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The Pittsburgh Penguins Need Some Time To Gel

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

The Penguins also added six players during the previous season. Because of that, Rutherford is preaching just a bit of patience.

"From where we were a year ago to where we are now, we have 11 new faces in our lineup," he said. "It's a lot of change. Some of it was to transition on the fly, to get younger. Some of it was dictated by the cap. So I would suspect it will take our team a few weeks to get adjusted to each other."

The GM said he expects the coaching staff to jumble around line combinations until something clicks -- and that was before the Malkin and Bjugstad injuries.

The question is: Have they done enough, and can they gel in time?

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Video- Injuries Hit The Pittsburgh Penguins


What happened to Malkin?  Watch below.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Discuss The Faceoff Changes

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

This season, attacking teams can choose which circle of the offensive zone to conduct a faceoff after four specific scenarios:

• Following an icing.

• The start of a power play.

• When a goaltender freezes a puck on a shot from outside the center red line.

• When a defensive player unintentionally dislodges a net.

“It’s good. I like it,” Jared McCann, a center who moonlights as a left winger, said. “Obviously, it helps in sort of creating some more offense for us. Obviously, being on your strong side, you prefer that. I feel it’s a good rule.

“As a center, I like it,” Nick Bjugstad, projected to be the Penguins’ No. 3 center, said. “If you can pick the side in the offensive zone, preferably when the (defending) team is tired after an icing, that’s ideal. So you’ve got to put emphasis on it as a center. Make sure you’re bearing down. Know who you’re going up against because sometimes you’re better on one side though it might be a different handed player. It depends on the whole situations.”


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A Special Night For Sidney Crosby In Rimouski

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

They stood and they roared and they didn’t stop, saluting an anglo Maritimer that arrived as a 16-year-old kid named Sid and left for the NHL as a native son.

The hair-raising ovation lasted so long – clocked at 8 minutes and 35 seconds – that the man they were feting, a usually stoic Sidney Crosby, fought back tears.

“When I brought the Cup here in 2017, I had the sunglasses on that day so I could hide it all,” Crosby said of his emotions. “But that’s not the case tonight.”

“Cros-by, Cros-by,” the capacity crowd of 5,062 thundered during a lengthy show of appreciation that drew comparisons to the adulation Habs fans showered on Maurice “Rocket” Richard on the night the curtain closed on the Forum in 1996.

It was that kind of night in Rimouski, one for all-time in junior hockey, as the Oceanic retired Crosby's No. 87.


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Window Is Closing On A Few Teams

from Michael Traikos of tghe National Post,

The last time anyone checked, Sid the (32-year-old) Kid was still looking mighty youthful, having scored 100 points and finishing a personal-best fourth in the Selke Trophy voting this past season.

If that’s a sign of ageing or a window closing, then Crosby should start marketing whatever bottled water he drinks.

But the window is still closing. Maybe not on Crosby, who would surprise no one if he were to win a third Hart Trophy this season. But it certainly is for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are nobody’s pick to win the Stanley Cup — much less make the playoffs after getting swept in the first round last year...

The tide is changing in the NHL. Dynastic teams, such as the Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angles Kings, who account for eight of the past 11 Stanley Cups, are no longer skating around with a bullseye on their backs.

They’re not the teams to beat. Rather, they seem beat-up and old, with bloated salaries and cap issues that are acting as anchors. Crosby and others are optimistic that there is plenty of gas in the tank and they can rebound and win again. But it could be that a re-tool or rebuild is more realistic for long-term success.

“Obviously, not making the playoffs is never fun,” said Chicago’s Patrick Kane. “But we’re pushing ourselves to be better. I think our team’s going to be better. On paper, it’s going to be better. We feel good about the team. Now it’s just about putting it together.”


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Last Season Ended Too Early For Sidney Crosby

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Sidney Crosby had an unusual summer.

Last week, his hometown of Cole Harbour was impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The volatile weather was little more than a nuisance for Crosby, who reported little damage to his inland home, but a sign welcoming visitors to the “home of Sidney Crosby” did get blown over.

The most aggravating part of Crosby’s summer was the length. For the first time in his career, Crosby was swept out of the playoffs in the first round.

After being overwhelmed by an underwhelming Islanders team in the first round before the calendar even turned over to May, Crosby and company had a surplus of nearly five months in down time. Considering this team has played well past Memorial Day in recent years, it was a strange feeling.

“We weren’t happy with the way things finished,” Crosby said.


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Morning Line- Evgeni Malkin

“You lose confidence, and you start (to) think too much, I (started) to think too much. And when I start to think too much, I start to get mad at everyone.”

“I think my head starts, like, (getting) crazy. I fight with Sully. I fight with teammates. A little bit upset at everyone.”

-Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins on last season.  Rob Rossi of The Athletic (paid) has more.

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All Jim Rutherford

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

On what he expects from center Evgeni Malkin, who was frustrated with his 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists), minus-25 rating and 89 penalty minutes last season:

"My expectation is for him to be one of the top players in the League. He got off to a great start last year but his play dropped off a little bit as the season went along. I've talked to him and [Mike] went and met with him in the summer. He looks great. He's anxious to get going, so no concerns. He'll be the Evgeni Malkin we expect. When I saw him, I said hello and asked about the meeting that [Mike] had with him earlier in the summer, about his preparation for what he was doing in the offseason and the expectations. It's my understanding the meeting went very well."

more questions answered...

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Video- Season Preview For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

The new-look Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in five seasons.

To have a chance to do so, they will need to replace forward Phil Kessel and his offensive production. The Penguins traded Kessel, who had 303 points (110 goals, 193 assists) during his four seasons in Pittsburgh, to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph on June 29, two weeks after trading defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun, a 24-year-old forward.

Pittsburgh is confident adding Galchenyuk and Kahun to a roster that still has defenseman Kris Letang and centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could minimize the impact of losing Kessel, who turns 32 on Oct. 3.

"We've changed the makeup of our team," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Now it's training camp and the time where the coach (Mike Sullivan) will have to work hard to put it all together."


Watch their season preview below.

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Jean Beliveau Or Sidney Crosby Plus Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Sidney Crosby turned 32 the other day, is about to enter his 15th season, and he has loudly positioned himself as one of the greatest to ever play in the NHL.

The question as time goes on is: How great?

Four players stand alone above everyone else who has ever played before. You can pick the order, but the top four has to include Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.

And then it gets interesting.

In my mind, Jean Beliveau has always slotted nicely into the No. 5 spot all-time. But that’s the door Crosby is banging on now. And Crosby’s game, so different from that of the elegant Beliveau, matches up historically if not statistically with the legendary Montreal Canadiens captain.

continued plus notes like this...

After being traded by the Leafs and bought out by Carolina, Patrick Marleau figured he would go home and return to the San Jose Sharks. Well, that’s not happening. Sharks don’t want him. Apparently, Arizona does, but Marleau may not want to play there. This off-season isn’t turning out the way he hoped it would … Tampa Bay has signed Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy for a total cap hit of $35.3 million when all the contracts kick in by 2020-21. The Maple Leafs already have Matthews, Tavares and William Nylander at for $29.5-million without signing Mitch Marner. They’ll be at at least $40 million for the four when the Marner deal is done.

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