For the past couple of seasons I’ve watched with increasing alarm as the Penguins have downsized (and defanged) in order to better fit Dan Bylsma’s “damn-the-torpedoes, full-steam-ahead” system.
It’s no secret that Bylsma’s approach is predicated on wearing the other team down with a relentless attack. While speed certainly is an asset in tod [...]
Let’s face it folks, we’re all here for basically the same reasons, we love not only the Penguins, but we love hockey. We love everything about hockey. We love hockey so much that we shell out inordinate amounts of our hard earned money to attend games, buy jerseys with our favorite player’s names on them, purchase Center [...]
This is by no means the end of the lockout. This is the starting point for serious negotiations. Finally. The league kept saying that it was on the PA to present an offer. I suspect that the NHL could have presented this offer in June or July and started the season on time, but hoped that the PA would crack. So don’t go celebrating [...]
So as not to ruin my 15 + year tradition of going to training camp, earlier this week I found myself bundled up in the ice arena at Southpointe at the NHLPA unofficial Pittsburgh practice. Normally, there’d be a table with representatives trying to sell tickets and handing out handy-dandy pocket schedules and a cheat sheet roster of the black [...]
It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Thanks to a pair of bold trades by Penguins GM Ray Shero at the Entry Draft that freed up millions in salary-cap space, the black and gold were supposed to be major players in the Zach Parise–Ryan Suter free-agent sweepstakes.
One could almost picture Parise working the give-and-go to perfection [...]