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PensBurgh May 7, 2019
Prioritizing the Penguins’ offseason

Prioritizing the Penguins’ offseason

No idea what the Penguins will do but I do have some thoughts on what they should do. I was doing a radio appearance in Omaha on Monday (everyone has playoff fever, baby!) and in the middle of the spot was asked for my thoughts on what the 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins will look like. Not going to lie, but I kind of froze for a second to think about it because I honestly have zero idea what to expect. That is amazing to me. I know what I think the team should look like (it should feature Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and probably Phil Kessel, too) if there is a serious desire to win another...
PensBurgh May 6, 2019
This day in Pens’ playoff history: Letang’s first playoff goal comes in overtime in 2009

This day in Pens’ playoff history: Letang’s first playoff goal comes in overtime in 2009

The Pens avoid a 3-0 series hole against the Capitals thanks to Kris Letang on this day in 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins May 6th all-time record: 2-3 Wins: Beat the Islanders 3-1 in Game 3 back in 1993, and as we’ll see below, took a 3-2 OT win at home against Washington. Losses: Lost 4-2 in 2017 to the Capitals, and 3-2 in 2010 to Montreal. Both of these were Game 3’s and the Pens fell in a 2-1 hole after both. Also lost 5-4 back in 1995 to the Capitals in Game 1 of that year. *** The game to highlight in today’s look back in Penguins’ playoff history takes us back to the magical year...
PensBurgh May 1, 2019
What key aspects Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel trade “rumors” and “reports” always get wrong

What key aspects Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel trade “rumors” and “reports” always get wrong

The Pens “could” trade Evgeni Malkin. They “could” do a lot of things every year. If it’s spring in Pittsburgh, PA and the Penguins haven’t won the Stanley Cup, you can set your watch to one thing. The Pirates being disappointments. Okay, so make that two things. The Buccos, and the media talking about the possibility of the Pens trading Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and/or Kris Letang. Malkin headlines over the years have ranged from the benign to the hypothetical to the flat out ridiculous — “I know what’s coming this summer” anyone? As Adam Gretz found some of the...
The Hockey Writers Apr 29, 2019

Kris Letang Personifies the Penguins’ Problems

After winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins have established a new streak; back-to-back early exits from the Stanley Cup playoffs and, with an aging core group of players, a revamped approach may be required to break this streak. Related: Sid For Selke? Crosby’s All-Around Game has Earned It While last […] The post Kris Letang Personifies the Penguins’ Problems appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
PensBurgh Apr 22, 2019
Pens Points: Looking For Solutions

Pens Points: Looking For Solutions

We look at Kris Letang’s criticism, analyze why Justin Schultz struggled this season, and try to figure out where the Penguins began to falter. All that and more in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Monday morning... Why is it that players like Kris Letang are the first ones to be criticized when things go south for the Penguins? [Pensburgh] Justin Schultz was not himself this season. His leg injury kept him off the ice for a large chunk of the campaign, but when Schultz was on the ice, his play was handicapped due to help he never received. [Pensburgh] Are Mike...
PensBurgh Apr 21, 2019
The oddity of grilling good players like Kris Letang when things go bad for the Penguins

The oddity of grilling good players like Kris Letang when things go bad for the Penguins

It’s strange, but good players end up taking the brunt of criticism when things go wrong One of the smartest people I’ve ever known once asked me probably the most laughable question I’ve ever heard. And I’ve run a major hockey blog for 10 years, so that’s saying something. Anyways, we were at a baseball game - a team-building initiative from a manager who had very, very little interpersonal skills, but still was a brilliant person. Ivy league, then MBA, the whole nine yards, just not a people person or well rounded outside of business . And definitely someone who knew nothing...
The Hockey Writers Apr 20, 2019

NHL Rumors: Holland, Yzerman, Penguins, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates in Detroit where the team made big changes. Steve Yzerman was hired as the new GM, but Ken Holland will be sticking around. What’s their plan both short-term and long-term? There are also reports the Pittsburgh Penguins might look at moving Kris Letang and/or Phil Kessel. What […] The post NHL Rumors: Holland, Yzerman, Penguins, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
The Hockey Writers Apr 19, 2019

Should the Oilers Consider Kris Letang?

After losing four games to the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a team about to make some significant changes. GM Jim Rutherford told media Thursday during a press conference: I wonder if there’s too many guys content with where they are at in their careers after winning a couple of Stanley Cups and […] The post Should the Oilers Consider Kris Letang? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
PensBurgh Apr 19, 2019
Pens Points: A Long Summer Awaits

Pens Points: A Long Summer Awaits

Penguins players clean out their lockers and meet with media before heading home for the long summer ahead of them. Everything you need to know from breakdown day can be found here in Pens Points. Instead of preparing for Game 5 of their first round series, the Penguins spent Thursday cleaning out lockers, talking to media, and saying their goodbyes as they head their separate ways for the long summer ahead. Through media interviews we got insight on injuries, some sassiness from Kris Letang, and an idea for what Jim Rutherford has planned this offseason. Start the holiday weekend off right...

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