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PENGUINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Penguins Show Heart

I don’t know about you. But when Logan Couture misfired on his shootout attempt to clinch a win for the Penguins on Sunday, I stood and cheered. After all, victories have been hard to come by. So have heart-and-soul efforts. That’s precisely what we got against San Jose. Forced to skate with only five defensemen due to cap constraints and injuries to Kris Letang and Christian...
Via PenguinPoop
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Does Sidney Crosby Deserve MVP Consideration?

In this week’s edition of HotTake Tuesday, Nick and James discuss if Kris Letang should call it a career, whether or not Sidney Crosby deserves MVP consideration for his season, and more… Sit back and enjoy the takes on this beautiful Tuesday morning… Should Kris Letang Call It A Career? Richter: I would. Do I think he will? No. This last hit definitely conjured up images...
Via The PensNation
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flyers-Penguins Preview

Injuries to Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang have left the Pittsburgh Penguins down a defenseman, forcing a five-man rotation to play heavy minutes as they fight for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Philadelphia Flyers would like nothing more than to make their rivals' situation more difficult. Pittsburgh looks to avoid dropping a seventh straight meeting...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Colligan: 5 Questions on Lapierre, College Free Agents, and Crosby’s Ice Time

This a column by Mike Colligan that appears every week on The Pensblog. You can find more of Mike’s work at his site, ColliganHockey.com. (1) Is Pittsburgh’s fourth line better than their third line? Ten days ago, the Penguins front office planted a bizarre story in the media claiming the team was considering the use of unproven rookies like Kasperi Kapanen, Bryan Rust, Oskar...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Winning With WInnik, Pens' PK and This & That by @ChicksDIgHockey

(Post-Gazette) ~ * ~ Daniel Winnik has been a welcome surprise in a tough season. When the Pens aggressively pursued him, I admit I wasn’t sold. I didn’t really see what was so special about him.  Allow me to wipe the egg off my face. I love him.  He was an immediate upgrade on the PK. He’s a big body who is aggressive and talented at taking away chances, even in big...
Via PensInitiative
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five Times Evgeni Malkin Was Brilliant with Media and Didn’t Get Enough Credit by @wutendeskind

Evgeni Malkin is great with reporters, even if he'd rather have you believe otherwise.  Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Kris Letang Consider Retirement?

When should an athlete at his peak, like Kris Letang, throw in the towel? (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette) By: Jim Meinecke It is hard to think of an athlete that has had more of a rollercoaster career than Kris Letang. He is a player that has amazing physical attributes that include tremendous skating, stick handling, and a perfect blend of offense and defense. He has been near the top...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 76. Penguins survive unlimited penalty kill, win in shootout.

In the wake of the Letang injury, the Pens came into this game with a handicap. They only had five defensemen dressed and Beau Bennett was dressed. The Sharks are a really stupid team as a whole and should be disbanded. If this weekend proved anything, it is that the Penguins need Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together. There is always a lot of comparing the two, but their games...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Engblom is busted open after taking a puck to the forehead

Your browser does not support iframes. It’s amazing that this doesn’t happen more often. During Penguins-Sharks over the weekend, NBC’s between the glass analyst Brian Engblom caught a puck square to the forehead when it got redirected off Sidney Crosby’s stick.  Engblom was rushed away from the bench area with a towel covering his face, then returned a few moments later...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 76 – Pens band together to survive in 3-2 (SO) win over Sharks

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Sharks 2 (SO) Record: 42-23-11 Goals Hornqvist (24) from Winnik, Cole Kunitz (17) (PP) from Crosby, PouliotSO Goals: Perron, Crosby Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (hooking) – Unnecessary (follows Pavelski getting...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Losing Kris Letang Might Doom Pittsburgh Penguins’ Playoff Hopes

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) During the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, star defender Kris Letang was severely injured. Losing Letang was...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Letang released from hospital, but has concussion

  Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary hit he received Saturday from Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Letang was released from a hospital Sunday. “Like anything else, we’ll just take it as a day-to-day thing and we’ll see how he reacts and recovers from it,” coach Mike Johnston said. Letang, who...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 75. Pens get some breathing room with a big win.

Malkin and Hornqvist were making their big return. The Pens were gonna have healthy forwards. Nope. Nice try. David Perron was a late scratch with a mysterious illness. And Kris Letang may be out for a while after getting rocked by Shane Doan. The Pens were going into this weekend kind of on shaky ground. Everyone is afraid to admit it, but the Pens were a couple losses away this...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Will be Tested with a Shorthanded Lineup

Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on March 07, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Mandatory Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images) For the first time in recent memory the Pittsburgh Penguins are actually fighting to retain one of the three Metropolitan division playoff spots. With...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Boynton suspended from radio job after allegedly biting casino security

Former NHL defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended from his job as a radio announcer for the Arizona Coyotes in the wake of a disturbing incident that took place at a casino early Thursday morning. Boynton, who is in Buffalo for Arizona’s game against the Sabres on Thursday night, allegedly threw a fit after he...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Winnik Hitting Stride with Pittsburgh Penguins as Playoffs Near

Daniel Winnik #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves the puck during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Consol Energy Center on March 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Daniel Winnik has had quite the tumultuous season. After leaving the Western conference powerhouse Anaheim Ducks last summer to sign with his...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Pascal Dupuis out rest of season with blood clots

  Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been ruled out of the regular season and the playoffs while getting treatment for blood clots. The 35-year-old Dupuis hasn't played since beginning treatment for blood clots in November. The team initially held out hope Dupuis could return in time for the postseason. He is prohibited from contact while taking blood thinners to treat...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins GM says Pascal Dupuis won’t return this season

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will not play again this season. Dupuis has not played since being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung Nov. 19. General manager Jim Rutherford made the announcent on Monday. “Based on the doctor’s report I don’t believe we’ll see Pascal this year, and that’s a big loss,” Rutherford said...
Via Sports-Glory
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Penguins Primed for a Collapse?

It was a pretty goal. Especially by recent black-and-gold standards. Beau Bennett cruised into the slot, gathered up a loose puck, and slipped it through the goalie’s five-hole. Problem is, it was Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. Bennett’s wrong-way play seems to epitomize the plight of the Penguins, who’ve lost four straight. A team built to score goals suddenly can’t buy...
Via PenguinPoop
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Guerin thinks the Penguins whine too much

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a reputation as being a team that loves to complain. Sidney Crosby and his teammates have been given nicknames surrounding this very idea, mocking the fact the Penguins are often seen complaining to the officials after penalty calls and offside whistles. Is there any validity to these statements or are fans of opposing teams just trying to rag on the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Steve Downie pushes an official, earns a misconduct

Steve Downie broke one of the most obvious rules in the NHL – never push/hit an official. Downie apparently forgot this rule as he knocked an official to the ice while trying to stir things up with the Red Wings. He received a 10-minute misconduct and avoided being tossed from the game as the officials believed Downie’s blunder wasn’t intentional. He later went on to pick...
Via Puck Drunk Love
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sidney Crosby gets leveled in open-ice hit

Sidney Crosby might want to keep his head on a swivel. The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar usually steers clear of big hits and bruising defenders. In Sunday’s matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, however, Sid the Kid found himself on the wrong end of a crushing blow, courtesy of Jackets forward Ryan Johansen. That sound you heard was the entire city of Pittsburgh gasping as...
Via NESN.com
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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