Penguins Rumors & News

  • Pens want Cullen to return next season

    Sportsnet "When Jim Rutherford was looking at value buys for his Pittsburgh Penguins last summer, he placed an emphasis on “character guys with leadership.” He had one particular name in mind. Except Matt Cullen wasn’t entirely sure he had enough gas left in the tank after 18 punishing years of..." May 06

  • Hornqvist's OT winner gives Pens command of series vs. Caps

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Overtime finally was the Pittsburgh Penguins' time. Now, the weary, disappointed Washington Capitals' time might be up unless they can stage a remarkable turnaround. Patric Hornqvist scored 2:34 into overtime and the Penguins seized a 3-1 series lead over the NHL regular season..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • If there’s an expansion draft, which goalie should Pittsburgh protect?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Marc-Andre Fleury could have started in Game 3 on Monday, but didn’t. Instead the Penguins went with Matt Murray, who rewarded their trust by stopping 47 shots in a 3-2 victory over Washington. What’s remarkable is that no part of that story is surprising at this point. Under different..." May 05

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    Jonas Siegel @jonassiegel

    Kris Letang says he respects decision of one-game suspension, but adds of Johansson hit: "There's no malicious intention there."

  • Fleury plans to 'stay ready' in backup role

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury finally was cleared to play Monday after an agonizing month on the shelf dealing with symptoms related to a concussion. Instead of returning to the crease for Game 3 of the Penguins’ Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals, Fleury..." May 04

  • Penguins take 2-1 series lead with win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have a goal yet in the series from Sidney Crosby. Or a power-play goal. What they do have is a 2-1 lead over the Washington Capitals. And a player who barely played in the first five months of the season is the reason. Rookie goalie Matt..." May 03

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang suspended 1 game for interference on Washington’s Marcus Johansson. Video:

  • Penguins’ Matt Murray isn’t your average 21-year-old goalie

    USA Today "Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray’s ability to perform like a veteran at age 21 centers on his ability to hide his inexperience behind an unshakable wall of confidence. “He does not get affected by the ebbs and flows of the game,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says. “If he lets one go in..." May 03

  • Penguins' Letang to have Player Safety hearing "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for interference on Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson. The incident occurred 15:41 into the first period of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series in..." May 03

  • Alex Ovechkin: Penguins Don't Like to Play Physical

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Maybe the Capitals know something the rest of us don’t. Maybe they believe they have the Pittsburgh Penguins right where they want them as they head into Game 4 of their best-of-seven series trailing two games to one. That’s certainly how it sounded inside the visiting locker room of Consol..." May 03

  • Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

    Pro Hockey Talk "Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson. (Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.) You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on..." May 03

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Caps head coach Barry Trotz said he's not surprised at the length of the suspension given the team they are playing against.

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    Seth Rorabaugh @emptynetters

    Sullivan: Fleury is day to day. Making significant progress. Maatta is out tonight. "Upper body."

  • Emotional Orpik says he deserved suspension

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Brooks Orpik faced the music on Monday afternoon in the visitor’s locker room at Consol Energy Center. The defenseman acknowledged that he deserved the three-game suspension that the NHL gave him on Sunday night. When asked about his relationship with Olli Maatta, Orpik became emotional. He..." May 02

  • Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games for Hit on Olli Maatta

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has suspended Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik three games for his hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game Two. The hit was late and primarily targeted Maatta’s head. Matta left the game and did not return. The Penguins said he is “obviously out.” Orpik had suffered a head injury..." May 02

  • Pens' Olli Maatta likely out for Game 3 vs. Caps after taking hit

    ESPN "Olli Maatta is likely out at least for Game 3 if not beyond although the Pittsburgh Penguins did not have a detailed update on the injured defenseman Sunday, a day after he was hit high by Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik. Orpik had a hearing with the NHL's Player Safety department..." May 01

  • Jagr, Zuccarello, Dupuis named Masterton finalists "Forward Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers, forward Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers and Pascal Dupuis, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this season before retiring, were nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies..." May 01

  • Orpik will have hearing for hit on Maatta

    CBS Sports "The Washington Capitals can probably expect to be without Brooks Orpik for at least Game 3 of their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran defenseman has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety Sunday after his hit that knocked Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta..." May 01

  • Mike Sullivan: Brooks Orpik's hit on Olli Maatta was late, targeted head

    Washington Times "Mike Sullivan said that the hit by Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday was “type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.” Maatta, in..." May 01

  • Sheary’s in for Penguins in Game 2; Kunitz is a game-time decision

    Pro Hockey Talk "Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might look a little different in Game 2 on Saturday after that blistering Game 1. As the team down 1-0, it’s not too surprising that the Penguins boast the more significant lineup questions, although they lean toward health concerns rather..." April 30

  • Oshie scores OT winner as Caps edge Pens

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It took half an overtime to settle the back-and-forth playoff series opener between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Then it took a few minutes to more to confirm that it was settled. T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick when he scored..." April 29

  • Caps RW Wilson's hit on Sheary may be reviewed

    Yahoo! Sports "Washington Capitals blunt force object Tom Wilson was going to be a physical presence in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and didn’t waste any time in Game 1 making that presence known. And, as Tom Wilson is one to do, crossing the line of legality in doing so. As..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Penguins Sign Defenseman Lukas Bengtsson to a Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Lukas Bengtsson to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The two-way contract will begin with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2017-18 campaign. Bengtsson,..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Sidney Crosby admits that he doesn't score the way Alex Ovechkin does

    Puck Drunk Love "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still..." April 26

  • Crosby: 'I definitely don't have (Ovechkin's) shot or score like he does'

    The Score "The second-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will once again pit two of the game's most polarizing players against one another. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will once again do battle, but early on Crosby is making it clear that he isn't out to replicate..." April 25

  • Penguins goalie Fleury says he's still experiencing symptoms from March 30 concussion

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who is recovering from a concussion, is well enough to be facing shots from teammates, but still is not symptom-free. Fleury participated in an optional workout at the Penguins’ practice facility in Cranberry today with no apparent problem, but acknowledged he..." April 25

  • Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are finally meeting in the playoffs again

    CBS Sports "Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been the two best players in the NHL for the past decade, but their teams have only met in the playoffs one time (2009) during their careers. Until now. Thanks to the Penguins' first round win over the New York Rangers, and the Capitalsknocking out the..." April 25

  • Alex Ovechkin sounds pretty excited to face the Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure, there’s probably a Debbie Downer here or there who will complain about Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. (This post is on the Internet, where you can find a person to complain about virtually anything.) Most hockey fans and..." April 24

  • Capitals eliminate Flyers, will face Penguins in 2nd round "Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had his second shutout of the series and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Capitals won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Pittsburgh..." April 24

  • Penguins' Matt Murray blossoming in playoff spotlight

    The Score "Matt Murray isn't Marc-Andre Fleury, but he's doing a pretty spot-on impression. Murray made 38 saves in a series-clinching 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, becoming only the second goaltender in Pittsburgh Penguins history - and first since Les Binkley in 1970 - to win each..." April 24

  • Youthful Penguins complete sweep of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- These aren't the Pittsburgh Penguins that the New York Rangers eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs the last two years. Not even close. They're not even the Penguins who began the regular season under a different coach, and that might be the biggest difference of all...." April 23

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Penguins' Fleury works out in full equipment

    The Score "Marc-Andre Fleury took a step in his recovery Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins No. 1 goaltender, out since the end of March with a concussion, wore full equipment and took shots in a workout prior to Game 5. " April 23

  • Penguins take commanding series lead vs. Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a familiar position against the New York Rangers. After a 5-0 drubbing in Game 4 of their first-round series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, the Penguins hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They can eliminate Rangers with a win..." April 21

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    SiriusXM NHL Network @SiriusXMNHL

    Matt Murray will start in goal tonight for the Pittsburgh #Penguins #nhlplayoffs

  • Matt Murray starts again for Penguins in Game 4

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray will look to build on his successful debut start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Thursday's Game 4 versus the New York Rangers." April 21

  • No hearing for Letang after Stalberg slash

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pens d-man Kris Letang has avoided supplemental discipline for his high stick on Rangers forward Viktor Stalberg on Tuesday night, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. Update: It’s official, there won’t be a hearing. An NHL spokesman has confirmed as much to PHT. The incident occurred during the third..." April 20

  • Cullen goal lifts Penguins past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been vexed by a lack of depth in the postseason. Their stars were always reliable but they rarely received contributions from anyone outside that core as they failed to go deep in the playoffs. In Game 3 of their first-round series against..." April 19

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Evgeni Malkin confident game is coming back after 'so-so' return

    Yahoo! Sports "The extra day of rest between Games 2 and 3 has served Evgeni Malkin well. Deeming his Game 2 performance as “so-so” after a rewatch of the tape, Malkin said on Tuesday that he feels his game is coming back to 100 percent following his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup after missing a..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Penguins send Tom Sestito back to the AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins re-assigned tough guy Tom Sestito back to the AHL on Sunday. While the Penguins and New York Rangers are engaging in the typical rough stuff you’d expect from a first-round series between two familiar adversaries, it’s not as if Sestito was a factor. He last suited up..." April 17

  • Sullivan could put Crosby and Malkin on same line, but won't commit "Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan held a conference call with the media. Here is a transcript of that conversation. On balancing desire with reinserting Evgeni Malkin into the lineup and the desire for continuity: That’s going to be one of the challenges moving forward. We did a little more..." April 17

  • Malkin's return creates Pens lineup conundrum

    TSN "Mike Sullivan chuckled. His Penguins have lost just twice in the 16 games since Evgeni Malkin went down on March 11th. It’s actually one loss if you’re counting games in which Sullivan iced a full lineup. Yet, there is a narrative floating around this town that the Penguins are somehow..." April 16

  • Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury: Unavailable for Game 2 on Saturday

    CBS Sports "Fleury (concussion) won't dress for Game 2 against the Rangers on Saturday, TSN's Frank Seravalli reports. Fleury has participated in practice three times since Wednesday, which is a promising sign as the No. 1 goalie hasn't hit game ice since March 31." April 16

  • Crosby signs stick for Sestito's son: 'I felt a foot taller with your dad in the lineup'

    The Score "Sidney Crosby will remember Tom Sestito as a Penguin - even though Sestito played only four games with Pittsburgh. Crosby signed a stick for Sestito's newborn son, leaving him an awesome message." April 15