8:59 AM EDT, Mon May 21, 2018
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Penguins’ prospect Teddy Blueger flashed glimpses of brilliance at World Championship

Penguins’ prospect Teddy Blueger flashed glimpses of brilliance at World Championship

Blueger shined in a few critical moments for the Latvians in the IIHF Worlds, and that’s great news for the Penguins. Teddy Blueger, the Penguins’ 23-year-old forward prospect, joined Team Latvia for the 2018 IIHF Worlds looking to not only get more international hockey experience under his belt (this was his second showing in the IIHF Worlds tournament, as he joined Latvia in 2017), but also stand out as much as possible and prove how much he’s developed since signing his AHL deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Blueger had a stellar 2017-18 season with the Baby Pens,...
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The Penguins did a masterful job managing the salary cap in 2017-18

The Penguins did a masterful job managing the salary cap in 2017-18

Wait until you see what Jim Rutherford and staff came under the salary cap at for the 2017-18 season. For what is a simple enough concept, the NHL’s salary cap can actually be a very complicated issue for team’s to have to navigate. For basic knowledge (and if you are the type of person whose eyes roll back in their head when you start hearing numbers this is for you) all you need to know is that the Penguins, like all other teams have to stay under the upper limit of the salary cap. It was set at $75,000,000 this year. For more detail-oriented folks, you probably already know that the...
May 20, 2018
Sunday: My Top Five Road Venues

Sunday: My Top Five Road Venues

What are the best places away from Pittsburgh to watch the Penguins? For today’s top five, we’re thinking about hitting the road and the top five places to see the Penguins play away from Pittsburgh. Please remember, dear reader, that below is simply the writer’s list. And while it is the correct and 100% accurate take (as usual), your list can and will vary due to geography, preference, family in various parts of the country, your kids dragging you to Disneyland, etc. So share your list of favorite places, or places you would love to go to one day in the comments below. Honorable...
May 19, 2018
Saturday open thread: Conference finals getting serious

Saturday open thread: Conference finals getting serious

How are you spending your weekend? It’s the weekend, and how about that Marc-Andre Fleury last night huh? (Note: actually writing this on Friday so I don’t know how he did in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals but it could apply either way, right?) Ready for Capitals/Lightning tonight in a pivotal Game 5? Can the home team finally win a game in this series? Hopefully so. The Tampa power play is fun to watch, one random, probably inconsequential thing I’ve noticed is how much better they are at winning back pucks in the zone than the Penguins are. They seem a bit more relentless,...
May 18, 2018
Offseason Reflections: was opting not to re-sign Chris Kunitz the right move?

Offseason Reflections: was opting not to re-sign Chris Kunitz the right move?

An early playoff exit and long offseason sometimes forces us to lament about the decisions made last year. Was the decision to let Chris Kunitz walk ultimately the right one? We think so. After agreeing to a one-year $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1, 2017, four-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Kunitz effectively ended his tenure in Pittsburgh. He listed reasons like “change is good” and “sometimes when you’re (the team) so close, everybody gets kind of complacent,” while also drawing many similarities between the Lightning and the Penguins styles of play —...
May 18, 2018
This Week in Pens History: Fleury’s Last Full Game in Net

This Week in Pens History: Fleury’s Last Full Game in Net

It was only fitting that his last full game ended in a shutout for the soon-to-be three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender. During the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins fans knew that it was very likely Marc-André Fleury’s last season in net with the team. Only one goaltender out of the tandem could be protected in the upcoming expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights. With a red-hot, young Matt Murray on the cusp of his 23rd birthday, it made sense that the 32-year-old Fleury would be left unprotected ahead of the draft. However, no one could predict when his...
May 18, 2018
Penguins Summer Roster Outlook

Penguins Summer Roster Outlook

Jim Rutherford is surely ready to take part in the summer plans the Penguins have. What could they be? Penguins fans have had the luxury of not needing to stop and look at the roster and contract outlook this early into the offseason since 2015....so that’s pretty good, I’d say. But alas, the Penguins were eliminated in the 2nd round and business calls. You start to ask the questions, what do the Penguins need to do this summer and what does their salary cap picture look like? via Cap Friendly The first thing that I notice are the trade acquisitions made by Jim...
May 18, 2018
On This Day: A New Generation

On This Day: A New Generation

On May 18 ten years ago, the Penguins bested the Philadelphia Flyers to usher in a new era. On This Day ends the week with a look back at at the 2008 Eastern Conference Final. The clash between the Flyers and Penguins ended with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin advancing to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final. *** The series commenced on May 9, 2008. Evgeni Malkin stole the show by scoring with 7 seconds left in the first period to take a 3-2 lead, and did so again with a shorthanded goal in the second period, giving the Penguins a 1-0 series lead after Game 1. Game 2 saw Maxime Talbot score...
May 18, 2018
Are the Penguins to get new alternate jerseys for 2018-19?

Are the Penguins to get new alternate jerseys for 2018-19?

We don’t have much to go off of, but there’s some indication the Penguins will get new third jerseys for 2018-19. Someone from r/hockeyjerseys is claiming to know a guy who has this from Adidas with NHL teams that are getting new third/alternate jerseys for the 2018-19 season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are among those listed. Adidas Alternates It’s not much to go on, but it makes sense. Aside from Stadium Series jerseys, no NHL team had a regular alternate jersey this season (2017-18) as the league switched from Reebok to Adidas jerseys. It was long reported that adidas would slowly...
May 17, 2018
Report: Penguins sign Finnish defenseman Juuso Riikola

Report: Penguins sign Finnish defenseman Juuso Riikola

The Pittsburgh Penguins have apparently done some scouting of the World Championships and liked something they’ve seen. Finland’s loss is Pittsburgh’s gain. Sources say the Pens have agreed to terms with Finnish Dman, Juuso Riikola. Left shot. 24 yrs old.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 17, 2018 Riikola seems to be listed consistently at 6’0 and 190 pounds. As Dreger mentioned he is a 24 year old who shoots left handed. Riikola has come up through the system of the hockey club KalPa and has spent the past six seasons playing in the SM-Liiga, the top league in Finland. He...
May 17, 2018
On This Day: One Magnificent Game

On This Day: One Magnificent Game

May 17 is a historic day in Penguins history for two very special reasons. Our “On This Day” series continues today with a look at Game 2 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Final. *** The Penguins teams from 80’s and 90’s were highlighted by one of the greatest players to ever step foot on an ice hockey rink. And while the early years of the Mario Lemieux era weren’t filled with postseason glory, the script was flipped by 1991 and it was time for Lemieux and the Penguins to become an NHL powerhouse. The Penguins actually began the 1990-91 season without Lemieux, as he would miss the first...
May 17, 2018
Mike Sullivan Sends Message to Penguins Faithful

Mike Sullivan Sends Message to Penguins Faithful

With time to reflect on everything his team accomplished, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan penned a letter to Pens fans thanking them for their unwavering support. In terms of championships, Mike Sullivan is the most successful coach in Penguins history. He is the only head coach in franchise history to win two Stanley Cups with the team and he hopes to add to that total as soon as next season. Less than 10 days after Sullivan and his team were eliminated from the playoffs and saw their bid for a third straight Stanley Cup come to an end, Sullivan penned a thank you letter to Penguins fans...
May 17, 2018
Kris Letang trade rumor update: still a bad idea for the Pens!

Kris Letang trade rumor update: still a bad idea for the Pens!

Chatter is hitting the rounds about Kris Letang. Why it shouldn’t be serious. Again. Almost six months ago, while off to a slow start, we had to write an article titled, “The Penguins won’t get better by trading Kris Letang” to point out how it would be a short-sighted decision that would negatively impact that team. So can I just hit the contrl c+ contrl v and call it a day? (sigh) OK, so the latest: from Josh Yohe at The Athletic. “Let me put it this way,” Rutherford said of Letang, who has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, which has four years remaining at $7.25...
May 16, 2018
What is Jake Guentzel’s next contract going to look like?

What is Jake Guentzel’s next contract going to look like?

Perhaps the biggest move of the off-season will be attempted to extend the contract of Jake Guentzel We’re about to enter an offseason where Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has said that he doesn’t necessarily expect earth-shattering changes. “It’s fair to say that this will be a different looking team by the time we open next season,” Rutherford said last week at breakdown day. “It doesn’t mean there will be drastic changes, but there will be changes in the areas that will become necessary.” If there are major changes, it won’t be because of free agency this year....
May 16, 2018
On This Day: End Of An Era

On This Day: End Of An Era

May 16 is a day in Penguins history that saw the Ray Shero regime come to a crumbling and humiliating end. With the Penguins now in full offseason mode, we’ll be starting a fun “On This Day” series that chronicles some of the best (or worst) moments in Penguins history on any given day. *** Ray Shero’s tenure as Penguins general manager was filled with positives, negatives, and everything in between. Reaching two Stanley Cup Finals with a youthful squad led by Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby and winning one of those two Cups against a very...