3:20 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
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NHL Trade deadline: Fleury and Rutherford meet, unknown if he's requested trade

NHL Trade deadline: Fleury and Rutherford meet, unknown if he's requested trade

One way or another, we're 2 days away from the conclusion of the saga, rumors and innuendo about a potential trade during the season for Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins. With now t-minus 48 hours to the NHL Trade Deadline, we're finally in the home stretch for the season-long saga about Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Will the team keep him as insurance for one more playoff run or will they trade him now? Does the best goalie in franchise history even want to stay in a small role for a few more months of memories? Or is he ready for a new opportunity away from...
5 hours ago
WBS Weekly: Stadium Series Edition

WBS Weekly: Stadium Series Edition

On the end of a losing streak and a freezing cold, brilliant, unforgettable Stadium Series. Now that I’m sufficiently thawed out from my weekend... FEBRUARY 24: WBS 1 @ Utica 2 On the heels of a three-game weekend that ended up with three losses and zero points, WBS headed up to the legendary Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night for a contest against the fifth place team in the North Division, the .500 Utica Comets. Unfortunately, the Penguins would see their losing streak extended to four, as Jordan Subban and Darren Archibald paced the Comets to a 2-1 victory. Tom Kostopoulos...
7 hours ago
Pens Points: Back to Reality

Pens Points: Back to Reality

After incredible night outdoors, Pens ready to refocus on title defense. Murray keeping Pens in Metro race. Under the lights and a steady flurry of snow fall, it looked like a scene out of movie at Heinz Field for the 2017 Stadium Series contest between the Penguins and their cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. Coming away with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night, the Pens will now return to reality as they prepare to defend their Stanley Cup championship. [Pensburgh] With 22 games left the Pens are within striking distance of the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan division. The...
Feb 26, 2017
Of course there were penguins at the Stadium Series game

Of course there were penguins at the Stadium Series game

Like, the actual bird version. What’s the point of hockey without any penguins involved? ... Well, I mean, Pittsburgh Penguins are a given. But the actual animal is often associated with ice, so you’ve gotta think they’d be naturals at the game (or, at the very least, enjoy being there). So of course, there were Penguins, and then there were penguins. Featuring Antonio Brown, Matt Murray waddling just like a penguin, actual penguins!!, fireworks, a little fall oh no (but he’s used to ice, so he got right back up) and, um, a very convenient cutaway when one of the penguins decides...
Feb 26, 2017
Marc-Andre Fleury got all bundled up for the outdoor game

Marc-Andre Fleury got all bundled up for the outdoor game

As the backup, he had to be sure to try and keep warm. Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t play in the Stadium Series game. Which is fine - because his role was to be the backup, which meant being ready to be called upon should the Pittsburgh Penguins have ever needed him. It’s normal. Well, mostly normal. It’s a little different for outdoor games. Case in point, when you’re inside, you don’t normally have to get bundled up quite this much... Fleury had been sitting there for so long - he must have been at least a little chilly. (Flowers don’t do so well in the cold.) Being...
Feb 26, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans 2/19/17-2/25/17

Keeping up with the Metropolitans 2/19/17-2/25/17

Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action! METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 Washington 61 41 13 7 89 40 1 5 25-5-1 16-8-6 203 133 +70 7-2-1 Pittsburgh 60 38 14 8 84 36 2 2 25-4-3 13-10-5 211 168 +43 6-1-3 NY Rangers 61 40 19 2 82 37 3 2 19-11-2 21-8-0 204 159 +45 8-1-1 Columbus 59 38 16 5 81 36 2 1 22-9-1 16-7-4 194 143 +51 5-4-1 NY Islanders 61 29 22 10 68 28 1 3 20-8-6 9-14-4 180 182 -2 6-4-0 Philadelphia 61 28 26 7 63 23 5 4 17-10-4 11-16-3 157 187 -30 3-6-1 New...
Feb 26, 2017
Stadium Series Recap: A Night They’ll Never Forget. Pens Defeat Flyers 4-2.

Stadium Series Recap: A Night They’ll Never Forget. Pens Defeat Flyers 4-2.

Pens defeat rival Flyers on stunning night at Heinz Field. Crosby scores where it all went wrong years ago. Rookies Murray and Guentzel shine in outdoor debut. On New Year’s Day 2011, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in the annual NHL Winter Classic. That day Crosby took a hit that changed his career and cost him a year and a half of playing the game he loved. Fast forward a little over six years and Sidney Crosby and the Penguins were back at Heinz Field, this time hosting the rival Philadelphia Flyers. All week Crosby spoke about leaving Heinz...
Feb 25, 2017
Mike Rupp, Carl Hagelin reminisce about beating the Flyers outside

Mike Rupp, Carl Hagelin reminisce about beating the Flyers outside

Of course, they were on a different team back then. Mike Rupp and Carl Hagelin: two Pittsburgh Penguins. Not at the same time, though. But they did share the ice together before: back when they were both members of the New York Rangers. Back then, they played another outdoor game - also against the Philadelphia Flyers - in which they defeated the Flyers 3-2. Rupp even scored twice in that game (which was half of his output for the entire season; he definitely had his best years in Pittsburgh), so the two took the time to catch up on NHL Network. .@CarlHagelin and @Rupper17 were teammates...
Feb 24, 2017
Pens Points: Let’s Take This Outside

Pens Points: Let’s Take This Outside

Pens add Hainsey to bolster battered defense. Good and bad news on the injury front. Pens and Flyers prepare to battle outdoors. Just in time for Saturday’s Stadium Series contest against the Philadelphia Flyers the Penguins added a new face to the lineup with the acquisition of veteran blue liner Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] Good injury news: It looks like Justin Schultz will return to the lineup on Saturday night after battling a concussion. [Trib Live] Bad injury news: Kris Letang suffered a knock in Tuesday night’s game against the Hurricanes...
Feb 24, 2017
What the Penguins traded for Ron Hainsey: Expected value of a late 2nd round pick

What the Penguins traded for Ron Hainsey: Expected value of a late 2nd round pick

Some think the Pittsburgh Penguins gave up too much when they sent a 2nd round pick to Carolina for defenseman Ron Hainsey. A statistical look of what history says the Pens actually gave up Got rolling on this in the comments of the other post with some of the fan backlash, or at least hesitancy on endorsing the Penguins trade yesterday being as they gave up a 2nd round pick in 2017 to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Ron Hainsey. Now, understandably, there's nothing sexy about adding a soon-to-be 36-year old defensive defenseman who's best served on the third pair. That's not a guy...
Feb 23, 2017
Scouting Report on Ron Hainsey

Scouting Report on Ron Hainsey

A look at what to expect from the newest Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Now that the shock of the initial trade is wearing down for the Pittsburgh Penguins to acquire Ron Hainsey for a 2nd round pick (and the Hurricanes retaining half of his salary) the obvious question becomes-  what can Pittsburgh expect from Hainsey? Initially, and obviously, Hainsey is a badly needed band-aid. Last week Pittsburgh lost Olli Maatta for six weeks with a broken hand. This week, Trevor Daley hurt his knee, had surgery, and is also expected out six weeks. Justin Schultz in on the mend from a concussion and...
Feb 23, 2017
Report: Penguins trade 2nd round pick to Carolina for Ron Hainsey

Report: Penguins trade 2nd round pick to Carolina for Ron Hainsey

The Penguins pick up the defenseman they were looking for Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said to the word he was going to bring in a defenseman this week and wanted to do so prior to the March 1st NHL Trade Deadline. Looks like he's got his man Ron Hainsey to Penguins in return Hurricanes gets a 2nd pick and Danny Kristo. #tvasports — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 23, 2017 Danny Kristo is just an AHL body, nothing of importance - except that NHL teams can only have 50 NHL contracts. The Pens aren't near the limit but at least this trade won't be any...
Feb 23, 2017
Pens Points: Deadline Decisions

Pens Points: Deadline Decisions

Jim Rutherford has some interesting decisions to make as the trade deadline gets closer, Sidney Crosby is so good he literally fixes ice surfaces, and a certain Punjabi NHL announcer goes into detail about a certain goal call. All this and more in today's Pens Points. Here are your Pens Points for this Thursday morning... GMJR has a lot to decipher as the trade deadline is now less than a week away. [Trib Live] The early forecast is calling for some pretty warm weather for Saturday's 'Stadium Series' game. [Trib Live] Geno looks to be returning to his regular, dominant self since...
Feb 22, 2017
Harnaryan Singh and the origin of the Nick Bonino call - and Hockey Night Punjabi

Harnaryan Singh and the origin of the Nick Bonino call - and Hockey Night Punjabi

A ton of work went into getting that one iconic call. Harnarayan Singh had been calling games in Punjabi long before he called Nick Bonino’s name over, and over, and over. As he detailed in a piece for the Players’ Tribune, it all started way, way back when he was a kid growing up in southern Alberta. It can be a predominantly white place, and so coming from a Sikh family, he stood out - but was able to find a commonality with people there through hockey. Finding a love for announcing early on, he had to work insanely hard to make it at all, but when CBC decided they wanted to reach...
Feb 22, 2017
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin score, Pittsburgh Penguins win

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin score, Pittsburgh Penguins win

They have a 69-4-1 record when that happens. Nice. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are two of the very best players in the world today. That much is hard to deny, especially when they both have 60 points this season - Crosby sitting second in league scoring with 66 (and first with 33 goals), Malkin tied for sixth with 60, and both having played fewer games than everybody else. (They’re first and third in points per game this year: 1.25 for Crosby, and 1.15 for Malkin.) And even though the two of them were a little penalty-happy against the Carolina Hurricanes, they both scored: Crosby the...