Mike Colligan | @MikeColligan

Mike Colligan is an NHL analyst at Forbes SportsMoney and The Hockey Writers. Email: MJColligan@gmail.com

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(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. ┬áHe just kew it. “We seemed, in […]

Ray Shero won the 2013 General Manager of the Year Award. (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 · 1 comment · Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Marc-Andre Fleury: The Road to Resurgence

Game 1 of the 2007 playoffs against Ottawa defined Fleury’s early career struggles at the NHL level.

by · May 9, 2014 · 1 comment · Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

What’s Wrong With Sidney Crosby?

Sidney Crosby hasn’t scored a goal since March.

Sidney Crosby should seek a sports psychologist. (Photo Credit: Andy Martin Jr)

Pittsburgh vs Columbus: The Story in the Stats

Columbus has hit Pittsburgh defensemen 89 times. Penguins forwards have only returned the favor 48 times.

Brandon Dubinsky (Andy Martin Jr.)

Pittsburgh’s Powerplay Will Lead to Their Success…and Failure

The Penguins simply cannot afford to lose the special teams battle.

by · April 21, 2014 · 3 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Letang has not been allowed to join the rush as often this season (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Reasons Why the Penguins Have a Possession Problem (Part II)

The Penguins aren’t deep enough this year. They’ll have to rely on a top-heavy forward group and hope that a deeper team like Boston doesn’t make them pay.

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

Do the Penguins Have a Puck Possession Problem? (Part I)

The 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins are in trouble from a puck possession perspective. The question is: why?

by · April 15, 2014 · 4 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Cole has one year remaining on his contract (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

3 Questions: Brandon Sutter, Cap Space, Other Trade Options for Pittsburgh

How much is Brandon Sutter worth? How much cap space do the Penguins have? Who are other trade options?

3 Questions: Ryan Kesler and the Penguins

3 Questions: Ryan Kesler and the Penguins

Nothing Ray Shero does over the next 48 hours will put Pittsburgh into the class of St. Louis or a handful of others in the Western Conference.