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Penguins Update: How Important is Building Through the Draft?

pp0516 A while back I read an article that downplayed the importance of building through the Entry Draft. I beg to differ. Developing young talent is the life blood of any hockey team. Fail to do so, and eventually your team will collapse like a house of cards. Ever since the Penguins won the Cup in 2009, they’ve used draft picks as fodder to trade [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: March 8, 2015

pp0515 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the NHL. Stats include games played through Saturday, March 7, 2015. Marian Hossa tops the ex-Pens in scoring with 48 points, while Jarome Iginla and James Neal lead the expatriate pack with 21 goals apiece. A number of former Pens changed teams at the trade deadline, including a [...]

Penguins Update: Rutherford Proving His Worth

pp0511 Two seasons ago Ray Shero won the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award. Back then the Penguins’ mantra was “In Ray We Trust.” A confidence well-earned…until chronic playoff failures, salary-cap issues, and an uninspired season at the helm cost him his job. Could Shero’s successor win the award this year? Given the fact that the Pens may f [...]

Penguins Update: Is Sid Still Super?

pp0508 Sidney Crosby’s on-ice achievements are truly awe-inspiring. Two Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Trophies, three Ted Lindsay/Lester Pearson Awards, and a Stanley Cup. Enough lesser trophies, all-star selections and awards to fill a small museum. Along with his stats—a staggering 821 points in 596 NHL games—they speak of a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: All-Star Break

pp0506 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring at the NHL All-Star break. Stats include games played through Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (more…)

Ex-Penguins Update: December 7, 2014

pp0503 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats include games played through Saturday, December 6, 2014. (more…)

Ex-Penguins Update: November 2, 2014

00ppfront Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats include games played through Saturday, November 1, 2014. (more…)

Penguins Report Card

00ppfront Few teams endured more upheaval over the summer than the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a shakeup of seismic proportions, the black and gold replaced their long-time coach and GM, allowed several key performers to depart through free-agency, and traded away a 40-goal man. It may have been worth it. While the 2014-15 NHL season is only a month old, t [...]

Penguins Update: Ivory Soap Defense Won’t Leave a Mark

pp0500 Back in the day, Ivory Soap boasted that it was so pure it wouldn’t leave a bathtub ring. As presently constructed the Penguins’ defense could make a similar claim. It won’t leave a mark. Losing rugged Robert Bortuzzo to injury certainly hasn’t helped. In his absence GM Jim Rutherford assembled a defense that’s built for the Autobahn, not NHL [...]

Penguins Update: Farewell to 44

pp0493 I’ll never forget the day then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick chose defenseman Brooks Orpik with the 18th overall pick at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Having been fed a steady diet of Robert Domes, Milan Krafts, and Konstantin Koltsovs the selection of Orpik signaled an abrupt change in the Pens’ drafting philosophy. “In the past, we haven’t emphasiz [...]

            

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