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PensBurgh 2 hours ago
Remembering a Penguins Moment: Chris Kunitz, oh no

Remembering a Penguins Moment: Chris Kunitz, oh no

Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Looking back on the time Chris Kunitz nearly sent Pittsburgh into a collective cardiac episode in the Stanley Cup Final. Watching the Colorado Avalanche close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 to capture the Stanley Cup on Sunday night brought back many memories. Much like the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2016, the Avalanche failed to close out the series on home ice in Game 5 and needed to complete the job on the road. They did just that with a 2-1 victory in Tampa Bay in similarly dominating fashion to what the Penguins did six...
PensBurgh 4 hours ago
Penguins angling to re-sign Casey DeSmith

Penguins angling to re-sign Casey DeSmith

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Could the backup goalie return to Pittsburgh? Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin have rightfully taken the spotlight when it comes to the Pittsburgh Penguins and their impending free agents. Two franchise stalwarts are seemingly at an impasse in contract negotiations as we inch closer to the start of unrestricted free agency. Another position that has flown under the radar, however, is that of the goaltender position, and more specifically, who will be second fiddle to Tristan Jarry come October. Since the 2017-18 season, Casey DeSmith has...
PensBurgh 17 hours ago
Penguins Survey: Do you think Letang and/or Malkin will re-sign?

Penguins Survey: Do you think Letang and/or Malkin will re-sign?

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Weigh in with your thoughts about how the Letang and Malkin negotiations will go Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Pittsburgh Penguins fans and fans across the country. To take the pulse of Pensburgh nation, please fill out the questions below. We’re interested to see what the internet thinks about the chances that Kris Letang re-signs...And can’t forget about Evgeni Malkin. Plus how does all of this really make you feel about the job that Ron Hextall is doing as...
PensBurgh 20 hours ago
Penguins unveil 2022 pre-season schedule

Penguins unveil 2022 pre-season schedule

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Pre-season action kicks off on September 25. As we wait to see whether or not Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2022-23 season, the team has announced their pre-season schedule. From the Penguins: The Penguins will open up their six-game pre-season schedule with two split-squad games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, September 25. A 1:00 PM contest will be played at PPG Paints Arena while a 7:00 PM tilt will be held at Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh’s pre-season schedule features...
PensBurgh Jun 30, 2022
NHL Mock Draft 2022: Pittsburgh Penguins select Ivan Miroshnichenko with No. 21 pick

NHL Mock Draft 2022: Pittsburgh Penguins select Ivan Miroshnichenko with No. 21 pick

We take a big swing with a big risk to try and get the Penguins a potential star forward Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? The Penguins have needs literally everywhere with their prospect depth chart, any direction would add a nice prospect. So in the 2022 SBN Mock Draft, we decided to take a big swing with a high-reward type of player, who comes with significant questions. Such a bold move could pay off handsomely but it could also amount to a total loss. At this point in the draft, why settle for “hitting a double” with a future middle-of-the-NHL-lineup player,...
PensBurgh Jun 29, 2022
Brian Burke on Letang and Malkin: “We should know I’m guessing in the next little bit”

Brian Burke on Letang and Malkin: “We should know I’m guessing in the next little bit”

Photo by Ryan Yorgen/NHLI via The Pens’ President of Hockey Operations gives an update on the negotiations with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin Lots of rumors and reports have been flying around the Pittsburgh Penguins regarding the ongoing negotiations with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. NHL free agency starts in just two weeks on July 13th and there was been very few updates from official sources. Brian Burke finally gave one today on the Jeff Marek show in one of the rare instances of someone with the team talking on the recod. “We want to sign both players...but...
PensBurgh Jun 29, 2022
What is your confidence level in Ron Hextall and the Penguins front office?

What is your confidence level in Ron Hextall and the Penguins front office?

Photo by Ryan Yorgen/NHLI via High? Low? None at all? Where is your brain at here? Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall is known for two things: Being extremely patient, and building a wall around any information getting out of his offices about his plans for his team. He seems to hate dealing with the media, doesn’t like talking, doesn’t tip his hand, and doesn’t like to make knee-jerk reaction moves. He is the antithesis of the Penguins’ previous general manager in almost every possible way. You only need to look at his transaction history from...
PensBurgh Jun 29, 2022
2022 NHL Draft preview: the Penguins could sure use some defenders

2022 NHL Draft preview: the Penguins could sure use some defenders

Photo by Chris Tanouye/ A look at which defenders might make sense for the Penguins at pick #21 As part of the meandering series of NHL draft previews on Pensburgh, here’s some of the previous work to get up to speed about the upcoming entry draft: -The NHL’s legendary 2003 draft class-Examining possible US National team products for Pittsburgh at pick 21-Logan Cooley is raising the bar for Western PA hockey players-Ron Hextall’s historical first round drafting tendencies-A decade review of when Pittsburgh hosted the 2012 NHL draft-The “higher risk, higher...
PensBurgh Jun 28, 2022
Kasper Bjorkqvist signs with Finnish team

Kasper Bjorkqvist signs with Finnish team

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Young Penguin forward heading to Europe for the next two years The list of potential players for the Penguins got a little smaller on Tuesday when Karpat from the Finnish hockey league announced they had signed Kasper Bjorkqvist to a two-year contract. ▪️ Lähes valmis kauppatieteiden kandidaatti ‍ ▪️ Koiranomistaja ▪️ Ravimies Tutustu tarkemmin #Kärpät-perheen tuoreimpaan jäseneen, Kasper Björkqvistiin! ➡️ https://t.co/5t51bEN7je pic.twitter.com/BkqGdqGgTp— Oulun Kärpät (@OulunKarpatFi) June...
PensBurgh Jun 28, 2022
NHL’s Buyout window opens soon, but don’t expect Penguins to use it

NHL’s Buyout window opens soon, but don’t expect Penguins to use it

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via It doesn’t make sense for any buyouts this year for the Penguins Now that the NHL season has concluded, it doesn’t take long for the off-season to kick into gear. The NHL draft begins next week on Thursday July 7th. A few days after that the free agent market opens on July 13th. Prior to those events is a way to clear salary cap space when the NHL’s first buyout window runs from July 1 to 5 p.m. on July 12. Players have to clear unconditional waivers before they can be bought out, so they may begin to show up on waivers as early as...
PensBurgh Jun 28, 2022
Pens Points: Hall of Fame class announced

Pens Points: Hall of Fame class announced

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ Alfie to the Hall, some old Penguins find new jobs, and the SBN mock draft begins Congrats to Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Alfredsson, Riikka Salimen and the late Herb Carnegie who will make up November’s class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. [NHL.com] Jaden Lindo was a Penguin draft pick whose playing career didn’t work out as plans, but is still making an impact in Pittsburgh off the ice. [Post Gazette] Another former Penguin, Eric Tangradi, has a new post-playing job as well as the head coach at Shady Side Academy....
PensBurgh Jun 27, 2022
Should the Penguins bring back the “RoboPen” logo?

Should the Penguins bring back the “RoboPen” logo?

Photo by Graig Abel/ An old logo seems to be growing in popularity, but should the team bring it back? Fans are going to start feeling the influence of the new owners of the Penguins sooner than later. Fenway Sports Group, are expected to start upgrading the in-game experience in Pittsburgh, most notably with a new video board in the near future. The new ownership could make a big splash aesthetically too, if they wanted. Hockey alternate jerseys are an ever-evolving area. In larger part because the league, team and jersey manufacturer wants to keep things fresh and...
PensBurgh Jun 27, 2022
Penguins Foundation distributes grant money to several local organizations

Penguins Foundation distributes grant money to several local organizations

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Nearly $900,000 in grant money was given out. The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation recently distributed nearly $900,000 in grant money, including the largest grant the organization has given out in its history. The grant money, totaling $887,060 was distributed to 61 local organizations, with the funding obtained via the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle held at Penguins home games during the past season. “Year after year, we are amazed by the generosity of Penguins fans and their remarkable support of the 50/50 Raffle presented by...
PensBurgh Jun 26, 2022
Pens Points: Summer time talks

Pens Points: Summer time talks

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Catching up on the latest news and notes around the Penguins and NHL for what could be the final day of the 2021-22 season Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight after the two-time defending champs dug deep to win on the road to keep their season alive on Friday night. A familiar face in Ondrej Palat played hero once again for Tampa. [NHL.com] Is it time for the Penguins to clear a path for playing time for Pierre-Olivier Joseph? [Post-Gazette] Best of luck to the Churchman (Kevin Czuczman), who spent 2017-21 in the Pittsburgh organization...
PensBurgh Jun 25, 2022
2021-22 Season in Review: Rickard Rakell

2021-22 Season in Review: Rickard Rakell

Rickard Rakell skates against the New York Rangers during Game 7 of the 2022 first round on May 15 at Madison Square Garden. | Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via The Penguins added one more winger to their 16-year experiment on “who should play on Sidney Crosby’s wing.” Vitals Player: Rickard RakellBorn: May 5, 1993 (Age 29, 28 during the season)Height: 6’ 1”Weight: 195 poundsHometown: Sundbyberg, SwedenShoots: RightDraft: 2011 NHL Draft, 1st Round (30th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks 2021-22 Statistics: 19 games played— 4 goals, 9 assists, 4 penalty...

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