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Penguins Update: Old-Time Hockey

pp0548 It wasn’t a fancy pass. Or a sizzling shot. Or even a dazzling one-on-one move. On the contrary, the pivotal play of last night’s 2-1 Penguins loss to Columbus occurred midway through the second period when Blue Jackets villain Scott Hartnell barged into the slot and flattened glamour boy Beau Bennett. A red-alert scramble ensued. The free-f [...]

Penguins Johnston Shows Character

pp0547 Few jobs in professional sports come with more pressure—and less security—than coaching in the National Hockey League. Indeed, the average tenure of an NHL head coach is 2.4 years, according to a 2014 study published by Peter Tanner on FiveThirtyEight. Coaching our Penguins? Given the expectations that throb like an extended hangover in the [...]

Penguins Update: Flower in Full Bloom

pp0546 From the moment he first skated onto an NHL rink as a callow 19-year-old, Marc-Andre Fleury flashed the extraordinary flexibility and cat-like reflexes that had pro scouts drooling. Attributes that encouraged then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick—seeking a franchise goalie—to trade up in the 2003 Entry Draft to take the Cape Breton marvel No. 1 over [...]

Penguins Update: The Sprong Conundrum

pp0543 It’s the white elephant in the Penguins’ dressing room. What to do with Daniel Sprong. Keep him? Or send him back to the Quebec League for another year of seasoning. Financial and contractual considerations loom large. If the speedy 6’0″ 180-pounder plays two more games, it’ll lop a year off his entry contract. If he skates in 40 [...]

Penguins Update: Fehr Deal

pp0542 It sure was nice to watch forward Eric Fehr make his black-and-gold debut Saturday night. The Winkler, Alberta native didn’t disappoint, notching a goal and an assist to propel the Penguins to a 4-0 victory over Toronto. A key free-agent pick up, Fehr missed the first 10 games of the campaign due to off-season elbow surgery. Initially expect [...]

Penguins Update: Love for the Reverend

pp0545 It ranks among the most unpopular—and controversial—deals in recent Penguins history. To such an extent that GM Jim Rutherford felt compelled to absolve himself of sole responsibility, stating that a push for the trade came from above. An organizational decision. Heck, JR stopped just short of calling the swap a mistake. Yes, I’m refer [...]

            

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