October 18th, 2015 In Column, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

LEAFS DAILY  Well, if the Penguins are a Cup Contender and the Leafs an Auston Matthews contender, you wouldn't have known it by watching last night's game in which the team filled with superstars looked decidedly mediocre against a team made up of cast offs like Arcobello, Parenteau and Boyes. Now, this isn't to say the Leafs were the better...

October 16th, 2015 In Pittsburgh Penguins 0 comments

The Pens gained a lead for the first time this season in the 2nd period when Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal. Shortly thereafter, rookie Daniel Sprong scored his first NHL goal to push the Pens lead to two. Here's that Sprong goal: https://twitter.com/myregularface/status/654812887391694849 Regardless of whether he sticks with the...

October 14th, 2015 In Boston Bruins, Commentary, Pittsburgh Penguins, Top Stories 0 comments

It's been a week since the 2015-16 NHL season began with a banner-raising ceremony in Chicago. Some teams have started out just as well as expected -- see Montreal, Nasvhille and New York Rangers -- while others have surprised people with the successful start to the season -- see San Jose, Arizona and Vancouver. But while those successful...

October 11th, 2015 In Editor's Choice, Penguins Management, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 comments

Rob Scuderi has just eight goals in 722 career regular season games. According to even strength shot data at Puckalytics.com dating back to 2007, Scuderi has scored on less than 2% of his attempted shots. Of course, Rob Scuderi isn't paid to shoot. He definitely isn't paid to score. Yet for the past year, elite Penguins forwards have been...

October 8th, 2015 In Carolina Hurricanes, Hurricanes Transactions, Penguins Transactions, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 comments

It's been more than three calendar years since the Pittsburgh Penguins traded their third-line center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes. The return for the most dominant third-line center in the league was quite a haul. The Penguins received a potential replacement center in Brandon Sutter, defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin and the 8th...

October 7th, 2015 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

Phil Kessel is a beast. It's too bad the Toronto Maple Leafs did not fully appreciate what they had. They traded Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins and immediately made the Pens even more legitimate contenders to win the Stanley Cup. Sure the Leafs are in a rebuilding mode, but in my opinion trading Kessel was shortsighted and not very smart. In a...

October 7th, 2015 In Penguins Transactions, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 comments

It's that time of year again. The annual opening day roster shuffle, when the Pittsburgh Penguins make curious transactions to maximize salary cap flexibility. We've reviewed the details of these moves in prior years: In 2010: the Penguins demoted Eric Tangradi to Wheeling (ECHL) and recalled Patrick Killeen from Wheeling on opening...

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