7:13 AM EDT, Mon June 27, 2016

Draft blog

I’ll be updating this blog post periodically with observations from the draft floor: — A year ago at this time, the Penguins’ draft table was a tense place, what with the Phil Kessel trade on the horizon and all. So …
New York Post Jun 18, 2016

Penguins GM’s on-the-fly roster building a template for Rangers

A year ago at the top of Entry Draft week, Phil Kessel was a Maple Leaf, Nick Bonino a Duck and Carl Hagelin a Ranger. Which is to say that in a league in which trades have become tools of last resort, Gentleman Jim Rutherford was able to pull off three of them over the...
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 18, 2016

Steve Simmons is the chairman of the bored

From Steve Simmons to Ray Ferraro: taking the temperature of the excitement level in today's NHL. I can't remember a Stanley Cup Final less interesting than this one. — steve simmons (@simmonssteve) 7 June 2016 Steve Simmons posted that on June 6, as Pittsburgh beat the Sharks 3-1 and took a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. He's Steve Simmons, and no one should have been surprised that fans assumed he was getting at Phil Kessel, that he couldn't handle it that Kessel was winning and making him look foolish in his earlier criticisms, if a hit piece can be so dignified with that...

Islanders GM basically says goodbye to Kyle Okposo

Garth Snow wishes the talented forward nothing but the best.
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 17, 2016

Steve Simmons is the chairman of the bored

From Steve Simmons to Ray Ferraro: taking the temperature of the excitement level created by today's NHL. I can't remember a Stanley Cup Final less interesting than this one. — steve simmons (@simmonssteve) 7 June 2016 Steve Simmons posted that on June 6, as Pittsburgh beat the Sharks 3-1 and took a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. He's Steve Simmons, and no one should have been surprised that fans assumed he was getting at Phil Kessel, that he couldn't handle it that Kessel was winning and making him look foolish in his earlier criticisms, if a hit piece can be so dignified with...

Will Pavel Datsyuk leave Red Wings, NHL? We’ll find out Saturday

Many believe he wont play for Detroit in 2016-17.
PensBurgh Jun 16, 2016

Sidney Crosby narrowly edged out Phil Kessel for the Conn Smythe

It was an extremely tough call for the voters, according to TSN. Everybody loves Phil Kessel. (Well, except Toronto media; that might be debatable.) If you poll any team's fanbase - even those that are less than fond of the Pittsburgh Penguins - pretty much every single one will say they were extremely happy Kessel won. Combine that with his team-leading 22 points through 24 playoff games, and he seemed to be a lock for the Conn Smythe. That's what everyone was waiting for... ... only to hear Sidney Crosby's name called instead. Now, Crosby was still very deserving. It would have been...
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 15, 2016

HBK line praises Phil at Cup celebration

It seems like everyone in Pittsburgh has only great things to say about Kessel's contribution... At the Penguins Stanley Cup parade today Phil Kessel's line mates Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin made their speeches and they made a point to mention what a help the oft-maligned by Toronto media winger was to them: Nick Bonino: I just wanna say what a pleasure it was to play with the legend -- Phil Kessel" Carl Hagelin: It's a true honor, no one's better than Phil. Our own Acha now with the play by play: Phil is standing there in his penguins jersey and champions cap looking...
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 15, 2016

Phil Kessel bringing the cup to Toronto?

BBQ at Phil’s! This morning Phil Kessel was (unfortunately for him) on the Dean Blundell show on Fan590 in Toronto prior to the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Parade. Always a fan of the city of Toronto, even when things were at the bleakest for the Leafs, Phil keeps the city in a special place in his heart, and may make it the site of his special day: DB: Phil, what are your plans when you get your 24 hours with the Cup? PK: You know, I haven’t fully decided my plans. I have a lot of friends in Toronto. That’s kinda where I spent most of my time. I’d probably wind up bringing it...
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 15, 2016

Wednesday's FTB: Philsburgh, a PPP road trip

All aboard! We're going to Pensburgh for the day! Phil! — Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) July 21, 2013 ROAD TRIP! WE'RE GOING TO PENSBURGH! Today is the Stanley Cup Parade in Pittsburgh. To show our affection for PHIL! and how happy we are he finally won the Stanley Cup he has long deserved, we are joining our friends at Pensburgh for the day! Gather up your best PHIL GIF's, Steve Simmons jokes, and Brian Burke cheers, and head on over to Pensburgh!
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 14, 2016

Good Fun

In all seriousness, enjoy that Stanley Cup, Phil Kessel Start your afternoon with some Bruins humor. Here are all of the most moronic hot taeks about the Bruins that D.J. Bean can debunk in one sitting. WEEI The bad news? The Bruins didn’t make the playoffs. The good news? The team will not owe any bonuses, as they did to Jarome Iginla. WEEI View this gallery and read the brief blurbs about the Bruins top 14 prospects. Boston.com The Sharks’ 29th draft pick gained by the Bruins in the Martin Jones flip will not be an answer in itself, but will help bolster a possible trade package....
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 12, 2016

Phil!

The staff at PPP got together and had a love-in for Phil Kessel. Come and see what we love about him, miss about him and will never forget. Then tell us what you love about Phil! Phil Kessel shows the beauty and horror that lies at the heart of hockey in Toronto. The more that media hated him, the more a staunchly loyal set of fans loved him. He exposed the pettiness and resentment at the heart of hockey reporting even while he remained centered and certain, not bowing to pressures to change. He took himself to Pittsburgh, and with an excellent coach who understood his ability, he was...
Pension Plan Puppets Jun 12, 2016

PPP AD: Stanley Cup Final Game Six

Come one, come all, to the SCF ball. After a day like this one's been, a distraction is welcome, and the SCF is here to provide one. In Game Five, the Sharks staved off elimination with spectacular performance by Martin Jones; now they need a follow-up to push the series to seven.  The Penguins' relentless forward group remains one of the best shows on ice, so we can expect fireworks. If the Pens close out the Sharks tonight, you can expect the Conn Smythe to go to one of goalie Matt Murray, centre Sidney Crosby, or bearded sex god Phil Kessel, possibly depending on which of the three...
Phil Kessel an unlikely hero for the Penguins

Phil Kessel an unlikely hero for the Penguins

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion.
Fear The Fin Jun 10, 2016

Sharks vs. Penguins, Game 5: Logan Couture comes up large again

If the Sharks come back to win this series, it’ll largely be thanks to the stellar play of Martin Jones. The second player on the Sharks Conn Smythe short list has to be Logan Couture. He tallied three points on Thursday night to pad his large points lead this postseason and continues to drive play for San Jose. Barring a couple of incredible games from Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns or Phil Kessel it’s very likely Couture will finish with the most points in the 2016 postseason. He has nine goals and 20 assists, the latter of which is the most in the NHL during the second season. Beyond the...

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