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Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

NHL free agency began Wednesday at noon, but it’s a blockbuster trade that has stole the headlines. The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded first-line right winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports the Penguins will send forward prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington and a draft pick to the Leafs...
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Breaking News-Sources: Penguins to acquire Phil Kessel in trade

According to high level sources to The PensBlog, Phil Kessel will be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The players the Pens will send in return has not been made available as of yet. We will update this major story as it develops, but a huge get for the Penguins as a major scoring winger comes to Pittsburgh.
Via The Pensblog
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Checklist by @BrianK_PI

The highlight of the NHL's offseason kicks off at noon today as team's are officially allowed to sign free agents for the upcoming season. Draft weekend gave Pens fans a peek at the frenzy to come as Jim Rutherford and company diligently worked the phones to swing a deal for a top six winger before falling short. With that in mind, the Pittsburgh Penguins do enter free agency with...
Via PensInitiative
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pens Initiative 2015 Free Agency Coverage

(Source: WTAE)This page will be updated throughout the coming days with information about what the Penguins do during this, the opening days of Free Agency. PI Thoughts: (refresh this page to see new tweets) Tweets about #PIFreeAgency from:evil_shero OR from:LCJS OR from:ryannoble66 OR from:hockeynicole OR from:jagermeister OR from:dxtraeger OR from:kjcmalakai OR from:briank_pi...
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Penguins sign defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year contract worth 6.3 million dollars

  (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Defenseman Ian Cole signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins today, which was announced by GM Jim Rutherford. A restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, Cole’s new deal is worth 6.3 million dollars and is a 2.1 million dollar cap hit. A first round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Cole was brought in via trade from...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins sign defenseman Cole to 3-year deal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of $2.1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season. Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Cole had one goal and seven...
Via AP on Fox
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Keeping Perspective by @BrianK_PI

It was an uneventful draft weekend for the Pittsburgh Penguins. With a league low four draft picks, including just the 46th overall in the first four rounds, the team wasn't expected to make much of a splash at the draft podium. Expectations were high that they'd dominate the news on the trade front, where the team openly admitted they'd be trying to add a top six winger. The weekend...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL draft weekend leaves the Penguins with more questions than answers

Told you this was going to happen. Grandpa Jim Rutherford didn’t bring the putter out during the NHL draft weekend. Some think that it isn’t a bad thing – and it is true – it is better to not force something. However, the Penguins did try. And they tried hard: TSN Radio reports the Maple #Leafs reportedly turned down a 2016 1st-rd pick, Kunitz, Pouliot & Scuderi from...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins draft a promising offensive prospect in Daniel Sprong

(Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a highly skilled winger with the 46th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. It bears repeating, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a highly skilled winger in the 2015 NHL Draft. His name is Daniel Sprong. He’s European and he can score goals. The Penguins cannot be accused of swinging for the fences, as Sprong has the skills to develop into a...
Via The PensNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins nab forward Daniel Sprong in 2nd round of NHL Draft

The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected forward Daniel Sprong with the 46th overall pick in the NHL Draft. The 18-year-old Sprong had 39 goals and 49 assists for Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. Sprong added seven goals and four assists in the playoffs as Charlottetown won a postseason series for the first time since 2004. Sprong is from Amsterdam...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Penguins Draft Endorsement List

This will be my tenth year writing about the NHL draft and putting together a list of detailed profiles of players  I hope the Penguins can steal with their first selection in the draft. I’m very excited to officially bring this list to the Pensblog for the first time. If you’ve not read my pre-draft endorsement list in the past, the idea behind this is to pick out a handful...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Evgeni Malkin? The numbers don’t add up

Talks of trading Malkin have been heard for years (Photo courtesy of the It is like clockwork now, isn’t it? If the Penguins fail to reach their goal of winning a cup each year, there must be a drastic fix that needs to happen. It can’t just be that injuries have plagued the team at all of the wrong times, or the fact that management has mishandled some key...
Via The PensNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Peguins reportedly kicking the tires on Phil Kessel

The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Jim Rutherford are searching for a top-six winger and Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting the club has some interest in acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel. Perhaps because there are so few top-six wingers in play now, the Penguins are believed to have at least a kick-the-tires level of interest in Toronto’s...
Via Puck Drunk Love
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft: Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek Compares Connor McDavid To Sidney Crosby

The NHL draft in Florida is fast-approaching, and one notable observer has plenty of predictions. The Bruins shouldn’t hold out hope for center Lawson Crouse to drop to 14, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek says. But they could hit pay dirt with either Colin White or Kyle Connor. And Marek sees a promising future in center Connor McDavid, comparing him to Sidney Crosby and calling him...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens embrace youth movement, won’t re-sign Martin or Ehrhoff

Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweeted that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to embrace a youth movement on defense, and won’t bring back free agents Paul Martin or Christian Ehrhoff.  Penguins have decided to go for a full youth movement on defense, won't bring back Martin and Ehrhoff. They'd rather invest on wingers. — Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) June 11, 2015 ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Interested In Brandon Saad? Too Bad

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun wrote that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be interested in Blackhawks forward – and restricted free agent-to-be – Brandon Saad, a Pittsburgh native. A source suggested to me Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Penguins are a team to watch as far as having interest in Saad. The Penguins would love to make a […] The post Pittsburgh Interested In Brandon...
Via Committed Indians
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: ownership giving up?

Two days ago TSN broke a story regarding Pittsburgh Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux hiring Morgan Stanley to explore selling the franchise. This news comes as quite a shock considering the current state of the team. Since making back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances and eventually winning a championship in 2009, this franchise has been surrounded by disappointment...
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Report: Evgeni Malkin may be unhappy, would welcome trade

Today in bonkers rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin may be unhappy and would welcome a trade, Elliotte Friedman told Sportsnet 960 on Friday. “When you get knocked out of the playoffs and the day after your president comes out and says, ‘Look, we’re not firing Mike Johnston, we’re not firing Jim Rutherford, we’re not trading Evgeni Malkin, and we’re...
Via Puck Drunk Love
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Discovery Channel lays down the boom on Pittsburgh Penguins

The 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins season ended with disappointment once again, and the fine people at the Discovery Channel are on it. Check out Discovery’s response to a light-hearted quip by the Penguins about emperor penguin height. On average, emperor penguins grow to be 3.8 feet tall >> — Discovery (@Discovery) May...
Via Awful Announcing
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins GM to columnist: ‘You’re a (expletive) jerk’

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford allegedly confronted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Rob Rossi in a Consol Energy Center elevator on Monday night. The Pens’ first-year GM apparently is unhappy with some critical columns Rossi has penned about the team over the past several months and finally decided enough was enough, letting the writer have it...Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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