Do you remember? It was Feb. 20, 2021, the night of Sidney Crosby’s major milestone 1,000th game, with no fans in the stands because of COVID-19, and the Pittsburgh Penguins star center standing on the ice as longtime teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang presented him with a forged silver stick and a mosaic made of pictures from each of his first 999 games as part of a pregame ceremony.
The Pittsburgh Penguins came up just short in game seven against the Rangers and now face a difficult offseason with players leaving. This may be the most difficult offseason the Penguins have faced in a decade. The team has several key players with expiring contracts including Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Kasperi Kapanen, Bryan Rust and Rickard Rakell.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a challenging salary cap situation this offseason, and one forward they need to decide whether or not they are going to re-sign is Bryan Rust. Rust is in the final year of his 3.5 million dollar contract that the 30-year-old signed in 2018 for four years. The thing is, Rust has scored over 20 goals every year the past three seasons and has been one of the best Penguins this team has had.
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Since joining the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent during the 2018 offseason, Mikko Koskinen has drawn criticism from many due to his inconsistent play. At times, he appears to have all the makings of a very good NHL goaltender, but he can never seem to string together a series of great games. Perhaps even more frustrating to both fans and media alike is that while he is capable of making highlight-reel saves, he also gives up his fair share of very soft goals.
As you know the Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in a great 7-Game series, decided in overtime. While the Penguins players clean out their lockers, say goodbye and book their Tee Times, we should review the stats to see what just happened here. Below is my...
One thing the Pittsburgh Penguins have reliably provided for the entirety of Sidney Crosby’s tenure is entertainment, and not just on the ice. Sure, the ends of the 2016 and 2017 playoff runs brought with them parades, but even when things didn’t go as planned, there was something else to look forward to.
As you may have settled in for Game 2 overtime in Florida, lightning struck for Tampa Bay. The St. Louis Blues won’t go quietly against the Colorado Avalanche. What the heck can the Toronto Maple Leafs do now? Nashville will continue to hit ’em with the Hynes. Our folks in Montreal looked at goalies on the NHL trade market, and Dave Molinari examined the Pittsburgh Penguins trade possibilities.
The Vancouver Canucks have named Aiden Fox their new head of the team’s analytics department, according to a report by The Province‘s Patrick Johnston. Fox, 31, has worked in hockey operations for the Canucks since 2016. He became a senior analyst with the team in 2019 while serving under previous analytics head Jonathan Wall.
What will the Pittsburgh Penguins do? Whatever the Penguins management decides to do, it seems the players braced for goodbyes. The Carolina Hurricanes dished a little medicine back to the New York Rangers with a late tying goal and OT win. The Toronto Maple Leafs management will return despite a run of playoff failures, the NHL trade rumors are percolating, and the Battle of Alberta began with a wild skirmish.
The pending free agents of the Pittsburgh Penguins core did not strike an optimistic tone. Nay, it was not only the opposite of optimism, it sounded like a regretful concession to a coming reality. Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Bryan Rust spoke to the Pittsburgh media and fielded the obvious questions about their contract status, their hopes, and what comes next.
Rickard Rakell spent the past two months living alone. Speaking earlier this week, he was eager to get back to his wife — and not just because of relative newlywed bliss. Married last year, Emmeli and Rickard are expecting their first child. “I am really excited about that,” Rakell...
Jason Zucker was a pesky forechecker with speed and tenacity in the Pittsburgh Penguins Round One loss to the New York Rangers. He amassed hits and was a visible presence. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Zucker again missed a significant portion of the season with...
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Ron Hextall hasn’t spoken publicly since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season ended abruptly in New York Sunday night, but when he does, it’s possible that he will lay out his personnel plans for the offseason in granular detail. It’s equally possible that he’ll share that information while wearing...
It was one of my favorite Pittsburgh Penguins pieces of the week, and I’m blessed it came from our own Shelly Anderson. Shelly has been there since the beginning when Sidney Crosby stormed the NHL when Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were learning English. They were barely more than teenagers, but the band of brothers looks like they’ll finish their careers apart. The NHL trade rumor mill is coming to life, and there are some entertaining Game 2s.
A month ago, the decision likely would have been easy for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement requires them to extend a qualifying offer of $3.2 million to Kasperi Kapanen, who is about to become a restricted free agent, if they want to retain his rights. As...
PITTSBURGH — Season holders of the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to express creativity by painting their home ice rink. With the Penguin’s season ending Sunday night during game seven against the New York Rangers, the ice will no longer be needed at PPG Paints Arena until the start of next season.
The ice surface at PPG Paints Arena won’t be needed for hockey again until the fall. But it perhaps never looked better than it did Thursday night. Pittsburgh Penguins season ticket holders were invited for what the organization has made a tradition: a night in which they were free to take to the playing surface and paint messages onto where the Penguins skate at PPG Paints Arena.