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Penguins Sign Tom Sestito to a PTO

00ppfront In a low-risk effort to reinforce his star-studded squad with some muscle, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced on August 26 that he has invited heavyweight Tom Sestito to training camp on a tryout basis. There’s little doubt about what Sestito brings to the table. A third-round pick of Columbus in 2006, he’s skated in 137 NHL contests for th [...]

Penguins Update: Press Reset

00ppfront Suppose you’re out bowling with your buds and a pin falls on its own. What do you do? Press the reset button, of course. That’s what the Penguins need to do. Press reset. Bulldoze the previous 79 games of this turbulent and, at times, misbegotten season into the Mon and start over. Or, as the late Bob Johnson so eloquently put it after New Je [...]

Penguins Update: The Comeback Kid

pp0509 Amid the kerfuffle that has become our Pittsburgh Penguins, one player has stood out from the pack. A year after suffering a potential career-ending stroke, Kris Letang has returned with a vengeance. The former Norris Trophy candidate and Second Team NHL All-Star has piled up nine goals and 39 points (in 44 games)—the third-best points total [...]

Penguins Update: Car Bomb Returns

pp0499 Daniel Carcillo’s career has come full circle. When the two-time NHL penalty king signed a tryout contact with the Penguins on September 4, he returned to the organization that drafted him over a decade ago. “He’s played with a lot of different teams,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. “You wonder why that is. But at the same time, when [...]

Penguins Fall to Rangers 3-2 in OT

pp0476 Following their Game 7 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the New York Rangers had less than 48 hours to prepare for their series opener with the Penguins. By contrast, the black and gold were rested and relaxed following three days off. Perhaps a little too relaxed. While the Rangers showed surprising hop to open Game 1, the Pens [...]

Are the Penguins Jelling at the Right Time?

pp0461 Maybe it’s too early to ponder that question. There are a lot more games to be won before the Penguins can dream of hoisting the Stanley Cup. Yet there are reasons to believe. Remember Game 3, when the Pens were reeling from an overtime loss and Columbus had them in an early hole? Instead of folding like a cheap suit, our boys stung the Blue [...]

Penguins Dodge a Bullet

pp0445 At least one good thing resulted from the Penguins’ sloppy 4-3 overtime loss to archrival Philadelphia in the latest installment of the Commonwealth Cold War. The Flyers eliminated themselves as an opening-round opponent for the black and gold. Heck, if I were Flyers coach Craig Berube I would’ve kept goalie Ray Emery on the bench to start ov [...]

Penguins Update: Where Have You Gone Harry Z?

pp0443 When Penguins GM Ray Shero acquired Harry Zolnierczyk from Anaheim last summer for minor-league defenseman Alex Grant, I thought it was a terrific move. Given the departures of Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy, I figured “Dirty Harry” could fill an energy role on the third or fourth line, with the potential to put up Kennedy-type numbers. And he [...]

Is the Penguins’ Defense Good Enough?

pp0431 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 [...]

Penguins Update: Facing Flyers May Not Be Fun

00ppfront When the Penguins and Flyers resume the Commonwealth Cold War in Philadelphia on Thursday night, it’ll be the definitive case of two foes headed in opposite directions. While the Pens have zoomed to the top of the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers are off to a ghastly 1-6 start. Indeed, the Pens are firing on all cylinders while Philadelphia [...]


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