Former Penguin Ian Cole traded to Columbus

Columbus have acquired former Penguin Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators for a 2020 3rd round pick and prospect Nick Moutrey. This is an interesting move for two reasons. It brings Ian Cole back to the Metropolitan Division to possibly play against the Penguins, and it also indicates that Columbus may move a D out as they currently have 9 NHL D on their roster. … Continue reading Former Penguin Ian Cole traded to Columbus

Penguins acquire Derick Brassard

A three-team trade has been initiated. The Penguins acquired Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, and a third round pick from the Ottawa Senators for a 2018 first-round draft choice, goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson, and Ian Cole Friday evening. They have also sent Ryan Reaves and a fourth round pick to the Vegas Golden Knights and acquire prospect Tobias Lindberg from Vegas. The Golden Knights will retain 40% of Brassard’s … Continue reading Penguins acquire Derick Brassard

Penguins trade deadline thoughts: The quiet approach

The 2017-18 NHL season is coming to the home stretch before the Stanley Cup playoffs. Teams are starting to establish themselves as contenders or settle for selling assets and hoping to win the Dahlin lottery. After some early season rough patches, the Penguins are clicking like they’ve shown us they can – Phil Kessel is a Hart contender, Evgeni Malkin is score again and Sidney … Continue reading Penguins trade deadline thoughts: The quiet approach

Is Trading Letang Actually A Good Thing?

Before I get into my point, I want to make a public disclaimer: I am not necessarily on the “trade Letang” bandwagon. So if you tweet at me claiming I am stupid for wanting to get rid of Letang, I will not respond because it is clear you only read the title. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, is trading Letang something … Continue reading Is Trading Letang Actually A Good Thing?

Potential Third-Line Center Options

It seems like a tradition at this point to talk about third line center options for the Penguins. Yes they acquired Riley Sheahan, but from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like he is going to be the spark they needed. A spark that is desperately needed. I’ve been a firm believer that there should be no drastic moves or changes made, as it … Continue reading Potential Third-Line Center Options

Sheahan Makes Solid First Impression

Last week, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford made a trade sending Scott Wilson and a 3rd round selection to the Detroit Red Wings for Riley Sheahan and a 5th round draft choice. Tuesday night was Sheahan’s first game as a Penguin and I, for one, was semi-impressed with the team’s new third line center. He got to play between Carl Hagelin and Patrick Hornqvist. Sheahan had a … Continue reading Sheahan Makes Solid First Impression

Offseason Player Grades: Ian Cole

Regular Season Stats GP:81, G:5, A:21, PTS:26, +/-:26, PIM:72 Playoff Stats GP:25, G:0, A:9, PTS:9, +/-:2, PIM:22 Player Grade (A+) Ian Cole may be the most underrated Penguins on the team this past year. Cole flew under the radar for most of the year with his exceptional defensive play and tremendous PK skills. But after these playoffs he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. … Continue reading Offseason Player Grades: Ian Cole