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

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HSBC Arena in Buffalo (ScallopHolden/Flickr)

Could former Penguins GM Craig Patrick be nearing an NHL return?

When the Pittsburgh Penguins decided not to extend General Manager Craig Patrick’s contract in 2006, all parties knew a fresh start was needed. Patrick had positioned his team perfectly to […]

by · February 4, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins
Video: Brent Johnson fights Rick DiPietro, admits this wasn’t his first battle

Video: Brent Johnson fights Rick DiPietro, admits this wasn’t his first battle

PITTSBURGH – For the second time in as many nights, a Pittsburgh Penguins player landed a huge punch that resulted in a game misconduct.  Last night it was Jordan Staal‘s […]

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

Malkin to IR, Eric Tangradi Recalled as Injuries Mount for Penguins

PITTSBURGH – The All-Star break was supposed to be a chance for the Pittsburgh Penguins to get healthy for the stretch run, but even the best-laid plans can go amiss. […]

by · February 2, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Injury Report, Pittsburgh Penguins
Staal returns

Jordan Staal Gets Match Penalty for Sucker Punch

Late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ battle with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, Jordan Staal charged into a scrum and landed a blindside punch on […]

Kris Letang's contract extension has not been finalized (Tom Turk/THW)

Penguins Get Back to Work: All-Star Notes, Roster Updates and more

Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury returned to practice with their teammates yesterday afternoon at the CONSOL Energy Center as the team gears up for a game at Madison Square Garden […]

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‘State of the NHL’ with Gary Bettman: Phoenix, Nabokov, Concussions, Quebec City and…Siberia?

RALEIGH, NC – Commissioner Gary Bettman gave his annual ‘State of the NHL’ address on Saturday afternoon at the RBC Center, site of the 2011 All-Star game. Before opening up […]

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NHL SuperSkills Competition: Events and Players

The NHL All-Stars and Rookies will compete in six events at the SuperSkills Competition tonight at 7:00pm: Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot, and Elimination […]

by · January 29, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · All-Star Weekend
Captain Eric Staal takes Cam Ward with the first pick as Mike Green looks on (Tom Turk/THW)

Brendan Shanahan happy with fantasy draft, surprised Ward went first

RALEIGH, NC – Brendan Shanahan was named NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development in December 2009 and his first major assignment was overhauling the annual All-Star game. Friday […]

by · January 29, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · All-Star Weekend, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Videos
Runway heading to the ice at RBC Center in Raleigh (Tom Turk/THW)

Three Thoughts Heading Into All-Star Weekend

RALEIGH, NC – The 2011 All-Star Weekend kicks off tonight as the fantasy draft gets underway from the Raleigh Convention Center at 8:00pm ET (TV: VERSUS, TSN, RDS). Team captain […]

Sidney Crosby

Report: Sidney Crosby to miss All-Star Game; Malkin may skip as well

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins prevailed without their pair of $8.7m superstars in the lineup on Saturday night in a 3-2 win against Carolina.  Jordan Staal played his best game […]

by · January 23, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · All-Star Weekend, Injury Report, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Nabokov brings playoff experience from his days with the San Jose Sharks. (Dave Nelson/wikimedia)

What if Nabokov Signing was the Ultimate Chess Move for Detroit?

Confusion lingers in the wake of Evgeni Nabokov‘s return to the NHL as every passing hour brings another twist and turn.  After Nabokov signed a one-year deal with the Detroit […]

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

Forget stepping up, is it time to shut Evgeni Malkin down?

A conscience crisis? From thousands of miles outside of Pittsburgh, that’s what the drama surrounding Sidney Crosby‘s concussion was termed last week as skeptics donned their tinfoil hats in an […]