What to do with five centers

The free agency frenzy has calmed down a bit and the Penguins are close to done with any major moves. The re-signing of Jamie Oleksiak is probably the only significant signing remaining for Jim Rutherford and company. In the wake of the signings and moves made, the Penguins have five natural centers on their roster: the incumbent Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Derick Brassard, and Riley … Continue reading What to do with five centers

COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

I’m starting this column off with a disclaimer: This is a Penguins site (non-affiliated). We talk about the Penguins or things related to the Penguins 99% of the time here. Most of us here are hockey fans. This column isn’t coming from a Penguins fan. It’s coming from a hockey fan. The NHL has a serious problem. The league’s priorities are way out of whack. … Continue reading COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

Halicke: It’s Time to Get Behind Murray

I understand how deep the attachment gets to players like Marc-Andre Fleury. When a player is the most accomplished goaltender in the franchise’s history, and an even more accomplished person off the ice, it’s hard not to become a big time fan of that player, even after their tenure with your team is over. Here’s a harsh reminder for everyone: remember when people wanted to run … Continue reading Halicke: It’s Time to Get Behind Murray

Battle of Pennsylvania: What we’ve learned so far

The Penguins currently hold a 2-1 series lead in the latest installment of the Battle of Pennsylvania. It’s been, in the most literal sense of the phrase, as back-and-forth as it could possibly be. Each game has been decided by a 4-plus goal differential, where neither team’s defense has been able to handle the opposition’s forecheck when they’re on their heels. We’re three games in … Continue reading Battle of Pennsylvania: What we’ve learned so far

COLUMN: We Could Learn A Lot From Matt Murray

The NHL’s Expansion Draft is now a distant memory. The moment Marc-Andre Fleury was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights, it assured in the era of Matt Murray. It has been a hard pill to swallow for some fans. It’s been really hard for some others. It’s definitely been an adjustment getting used to seeing someone taking their place between the pipes that’s not wearing a 29 sweater. It’s not … Continue reading COLUMN: We Could Learn A Lot From Matt Murray

Taking a Closer Look at Kris Letang

With the Penguins on their league-mandated bye week, we have some time to reflect over the Penguins first 44 games. They went into the break on a high note, winning back to back games against the Islanders and Bruins respectively. The 42 games before that were hard to swallow. A big part of the Penguins’ issues have been the performance of their stars. The brightest spot … Continue reading Taking a Closer Look at Kris Letang

COLUMN: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Here we are beating the proverbial dead horse, but there’s a major issue with the Penguins right now. You can blame it on several things, but there is one major thing that has changed from the time the Penguins lifted Lord Stanley in Nashville to the beginning of the 2017-2018 season: scoring depth. Unfortunately for the Penguins, a lack of scoring depth has the largest … Continue reading COLUMN: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Is It Time to Trade Carl Hagelin?

The Penguins boast a collection of skaters on their team that could hold their own in any dead sprint on the ice. Carl Hagelin might be the fastest skater the Penguins have, and it’s a wonderful asset, but with his lack of production, you may begin to wonder if he could be used as a valuable trade piece to bring in more production. Hagelin was originally brought … Continue reading Is It Time to Trade Carl Hagelin?

COLUMN: Enjoy The Ride

I’m a Twitter guy. I enjoy the friendly debates, the live tweeting during games, the breaking news; I enjoy it all. Even the people’s opinions that are…questionable. Hot takes, if you will. I came across one this past week that just floored me. It wasn’t from some random faceless person. It came from someone that actually has a job in Pittsburgh sports media. Now, I’m … Continue reading COLUMN: Enjoy The Ride

Anti-Niemi: The Veteran Goalie May Not Last Much Longer

The Penguins have had the luxury of having two elite goaltenders during their back-to-back Stanley Cup seasons. Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury were able to step in, one for the other, and just about everyone in the organization and in the seats would’ve been comfortable with either one between the pipes. Very few teams have ever had that luxury. Successful teams usually have a very … Continue reading Anti-Niemi: The Veteran Goalie May Not Last Much Longer