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How About Evgeni Malkin To The St. Louis Blues?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The former Hart Trophy winner does have a complete no-trade clause, so he can veto any move, but the Penguins should be listening to all pitches on Malkin.

They need help, and right now. He’s their best bargaining chip.

Evander Kane, a very good winger but no all-star, fetched the Winnipeg Jets top-three defender Tyler Myers, second-line winger Drew Stafford, and two strong prospects in Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux. Surely, Malkin can get more than that.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford should call up St. Louis Blues counterpart Doug Armstrong, who may be looking to shake things up with his core, and ask about T.J. Oshie, David Backes and draft picks for Malkin.

Backes would be the Ryan Kesler-type second-line centre with Oshie on his wing and Patric Hornqvist could still play with Sidney Crosby on the first line. And the Penguins badly need draft picks after giving way too many away in their desire to keep current and play for the Stanley Cup now, acquiring the likes of Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa in their failed recent runs.

Malkin, meanwhile, could play with Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis.

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Reviewing The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

The 2014-15 Penguins were a mystery from the start.

Less than a week after their season ended in New York, it's still difficult to say, “The Penguins are _____.”

While “____” might be difficult to pinpoint, there are plenty of reasons to explain what they aren't; A Stanley Cup contender.

Here are ten things to examine as the Penguins enter the offseason.

- In 2012, former Rangers coach John Tortorella drew plenty of scorn (and even a $20,000 fine) when he said the Penguins were "one of the most arrogant organizations in the league."

Those seemed like ridiculous comments at the time, especially coming from a blustery windbag like Tortorella. But he couldn't have been more correct.

For the better part of a decade, the Penguins have been the NHL's glamor team. Routinely on national television and involved in high profile events such as outdoor games, they have been the darlings of the league. A lot of that was born simply out of the lucky bounce of a ping-pong ball in 2005. Much of it was justified by Stanley Cup runs in 2008 and 2009.

But that was a long time ago.

Despite having not won the Stanley Cup in six ... let's repeat that ... SIX years, they still portray themselves as the class of the NHL. In contrast, the Kings (albeit with a non-playoff appearance this spring) and the Blackhawks are the class of the NHL.

The Penguins could benefit from some a heaping spoonful of humility.

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Should The Penguins Consider Trading Evgeni Malkin?

via Sportsnet (listen to the audio),

Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Freidman joined Boomer & Rhett on the SN960 morning show Monday, and said the Penguins should at least consider trading superstar forward Evgeni Malkin this off-season.

“If you can get two or three pieces including a guy that can play with Crosby, don’t you have to think about it? At what point do you say yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that was six years ago? These two guys together make $18.2 million, and we keep losing in the playoffs because we don’t have enough support pieces.

“There are teams that could pull it off. I’m looking at a Florida, a Nashville, a team with young assets that could do this. I’m not saying if you’re the Penguins you should do it 100 per cent, but I’m saying you really have to sit down and think about it.”

Friedman adds that even the Calgary Flames could be in a position to trade for Malkin if in fact both sides were so inclined.

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Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside On The Pittsburgh Penguins

Both Malkin and Crosby share responsibility for the disappointments of the past several years and, even though it is an interesting exercise to discuss what might happen should one of those players be traded, the bottom line is they will only leave Pittsburgh of their own accord given they both possess no-trade/no-movement clauses.

What remains to be seen, though, is whether this is a team that can reclaim glory with their superstars eating up $18.2 million in cap space.

In the coming weeks, expect discussion about whether a Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf or any number of skilled but expensive and/or problematic wingers would cure what ails the Pens. These are the storylines that dog every middle of the road team looking for a magic combination. They are the storylines that are now very much the reality of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read much more on the Penguins.

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Standing Pat For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Tearing everything apart again and starting over makes no sense. It’s easy to say Rutherford and especially Johnston should be fired. Detroit coach Mike Babcock is a free agent-in-waiting, and many fans are begging the Penguins to take a run at him. But Babcock is expected to get a huge offer to stay in Detroit or go to Toronto or Philadelphia. He won’t be worth it. Check out his NHL record. It’s not any better than Bylsma’s.

“Ron [Burkle] and Mario [Lemieux] have never given any consideration to replacing our general manager or our coach,” Morehouse said.

“The coach never had a chance to coach his team. The injuries started in training camp and never let up. We had a player diagnosed with cancer. We had another with a blood clot. We had five guys with the mumps. And that was before the regular hockey injuries.”

The injuries peaked right before the playoffs when Letang and Christian Ehrhoff went out with concussions, joining Olli Maatta (shoulder surgery) in the press box.

“You have to look at reality,” Morehouse said. “I don’t know if any team in the league would win without three of its top four defensemen.”

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Jim Rutherford And Mike Johnston Will Return In Pittsburgh

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins aren't firing their coach or their general manager following a first-round exit in the Stanley Cup playoffs, president and CEO David Morehouse said Saturday.

“I know there's been a lot of speculation out there, but (co-owners) Ron (Burkle) and Mario (Lemieux) never once considered a change,” Morehouse said. “Jim Rutherford's our general manager, and Mike Johnston's our coach.”

Morehouse pointed to injuries as a major reason for the Penguins' struggles this season. They lost 371 man-games to injury and entered the postseason missing three of their top four defensemen in Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Christian Ehrhoff.

“Look, we're all disappointed that we didn't go farther,” Morehouse said. “There are a lot of speculative reasons why that happened, but we have to look at reality.

“We had a new coach who almost never had a chance to coach his full team because of injuries. I don't know if there's a team in the league that could have succeeded in the playoffs without three of its top four defensemen. That's the situation we faced.”

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Now What Pittsburgh?

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So even though the Penguins don't want to end the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era, I'm not sure they're going to have a choice in the matter.

It's not that the franchise centers are unhappy. (They are, but they've been that way since last summer). They've lost faith in the direction of the franchise. And I'm not sure what can be said — especially to Malkin — to make things right.

Something has to be done in the wake of the Penguins' 2-1 series-ending overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday at Madison Square Garden that eliminated them from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Otherwise, the Penguins might have to sell another early playoff exit and a trade they'd rather not make.

Co-owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux could have a lot more to consider than whether to let pride — or stubbornness — get in the way of doing what's best for business. They must hire a new general manager, one who understands the NHL's not-so-new salary-cap dynamic, a hockey boss with autonomy to make hockey moves.

Because this isn't what Crosby and Malkin signed on for when each agreed to a second long-term contract at below market-value salary.

The Penguins are unrecognizable. They've gone from the marquee to the second stage. Or, put in hockey terms, from Stanley Cup contender to playoff pretender.

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added 8:40am, from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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A Must Win Game For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s not hopeless when you’re down, 3-1, in one of these NHL best-of-sevens, but the unfortunate thing for the Penguins is that they are not playing the Penguins, who have demonstrated a kind of ingrained readiness to give series away from that very vantage point.

The Penguins’ last best hope for the moment is, in fact, the venue tonight. At least they have a chance at beating the Rangers in Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

“This game, going into New York, we win, the series changes completely,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Thursday. “And it heads in our favor, for sure.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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Video- Can You Say Embellishment Maxim Lapierre?

Two for roughing on Dominic Moore.

 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Be Facing Elimination On Friday

from Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Kevin Hayes slipped the puck by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury 3:14 into overtime at Consol Energy Center, as the Rangers won, 2-1, to take a stifling 3-1 series lead back to Broadway.

Game 5 is 7 p.m. Friday at Madison Square Garden, where the stakes for the Penguins couldn’t be higher.

“We’re playing for our season now,” defenseman Rob Scuderi said. “The playoffs are about taking one thing very incrementally small at a time. Our process doesn’t change. We have to try and get one in New York and bring it home.”

That was the exact message of coach Mike Johnston.

He said the approach in a tight series is to find small ways to improve, maybe a faceoff, a matchup. Bring the information to the players. Then execute.

“We’re trying to get better each and every game. When you play a team so often you’ve got to pick up some little things in the game that can give you that advantage,” Johnston said.

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Below, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review does not like the hockey being played plus game highlights...

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