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

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Jim Rutherford’s Future and 12 Final Penguins Thoughts

New faces behind the bench and in the front office won’t relieve the pressure on this franchise that was once blessed with such promise.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston (File Photo)

Inside the Penguins-Rangers Coaching Chess Match

Playoff hockey is a chess match. Each team enters a series with a specific gameplan in mind.

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Emptying the Notebook on Penguins and Rangers

Tomorrow we’ll look at strategic adjustments Mike Johnston and the Pittsburgh Penguins have made to grab an early road victory from the New York Rangers. Today, let’s empty the notebook. […]

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How Much Do Players Get Paid in the Playoffs?

How much do players get paid in the playoffs?

by · April 17, 2015 · 0 comments · The Business of Hockey
James Neal's big shot isn't available in Pittsburgh anymore  (Photo Credit: Andy Martin Jr)

Penguins Playbook: New Twist on an Old Faceoff Play

Pittsburgh had to adjust their faceoff plays after the departure of James Neal.

by · April 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins Playbook: Breaking Down the Breakout

The NHL had Mike Johnston figured out within six weeks.

by · April 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle, and the Future of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Another early playoff exit in 2015 might mean the end of the Mario Lemieux-Ron Burkle ownership era of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will have to improve their playoff performances this season.(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Part 3: The Future of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle, and the Future of the Pittsburgh Penguins: Part III

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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Part 2: Return on Investment

Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle, and the Future of the Pittsburgh Penguins: Part II

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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Part 1: The Cost of Loyalty

Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle, and the Future of the Pittsburgh Penguins: Part I

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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.