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Penguins Wrap Up - Free Agent Frenzy - Day One
July 1st has come and gone and the Penguins, like the other chosen teams on Zach Parise’s short list, are waiting to find out if they have the bar that contains the Wonka Golden Ticket – who will land this year’s biggest fish? In following the hunt throughout the day…
Posted by brianmetzer on 07/02/12 | Comments 0

Alex Semin to the Penguins? I’ll Take a Pass…
Today started like many other days in the Metzer household. My alarm went off at 6:15am; I hit snooze seven or eight times before finally getting up and then dragged my wary bones to the shower. I tend to have 93.7 the Fan’s morning show blaring as I get ready…
Posted by brianmetzer on 06/28/12 | Comments 10

Looking at Some Moves that Could Happen on or Before the NHL Entry Draft
With the Stanley Cup finally being awarded to the Los Angeles Kings and the NHL Awards and Draft lurking just around the corner, it is time that we ramp up coverage here at FTP. Though we have provided some quick hits since the season ended and one big one in…
Posted by brianmetzer on 06/19/12 | Comments 0

Some thoughts on the acquisition and signing of Tomas Vokoun
One of the areas that many around the National Hockey League identified as a key need for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they headed into the trade deadline back in March was that of a back-up goaltender and they have finally answered those calls by acquiring the rights to Tomas Vokoun…
Posted by brianmetzer on 06/04/12 | Comments 1

Getting Real with CCM-Reebok General Manager Philippe Dube’
On March 22, 2012, a diverse group of journalists, bloggers, and radio personalities were handpicked by the Fan v Fan Network to participate in an exclusive conference call with CCM-Reebok general manager, Philippe Dube’. It was a unique opportunity to question one of the brightest minds in the hockey equipment…
Posted by brianmetzer on 05/30/12 | Comments 1

Sidney Crosby, Starring in “The Return: Part Deux”
When Sidney Crosby made his FIRST long awaited return to the ice, no one really knew what to expect. Sure, we all figured that he would be Sidney Crosby, but very likely a scaled back version due to rust, after all he hadn’t played a game in upwards of ten…
Posted by brianmetzer on 03/13/12 | Comments 2

Did Sunday’s victory over the B’s give any clues to line combos moving forward?
The Penguins and Bruins played a spirited game on Sunday afternoon on a national television stage, but the most interesting thing about it was the way that Penguins’ head coach Dan Bylsma entered the laboratory to experiment with a handful of different line combinations.
Posted by brianmetzer on 03/11/12 | Comments 21

Penguins Close Gap with Rangers to 4-Points…
Since the calendar flipped to 2012 it seemed improbable that the Pittsburgh Penguins would be able to catch the New York Rangers in the race for the Atlantic Division crown. It seemed even less probable when the Boston Bruins blew a lead against the Rangers last Sunday and allowed the…
Posted by brianmetzer on 03/10/12 | Comments 0

Trade Deadline 2012: Diary of a Mad Metz
Well, the day is off to a rousing start. I am up at at the crack of dawn, showered and ready for an exciting morning of trade deadline action!
Posted by brianmetzer on 02/27/12 | Comments 0

Penguins Ink James Neal to Six-Year Contract Extension
One of the biggest headaches that loomed on the horizon for Penguins’ General Manager Ray Shero was getting James Neal extended before he hit estricted free agency. Some thought that it was going to be easier said than done, possibly even a tough negotiation. You could hear the telltale sound…
Posted by brianmetzer on 02/19/12 | Comments 33

Penguins’ Trade Deadline Speculation: David Jones
The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is right around the corner; in fact it is now just 13 lucky days away. Which means that trade chatter and speculation is picking up. Of course there has been little activity to this point, which essentially speaks to the fact that there are…
Posted by brianmetzer on 02/15/12 | Comments 7

James Neal Added to All-Star Roster…
Well, the league did what Penguins fans have been clamoring for since the All-Star rosters were announced just about two weeks ago, they have added James Neal to the festivities as a replacement for the sulking Alex Ovechkin. Many believed that Neal should have been included from the start, however…
Posted by brianmetzer on 01/25/12 | Comments 0

Penguins Earn Sixth Consecutive Win, Knock Off Caps 4-3
It is rarely a treat to get up and down to the Consol Energy Center on a Sunday morning; however a performance like the one the Penguins put forth today somehow makes it worth it. Sure they did their best to give this game away to the Capitals, who they…
Posted by brianmetzer on 01/22/12 | Comments 2

Letang Returns - What Does He Mean to the Penguins’ Line-up?
The Penguins’ morning skate produced some good news and some bad news… let’s start with the bad: Arron Asham suffered his second concussion in less than a year and will miss tonight’s game and beyond. Asham’s is just the latest in a long line of concussions that have afflicted this…
Posted by brianmetzer on 01/19/12 | Comments 1

Quotes and Notes: Pens Knock off Canes 2-1 in Shootout
Just as the Penguins dropped six games before our very eyes over the past couple of weeks, they have now won three in a row. I guess there is nothing like a healthy dose of the Southeast Division to help right some of the wrongs hat have been going on.…
Posted by brianmetzer on 01/18/12 | Comments 0

Sidney Crosby’s thoughts on realignment
Though there was a hockey game being played on the ice at the Consol Energy Center this evening, many were already starting to buzz about realignment news that was breaking across the league. We will have some thoughts on the new “conferences” etc, but wanted to quickly share Sidney Crosby’s…
Posted by brianmetzer on 12/06/11 | Comments 9

Pens fall to B’s in battle of the beasts of the east
The Penguins and Bruins, who were separated by just 3 points at the top of the Eastern Conference coming into tonight, met at the Consol Energy Center in what was supposed to be an epic clash of two of the league’s best. Unfortunately for the Penguins they were never really…
Posted by brianmetzer on 12/06/11 | Comments 0

Penguins to honor their 25,000,000th fan Wednesday evening
New comes per a team press release… The Penguins will honor their 25,000,000th fan during Wednesday’s game against St. Louis at CONSOL Energy Center. Game time is 7 p.m. Counting regular season and playoff games since their inception in 1967, the Penguins have drawn 24,983,853 fans. Through bar code technology,…
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/22/11 | Comments 3

He’s Back in the Saddle Again - Crosby Shines in Return to the Ice
No one really knew what to expect from Sidney Crosby’s first game since January, but it felt like it had the potential to be a special evening in Pittsburgh. The interesting thing is that the word “special” doesn’t even come close to describing what played out on the ice at…
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/22/11 | Comments 7

Crosby’s Comeback a Special One
Sidney Crosby’s comeback is finally upon us, as he will skate in his first game in almost a year this evening against the New York Islanders. The interesting thing is that this comeback isn’t without precedent here in Pittsburgh…in fact, when it comes to the Penguins it was something of…
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/21/11 | Comments 13

Crosby Set To Play Monday Night…
Finally the Cros has come back! I had to borrow from Dwayne Johnson — “The Rock,” as he is known in the WWE, as it seemed like the most appropriate way to announce the return of Sidney Crosby.
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/20/11 | Comments 1

Crosby Ruled Out For This Weekend’s Games…
Depending on your point of view, #CrosbyWatch lives to fight another few days, or it dies with Dan Bylsma’s announcement this afternoon that the Penguins’ captain has been ruled out for this weekend’s games against the Stars and Hurricanes.
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/10/11 | Comments 1

Penguins Deal Mark Letestu to the Blue Jackets
If shipping Dustin Jeffrey and Steve MacIntyre to Wilkes Barre-Scranton didn’t open up room for Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy to return, trading Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets certainly has.
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/08/11 | Comments 0

Did the odds of a Friday return for Crosby just go up?
Though there has been no indication about when Sidney Crosby might make his triumphant return to the Penguins’ line-up, most seem to be pointing to this Friday evening against the Dallas Stars. Heck, I picked that game in Jesse Marshall’s annual pre-season roundtable over at Faceoff-factor.com back in September so…
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/08/11 | Comments 0

Penguins Recall Defenseman Alex Picard
I have been asked on several occasions over the past couple of weeks who would be the next call-up on the Penguins’ blue-line if the team needed to fill a slot—my answer? Alex Picard. So it was written, so it shall (and has) come to pass… quoth the Metzer… well…
Posted by brianmetzer on 11/03/11 | Comments 3

Injury Riddled Birds Set to Face Habs
A new season is usually looked at as a rebirth of sorts, a veritable wiping clean of the slate and a chance to start over. The Penguins, like their 29 NHL counterparts, were hoping to do just that, but for as much as they would like to start a new,…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/20/11 | Comments 0

Neal Shines as Pens Fall to the Caps 3-2
Though the Penguins didn’t come away with the victory tonight they picked up a couple of small victories. First and foremost, they were able to pick up a point in a game in which they looked as if they were destined to lose. The second came in the form of…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/14/11 | Comments 10

Crosby Cleared for Contact
“Angels we have heard on high,” was the song of the day in Pittsburgh as the news of Chris Kunitz’s contact extension was quickly followed by that which Pens’ fans have been waiting for since January – Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact. Crosby has been making progress by…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/13/11 | Comments 3

Chris Kunitz signs two-year extension
Speculation had been running wild for a couple of weeks that the Penguins and Chris Kunitz were talking contract extension. It wasn’t a matter ‘if’ something would get done, so much as ‘when’ and that when came this morning as general manager Ray Shero has announced that the sides have…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/13/11 | Comments 3

Penguins knock off Panthers 4-2 in the second home opener in Consol Energy Center history
Though it wasn’t pretty, the Penguins picked up their third win in four games and sent the Consol Energy Center faithful home happy. They got some big contributions from some unlikely sources, as Joe Vitale had the best game of his young career, Richard Park showed why he was brought…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/12/11 | Comments 0

Predictions - Take em to the bank!
Well, we have all gotten a look at a number of predictions around the interwebs this week so I thought that I would put up some of my own… I haven’t gotten to post much over the past few days leading up to the first games, so I figured that…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/06/11 | Comments 8

Penguins, Capitals team up to raise money for the families of those lost in KHL plane crash
It isn’t often that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are on the same team in any cause. In fact, they are probably two of the biggest rivals in the National Hockey League, however there is one cause that is big enough to bring these two Eastern Conference foes together—raising…
Posted by brianmetzer on 10/04/11 | Comments 2

Tangradi Among Latest Penguin Cuts
As Penguins training camp rolls on, so do the roster cuts following each game, the latest being a 3-2 Penguins victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City. The Birds have pared seven more bodies from their camp roster and there are a couple of interesting names on the…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/28/11 | Comments 13

Penguins Reduce Training Camp Roster by 13 Players
I will be back shortly with some thoughts on the moves, but the team has shipped out 13 players to their Wilkes Barre-Scranton Affiliate and or their respective junior teams. Amongst the cuts is former first round pick Simon Despres, who hasn’t had an overly impressive training camp. The moves…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/22/11 | Comments 4

Penguins Meet Wings in First Pre-Season Game of the Year
The Penguins head into their first game of the pre-season this evening against the Detroit Red Wings. Having the Wings swoop through to participate in the first actual hockey game of the season is starting to be a Consol Energy Center tradition as they were the first opponent to skate…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/21/11 | Comments 24

News, Notes, and Quotes from the First Day of On-Ice Activities in Pittsburgh
Though the Penguins put in a day of physicals, meetings and off-ice activities on Friday; today marked the first day of on ice activities. The sessions were open to the public and there was plenty of fan support. Most were in the house to witness the return of Sidney Crosby…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/17/11 | Comments 3

Penguins Announce Third Jersey Schedule…
The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule, but what is more interesting is the fact that they have made last year’s Winter Classic dark blues the official third jersey. That won’t sit well with many fans who were a bit disappointed with the jerseys upon their unveiling last fall.…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/13/11 | Comments 0

Penguins Announce Third Jersey Schedule…
The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule, but what is more interesting is the fact that they have made last year’s Winter Classic dark blues the official third jersey. That won’t sit well with many fans who were a bit disappointed with the jerseys upon their unveiling last fall.…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/13/11 | Comments 7

Led By Crosby, 14 Penguins Players Deliver Season Tickets
Those of you who have read my blogs over the years know that I have always been very complimentary of how the Pittsburgh Penguins treat their fans… at least most of the time anyway. They have always done a number of things to make the fans feel involved such as…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 | Comments 13

Evgeni Malkin Issues Video Statement
Many in the hockey world are still reeling from the events of Wednesday morning that saw a plane crash take the lives of all but one member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL team that was en route to the first game of its season in Minsk. Watching the pain and…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/09/11 | Comments 1

Penguins Sign Richard Park to One-Year Deal
As the Penguins headed into the free agent frenzy this summer all of the talk focused on the fact that they might re-sign a former player. A guy who was drafted by the team back in the early 90’s, but hadn’t skated in the Burgh in a decade. Though the…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/08/11 | Comments 12

Crosby Meets the Press - Video
As we all know, Sidney Crosby meets the press this afternoon at 12:30pm. There isn’t a ton of insight into what will be discussed during the presser, but he is slated to give an update on his health after meeting with experts in both Michigan and Georgia following a reoccurance…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/07/11 | Comments 31

Penugins release promotional schedule, Tickets on sale 09/16
Over the next few days we will really be ramping up coverage here at FTPT, but in the interim I thought I would post the Penguins’ promotional schedule that just arrived in my inbox. There are a number of interesting items this year along with some old favorites such as…
Posted by brianmetzer on 09/06/11 | Comments 3

Season Opening Game Against Vancouver Highlights Penguins’ National TV Broadcast Schedule
For those of you who have been wondering what the Penguins’ national TV broadcast schedule would look like, your prayers have been answered. The Penguins will appear on nation TV the maximum 12 times starting with their season opening game against the Vancouver Canucks. Counting the game in Vancouver, the…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/18/11 | Comments 1

Shero/Bylsma Videos from this afternoon…
Though I try to avoid posting a lot of the same things that you might have already seen on the Penguins official site, I did receive the embed codes to the videos from today’s pressers from my predecessor, Tony Ferrante, so I figured that I would post them for you…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/15/11 | Comments 2

Ray Shero Addresses Crosby Situation
Though Ray Shero issued a couple of statements last night via phone call or text to a couple of the newspapers in Pittsburgh, he officially met with the media this afternoon to shed some light on the Sidney Crosby situation. Not that Shero has ever struck me as a worry…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/15/11 | Comments 2

UPDATED: Thoughts on the Crosby speculation: Penguins/Bylsma could make statement
Rob Rossi has tweeted a comment from Pens’ GM Ray Shero: Shero on #Crosby: “There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything.” * * * * * Many folks have speculated about Sidney Crosby’s health since his…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/15/11 | Comments 21

Penguins Sign First Round Pick Joe Morrow
The Penguins have signed their first round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Joe Morrow, to a three-year entry-level deal. Morrow was recently in town for the Penguins developmental camp and opened some eyes with his attention to detail, better than expected skating and hockey smarts. Morrow bolsters…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/03/11 | Comments 1

A Day Late and a Dollar Short… Happy Birthday Geno!
How selfish of me. I spent the last week enjoying all that the summer has to offer, taking in several different concerts in and around the Pittsburgh area such as Exodus, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Motley Crue, Poison, U2, Kingdom of Sorrow, Megadeth, Godsmack, Disturbed and even managed to give Dave…
Posted by brianmetzer on 08/01/11 | Comments 2

When it Doesn’t Make Sense… It Doesn’t Make Sense
Ah, the summertime… bikinis, baseball, hot dogs, humidity, high temps, vacations and ABSURD trade rumors. I realize that the probability of an absurd trade rumor making the rounds is much higher during the months between the start of unrestricted free agency and the opening of training camps, but sometimes I…
Posted by brianmetzer on 07/28/11 | Comments 19

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