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Road Warrior Penguins Muzzle Canucks

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Not according to my admittedly flawed crystal ball. Starting with a physical clash with the revenge-minded Winnipeg Jets, the Penguins by all rights should be struggling on this road trip. Not thriving. Road weary, rather than road warriors. Instead, they’ve won five in a row to pull within a point of t [...]

Penguins Update: When the Goin’ Gets Tough…

…the tough get goin.’ At least according to the old adage. It’s crunch time for our Penguins…in more ways than one. Over the next eight days, the black and gold play a murderous stretch of five games. All on the road. Starting Wednesday night with the Winnipeg Jets. Yes, those Winnipeg Jets. The ones who kayoed star defenseman Justin S [...]

Penguins Update: Deadline Doozies ‘n’ Duds

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 [...]

From Russia with Love: Malkin Leads Penguins Assault

Maybe my title—lifted from an old James Bond flick—isn’t politically correct. Especially given the heightened intrigue and tension present between east and west in our world today. But it sure was nice to see Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins’ lineup last night. Like a giant Sukhoi Superjet swooping in from Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Internationa [...]

Penguins Playoff Update: Bonino a Go-to Guy

I was scanning the Penguins’ playoff scoring stats this morning and noticed some familiar names at the top of the list. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Nick Bonino, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang. Wait a minute. Nick Bonino? How’d he get in there? I must confess. After my initial excitement over the mid-summer trade that brought the former Boston [...]

Penguins Ink Maatta to Six-Year Pact

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 [...]

            

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