Prospect and RFA RD Lukas Bengtsson Signs In The SHL

Penguins prospect and pending RFA Lukas Bengtsson has signed with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League. An undersized defensman, Bengtsson had strong skating and a surprisingly robust defensive game to supplement his obvious puck moving ability. Rumors of his desire to head back to the SHL surfaced in early April, but nothing had come to fruition until today. This is disappointing but understandable news. His … Continue reading Prospect and RFA RD Lukas Bengtsson Signs In The SHL

Penguins sign LD Juuso Riikola to ELC

The Penguins have signed Finnish D Juuso Riikola to a 1 year Entry Level Contract. The 24 year old measures in at 6’0 and 190 pounds, and possesses strong leadership ability as he has served as an alternate captain for KalPa since he was 21 years old. In his previous 3 seasons while serving as an alternate, he has skated the most time on ice … Continue reading Penguins sign LD Juuso Riikola to ELC

Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

It’s the season (or offseason) of hot takes. This is why I’m going to provide you with a not-so-hot take: Matt Hunwick may not be as bad as your eye test says. Stick with me. I know that’s a tough sentence to stomach. It’ll be okay. Let me explain. Hunwick cracked the opening night line up playing on a third line pairing with Olli Maatta. The pair … Continue reading Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

What to takeaway from “break-up day”

The Penguins’ break up day comes with a bit more somber of a tone than the previous two season after their second round loss to the Washington Capitals. The previous couple seasons were more cheerful and celebrating. This season had the disappointment and a few interesting quotes from the legendary Jim Rutherford. Let’s delve in and see what we can take away heading into next season. … Continue reading What to takeaway from “break-up day”

Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

It’s such a weird feeling. The playoffs go on without the Penguins for the first time in two seasons. Emptiness fills your heart and the feeling of a longer offseason sucks. But, looking back on it, this just seemed like the storybook ending. The Penguins have tortured Braden Holtby and the Capitals over these Stanley Cup triumphant seasons. It was the fourth meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex … Continue reading Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

Five keys for the Penguins to win game six

1. Steady Defense It is not a surprise that the Penguins defense has not been playing all that well these playoffs, and more specifically, this series. With that being said, that doesn’t mean the team’s D-core is weak, but rather they aren’t playing as well as they can. For the Pens to win game six, the defense needs to make smarter pinches, get the puck … Continue reading Five keys for the Penguins to win game six