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

James Neal has become a major component of the Pens' prolific attack. (Icon SMI)

Analyzing James Neal’s Fast Start in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Another game.  Another goal.  James Neal‘s first period tally sparked Pittsburgh to a 3-1 win over Montreal Thursday night and tied him with Phil Kessel for the NHL goal-scoring […]

Arron Asham Apologizes For Post-Fight Gestures

Arron Asham Apologizes For Post-Fight Gestures

PITTSBURGH – Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin began the night shaking hands in an effort to show respect for the victims of the Lokomotive plane crash. After 62 minutes of […]

Deryk Engelland should be spending more time in front of the Penguins net (Tom Turk/THW)

Penguins Playbook: Pens Still Adjusting To Defensive System

The Pittsburgh Penguins were fairly happy with the result of their three-game Western Canada road swing (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton).

by · October 11, 2011 · 2 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
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Pittsburgh Penguins Roster and Cap Analysis

The first week of the season is becoming an annual tradition of roster complication and chaos for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Front offices around the NHL probably don’t feel bad for […]

Brooks Orpik will have his hands full on the larger Olympic ice surface against the world's best players.(Icon SMI)

Pittsburgh Penguins Training Camp – Week 1 News and Notes

After two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins are an undefeated 6-0 in preseason play at the Consol Energy Center.  Their flawless record will remain intact until at least next fall. Three […]

by · September 26, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Dan Bylsma has the Crosby-less Penguins in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race (Tom Turk/THW)

Dan Bylsma Looking for Competitive Advantage at R&D Camp

If Jack Adams Awards are any indication, recent winners Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett are two of the best coaches in the NHL today. With training camps set to open […]

by · August 19, 2011 · 2 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Jason Williams spent time on Ilya Kovalchuk's wing in Atlanta (Flickr/FrenchKheldar)

Penguins Sign Versatile Veteran Jason Williams

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Jason Williams to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level.

Shea Weber: one of the Nashvillie Predators' NHL draft day gems. (Icon: SMI)

NHL Arbitration Dates

Salary arbitration hearings begin on Wednesday and go through August 4. Many hearings never come to fruition as teams and players are free to negotiate a new contract right up until the hearing takes place.

Tomas Vokoun is this year's Evgeni Nabokov (Rabbethan/wikimedia)

Five Reflections on the Free Agent Frenzy

It’s been 72 hours since the start of free agency and the steady stream of signings has slowed to a drip, but General Managers aren’t quite on vacation just yet. […]

Evgeni Malkin is recovering from ACL surgery (Tom Turk/THW)

Evgeni Malkin Talks KHL, Kittens and the Russian Mafia

The Russian website sports.ru recently featured a pair of great interviews with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins as he recovers from knee surgery. Both interviews were conducted in Russian […]

by · July 2, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Steve Sullivan gets a fresh start with the Pittsburgh Penguins (Dan4th/Flickr)

Steve Sullivan Signs One-Year Deal with Penguins

PITTSBURGH – General Manager Ray Shero said he was turning his focus to his own team after removing a one-year, $2m offer to Jaromir Jagr from the table this morning. […]

by · July 1, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Free Agents, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins
Could Drew Doughty be an offer sheet target? (Icon SMI)

2011-12 NHL RFA Compensation and Rules

The start of NHL free agency on Friday was shaping up to be an interesting time, but best of luck to any GM looking to overhaul his roster on July […]

by · June 30, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Atlanta Thrashers, Free Agents, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning