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Life on the Farm: Part II

Yesterday I examined the basic components of an NHL farm system—scouting, developmental teams and coaching. Today I’ll delve into the true lifeblood of any hockey team…the players. THE PLAYERS They say all men are created equal. I’m sorry to tell you, fellow Pens fans, that does not apply on a hockey rink. Men are not all equal in hockey abil [...]

Penguins Update: Patsies No More

Rail-thin and timid as a kid, I often was the target of a neighborhood bully named Tommy S (I’ll withhold his last name). Beefier by far and a year or two older, he picked on me mercilessly, often causing me to retreat to the safety of my bedroom. During those moments of isolation and despair I became fixated on those old Dynamic Tension ads [...]

After the Black Friday of FA comes paying the bills of reality

Let me first say thanks to Rick and Phil for inviting me to write here on PenguinPoop. Hopefully, when I do contribute, I can at least maintain the quality of what they have always brought us. Rick Buker recently called July 1st the “Black Friday” of free agency. Rick, I think that was a pretty accurate allusion. As I read that little quip of [...]

Penguins Muscle Up, Acquire Ryan Reaves

Say this about Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. He ain’t afraid to be bold. A fortnight after hinting at reinforcing his quicksilver Cup-winners with a much-needed physical presence, JR backed up his words with deeds. Upset with the way foes took liberties with his players—Sidney Crosby in particular—with little-to-no protection from [...]

Penguins Update: Farewell Flower

I grew up during a bygone era before salary caps and free agency, when our beloved sports heroes spent their entire careers with one team. How I wish it still were so. It broke my heart to hear Marc-Andre Fleury bid adieu to the ‘Burgh at a press conference last Thursday. “It’s been such a long time, a great ride,” said an emotional Fleury. “ [...]

Penguins Release Protection List

The Penguins released their Protection List for the upcoming Expansion Draft. Opting to protect eight skaters and a goalie, the black and gold shielded forwards Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz, and goalie Matt Murray. Players in the first a [...]

            

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