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Who are the biggest Penguin killers in the NHL today?

Who are the biggest Penguin killers in the NHL today?

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Looking at the ones who love to burn the Penguins Watch enough Penguins games and you’ll notice that certain guys are just total nuisances. Don’t they know their role is to play Jack Nicholson’s Joker to the black ‘n gold’s Michael Keaton’s Batman? But such is the case, every good protagonist needs a worthy adversary and the Pens’ three Stanley Cups and only back-to-back titles in the salary cap era puts a target on them as a high profile opponent to knock down. With a nod to a similar idea from our friends at All About the Jersey...
Aug 18, 2019
How did our 2018-19 season predictions go?

How did our 2018-19 season predictions go?

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via The crystal ball was a bit fuzzy last summer. Check out what we got right and wrong Last August we made some 2018-19 season predictions. A dead summer Sunday is as good a time as any to circle back and see what we got right (and maybe not so right). #1 The Pens 5v5 offense will be tangibly better in 2018-19 than it was in 2017-18 Perhaps the easiest prediction of all. In 2017-18, the Penguins scored 161 5-on-5 goals. While that was good for 12th in the league, which isn’t bad - it is quite a fall from being 2nd in 2016-17with 187 5v5 goals. Pittsburgh...
Aug 16, 2019
What Bill Guerin’s potential exit would mean for Penguins’ front office

What Bill Guerin’s potential exit would mean for Penguins’ front office

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via The voices around Jim Rutherford will continue to change and his long-term replacement no longer appears to be in-house. When the Pittsburgh Penguins hired Jim Rutherford to be their general manager before the 2014-15 season it was not expected to be a long-term position. The assumption at the time was that he would be an experienced, stabilizing presence to help change the direction of a team that had been falling short of expectation in the playoffs and eventually pass the torch on to one of the three(!) assistant general managers the team was...
Aug 16, 2019
Fun facts about Brandon Tanev (other than his grotesque contract)

Fun facts about Brandon Tanev (other than his grotesque contract)

Getting beyond the bad contract, let’s have some fun learning about Brandon Tanev About 45 days ago the Pittsburgh Penguins made their splash in free agency when they added Brandon Tanev. The repercussions of making this move still haven’t even been fully realized since the Pens will have to trade someone else to fit the salary of their new winger into the cap structure. Which for many is the full stop. The Pens spent too much ($3.5 million annually) for far too long (six years) to a lower line players. That’s a tough pill to swallow, it’s a decision that will likely haunt the team...
Aug 15, 2019
Sidney Crosby still holds solid NHL20 rating

Sidney Crosby still holds solid NHL20 rating

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ A look at how the EA Sports video game has Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins ranked Penguins players will hit the ice for the start of training camp exactly four weeks from tomorrow (September 13th), so our long summer of discontent is showing signs of coming to an end, believe it or not. It’s felt like forever but it’ll be time to get going for the season before you know it. With that in mind, another fall mainstay that helps usher in the new season is the NHL20 video game that also comes out in September. We’re starting to get leaks...
Aug 14, 2019
What is Sidney Crosby’s current place among NHL’s all-time greats?

What is Sidney Crosby’s current place among NHL’s all-time greats?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports How do you even measure that? Is it even possible to measure that? Help us try to measure that! Over the weekend Steve Simmons, everyone’s favorite Canadian hockey columnist, used the opening section of his weekly notes column to ponder whether or not Sidney Crosby or Jean Beliveau is currently the fifth greatest hockey player of all time behind the hockey Mount Rushmore of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, and Gordie Howe. (Howe would not make my hockey Mount Rushmore, but that is another argument for another day). The jumping off point was...
Aug 14, 2019
The all 21st century All-Pittsburgh Penguins team

The all 21st century All-Pittsburgh Penguins team

This century is 1/5 of the way over, so we look at the best individual players to make up the super-strong Pittsburgh Penguins team of the 2000’s The year 2020 still seems like it’s far away, doesn’t it? Not less than four months away from ticking over. With that nice round number in mind, who have been the best Pittsburgh Penguins in the last 20 years? To make for a nice all-Pens team of the 21st century. Scoring For reference of how things have broken out this century for the team, here are the top 66 scorers the team has had via hockey-reference (starting with the 1999-2000 season...
Aug 13, 2019
After an injury, the Calgary Flames are looking to trade for a defenseman...

After an injury, the Calgary Flames are looking to trade for a defenseman...

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Can the Pens step in and help the Flames? News came out recently of a tough break for the Calgary Flames. Defenseman Juuso Valimaki tore his ACL during off-season training. This has changed the perspective of what the Flames are now looking for heading into the season. With Valimaki’s injury, GM Treliving says the team will be looking externally (trade) for help on the blueline on top of internal options.Says Oliver Kylington is a natural internal option, but says team will also start looking at trade options very shortly. #Flames— Pat...
Aug 13, 2019
Kris Letang’s successful charity drive, Max Talbot staying busy in his retirement

Kris Letang’s successful charity drive, Max Talbot staying busy in his retirement

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Catching up with some Quebec summer news! A little bit of news from north of the border. First of all (shoutout r/penguins) it looks like Max Talbot is keeping busy even though his hockey career has ended. As this (poor) translation from ledroit.com mentions his new job. Maxime Talbot announced that he was retiring last June, but the old cliché that he hung his skates does not apply to him. The former Gatineau Olympiques and Pittsburgh Penguins still wear them often, especially in his new role in the development of players with the agency CAA. He was also going to...
Aug 12, 2019
2019 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #5- 3

2019 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25: #5- 3

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Some NHL talent and a rare Pittsburgh first round pickfor our countdown of the best young players currently in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization Welcome to this summer’s listing of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ top young players in the organization. The purpose of this ranking is to take stock in the young talent throughout the organization. Whether it’s a prospect drafted just last month who is 18 years old and years away from turning pro, or a full-fledged young NHL caliber player who is 23 or 24, they’re all eligible here. Part 1: The...
Aug 11, 2019
Zach Aston-Reese wants to be a player to step up in 2019-20 for the Penguins

Zach Aston-Reese wants to be a player to step up in 2019-20 for the Penguins

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Armed with a new contract and some health, it’s going to be an important season for the Pens’ Zach Aston-Reese As the Pittsburgh Penguins begin to gear up in a few weeks here for the 2019-20 season, one of the more interesting players to keep an eye on will be a guy they just made a moderate investment in this summer in forward Zach Aston-Reese. As he told NHL.com: “A two-year, one-way (contract), a lot more is going to be expected of me,” Aston-Reese said. “I think a lot more is going to be expected from the bottom-six players. We brought in...
Aug 10, 2019
Where are they now? A look at the 2015 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25 list

Where are they now? A look at the 2015 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25 list

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Looking back on who panned out and who didn’t as prosepcts and young players with the Pens from 2015 One of our annual staples this time of year here at Pensburgh to help pass the dog days of summer is to rank, profile and discuss the top 25 young players in the Penguins’ organization. It gives a chance to take stock of how healthy (or not) the pipeline of talent on the team is at that moment in time. In that regard, when time passes, it can be fun and a good exercise to look back at what happened AFTER the rankings came out. Development in hockey can...
Aug 9, 2019
Penguins’ over/under: Looking at the big three

Penguins’ over/under: Looking at the big three

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Looking at some projections for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ best players this season, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. Continuing our offseason look at some projections for the 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins, we shift our focus to the backbone of the organization — the big three of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. As long as these three players are on the roster and playing at a superstar level the Penguins are always going to at least have a fighting chance to compete for a championship. These three can not win it all on their...
Aug 9, 2019
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon tearing it up in summer practice

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon tearing it up in summer practice

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Summer fun in Haliwood In the dredges of summer, Sidney Crosby and the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon are working hard on the ice to get ready for next season. And some real “iron sharpening iron” type of work here. Both of these guys are pretty lucky to have each other as hometown buddies to work with at such an elite level, as well as some other guy who plays for Boston hangin’ around.. Two of the best in the world at their craft going head to head. We could watch this all-day @penguins @Avalanche ️: John Moore pic.twitter.com/ZUVoYdDVEE—...
Aug 8, 2019
Penguins sign prospect defenseman John Marino

Penguins sign prospect defenseman John Marino

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Pittsburgh gets Harvard man to forgo senior season The Penguins announced today that they have signed prospect defenseman John Marino to an entry level contract. The Penguins have signed defenseman John Marino to a two-year, entry-level contract. The two-way deal will run through the 2020.21 campaign.Details: https://t.co/lLOICJGR9l pic.twitter.com/HGfTYNXP9W— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 8, 2019 From the team: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman John Marino to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by...