What can Matt Cullen realistically provide?

When Matt Cullen decided to head home following the Penguins’ second consecutive title defense and play for the Minnesota Wild, it left even general manager Jim Rutherford shocked as Rutherford believed all along that Cullen was coming back for one more run at the Stanley Cup. Ultimately, neither Minnesota or Pittsburgh won the whole thing. Here we are a year later and on July 1st, 2018 Matt … Continue reading What can Matt Cullen realistically provide?

Thoughts on the Penguins and the NHL after free agency

I’ve had very few entries on site since the Penguins were eliminated in round two by the Washington Capitals due to some time constraints and a lack of true news until the last week or so. I am back to give my thoughts on some of the happenings for the Penguins as well as some of the other signings and trades that have happened since. … Continue reading Thoughts on the Penguins and the NHL after free agency

Pens 7/7 Collaboration: Day 2

We here at “Let’s Talk Pens” have the honor of hosting the “Pens 7/7 Collaboration” on day’s 2 and 5 of this collaboration. Today, Pens Army, Puck Sniper and I talk about the surprises and disappointments of the season. @PuckSniper_3 SURPRISE: Olli Maatta Olli Maatta has had clear potential for quite a while, so he’s not necessarily a surprise for the Penguins because no one … Continue reading Pens 7/7 Collaboration: Day 2

Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Regular Season Stats: 82 GP, 22 G, 26 A, 48 PTS, -9 Postseason Stats: 12 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 PTS, +10 Defining Moment This one seems to be a pretty easy one for the youngster, right? The game six clincher against the Philadelphia Flyers was the defining moment for Guentzel in this season’s chase for a three-peat. Jake Guentzel had been very inconsistent on the season … Continue reading Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Player Grades: Brian Dumoulin

Regular Season Statline: 80 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 PTS, -5 Postseason Statline: 12 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 PTS, +3 Defining Moment: Spending all of 2018 with Letang For me, it’s tough to pinpoint that single defining moment for defenseman Brian Dumoulin this past season and that is actually a good thing. Dumoulin has emerged as one of the better defensive defensemen in hockey but … Continue reading Player Grades: Brian Dumoulin

Player grades: Casey DeSmith

Regular Season Stats: 14 GP, 6-4-1, 2.40 GAA, .921 SV%, 1 SO Postseason Stats: Did not play. Defining Moment: 2016-17′ AHL Playoffs Yes, I understand that this moment is from the previous playoff season but it is pretty symbolic of a trend that has continued into this season. Casey DeSmith has outplayed his counterpart, Tristan Jarry, at each level of the Penguins’ ranks. Jarry began the 2016-17′ season as … Continue reading Player grades: Casey DeSmith

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”