While we’re waiting to see if Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford pulls the trigger on any more deals, I thought it would be fun to glance back at the best (and worst) deadline trades in team history.
I’ll call ‘em doozies ‘n’ duds.
The best deadline deal of all-time? That’s easy. “The Trade.”
Given a mandate by Hartford owner Richard Gor [...]
I’ve surely used this lead-in before. But, at the risk of repeating myself, what a difference a week makes.
Why, following last Saturday night’s ugly 6-3 loss to Detroit the Penguins were sagging against the ropes and slipping in the standings. Losers of three in a row on the road—all by lopsided scores—there seemed to be definite cause for a [...]
It sure was great to see our Penguins trim New Jersey last night before a big holiday crowd at PPG Paints Arena. The black and gold seemed remarkably unfazed by the pasting they received only 24 hours earlier at the hands of red-hot Columbus.
Credit Mike Sullivan and the coaching staff for helping the team turn the page so quickly. The player [...]
The history of the Pittsburgh Penguins is filled with anomalies and precursors.
Consider, for example, the strange case involving three of the team’s brightest stars—Michel Briere, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby. If you add the uniform numbers of Briere (21) and Mario (66), it equals Sid’s 87.
Stuff like that.
Along those lines, the paths [...]
The goal was vintage Sidney Crosby.
As the second-period clock ticked under 30 seconds, the Penguins’ captain took a short pass in the neutral zone from Patric Hornqvist, turned and accelerated.
Displaying the exquisite blend of speed, balance and deceptive power that make him such a singular talent, No. 87 blew past Ondrej Palat, Anto [...]
When Ray Shero acquired Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at last season’s trade deadline it barely caused a stir. After all, the Pens’ GM had already amped our emotions to a fever pitch by trading for Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray.
These days Iginla, Morrow, and Murray are skating for other teams. And Jokinen? Heading int [...]