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James was a Penguins contributor at THW and SB Nation Pensburgh and owns the Pittsburgh sports blog Slew Footers.

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Recent Articles by James

James Neal looks to score his 1st goal in nine games (Tom Turk/THW)

5 Reasons James Neal Will Win Rocket Richard Honors

With James Neal and the Penguins off to another fast start, there’s plenty of reason to believe he can finish the ’13 season with the Richard Trophy in tow.

by · January 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins' Simon Despres is the team's top trade candidate. (Icon SMI)

Pittsburgh Penguins Positioned to Thrive in Post-Lockout NHL

After last summer’s trades and draft picks, the Penguins seem set to navigate the post-lockout NHL with cap space and Cup talent in equal measure.

by · January 6, 2013 · 1 comment · Pittsburgh Penguins
If the 2012-13 season is to begin on time, or at all, the NHL and its players must find some common ground (sjsharktank @ flickr)

Penguins’ Burkle to Join Tuesday Negotiations

Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle will reportedly join the owners delegation in a Tuesday meeting between players and owners. This is the first significant Pittsburgh involvement in the stalled labor dispute […]

by · December 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins, The Business of Hockey
Gary Bettman runs the show. (Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE)

NHLPA Offers Don’t Create Deal, but Bettman’s PR Ploy is Revealed

Shame on me for ever thinking Donald Fehr and the NHLPA were trying to win hearts and minds while Gary Bettman and NHL owners patiently awaited their payroll kickbacks at […]

Penguins Roster Would Be Transformed by Season-Ending NHL Lockout

Penguins Roster Would Be Transformed by Season-Ending NHL Lockout

It’s not crazy to think the NHL would preside over another season-ending lockout. Given the league’s history, one would be crazy to expect them not to. While the 2012-13 lockout […]

by · September 18, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Free Agents, Pittsburgh Penguins
If the 2012-13 season is to begin on time, or at all, the NHL and its players must find some common ground (sjsharktank @ flickr)

Penguins Could See Few Changes with Proposed CBA

The NHL Players’ Association, led by Executive Director Donald Fehr and supported by a cast of its biggest stars, issued its first proposed version of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement […]

by · August 15, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins, The Business of Hockey
Pittsburgh and Columbus faceoff in Game 1 on Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center (AxsDeny / flickr)

NHL Lockout: Pittsburgh Penguins to Benefit from Status Quo

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ home sellout streak spans five seasons and two arenas. They’ve got the highest local television ratings of any team in the NHL or NBA. They’ve spent to […]

Shane Doan (Flickr/ Project-Cat)

Pittsburgh Penguins Must Bolster Defensive Corps

When the Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their 2011-12 regular season with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, they capped off their finest offensive campaign since the goal-happy seasons of […]

Expiring CBA Shero’s Last Chance to Dance with Long-Term Deals

Expiring CBA Shero’s Last Chance to Dance with Long-Term Deals

That Sidney Crosby received a monster contract extension, in both term and value, surprised no one. That Penguins GM Ray Shero might continue to break a seven-year ethos of avoiding […]

by · June 29, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Free Agents, Pittsburgh Penguins, Trades Contracts and Transactions
Sidney Crosby understands the urgency the Penguins must play with in this shortened season. (Tom Turk/THW)

Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa Headline Pittsburgh’s 2012 Free Agent Class

Sidney Crosby won’t be a free agent this Sunday. If Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins have their way, Crosby may never be a free agent again. Marian Hossa won’t […]

Staal Trade Rumors Persist Despite Shero’s Assurances

Staal Trade Rumors Persist Despite Shero’s Assurances

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin won his first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP Wednesday night. He joined Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby as the four Penguins to have won the […]

by · June 21, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Trades Contracts and Transactions
Next NHL CBA, not Playoff Exit, Will Set Course for Penguins’ Offseason

Next NHL CBA, not Playoff Exit, Will Set Course for Penguins’ Offseason

As far as the Pittsburgh Penguins are concerned, any meaningful trade talk in the wake of another postseason letdown will have to be suspended until at least September 15. That’s […]