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Life on the Farm: Part II

Yesterday I examined the basic components of an NHL farm system—scouting, developmental teams and coaching. Today I’ll delve into the true lifeblood of any hockey team…the players. THE PLAYERS They say all men are created equal. I’m sorry to tell you, fellow Pens fans, that does not apply on a hockey rink. Men are not all equal in hockey abil [...]

Change…Here it Comes!

Change. It’s inevitable. Some of us embrace it. Others fear it. Many of us, just like the ostrich, bury our head in the sand and refuse to accept it, while still others argue adamantly against it. Whatever path we choose, we simply cannot stop it. Like the concept of time. You cannot stop that either. Change happens. Such is the case with our [...]

Penguins Update: The Sexy Seven

Who’s going to play third-line center? It’s been the hot-button topic for Penguins fans. Liable to be all summer, too, or at least until Pens GM Jim Rutherford makes a move. Last week we looked at some internal candidates. Today we’ll glance at potential trade options, or at least the ones who’ve churned through the rumor mill. For lack of a [...]

Does Nail Yakupov Make Sense for the Penguins?

Note: A couple of hours after I posted this article, Yakupov signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche for $875,000. Talk about timing! Now that the first hectic days of free-agent season have passed, we’ve settled into the dog days of summer, when activity on the hockey front is scarce as a snowball floating down the Mon. Penguins G [...]

Penguins Update: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

All my bags are packed. I’m ready to go. I’m standin’ here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say goodbye. Folks of a certain generation will instantly recognize those lyrics as the opening to John Denver’s timeless classic, Leaving on a Jet Plane. I thought it a fitting sendoff to free agents Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey [...]

Cup Talk: Can the Penguins Three-peat?

I realize it’s awfully early to ponder our chances for next season. Heck, the sheen’s barely been smudged from the glittering silver surface of the newly captured Cup. However, since so many folks seem to be talking about it, I thought I’d risk appearing presumptuous and toss my two cents in. Can the Penguins accomplish something that no bla [...]

            

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