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PensBurgh 2 hours ago

Sergei Plotnikov Really Wants to Play in the NHL

The new Penguins winger paid a cool half-mil to expat himself from the KHL. The Penguins set out to improve their top-six forwards this offseason. Phil Kessel is the big get. Days before trade talk centering on Kessel picked up steam, however, reports surfaced that the Penguins would be signing KHL defector Sergei Plotnikov once free agency opened up. Plotnikov signed a one-year ELC last Wednesday, one that carries some hefty performance bonuses. It's a good starter deal for a player who wanted to make his first trip to the NHL. Really wanted to, apparently. From Jason Mackey at...

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Beaver County Times 10 hours ago
Madden: With everyone on the right, who's left at left?

Madden: With everyone on the right, who's left at left?

Penguins coach Mike Johnston gave Mark Madden a run down of where he sees each winger playing. Madden does not think each is a great fit where currently slotted.
Beaver County Times Jul 5, 2015
Mueller: Pens' trade for Kessel ups the pressure, intrigue

Mueller: Pens' trade for Kessel ups the pressure, intrigue

With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, it’s fair to suggest that no team will dress more top end talent to start the 2015-16 season than the Penguins. That

Friday Fun and Games

The Penguins had 10 players earn a total of 33 fighting majors last season. The five players who accounted for 25 of them are now gone. How many of the 10 can you name?

Mirtle: With Kessel gone, biggest question for Leafs is who’s next?

With Phil Kessel traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, expect more deals from Toronto as the organization pushes to become a younger team and build through the draft to become a contender, a process that may take a while
Newark Star-Ledger Jul 2, 2015
Paul Martin thanks Ray Shero after leaving Pittsburgh Penguins

Paul Martin thanks Ray Shero after leaving Pittsburgh Penguins

Ex-Devils defenseman writes in The Players' Tribune

Johnston excited for top-six options

Penguins coach Mike Johnston can’t wait to tinker. Can you blame him? I talked to him earlier today about integrating Phil Kessel into the Penguins’ lineup, and he didn’t exactly bristle at the idea. “I like the options of our …

Podcast: Mackey on TribLive Radio

Earlier today I joined Ken Laird and Guy Junker to talk a little Phil Kessel and what the Penguins did on Wednesday. Hope you can listen. Here’s a link to the podcast. Be GRATEFUL to each other, Mackey
Beaver County Times Jul 1, 2015
Analysis: Penguins get their Phil in deal for Kessel

Analysis: Penguins get their Phil in deal for Kessel

Phil Kessel did not come cheaply, but Wednesday's deal only can be considered a win for the Penguins. Not only did they pull off the acquisition without giving up one their top defensive prospects in

Extras on Kessel trade

You’ll read more in Thursday’s Trib about the deal that landed Phil Kessel, but I thought I’d use this space to add some extras that didn’t make the print version, most notably the fact that Kessel was target No. 1 for …
Newark Star-Ledger Jul 1, 2015

Phil Kessel traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, per reports

Will Kessel skate on the first line with Sidney Crosby?
Beaver County Times Jul 1, 2015
Penguins start free agency by trading for Phil Kessel

Penguins start free agency by trading for Phil Kessel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Penguins gave stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin some help, acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday.
CSN Washington Jul 1, 2015

Penguins add high-scoring right wing in free agency

For weeks, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has been looking to pick up a top-line right wing. On Wednesday the Pittsburgh Penguins went out and did it.

July 1 Live Blog

11:33: Jason Mackey and I will be updating this blog post with news and notes all day long, so bookmark it. (Do people still bookmark things?) To start with, here’s the chart I’m operating from today. If you click on …
Beaver County Times Jun 30, 2015
Penguins miss out on Saad, could target FA Semin

Penguins miss out on Saad, could target FA Semin

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford will be working the phones and trying to lure in potential top-six forwards. He obviously couldn’t get to work on signing players until July 1, but that didn’t

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