For Penguins fans expecting a blockbuster, it must’ve been a disappointing day. Quiet, too. Aside from a pair of minor deals with Arizona, Pens GM Jim Rutherford was content to play the role of bystander. A far cry from last season, when he orchestrated two of the more shocking and controversial deals at the trade deadline.
As anticipated, th [...]
In an effort to bolster his injury-depleted defense, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford acquired Justin Schultz from Edmonton on Saturday for a third-round pick in the 2016 Entry Draft. The deal was announced following the Pens’ 4-1 victory over Winnipeg.
Skilled and mobile, the 25-year-old Schultz established a reputation for offensive flair [...]
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 [...]