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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 [...]

Penguins Update: The Unsung Heroes

pp0512 It’s been a topsy-turvy season in Penguin-land. For starters, there’s a new coach and GM. Not to mention tons of personnel changes and the usual spate of injuries and illnesses to contend with. Even team captain and reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby hasn’t been immune, enduring an uncharacteristically epic scoring drought [...]

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: When Push Comes to Shove

00ppfront Noted philosopher and poet George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There’s another famous quote, one uttered by hockey legend Conn Smythe. “If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice.” Don’t count the black and gold among the teams that subscribe to Smythe’s time-hon [...]

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 Free-Agent Update: Where’s the Beef?

pp0492 In the wake of Ray Shero’s dismissal in May, Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle repeatedly stressed the need to add more grit and character to their hockey team. On the first day of free agency new GM Jim Rutherford devised a novel approach for addressing that need. He let the Pens’ grit-and-character guys bolt. In a mass depa [...]

Penguins Update: A Requiem for Dan and Ray

pp0488 Somewhere Craig Patrick must be smiling. Not an arrogant, misery-loves-company smile. More of a rueful, knowing grin. Aside from Mario Lemieux, no one did more to save the Pittsburgh Penguins than Patrick. He literally dragged the franchise from the gutter of mediocrity in the early 1990s and willed it onto a championship course. However, fol [...]

Back to the Future: Penguins Hire Jim Rutherford

pp0487 When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded promising young goalie Jim Rutherford to Detroit back in 1974, nobody dreamed that one day he’d return as the team’s general manager. Yet there he was, standing at the CONSOL Energy Center podium on Friday, fielding questions about his new assignment as coolly as he once gloved opposing slap shots. Rutherfo [...]

Penguins Update: Something Fishy in the ‘Burgh

pp0486 Something smells fishy in the ‘Burgh. And it ain’t Wholey’s seafood market. Ever since the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday night, the local and national media reported that Dan Bylsma was out as Penguins coach. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, citing sources close to the team, indicated it wa [...]

End of an Era: Penguins Fire GM Ray Shero, not Coach Bylsma

pp0485 Ray Shero who has looked like a trading genius at times, a Stanley Cup winner and 2013 GM of the year was done in by his abysmal job with the draft, player development and the inability to secure ‘A’ list rental players to contracts. In Ray Shero’s 8 years of drafting players only 3 have played over a hundred games in the NH [...]

            

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