Penguins Blueprint: Wilkes-Barre Building a Winning Tradition

As the top seed in the Calder Cup playoffs, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have found a way to defy the traditional minor-league paradox.

Penguins Blueprint: Stocking the Shelves for Free

Stephane Da Costa is the latest potential diamond in the NCAA rough – a late-blooming talent who is a free agent because he was never drafted by an NHL team. The native of Paris, France received a few NHL offers following his freshman season but chose to return to school to work on his game. It seems to have paid off.

Penguins Blueprint: Hossa to Hamhuis – The Evolution of Ray Shero

Ask anyone what trade was instrumental in the Penguins 2007-08 Stanley Cup Finals appearance and they’ll immediately point to Hossa. If Ray Shero’s team returns to the Finals over the next few seasons, the key trade might be one involving a player who never appeared in a Penguins jersey: Dan Hamhuis.

Penguins Blueprint: Commitment to the Core

Malkin and Crosby NHL: Dec 12 Panthers at Penguins

If the Penguins continue to have success in coming seasons GM Ray Shero will be forced to get creative and find ways to keep his talented group of stars together. However, the idea of signing Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin for the rest of their careers isn’t an option he’s considering right now.