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Moving On
I wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to be moving the blog over to the Penguins blog "Pensburgh", over at SB Nation. Many thanks to Paul for his years of support here.  He's a good friend and a class act. Also wanted to thank all of the readers/commenters over…
Posted by Tony on 03/10/14 | Comments 7

Penguins Get Rude Refresher to Playoff Hockey
I wonder when the Penguins flew back to the East Coast early this morning after their shootout win in Anaheim they collectively got light bulbs popping up in their heads: "Damn, the Blackhawks, Sharks and Ducks sure beat us up all game long" "Damn, the Blackhawks, Sharks and Ducks didn't…
Posted by Tony on 03/08/14 | Comments 7

Starkey: Penguins stars on the spot
Excellent article by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Joe Starkey: The story isn't Ryan Kesler. Not at all. The Penguins swung hard and missed on Kesler. So give 'em credit for stepping to the plate — general manager Ray Shero always does — and let it go. Move on. The story…
Posted by Tony on 03/06/14 | Comments 0

OK Hockey Gods, This Is Getting Ridiculous
All NHL teams get injuries.  Hell, all teams get injuries. But the injuries that have befallen this season's Pittsburgh Penguins, what could already have been described as bizarre, is now getting ridiculous. This with the truly shocking news that highly touted offensive defenseman Kris Letang has suffered a mild stroke…
Posted by Tony on 02/08/14 | Comments 3

Vokoun On Road Back To Support Fleury If (When?) Needed
The Penguins provided some promising and somewhat surprising news recently when they announced that veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun was not only taken off blood thinners, but had started to face shots in practice. Many of us might have thought that highly unlikely given the prognosis of Vokoun's pelvic blood clot…
Posted by Tony on 02/02/14 | Comments 0

Shero With Tough Decisions on Penguins’ Defense
  It's a necessary evil.  It's a nice problem to have. For when you employ two of the top handful of players in the NHL in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with cap hits of $8.7 and $9.5 million (starting next season), respectively, not to mention James Neal and Paul…
Posted by Tony on 01/25/14 | Comments 1

Pledge Drive For A Good Cause
Passing this along, from my friends and colleagues at Pensburgh: Following up on and inspired by the charitable work of sites like Bonk's Mullet and The Production Line (with support from our SB Nation friends Winging It In Motown), which supported the Sens Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Michigan…
Posted by Tony on 01/24/14 | Comments 0

Bravo Scuds, Bravo
When asked if the Penguins deserved to win what ended up being a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers this past Friday night in Western Canada, veteran Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi pulled no punches, saying: “Absolutely not,” Scuderi said. “If you're going to try and play hockey like the…
Posted by Tony on 01/14/14 | Comments 2

Penguins Sign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a Two-Year Contract Extension
From The Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2015-16 campaign, and has an average annual value of $600,000.…
Posted by Tony on 12/21/13 | Comments 0

Tix for Pens/Hawks Stadium Series Game Sell Out in Under 24 Hours
From NHL Public Relations: NEW YORK (December 12, 2013) – The public ticket allotment to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field has sold out, the National Hockey League® announced today. The tickets, which went on sale Wednesday, Dec.…
Posted by Tony on 12/12/13 | Comments 0

Bylsma Continues Game of Musical Muckers
Seems like a decade ago when the Penguins had a pretty damn formidable 3rd line of Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy.  Throw in Max Talbot in there as well for good measure. Call me crazy, but in this schmuck's opinion, it may have very well been those four…
Posted by Tony on 12/04/13 | Comments 12

Blackhawks-Penguins from Soldier Field Moves to NBC in Primetime
From NBC Sports Network: STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 14, 2013 – The 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., will now air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The game was originally scheduled to…
Posted by Tony on 11/14/13 | Comments 1

Penguins Pretty Much Who We Thought They’d Be.  So Far.
Coming up on 20% of the regular season in the books for your Pittsburgh Penguins and honestly, there haven't been a whole helluva lot of surprises: They currently lead the Eastern Conference with 22 points. Sidney Crosby leads the league in scoring. And yes, Marc-Andre Fleury is off to an…
Posted by Tony on 11/03/13 | Comments 5

Bob Costas to Go One-On-One With Sidney Crosby on Costas Tonight
From the NBC Sports Network: BOB COSTAS GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH SIDNEY CROSBY ON COSTAS TONIGHT Costas’ In-Depth Sit-Down with Crosby Debuts Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN “Scoring an overtime-winning goal in your own country, playing for Canada, a country that’s so passionate about hockey – it’s…
Posted by Tony on 10/24/13 | Comments 2

Penguins Plan To Keep Defenseman Maatta For More Than Audition
From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Rob Rossi: Olli Maatta is staying for a while. The Penguins will allow Maatta, a 19-year-old defenseman, to play in more than nine games, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. That decision was reached before Maatta's pivotal role on the tying goal in the Penguins' 4-3…
Posted by Tony on 10/19/13 | Comments 2

Penguins Start Regular Season Where They Left Off
The saying goes that you can only beat teams that are on your schedule. The Penguins are playing decent hockey, although in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter how well you play as long as you're winning.  The benefits of regular season success can surely be debated,…
Posted by Tony on 10/16/13 | Comments 7

I’m Sorry, But It WAS Only One Game For Fleury
Oh how I love sports fans. "Marc-Andre Fleury is back!" That was the sentiment promulgating around the Internetz Thursday night.  You are now to purge your memory of Fleury's horrible playoff performance last season, one of which he was not only yanked from games, but benched in favor of Tomas…
Posted by Tony on 10/05/13 | Comments 8

Penguins Sign Kobasew to One-Year Contract
From the Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Chuck Kobasew to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.  The deal has an average annual value of $550,000. Kobasew, 31, attended training camp with the Penguins on a professional tryout contract.…
Posted by Tony on 10/02/13 | Comments 0

Penguins Get Bucco Fever
From the Penguins:  
Posted by Tony on 10/01/13 | Comments 1

Penguins Make Final Cuts:  Letang, Vokoun to IR
The Penguins management team got creative this afternoon in order to make their "final" cuts and get down to the roster limit of 23 players. Forward Beau Bennett was assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL, but this was purely a temporary measure.  He is fully expected to be in the Pens' lineup…
Posted by Tony on 09/30/13 | Comments 1

Penguins Reduce Roster By Eight
From the Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned eight players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Players sent to WBS were forwards Nick Drazenovic, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Steve MacIntyre, Jayson Megna and Adam Payerl, and defensemen…
Posted by Tony on 09/22/13 | Comments 0

Penguins’ Defensive Prospects Nipping At Vet’s Heels For Roster Spots
Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero, or as we affectionately call him GMRS, has taken some heat in recent drafts for stockpiling defensive prospects and thereby bypassing forwards.  It's not an inaccurate criticism:  It's pretty clear to anyone who takes a look at the Penguins' minor league affiliates.  Their strength, without…
Posted by Tony on 09/20/13 | Comments 4

Niskanen Knows His Future Might Be Elsewhere
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Dave Molinari: Matt Niskanen knows the numbers. More important, he understands what they might mean for his future with the Penguins. He's aware that the Penguins, who will open training camp next Wednesday, are roughly $1.1 million over the NHL's salary-cap ceiling of $64.3 million for…
Posted by Tony on 09/03/13 | Comments 0

Penguins ‘13-‘14:  Hell If I Know
I have a confession to make. We're 11 days from the opening of training camp, and I haven't even remotely started to "get into" the start of hockey season. Can you blame me?  The Pirates are finally at the very least not only going to have a winning season for…
Posted by Tony on 08/31/13 | Comments 5

Kris Letang Summer Workouts
From the Penguins:  
Posted by Tony on 08/20/13 | Comments 1

Penguins Sign Forward Matt D’Agostini
NEWS ALERT: #Pens have signed forward Matt D’Agostini to a one-year contract. The deal has an AAV of $550,000. MORE: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 10, 2013
Posted by Tony on 07/10/13 | Comments 1

Scuderi To Return to Penguins for 4 Years, $3.375 Million Per
Now Official - $3.375M AAV per. BREAKING NEWS: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Rob Scuderi to a four-year contract — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 5, 2013  
Posted by Tony on 07/05/13 | Comments 7

I Guess The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Happy 4th of July to everyone out there.  I'll be spending this afternoon hopefully watching Gerrit Cole mow down the Phillies for another win for the team with the best record in baseball, your Pittsburgh Pirates. What a benchmark week for the Penguins.  GM Ray Shero could've taken this club…
Posted by Tony on 07/04/13 | Comments 1

Penguins Acquire 2nd Round Pick for F Tyler Kennedy
BREAKING NEWS: #Pens acquire 2013 2nd-round pick (50th overall) from San Jose in exchange for Tyler Kennedy — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 30, 2013
Posted by Tony on 06/30/13 | Comments 3

Report:  Letang Re-Signs with Penguins - 8 years, $58 million
Kris Letang contract with Penguins. 8 years / 58 M (#58!) 7.25 AVV Limited no trade to 15 teams. #RDS — Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) June 30, 2013 With Letang re-signing, #Penguins will now be paying seven players a cap total of $44.3M in 2014-15. — CapGeek (@capgeek) June 30, 2013
Posted by Tony on 06/30/13 | Comments 9

Torn on Tanger
One schmuck's opinion:  Kris Letang is a very good NHL defenseman.  Kris Letang is an outstanding offensive NHL defenseman. But if Letang were reading this column, I'd have to say this right away:  Those media reports stating Penguins' management feel Paul Martin, and not you, was the best Pens' defenseman…
Posted by Tony on 06/28/13 | Comments 9

Penguins, Kunitz Agree to Three Year Extension
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari: Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with LW Chris Kunitz. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) June 27, 2013   Person familiar with Kunitz deal says his salary will be "a bit more than current but less than $4 million" against salary cap. —…
Posted by Tony on 06/27/13 | Comments 2

Penguins Acquire Harry Zolnierczyk from Anaheim for Alex Grant
NEWS ALERT: The #Pens have acquired forward Harry Zolnierczyk from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Alex Grant — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 24, 2013
Posted by Tony on 06/24/13 | Comments 9

Starkey:  Lemieux, Burkle Endorse Status Quo
From Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Starkey lists the majority of bullets for those not agreeing with a contract extension for Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma. Instead, they essentially told the world — via Shero — that they are accepting of the hideous playoff implosions that have marked the past…
Posted by Tony on 06/13/13 | Comments 4

Penguins, Malkin Agree to 8 year, $76 Million Contract Extension
NEWS ALERT: #Pens have agreed to terms with forward Evgeni Malkin on an eight-year $76 million contract extension: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 13, 2013
Posted by Tony on 06/13/13 | Comments 3

Bruins/Penguins Game 4:  Stunned
Congratulations to the Bruins for their dominating performance.  I think I can speak for most Pens fans when I say that even the morning after I sit here in a bit of a daze.  Not in that the Penguins lost, the Bruins are a quality opponent and it was common…
Posted by Tony on 06/08/13 | Comments 6

Bruins/Penguins Game 3:  Time to Start Looking Forward
Sigh. What a frickin' hockey game.  Just outstanding. Not going to waste my time talking about the Jagr no-call on Malkin.  There were so many no-calls in overtime it wasn't going to get called.  Maybe if Malkin was in the offensive zone, who knows. But now that the Penguins are…
Posted by Tony on 06/06/13 | Comments 4

Bruins/Penguins Game 2:  Bylsma May Now Be Coaching for his Job
Barf. Let's be clear:  Dan Bylsma does not tend goal.  Dan Bylsma does not try to score goals.  Dan Bylsma does not provide defense in front of his goalie. But as we all know, that doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the world of professional sports. Because as…
Posted by Tony on 06/04/13 | Comments 36

Bruins/Penguins Game 1:  Not a Shocking Result
Pretty damn entertaining hockey game, I must say. The Penguins 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals wasn't due to their opponent outhustling and/or outworking them. It was just a good old-fashioned, hard-fought game that saw the Bruins capitalize on their chances, while the…
Posted by Tony on 06/02/13 | Comments 9

Scratch his back with a hacksaw:  Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange remains an iconic hockey voice
From Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2001, Lange is an icon in the Steel City, following in the big footprints of Bob Prince, who was the voice of the Pirates for 28 years, and Myron Cope,…
Posted by Tony on 05/23/13 | Comments 0

Marc-André Fleury: A quandary for Pittsburgh, a headache for Canada
From Roy MacGregor of the Toronto Globe and Mail: Three Dog Night had it all wrong. One is not the loneliest number. It’s 29. No. 29, also known as Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is on the ice at Consol Energy Center. He is skating between Zambonis as they re-surface…
Posted by Tony on 05/16/13 | Comments 13

Fleury Sits, Vokoun to Start for Penguins in Game Five
From the Penguins' Sam Kasan: Tomas Vokoun will be the Penguins starting goaltender in Game 5 Thursday night against the NY Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. “We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us and be a goaltender we can count on to go in and play…
Posted by Tony on 05/08/13 | Comments 13

Crosby on Cover of This Week’s Sports Illustrated
From Sports Illustrated: (NEW YORK – May 7, 2013) – Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby continues to amaze by coming back from injury better than when he left, writes Michael Rosenberg in this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  Since returning from a 13 game absence with a broken jaw, Crosby, who makes…
Posted by Tony on 05/07/13 | Comments 1

Must-See Hockey: Penguins Among Top-Rated Sports Teams Since ’97
From Sports Business Daily's John Ourand, Are this year’s Pittsburgh Penguins about to join the ranks of the most-watched American sports teams? Heading into their final regular-season games last week, the Penguins were on pace to post the highest average RSN rating for any U.S.-based MLB, NBA or NHL team…
Posted by Tony on 05/01/13 | Comments 0

Penguins Postseason:  Formidable, but not Invincible
And so it starts. As we near the beginning of another year of NHL Playoffs with the Penguins facing the Islanders, many of the prognosticators list the Penguins as a strong contender, if not favorite, to win the Stanley Cup. It's certainly not an outlandish prediction:  The Pens went 36-12…
Posted by Tony on 04/29/13 | Comments 3

Now Must Be The Time For Fleury to Silence His Critics
Call me a glutton for punishment. Recently, I spent a couple of hours watching the highlights (if you could call them that) of the Penguins' last three seasons of playoff games since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. As you can imagine, it wasn't pretty.  But it wasn't pretty exclusively…
Posted by Tony on 04/21/13 | Comments 3

Video:  Crosby Feels Better; No Timetable For Return

Posted by Tony on 04/08/13 | Comments 2

With Titanium Plates, Crosby’s Jaw Expected To Heal Quickly
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari: The type of jaw surgery that Sidney Crosby endured last weekend after being hit in the face with a puck should, at the latest, allow him to return to game action by the time the playoffs begin in a month, experts say. "As long…
Posted by Tony on 04/02/13 | Comments 9

Iginla Meets Pittsburgh Press, In Lineup This Afternoon vs. Islanders

Posted by Tony on 03/30/13 | Comments 0

Q&A with Ray Shero on Iginla Trade
From the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sam Kasan: Twitter seemed convinced that the Boston Bruins had landed Iginla. Were you following any of that or know about other teams vying for him? I saw some of that. I never asked Calgary who was involved. I had no idea. It was just what…
Posted by Tony on 03/28/13 | Comments 6

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