Let’s go back in time. To Sunday, June 12, 2016. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Up 3-games-to-2 on the San Jose Sharks, our Pittsburgh Penguins had snatched a 1-0 first period lead on a power-play goal by Brian Dumoulin. Employing their withering puck-possession style to perfection, they dominated the first-period shot clock, 9-4.
Around this time last season, Penguins fans across North America (including yours truly) were all asking the same question.
What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby?
Despite the presence of super sniper Phil Kessel on his right flank, the Pens’ captain was off to the worst start of his career. He’d collected a paltry two goals and seven assists durin [...]
A month into the 2016-17 season, our Pittsburgh Penguins are in a good spot. The defending champs are perched atop the Metropolitan Division with a sparkling 6-2-1 record and 13 points—tied for third-most in the NHL overall.
With three wins in come-from-behind fashion, they continue to display the remarkable resilience that propelled them to [...]
He wasn’t the winningest general manager in Penguins history. Nor did his teams capture a Stanley Cup. Or even a division title. Yet Jack Riley was a pivotal figure through the Pens’ difficult early years. Thanks, in large part, to his perseverance and dedication, a foundation for future champions was formed.
Riley, who passed away on Wednes [...]
The Penguins re-signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year deal, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today.
Schultz, who made $3.9 million last season while splitting time between Edmonton and Pittsburgh, will earn $1.4 million during the coming season.
The bargain signing reinforces a Pens defense thinned by the departure of Ben Lo [...]
For our Pittsburgh Penguins, the first day of free agency was a far cry from last summer. Remember? When GM Jim Rutherford sent shock waves through the NHL by acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto as the centerpiece of a stunning six-player swap?
Of course, the team’s situation is as different as night and day, too. Last year the locals w [...]