I’ll be honest. Jim Rutherford wasn’t my choice to succeed Ray Shero as the Penguins’ general manager back in the summer of 2014.
I’m not sure he was the Pens’ top choice, either. The club was considering associate GM Jason Botterill and analyst Pierre McGuire, among others, before JR emerged—seemingly from left field—to win the job.
Now? It [...]
The Penguins signed defenseman Olli Maatta to a six-year contract extension yesterday. The $24.5-million deal, which starts next season, will pay Maatta an average annual salary of $4.083 million through 2021-22.
A bold move for a team more noted for trading young players than developing them.
“It feels awesome,” Maatta told the Penguins web [...]
Here’s a look at how former Penguins have fared thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Saturday, February 20.
Ageless Jaromir Jagr leads the ex-Pens in points (43). James Neal tops the list in goals (21), with Jagr a close second (20). Jussi Jokinen paces the black-and-gold alum with 29 assists. Jarome Iginla has 17 goals, f [...]
Where have all the goals gone? A fair question. Especially in the wake of a wildly prolific stretch fueled by the incendiary production of superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.
Until recently the Penguins’ offense was really humming under Mike Sullivan. Then the injury bug bit hard. Eric Fehr went down during a wild 6-5 victory ove [...]
It isn’t the easiest thing to do. Improving a team through trades. Indeed, there’s a certain hit-or-miss quality about the process that comes with the turf. Kind of like panning for gold nuggets in a partially played-out stream, hoping to strike it rich.
Especially if your counterpart senses you’re itching to make a deal. Overplay your hand a [...]
Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Friday, January 22.
Lee Stempniak tops the list in points (34) and assists (22). James Neal leads the ex-Pens with 17 goals. Ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr has 15 goals and 32 points. Fellow future Hall-of-Famer Jarome Iginla has 13 goals [...]