NHL.com "Retired Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said former Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux was the best player he faced during his career, according to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "It was all about Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman," said Lidstrom,..." July 28
Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25
The Score "Matt Murray's AHL accomplishments weren't enough to earn him a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins to begin next season. The team will keep the netminder - who broke the AHL's shutout streak record, and earned AHL Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the process - in the minors..." July 23
Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22
TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22
The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20
Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20
The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't giving up their pursuit of a defenseman. After swinging and missing on a trio of blue-liners, the club has reportedly been in talks with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch. Sources have told The Dispatch..." July 20
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s no secret the Penguins have positions open on the fourth line when training camp opens in September, even if they craft a deal between now and then for a free agent or make an acquisition via trade. Oskar Sundqvist, who nearly made the club out of camp a year ago, is a front runner for the..." July 19
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Anton Zlobin dropped to his knees in front of the home team's bench at Consol Energy Center, braced his skates on the yellow kick board behind him, put his hands on the ice in front of him and stretched. He was the first player on the ice before the first practice of the Penguins' annual..." July 18
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s a good thing for the guacamole. Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot said Friday he had an awakening during his rookie season with the Penguins, and he has committed to entering training camp with better stamina, strength and overall fitness. That has meant working out with former..." July 18
NHL.com "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who played in 20 games last season after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his neck before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury, expects to be ready for training camp in September. "We're on the schedule," Maatta told the Penguins..." July 16
PensBurgh "The Penguins announced that 2015 draft pick Dominik Simon signed his entry-level contract today. Nothing too surprising here. One tidbit from the release was new information, to me, at least." July 16
NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Beau Bennett to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal carries an average annual value of $800,000. Bennett, 23, finished the 2014-15 season with four goals, eight..." July 15
The Hockey Writers "Former NHLer Taylor Pyatt has announced that he will retire from hockey after playing 859 NHL games split between the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played for Geneve Servette in Switzerland last..." July 15
Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14
The Business Journal "A group of investors expects to make an offer to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins within the week, sources told the Business Times. Their identities of the bidders and size of the bid were not disclosed, although some who have done deals in the National Hockey League said the team could sell anywhere..." July 14
NHL.com "Former NHL coach Ron Wilson predicts a big season ahead for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel no matter who centers his line in 2015-16. In fact, Wilson said Kessel could establish a career high with 40 goals his first season in Pittsburgh. He should know. Wilson coached Kessel for..." July 13
Pro Hockey Talk "Sidney Crosby knows his team struggled to score goals last season. Newly acquired Phil Kessel is coming off a down campaign too for that matter, but the 27-year-old forward’s goal scoring prowess is well documented, especially after he averaged 30 goals per season during his six campaigns in..." July 10
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brian Dumoulin to a two-year, one-way contract. The contract carries a salary cap hit of $800,000. Dumoulin, 23, played in eight NHL regular season games in 2014-15 and scored one goal. He had no points in five postseason games." July 10
CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09
Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07
NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06
Pro Hockey Talk "Sergei Plotnikov, signed by the Penguins on Wednesday to a one-year entry-level contract, is leaving a favorable impression on Pittsburgh’s GM Jim Rutherford with some of his recent actions. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Plotnikov could arrive in town by August as he embarks on..." July 04
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It appears Sergei Plotnikov is ready to begin his NHL career. Like tomorrow, if possible. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that Plotnikov, the Russian winger the Penguins signed on Wednesday, has informed the team he could arrive in Pittsburgh as soon as August to “get..." July 04
Hockey Fights "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Reid McNeill to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way deal that carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. McNeill, 23, helped the..." July 03
Pro Hockey Talk "After six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phil Kessel is looking forward to a fresh start. The 27-year-old was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a multi-player trade on Wednesday. Kessel appeared in 446 regular season games with the Leafs scoring 181 goals and 394 points. “It..." July 02
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford won the day in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but he took a beating in Carolina. In speaking to reporters in Raleigh, N.C., Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. directed incendiary comments at Rutherford, his former general manager and team president, as well as..." July 02
Sportsnet "Daniel Winnik is returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The unrestricted free agent signed a two-year contract with Toronto on Wednesday worth $4.5 million." July 02
Kevin Porter signed a one-year, two-way deal in Pittsburgh for $575K / $250K. Has 206 NHL games under his belt. #TSN
Thank you to all the incredible people that made my 3 years in Wash & Hersh memorable but ecstatic to be part of the @penguins organization.
#Pens have signed D David Warsofsky to one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at NHL level. Has played 230 games for Bruins farm team.
The Penguins announce they have signed Russian winger Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level deal. No $$ announced.
Full deal: Kessel, Erixon, Biggs, 2nd to PIT for Kapanen, Harrington, Spaling, 1st and 3rd. TOR retains 15% of Kessel's salary.
Kessel trade could be bigger hearing Spaling involved and Pitt also gets Torontos 2nd round pick.
As a @RealKyper reported, Kessel to PIT for Kapanen, Harrington and a pick
Downie deal is one-year at $1.75M with ARIZ per @RealKyper
UFA forward Blake Comeau headed to Colorado Avalanche. Three-year deal.
Done deal. Paul Martin has agreed to a four-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.
#Isles sign G Thomas Greiss.
Things change fast on UFA Day. Now hearing SJ no longer a top contender for Paul Martin. But COL will be in hard on Francois Beauchemin.
Veteran d-man Paul Martin has a number of options ranging from 1 yr to multi year term. Solid player.
Thomas Greiss among the UFA options the LA Kings have looked into. Greiss has other teams in mix, too. Solid backup, cap-friendly option
Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In return Toronto gets centre Nick Spaling, forward Kasperi Kapanen, defenceman Scott Harrington, plus first- and third-round picks from 2016. The Leafs are also sending forward Tyler Biggs, defenceman Tim Erixon and..." July 01
TSN "The San Jose Sharks have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with defenceman Paul Martin. Martin spent the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, including appearing in 74 games in 2014-15 where he produced three goals and 17 assists." July 01
The Sharks No. 1 target is Paul Martin but there's lots and lots of interest in him. He'd be a great fit in San Jose. But other offers, too
CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29
ESPN Boston "Mark Recchi is on the outside looking in. The former NHLer was not elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Monday. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Recchi scored 577 goals and registered 1,633 points (12th all-time) in 1,652 games during his 22-year career." June 29
NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and carries an average annual value of $2.1 million. Cole, 26, played in 20..." June 29