I will be the first to admit that I was, almost to the last moment, against the Penguins trading for Phil Kessel. I am not going to be a hypocrite and act like I was an advocate all along because I wasn’t.
My concerns, for the most part, were not about Kessel being out of shape, or a poor character in the locker room. I did not like the [...]
Back in 1984 Wendy’s fast-food restaurant struck advertising gold with the catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?” The clever lament could apply to our recent Penguins squads, too.
According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, the Pens (with an average weight of 199.6 pounds) were the 25th heaviest team in the NHL to start the 2014-15 season. Th [...]
What’s the old saying? Desperate times call for desperate measures? In the wake of last season’s disappointing finish—not to mention the recent announcement that owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are looking to sell—the Penguins went all out to regain their luster.
In the biggest trade of the summer Pens GM Jim Rutherford sent [...]
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished the 2014-15 AHL regular season with a record of 45-24-7 under coach John Hynes, good for 97 points and second place in the East Division.
Rookie goalie Matt Murray led the league with 12 shutouts, a microscopic 1.58 goals-against average, and a sparkling .941 save percentage. Fellow rookie Conor She [...]
I was hoping against hope our Penguins would win Game 5 of their first-round series against the Rangers. If not for themselves, then for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
No one deserved a victory more. The willowy native of La belle province made 34 saves in a courageous performance that lit up the Madison Square Garden ice.
Alas, it wasn’t enough. [...]
Determined to even their series with the nettlesome New York Rangers, the Penguins played 60 minutes of passionate, playoff-style hockey last night at the CONSOL Energy Center. Actually, 63:14 to be exact.
Unfortunately, their best wasn’t good enough. Three-plus minutes into overtime Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes poked a loose puck past Marc-An [...]
In the wake of Saturday’s scintillating victory over the Rangers, I was afraid the Penguins might be too fired up for the start of Game 3. I envisioned one of those first periods where the Pens come out in a ball of fury and outshoot the opposition, say 17-3, but don’t score any goals. Then the other club gets a lucky bounce and it’s all down [...]
Jim Rutherford drew tons of criticism for his moves at the trade deadline. Clearly feeling the heat, the venerable GM felt compelled to defend the deals in an April 14 interview with Jason Mackey of the Tribune Review.
While promising Simon Despres may prove to be the fish that got away, JR partly redeemed himself by plucking Ian Cole from t [...]
Take that, New York.
After playing the patsy in Game 1 of their opening-round matchup with the Rangers, the Penguins shoved back on Saturday night. Harkening back to their glory days, the Pens overcame adversity—not to mention atrocious officiating—to beat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The pulse-pounding 4-3 victory snapped the Pens’ [...]
Here we go again, It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off against the New York Rangers for the eight playoff game in a row for the Penguins. Since the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy and they beat the Penguins last year, the NHL should just hand the series to the Rangers… Right?
We’ve put together an incredible g [...]