Penguins Rumors & News

  • Hard-hitting Penguins veteran winger Kunitz is last of a dying breed

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Brooks Orpik now is punishing puck carriers in Washington. Deryk Engelland is doing the same in Calgary. Ditto for Simon Despres in Anaheim. Blake Comeau is knocking around defensemen in Denver, and Tanner Glass is teaching youngsters a thing or two with Hartford of the AHL. Matt Cooke,..." November 24

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Sharks power past Pens for fifth straight win

    CSN Bay Area "Patrick Marleau reached a major milestone, Brent Burns scored twice, and Paul Martin tallied a third period insurance marker against his former club as the Sharks beat the Penguins on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, 3-1. San Jose has won five straight, moving to 5-0 on its season-long six-game..." November 22

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Malkin, Crosby come through as Penguins hold on for win over Avalanche

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can lead the Penguins with words like they did when speaking at a team meeting following a poor performance in New Jersey last weekend. They can lead the Penguins with work ethic and defensive awareness as they have on a regular basis this season and..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Penguins' Maatta released from hospital, will miss 3-4 weeks

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Defenseman Olli Maatta, injured during the Penguins’ 4-3 victory against Minnesota at Consol Energy Center Tuesday night, has been released from the hospital. The precise nature of his injury, which the team said is expected to prevent him from playing for 3-4 weeks, was not announced, but is..." November 19

  • Penguins break through, hold on for win over Wild

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin spoke up Saturday, then showed up in a big way Tuesday. With the Penguins looking to erase the memory of a lopsided loss in New Jersey — and with questions circling about their goal-scoring, power play, coach and system — Malkin carried the Penguins to a much-needed 4-3 win over..." November 18

  • Penguins D-man Maatta leaves game with injury "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was injured midway through a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday. Wild forward Nino Niederreiter checked Maatta into the boards near the Minnesota bench with its door open at 9:51 remaining in the period. Maatta..." November 18

  • Wild's Nino Niederreiter won't face discipline for hit on Olli Maatta

    CBS Sports "Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter will not be facing a suspension after a questionable hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Tuesday night's game according to multiple reports. The hit, which was compounded by the Wild's bench door opening simultaneously with Maatta falling..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Not pleased with recent play, Penguins reject idea of rift on team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby insisted the Penguins are not “mad at each other” as Malkin said late Saturday in New Jersey. That doesn't mean they're happy. Or accepting of a power play that's second worst in the NHL. Or fine with an offense that's producing barely more than two goals..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Frustration bubbles to the surface in Pittsburgh

    TSN "Whatever discontent has been simmering in Pittsburgh during the first two months of the season bubbled to the surface on Saturday night, after a 4-0 loss in New Jersey. Normally soft-spoken Evgeni Malkin raised eyebrows when he voiced his concerns post-game. All quotes below are exactly as..." November 16

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    Pens Inside Scoop @PensInsideScoop

    Evgeni Malkin: "We’re not playing right. We’re not working hard. It’s tough right now. We’re mad at each other." -MC

  • Devils, Cory Schneider blank Penguins

    New York Post "The Devils are off to a strong start, and Cory Schneider thinks more success is coming. Schneider made 21 stops for his first shutout of the season and Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, leading the Devils to a dominant 4-0 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night at Prudential..." November 15

  • Reimer backstops Leafs to victory over Canucks

    Toronto Star "Six weeks into the season, the Maple Leafs’ performance is hitting its stride. The team that won just two games in October has three wins in seven November tilts, including a hard-fought, 4-2 effort against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. But when all else..." November 15

  • Malkin says Penguins 'mad at each other' following shutout loss

    The Score "Evgeni Malkin was not mincing words following the Pittsburgh Penguins' latest stinker. After a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Malkin was asked to summarize what is wrong with the club's offense, and he offered a rather candid response. "Everything," he told reporters. "We're not playing..." November 15

  • Blue Jackets kick aside adversity, hold on for win against Penguins

    Columbus Dispatch "Less than one hour before faceoff Friday night, the Blue Jackets learned center Brandon Dubinsky would not be able to play after he was stricken with an upper-body injury. Let’s consider what this meant for the Jackets: On short notice, the club with the worst record in the league would..." November 14

  • Penguins' 3rd-period uprising leads to victory over rugged Canadiens

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pascal Dupuis knows a thing or two about comebacks. His was dramatic Wednesday night. The one his team authored wasn't too bad, either. Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal late in the third period to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy..." November 12

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    Mike Johnson @mike_p_johnson

    The most illuminating part of morning meeting with Pens coach Mike Johnston, when asked about Kessel "He's very coachable" @dfeschuk

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    Wes Crosby @OtherNHLCrosby

    Pascal Dupuis said all his tests came back negative. Will play tonight. #Pens

  • Farnham replies to Prust’s Twitter chirp: ‘To be 3,000 miles away and say something doesn’t seem right’

    North Jersey "Although Devils right wing Jordin Tootoo said he doesn't expect any carryover from his exchange of words with Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows Sunday night, left wing Bobby Farnham said he wouldn't be surprised if the Canucks come after him for his second period fight with Jake Virtanen when the..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Penguins GM on Sidney Crosby struggles: ‘There’s certainly no concern’

    Yahoo! Sports "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford understands the concern. Sidney Crosby has just seven points in 14 games, and just two goals. He’s also a minus-6. For his career, in the first 14 games of any season, Crosby has 60 goals and 117 assists and was a plus-22. This has led to a..." November 10

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • Penguins' Dupuis practicing with team today after health issue

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Winger Pascal Dupuis is participating in the Penguins' practice at Cranberry today. He sat out games in Edmonton on Friday and Calgary Saturday after being hospitalized briefly before the Oilers game after experiencing symptoms that could have been related to blood-clot problems. Similar health..." November 09

  • Calgary Flames dominate in win over Pittsburgh Penguins

    Calgary Sun "Sid the Kid wasn’t the difference maker. It was Calgary Flames kids’ taking those honours. Instead of Sidney Crosby yet again putting together an all-world performance against the Flames, seemingly all of the home-side’s youngsters turned the tables to lead them to a 5-2 NHL victory Saturday..." November 08

  • Penguins, Sidney Crosby miss chance to see 'special player' Connor McDavid

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Sidney Crosby was wrong. A few days ago, he suggested that because Connor McDavid — the gifted Edmonton rookie labeled “the next Sidney Crosby” years before he broke into the NHL — has been in the league for a few weeks, the most difficult phase of his transition to pro hockey was behind..." November 07

  • Penguins winger Dupuis taken to hospital as health precaution, negative for clot recurrence

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has been taken to a hospital as a precaution after experiencing symptoms the team says "may or may not" be related to blood-clot issues that forced him to sit out most of last season. “We’ve said all along that Pascal’s health is the highest priority,” general..." November 07

  • Penguins' Malkin is shining as game grows on both ends of ice

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Worried whether Evgeni Malkin has bought into Penguins coach Mike Johnston's system that asks plenty out of his centers? Don't be. “I've started thinking more about my defense,” Malkin told the Tribune-Review after practice Thursday at Rogers Arena. “In the playoffs last year, they were all..." November 06

  • Sidney Crosby to be part of Team Canada initial roster "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will be among the initial 16 players named to Team Canada's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday. "There is no discussion about Sidney," Armstrong said. "He will be part of the first group of..." November 06

  • Penguins hang on to beat Canucks in 1st game of Western swing

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Eric Fehr isn't on pace for a 40-goal season. He's actually headed for 70 if this continues. Maybe all of them short-handed, too. Fehr scored his second short-handed goal in as many games after making his Penguins debut Saturday to provide critical breathing room during Wednesday's 3-2..." November 05

  • Penguins star Crosby cites inconsistency as source of scoring issue

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It would count as an offensive surge for some, a career for other, less-fortunate souls. But Sidney Crosby's season-opening stretch of one goal and five points in 11 games has caused a lot of consternation throughout Canada and has stirred up a lot of questions that go something like this,..." November 04

  • Kessel, Penguins slice and dice Maple Leafs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "If the best revenge is living well, Phil Kessel has a leg up on his former team. Kessel made a triumphant return Saturday night to Air Canada Centre as the Penguins dispatched the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. It was a fourth consecutive win for the Penguins (7-4-0), who have quietly..." November 01

  • Leafs plan … nothing for Kessel’s Toronto return

    Pro Hockey Talk "The best thing about teams generating tribute videos to returning former players isn’t the music. It’s not about the great highlights, either. Really, the greatest thing is when those token gestures don’t happen. Keep in mind this is by no means official, and the Toronto Maple Leafs could..." October 31

  • Pens demote Porter, paving way for Fehr’s debut

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh sent veteran winger Kevin Porter to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, a move that pretty much ensures Eric Fehr will make his regular season debut — and Penguins debut — on Saturday in Toronto. Fehr, who signed a three-year, $6 million deal with the Pens this summer, has been on..." October 30

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Quick goals help Penguins erase early deficit in victory over Capitals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a loss to Dallas last week, a defeat that saw them unravel after a puck pinballed in behind goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins players said they needed more resolve. They got it Wednesday night. Moments after Evgeny Kuznetsov broke a scoreless tie on a twice-deflected shot early in the..." October 29

  • Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong used to overshadow Sabres’ Jack Eichel

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "A few years back, when Sabres center Jack Eichel played in summer hockey tournaments, spectators would flock to whichever rink had the talented youngster destined for the NHL.They weren’t looking for Eichel, the second overall pick in June.Instead, they wanted to see Daniel Sprong, a slick winger..." October 29

  • Pittsburgh’s league-worst power play is looking the part so far

    Pro Hockey Talk "For all we know, this post could look really silly in mere minutes, or at least in the scope of Wednesday. That’s the danger of in-game articles, but sheesh, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power-less power play kind of forced the issue during the first period of tonight’s game against the Washington..." October 29

  • Crosby vs. Ovechkin: Five most annoying things about the Rivalry

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin rivalry is one of my favorite things in the history of hockey. Well, at least in concept. The idea that the NHL had its own Magic vs. Bird – flash vs. fundamentals, charisma vs. workmanlike focus, Moscow vs. Cole Harbour – is something that frankly lifted..." October 28

  • Sabres’ Dan Bylsma has no hard feelings toward Penguins

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "There are no hard feelings, Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. For five and half years, he enjoyed a heck of a ride coaching the Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.That they let him twist in the wind at the end, refusing to fire him before eventually letting him go, doesn’t matter.“I don’t..." October 28

  • Sergei Gonchar joins Penguins coaching staff

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Beloved former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar is now a member of the team’s coaching staff. Gonchar was hired as a defensive development coach and European tournament scout. That also means that Gonchar, 41, has hung up the skates and retired after a remarkable 20-year NHL..." October 28

  • GM says Sprong has done enough to stick in NHL

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The decision of what to do with rookie forward Daniel Sprong isn't much of a decision at all, according to Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Sprong appears all but certain to stick in the NHL. “It looks that way,” Rutherford said Tuesday. “If you're asking me today, it looks that..." October 28

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