1. Daniel Sprong’s first full season? Jim Rutherford stated that this year, Sprong should be a “regular” on the roster. Sprong put up 65 points in 65 games (32 goals) last season in Wilkes-Barre. In his call up, he showed flashes of that offensive upside on a line with Sidney Crosby. Where will he play? Expect a top-9 spot for Sprong and some time on the … Continue reading 5 story lines for the 2018/2019 season
Before diving into this piece, I’d like to take this time to say the couple months without hockey has refueled my desire to write about the Penguins and watch their games again. I’ve missed discussing the team with all of you. It’ll be fun to watch them try to win a third Stanley Cup in four seasons. Now, let’s get serious. If the Penguins want … Continue reading Flavell: Letang’s play will dictate Penguins’ season
There is no better feeling than when hockey fever is finally back in the air. Penguins’ fans had their longest off-season in three years. With training camp around the corner, storylines for the new season have begun to surface as teams are talking to the media and players are taking the ice. For the Penguins, however, the story is simple, “let’s bring the cup back.” That seems to be the sentiment from ownership all the way down to the most casual fan. In his … Continue reading Penguins and Crosby have ‘something to prove’
The importance of goaltending depth had been on display throughout the Penguins’ back-to-back championship runs when the team was able to run out an elite goaltender regardless of the man playing. They no longer have the two-elite-goalie luxury but they still have Matt Murray, a young standout who has two Stanley Cups to his resumè. Behind Murray, though, there is much uncertainty as to who … Continue reading How should the Penguins handle Tristan Jarry?
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?
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
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
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
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
As draft day approaches, teams across the NHL look to make some moves. In recent years, the day of the draft has been a more popular trade day than the trade deadline itself. So, as we look ahead to the draft, I expect the Penguins to make some moves to alleviate room on the cap. Conor Sheary: A career year for Conor Sheary in 2017 … Continue reading Penguins should unload on draft day