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?

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

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

A defense of Jack Johnson: Why player role matters

Reports have been swirling that the Penguins are about to hand out an absurdly long contract to Jack Johnson, formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets. While I think handing out 5 years to a 31 year old defenseman is a mistake, if it’s going to happen, we should better understand who Jack Johnson is and what he brings. Defensive Ability Despite a lot of insistence … Continue reading A defense of Jack Johnson: Why player role matters

Pen to paper

It has now been reported by a couple reliable sources that the Penguins will sign free agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a 5 year×$16 million deal. It’ll pay him around 3-3.5 AAV (average annual value). Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick were traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round pick which can become a 3rd round pick. Also just announced was Riley Sheahan was … Continue reading Pen to paper

2018 Penguins Mock NHL Draft

One of my favorite times of the year in professional sports is the draft. Plenty of new names entering the league, some with high potential to be franchise leaders while some become fascinating role players in the league. Two-hundred and seventeen names will be called this weekend as a new crop of NHL prospects enter the fold. Jim Rutherford and his team have been hard … Continue reading 2018 Penguins Mock NHL Draft

Penguins Prospect Rankings: 10-1

Part 3 of the rankings has us going through prospects 20-11. This is where they may be some contentious rankings, so again, if you disagree, don’t hesitate to let me know @steczar 10. LD Clayton Phillips – 3rd Round Pick 2017, playing for University of Minnesota (NCAA) One of the youngest players in the draft last year, eligible by only 5 days, former forward Phillips … Continue reading Penguins Prospect Rankings: 10-1

The Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions

For my entire life, three things were inevitable: Death, taxes, and the Penguins will beat the Capitals in the second round. At the time, it almost seemed impossible. You feel bad for a guy like Alex Ovechkin. A man who clearly, puts his all into the game. He clearly lives and breathes hockey. Any hockey fan should have been rooting for him his entire career. … Continue reading The Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions