salary of $4.083 million through 2021-22.
A bold move for a team more noted for trading young players than developing them.
“It feels awesome,” Maatta told the Penguins web [...]
Poor Ben Lovejoy. He can’t seem to escape the eye of the storm. A year ago, the veteran defenseman’s arrival at the trade deadline created an unintended stir. Now his upper-body injury—apparently long-term in nature—threatens to do the same.
It’s hard to know exactly what moves Jim Rutherford had planned for the upcoming trade deadline. Conv [...]
Here’s a look at how former Penguins have fared thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Saturday, February 20.
Ageless Jaromir Jagr leads the ex-Pens in points (43). James Neal tops the list in goals (21), with Jagr a close second (20). Jussi Jokinen paces the black-and-gold alum with 29 assists. Jarome Iginla has 17 goals, f [...]
About a month ago I sat down to write a piece about a favorite bone of contention, the Penguins’ lack of size. Conor Sheary—just recalled from the Baby Pens—was going to be my focus. I tapped out a few lines and, feeling uninspired, pushed away from the keyboard. One of the very few times as a PenguinPoop blogger I’ve done that.
I’m so glad [...]
It was the prettiest goal scored by a Penguin in a long time. No, I’m not talking about Phil Kessel’s far-side laser from the right circle, although that one was nice, too.
I’m referring to Scott Wilson’s tally. The one that came at 16:26 of the second period to give the Penguins a pronounced spark and a little breathing room during last nigh [...]
Where have all the goals gone? A fair question. Especially in the wake of a wildly prolific stretch fueled by the incendiary production of superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.
Until recently the Penguins’ offense was really humming under Mike Sullivan. Then the injury bug bit hard. Eric Fehr went down during a wild 6-5 victory ove [...]