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No Rebuild For The Pittsburgh Penguins At This Point

from Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Detroit won its last Stanley Cup in 2008, kept its core together too long and aged out. Los Angeles won its last Stanley Cup in 2014, kept its core together too long and aged out. Chicago won its last Stanley Cup in 2015, kept its core together too long and aged out.

Detroit has missed the playoffs since 2016 and hasn’t won a playoff series since 2013. Los Angeles has missed the playoffs in five of the last seven seasons and hasn’t won a playoff series since 2014. Chicago has missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons and has won one playoff series since 2015.

Of those teams, only the Kings are currently in a playoff spot. (By a measly three points.)

I keep waiting for the Pittsburgh Penguins to hit a wall, too. But they’re a lock to make the playoffs for an incredible 16th straight season.

Full disclosure: The Penguins haven’t won a playoff series since 2018.

But the Penguins won their division last season and would have won their first-round playoff series had goaltender Tristan Jarry not soiled the bed.

The Penguins’ long-time core won the Stanley Cup in 2009, again in 2016 and ’17 and might be getting a third wind.

What makes the Penguins different than Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago? Why haven’t they aged out?

That’s simple: The Penguins’ core is a lot better than the core for any of those teams and clearly has more staying power.

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Pittsburgh Penguins With Five Unanswered Goals In Win Over Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights were worried about how they would start Monday against the Penguins in their first game in six days.

The beginning wasn’t the problem for the slumping Knights, who jumped out to a three-goal advantage. It was their inability to sustain that level of play over the final 40 minutes that proved costly.

Wobbled by a haymaker from Pittsburgh in the second period, the Knights buckled in the third and lost 5-3 to the red-hot Penguins in front of an announced crowd of 18,213 at T-Mobile Arena.

“You never want to get waxed in your own building like that,” Knights captain Mark Stone said. “Three-nothing after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing. We have another two days off between here. A little soul-searching to do.”...

“Every team in the league is going to blow a 3-0 lead at some point during the season. The key is, what do you learn from it?” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a very good team over there. Very resilient team with a lot of veteran, great players. It comes down to little details at key moments in the game, and they were better than us at some of those.”

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Still Winning In Pittsburgh

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

“They’re a good group, they’re a character group. They know how to win. Terrific culture here. And never bet against Sid,” Hextall told The Athletic in an interview Monday.

“Obviously it’s more than Sid, but he’s the driver.”

It’s as if No. 87 heard the rebuild whispers when Hextall took over as GM last February and said, ‘Not on my watch.’

“When you have Crosby, you always have a chance of winning,” a rival GM said in a text message Monday, as we discussed the Penguins’ refusal to adhere to the normal cycle of NHL life.

And let’s be honest: We have been waiting for the train to go off the rails with this team. It’s only natural. You can’t go on forever. The core is aging. The Kings and Blackhawks had to rebuild. It only stands to reason the Penguins will at some point, too.

Just not quite yet.

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10 Wins In A Row For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The uncharacteristically meek crowd at Wells Fargo Center saved most of their boos for Sidney Crosby, their favorite NHL player to hate.

But it was the Penguins’ other big guns who blasted them to Thursday’s 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Bryan Rust buried two more goals. Kris Letang dished out three assists. Jake Guentzel scored twice and has a point in 16 straight. Another strong showing from Tristan Jarry helped their early lead hold up.

The league’s hottest team has won 10 games in a row. This is the just fifth time in franchise history that the Penguins have had a winning streak that long.

“We’re still trying to get better, too,” Brian Boyle, the newcomer, said. “It’s a pretty high standard. … The people driving the bus, the leaders and how hard they work and what they demand of themselves, everybody kind of falls in line.”

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The Fenway Sports Group Will Have Controlling Interest In The Pittsburgh Penguins

BOSTON, MA - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment, and real estate company, today announced that FSG has entered into an agreement to acquire controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The deal, which is subject to approval by the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors, is expected to close before the end of the year.

As part of the transaction, Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle will remain part of the ownership group and will be closely aligned with FSG. Lemieux, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will continue his role guiding hockey operations for the organization. In addition, continuity of leadership will be maintained among the club's senior management team of CEO David Morehouse, COO Kevin Acklin, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, General Manager Ron Hextall, and Head Coach Mike Sullivan.

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Imagine If The Pittsburgh Penguins Were Healthy

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have won five Stanley Cups since 1991. They have had at least one of the best players on the planet virtually every year since 1984, from the great Mario Lemieux to Jaromir Jagr to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. They also have had more than their share of Hall of Famers, like legendary players with names such as Trottier, Mullen, Coffey, Murphy, Francis and Recchi. It has been an amazing ride.

But it could have been so much better....

Would the Penguins have won another Cup if Crosby, Malkin and Letang had been healthy for at least half of the games they missed? I think their chances would have been pretty good.

Where would Crosby rank on the all-time points list if he had played in, say, 100 more games? At the moment, he’s 34th with 1,325 points in 1,039 games, an average of 1.28 points per game. If he had maintained that average in those 100 extra games, he would rank 17th with 1,453 points, just ahead of Bryan Trottier.

I wonder if Crosby and Malkin feel cheated.

How can they not feel cheated?

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The Evolving Dasher Board

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro, and Athletica Sport Systems today announced a state-of-the-art dasher board design that has been installed at the Covestro Innovation Rink at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. This prototype is not only significantly safer for players, but it does not impede the normal puck play off the boards or around the boards. The new technology is shown to provide up to 65% improvement in energy absorption when a player hits the boards using scientific testing of acceleration, force and impact.

Now commercially available, the new dasher board design is the first product that was designed in a unique collaboration among the Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro (a global material science company), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) called "Rethink the Rink." This annual Make-a-thon project uses the technology innovation of CMU and its students combined with the high-tech material science expertise of Covestro engineers, and the game winning insight of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to advance the safety of the game of hockey.

In its first year, the Make-a-thon at Carnegie Mellon focused on rink dasher board design. Dasher boards surround hockey rinks and are used as a boundary; by players playing pucks off the boards in making passes; and checking other players into the boards to separate them from the puck. Hockey is the only major sport with a fixed board boundary so while playing hockey, pucks and players are making frequent contact with the boards, both with high speed and intensity. 

Current board design has very little, if any, "give" when a player comes in contact with them. Most rink board design has steel framed elements, flush against a white High-Density Polyethylene board. Some older rinks still actually use steel framed wooden boards.

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Going Down The Dark Road In Pittsburgh

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I can’t help but think of another team as the Penguins fade. It’s the team that helped shaped this one in its formative years. The one that showed them what high-stakes hockey was all about.

I’m talking about the Detroit Red Wings and how, after losing to the Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup final, they began to erode, imperceptibly at first. They still had a couple of 100-point seasons in them. Still a few trips to the conference finals. You always knew they would make the playoffs. They did that for 25 straight years.

By 2016, though, the Red Wings had become garden-variety, first-round flameouts. That is where their season ended three straight years (sound familiar?). They still seemed dangerous — at least to where you could conjure images of one last title run if you tried hard enough.

But by that time, Detroit’s Big 3 — their Crosby-Malkin-Letang — was down to one: an aging Henrik Zetterberg. Nicklas Lidstrom had retired in 2012. Pavel Datsyuk was headed back to Russia to finish his career.

Instead of competing for championships, the Wings were competing for playoff spots.

I always wished the Penguins and Red Wings would play a finals rubber match and be linked in history forever.

Instead, more than a decade later, they are linked in another way: These Penguins have become the late-stage Red Wings.

The Penguins won’t fade easily. Once-great teams rarely do. They will rage against the dying of the light. No Mike Sullivan team would go down without a fight (except the one in the bubble two years ago).

But let’s be honest here. It’s getting awfully dark.

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Sidney Crosby Had Wrist Surgery, Out At Least Six Weeks

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent a successful wrist procedure today, it was announced by general manager Ron Hextall.

The procedure to Crosby's left wrist was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss of New York, in collaboration with team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas of UPMC.

The 34-year-old center will miss the start of training camp and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.

"This is not a new injury for Sid. It is something that he has played through for years," said Penguins general manager Ron Hextall. "After exhausting all minimally-invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that surgery was in his best interest."

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