During each of the past three seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins rocketed through March and April, only to pull an el foldo in the playoffs. This year Dan Bylsma’s crew seems to be trying a totally different approach—play as poorly as possible in the stretch run and hope to heat up in the postseason.
With a 5-4-2 record since the Olympic break, [...]
What a difference a year makes. Eleven months ago Penguins fans were dancing in the streets following GM Ray Shero’s blockbuster deadline deals for Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray.
And this season? Not so much.
Shero tried to add some glitter. He vigorously pursued Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, only to be rebuffed. [...]
Perhaps no player in recent memory has elevated passions around these parts more than Kris Letang. Ironic, given that the ultra-skilled Penguins defenseman generally is a soft-spoken guy who shuns the limelight and prefers to let his play on the ice do the talking.
Now comes the truly shocking news that the 26-year-old has suffered a stroke. [...]
Back in 1973 the Philadelphia Flyers drafted defenseman Larry Goodenough with their second-round pick. Cleverly nicknamed “Izzy,” Goodenough enjoyed some early success with Philly before fizzling later on.
It made me think of the Penguins’ defense. As it’s currently constructed, is the black-and-gold blueline corps good enough to anchor a Sta [...]
It didn’t take Penguins general manager Ray Shero long to wrap up his summer’s work. During the four short weeks that passed since the black and gold bowed to Boston in the Conference Finals, he resolved virtually all of the team’s looming personnel issues and laid the foundation for the upcoming campaign.
Here’s a quick review of Shero’s mov [...]
In March when Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had the Penguins rocking out a 12 game winning streak, you would have thought Christmas came early. Penguins GM Ray Shero started to bring in 4 new seasoned veterans to add to the Penguins already rich lineup. The Penguins brought in leadership, grit, skill & experience. Everything a coach could [...]
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in their worst scoring drought in a 10 game span in years and it’s getting worse. The Penguins have registered only 3 goals over the last three games and have just announced that their leading goal scorer over the last two years, James Neal, is out with a concussion.
Nobody can say for sure whether the elbo [...]
There’s a rather ominous Bible verse in the book of Hosea that warns, “… they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” While I may be guilty of taking this passage of scripture out of context, it sure seems like an apt description for what has been an exhilarating yet tumultuous couple of weeks for Penguins hockey.
On the plus [...]
Yesterday morning Ray Shero had eight active defensemen on his roster and one defenseman, Kris Letang, on Injured Reserve. In between then and now defenseman Simon Despres was returned to the WBS Penguins, Kris Letang was taken off IR, Robert Bortuzzo was sent down to the WBS Penguins for “conditioning assignment”, Kris Letang i [...]