When the Penguins took Mark Recchi in the fourth round of 1988 Entry Draft, it was hardly a lock he’d make the team, let alone go on to a Hall-of-Fame career.
Despite scoring 61 goals during his final season of junior hockey, he was passed over by the 21 NHL teams—including the Pens—not once, but three times.
Too small, the scouts whispered. [...]
What do Penguins Tom Kuhnhackl, Chad Ruhwedel and Scott Wilson have in common?
If you answered each has been a victim of an on-ice assault during the postseason, you’d be correct.
In Kuhnhackl’s case, Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert cross-checked the Pens’ winger with enough force to snap the shaft of his stick in half. Unsated by his initi [...]
I remember the incident like it was yesterday.
It was Tuesday, May 5, 1992. Game Two of the Patrick Division Finals. Fresh off a rousing come-from-behind conquest of Washington in the opening round of the playoffs, the Penguins had toppled the Rangers—Presidents’ Trophy winners—in Game One at Madison Square Garden.
They were up 1-0 in Game Tw [...]
Maybe my title—lifted from an old James Bond flick—isn’t politically correct. Especially given the heightened intrigue and tension present between east and west in our world today. But it sure was nice to see Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins’ lineup last night.
Like a giant Sukhoi Superjet swooping in from Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Internationa [...]
Back in mid-January, I suggested in one of my follow-up comments that the Penguins consider moving Chris Kunitz at the upcoming trade deadline.
To digress for a moment, I’ve been a huge Kunitz fan ever since he arrived from Anaheim in a trade for Ryan Whitney back in February 2009. They simply don’t come any tougher or grittier. Or classier, [...]
I always welcome the NHL All-Star break. It gives me a chance catch my breath. To pause and reflect on the first part of the season and to look ahead for things to come.
Last year at this time the Penguins were only beginning to coalesce. Carl Hagelin had just arrived. The kids, too. Justin Schultz was soon to follow. The HBK Line was still a [...]