Mike Colligan

Mike Colligan is an NHL analyst at Forbes SportsMoney and The Hockey Writers. You can read all of his work at ColliganHockey.com. Email: MJColligan@gmail.com

Recent Articles by Mike

Pittsburgh and Columbus faceoff in Game 1 on Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center (AxsDeny / flickr)

What is the Penguins’ Salary Cap Situation?

The biggest challenge for the Pittsburgh Penguins is going to be navigating the salary cap.

by · March 1, 2015 · 1 comment · Pittsburgh Penguins
Leafs GM Dave Nonis retained half of Daniel Winnik's salary in this week's trade with Pittsburgh (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

How Do Retained Salary Trades Work?

The 2013 CBA gave teams the flexibility to retain a percentage of salary and cap hits in trades. There are a few key limitations to keep in mind.

Jeff Petry has been tacking on the points before the trade deadline. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Target Profile: Jeff Petry

Jeff Petry’s skillset would make him a good defensive fit in the Pittsburgh Penguins system.

Antoine Vermette has joined the Blackhawks (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

18 Players and Where They’ll Land at the NHL Trade Deadline

Where will 18 of the most coveted players land between now and the March 2 NHL trade deadline?

Gary Bettman (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

NHL Escrow: A Tricky Dynamic

Escrow dynamics pit NHL stars against aging veterans in a battle for where the salary cap should be set next year.

by · February 12, 2015 · 0 comments · The Business of Hockey
Evander Kane (Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE)

Evander Kane to the Penguins? Examining the Possibilities

Evander Kane seems like a logical fit for the Pittsburgh Penguins. What would they have to give up?

(Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Pouliot, Harrington, Jagr and the Penguins’ Cap Situation

Will the Penguins be facing a cap penalty next season?

by · January 22, 2015 · 16 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Zach Sill scored for the Pens in his first game since coming back from the NHL. (Alison Myers/THW)

Penguins Utilize Temporary Salary Cap Moves to Set Opening Roster

The Pittsburgh Penguins made five roster moves on Tuesday, sending one training camp surprise back to Europe and a handful of veterans (temporarily) to their Wheeling affiliate in the ECHL. The […]

by · October 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
(Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

The James Neal Trade and Jim Rutherford’s Next Moves

Free agents Milan Michalek and Stephane Robidas make sense for the Penguins.

by · June 30, 2014 · 2 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings Win Game 3; Look to Sweep Rangers

Los Angeles Kings Win Game 3; Look to Sweep Rangers

NEW YORK — Alain Vigneault knew the New York Rangers’ luck had to change as the Stanley Cup Final shifted across the country.  He just kew it. “We seemed, in […]

by · June 10, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers
(Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

The Rise and Fall of Ray Shero’s Pittsburgh Penguins: Part 1

The Penguins’ marketing campaign in 2010 was ‘Defy Ordinary’. Their campaign next season should be ‘Defy Probability’.

by · May 21, 2014 · 20 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh acquired Jokinen for free from Carolina  (Andy Martin Jr)

How Jussi Jokinen Transformed the NHL Breakout

Dan Bylsma says Jussi Jokinen is one of the smartest hockey players he has ever been around.

by · May 12, 2014 · 3 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins