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PensBurgh 3 hours ago
NHL Trade Rumors: Does Phil Kessel actually want to go to Arizona?

NHL Trade Rumors: Does Phil Kessel actually want to go to Arizona?

More reporting that Phil is going to stand his contractual ground New day, new Phil Kessel drama. And today it’s Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet weighing in with his 31 Thoughts column and it sheds new light and perspective on the latest in Pittsburgh’s effort to trade him. Here’s my sense of what’s going on with Phil Kessel: he vetoed a trade to Minnesota and the story is out because both teams are unhappy. He cannot be traded to the Wild without specific approval, and, if you know Kessel, you know he will stand up for his rights no matter what anyone else thinks. The fact it got...
PensBurgh 10 hours ago
Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 Free Agency: Projections for Aston-Reese, Blueger Pettersson

Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 Free Agency: Projections for Aston-Reese, Blueger Pettersson

A look at how much it might cost to re-sign the Penguins’ 2019 restricted free agents We interrupt your regularly scheduled Phil Kessel trade watch 2k19 to change gears and talk something new. Namely, the restricted free agents this summer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens have three restricted free agents of note: forwards Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger to go along with defenseman Marcus Pettersson. Down the list, they also have Adam Johnson and Juuso Riikola among a couple lesser minor league impending RFA’s. As a very basic and general reminder: in hockey the teams have...
PensBurgh May 24, 2019
TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Phil Kessel: “He’s getting traded, just a matter of where and when.”

TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Phil Kessel: “He’s getting traded, just a matter of where and when.”

Will Phil be stubborn or relent this off-season as the Penguins look to trade him? TSN’s Bob McKenzie gave his take on the ongoing Pittsburgh Penguins’ rumors surrounding star winger Phil Kessel. You can hear it here: THE KESSEL RUN: @TSNBobMcKenzie on @LeafsLunch1050 examining the likelihood of Phil Kessel being traded by the Penguins and the speculation surrounding his eight-team exception list https://t.co/4kMphLip2H #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/3Ox8jyppiM— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) May 24, 2019 McKenzie was very blunt to open his commentary and analysis on Phil Kessel. “He’s...
PensBurgh May 24, 2019
Penguins trade rumors: Phil Kessel’s partial no trade clause standing in Pittsburgh’s way

Penguins trade rumors: Phil Kessel’s partial no trade clause standing in Pittsburgh’s way

The star winger can refuse a trade to 23 teams and probably will do so, as the Pens found out when they tried to trade him to Minnesota this week As astute and long-time Pensburgh readers are no doubt aware, one of the biggest reasons this blog has been anti-trade Phil Kessel isn’t just because it’s difficult to replace such a productive winger that performs as well consistently as Phil does. Even though that is plenty good a reason to start with. Beyond that, the same way the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Phil Kessel for only two assets of value (then prospect Kasperi Kapanen plus a...
PensBurgh May 24, 2019
2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Garrett Wilson

2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Garrett Wilson

The Penguins winger was just kind of there on the team this year. Vitals Player: Garrett Wilson Born: March 16th, 1991 (28 years old) Height: 6’2” Weight: 199 lbs Birthplace: Barrie, ON Position: LW Shoots: Left Draft: 107th overall, 4th Round, 2009 by the Florida Panthers Contract status: Pending unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019 Regular Season History After only logging 5 games for the Panthers between 2013 and 2015, he played in 29 games for Florida without scoring a point in 2015-16. 31 and 42 point seasons in back-to-back seasons for the Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins in...
Sportsnet.ca May 23, 2019
Report: Jacques Martin to stay with Penguins as assistant coach

Report: Jacques Martin to stay with Penguins as assistant coach

Veteran NHL coach Jacques Martin will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins after being passed over for two head coaching positions, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports is reporting. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
PensBurgh May 23, 2019
Would the Penguins get good value by trading Phil Kessel to Minnesota?

Would the Penguins get good value by trading Phil Kessel to Minnesota?

With a potential deal on the table, what would the value in a return look like? When analyzing trades (or potential trades), often people will want to know one thing. Who won the trade? It’s not uncommon for people to try and award a winner just five minutes after the ink is dry on the paperwork. In the terms of the potential Phil Kessel/Jack Johnson trade on the table with the Minnesota Wild, it’s not unreasonable to see it as a wash of sorts. Want to see something weird? The NHL trade machine has the Kessel-Johnson for Zucker-Rask trade as dead even.https://t.co/Uv559Sw0Mp...
Hockey Wilderness May 23, 2019
Trade Watch: Kessel for Zucker?

Trade Watch: Kessel for Zucker?

The Penguins and Wild are talking trade — does it make sense? An otherwise slow Wild news day was thrown for a bit of a loop when Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ beat at The Athletic posted this: The Penguins and Wild are talking trade. Read about it here: https://t.co/5N8PhuwHv7— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 23, 2019 The discussion is as follows: The Wild would receive: Phil Kessel, and potentially Jack Johnson The Penguins would receive: Jason Zucker, and potentially Victor Rask. The potential pros for the Wild here are pretty numerous. Kessel has been nearly a...
Sportsnet.ca May 23, 2019
Report: Penguins, Wild discussing trade involving Phil Kessel

Report: Penguins, Wild discussing trade involving Phil Kessel

Pittsburgh Penguins star Phil Kessel has been traded twice during his NHL career and this off-season could see it happen a third time, according to reports. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
PensBurgh May 23, 2019
Report: Penguins and Wild discussing trade involving Phil Kessel

Report: Penguins and Wild discussing trade involving Phil Kessel

Is Phil Minnesota bound? Seems like it The Athletic writers Michael Russo and Josh Yohe have reported serious, serious negotiations between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild which would send star forward Phil Kessel away from the Pens. The Penguins and Wild are in trade talks. Phil Kessel is front and center. Read about it here: https://t.co/5N8PhuwHv7— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 23, 2019 Penguins, #mnwild in trade talks surrounding Phil Kessel. @JoshYohe_PGH has confirmed what I reported Tuesday about potential Jason Zucker-Victor Rask for Kessel-Jack Johnson swap....
PensBurgh May 23, 2019
Penguins re-sign defenseman Chad Ruhwedel for two years, $700,000 per season

Penguins re-sign defenseman Chad Ruhwedel for two years, $700,000 per season

The Pens keep a depth defenseman for pretty cheap! The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken care of a depth issue keeping Chad Ruhwedel in the fold for two more years. From the team: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal runs through the 2020-21 season and has an average annual value of $700,000. ”Chad has exemplified what it means to be a team player the past two years,” said general manager Jim Rutherford. “His work ethic and conditioning have...
PensBurgh May 23, 2019
What is your ideal plan for the Penguins’ offseason?

What is your ideal plan for the Penguins’ offseason?

So many ways to go this summer for the Pens Josh Yohe at The Athletic offered his suggestions for the Pittsburgh Penguins offseason and it was such a good idea, well, it’s only natural to put a spin on it. Everyone has a million ideas and takes on how to proceed, here is what advice we would offer. #1 Revamp the coaching staff Relax, Mike Sullivan isn’t going anywhere. But perhaps it’s time to freshen up the other voices on the staff and for the team. Jacques Martin has been around in Pittsburgh for three different head coaches and since 2013. He didn’t get the nods for the head...
PensBurgh May 23, 2019
2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Evgeni Malkin

2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Evgeni Malkin

It was a season of frustration for the Penguins Russian bear. Vitals Player: Evgeni Malkin Born: July 31, 1986 (32 years old) Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 195 pounds Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia (USSR) Position: Center Shoots: Left Draft: 2004 PIT, 1st Round (2nd Overall) 2018-19 Stats: 68GP/21G/51A/72P Contract status: With the 2018-19 season in the books, Malkin now has three years left from his eight year contract extension that he signed in July 2013. This current deal runs through the 2021-22 season and carries an annual cap hit of $9.5 million. The deal went into effect beginning...
Puck Prose May 22, 2019

The Blues Stanley Cup run is similar to the 2015-16 Penguins

The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup run is very similar to the path taken by the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup. The 2019 Stanley Cup Final is set. The Boston Bruins will play host to the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on Monday, May 27th. Both of these teams […] The Blues Stanley Cup run is similar to the 2015-16 Penguins - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL
PensBurgh May 22, 2019
2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Erik Gudbranson

2018-19 Penguins’ Season in Review: Erik Gudbranson

Our season review series continues with a look at the rugged defenseman who came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. Vitals Player: Erik Gudbranson Born: January 7, 1992 (27-years-old) Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario Shoots: Right Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 217 pounds Contract: Cap hit of $4,000,000 through 2020-21 season Regular Season History via: hockeydb The stats from his professional career can tell you a lot about the player Gudbranson is. Accumulating 10 points in 76 games split over two teams during the ‘18-19 campaign, Erik Gudbranson has established himself as...

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