Penguins Rumors & News

  • Stars' opener nearly perfect with Niemi's shutout of Penguins

    Dallas Morning News "The Stars wanted to make an improvement in net this season, and Antti Niemi delivered in a big way Thursday. The free agent signee stopped 37 shots, registered his 33rd career shutout and tallied two assists in a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Niemi's the first NHL goalie to record a..." October 09

  • NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

    Yardbarker "After handing down one of the longest suspensions in league history, it looked as though the NHL's Department of Player Safety was really throwing down the hammer when comes to late hits and checks to the head. Just two days into the season, this appears to not be the case, as a handful of..." October 09

  • NHL, union set escrow for first quarter of season at 16 per cent

    TSN "With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday. That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this..." October 09

  • Crosby-Kessel partnership makes steady progress for Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The partnership, Sidney Crosby said, has been progressing nicely. That doesn’t mean it can’t get even better, though. Crosby and right winger Phil Kessel were linemates for the Penguins’ regular-season opener against the Dallas Stars Thursday night at American Airlines Center. It is a..." October 09

  • Penguins recall Maatta in time for season opener in Dallas

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As expected, the Penguins recalled defenseman Olli Maatta on Thursday morning ahead of their season-opener at 8:30 p.m. against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Maatta was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday as part of a salary cap-related move — nothing to do with his..." October 08

  • Penguins send Maatta to minor league team in salary-cap move

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Olli Maatta had a solid preseason. In four games, he had two points. He appears fully poised to rebound from a shoulder injury that kept him out most of the 2014-15 season. But he’s going to start the 2015-16 campaign in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Before the NHL’s 5 p.m.Tuesday deadline for..." October 07

  • Complete Preview and Predictions for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins are aiming to reclaim their position among the Metropolitan Division's elite teams after a tumultuous 2014-15 campaign. A strong start to the season, sparked by an explosive power play, was soon badly derailed by injuries and illnesses, leading to a revolving-door lineup..." October 06

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • Pens lose Dupuis (lower body) for 4-5 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pascal Dupuis can’t escape his health issues. Dupuis, who’s missed over 100 games the last two years with various ailments, will now be sidelined for 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, per the Penguins. Dupuis’ injury is not related to previous health issues — a torn ACL and blood clotting..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Penguins' Dupuis to miss at least a week with undisclosed injury

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who missed the final 66 games of the 2014-15 season due to a blood clot in his lung, will miss at least the first week of the regular season with an undisclosed injury. The injury is not blood clot related, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. Head..." October 05

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva


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    Josh Yohe @JoshYohe_PGH

    Daniel Sprong has made the Penguins roster. Bobby Farnham and Adam Clendening, too. Gonchar has been released. Pouliot to AHL.

  • Rookie Sprong OK after injury scare in Penguins' preseason finale

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The power play clicked at less than 16 percent. Some offense was discovered, but so were some potential holes in the defense. Regardless, the Penguins did something this preseason that, for this team, should never go unappreciated: They stayed healthy. Friday's 2-1 loss to the Carolina..." October 03

  • End of the line? Penguins release Sergei Gonchar from tryout

    Yahoo! Sports "Sergei Gonchar’s hockey career likely reached the end of the line on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they were releasing him from his tryout contract. The 41-year old Gonchar played in four preseason games for the Penguins, and while his time on the ice in Pittsburgh is over,..." October 03

  • Penguins cut 18 players; 31 remain on roster, 23 likely to stay

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins planned to fly to Raleigh. N.C., immediately after their 7-2 preseason spanking by Detroit Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center. There should have been plenty of room for everyone on the flight to stretch out. That’s because 18 players were lopped off their training-camp..." October 01

  • Pens make cuts, including Sestito from PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins still have quite a lot of cuts to make, yet Tom Sestito already must mull over other options. Pittsburgh narrowed its training camp roster down to 35 players on Wednesday, and that meant releasing Sestito (pictured) from his professional tryout contract. Here is a..." October 01

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Penguins' Letang hopes for longevity, chance to be next Gonchar

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Among Sergei Gonchar's former teammates who still are with the Penguins, nobody has grown more, he said, than Kris Letang. “We always knew he had all the potential,” Gonchar said. “Now he brought his game to another level.” Those words got back to Letang. “I was pretty flattered that..." September 26

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Enigmatic Kunitz eager to find range with Penguins this season

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins winger Chris Kunitz is the perfect, hard-working complement to all-world talents Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, with whom he lined up Tuesday in the Penguins' preseason home opener. He could hit a career high in scoring with them, and his $3.85 million salary could be a..." September 23

  • Malkin gets to play key role on and off ice for Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Nine years ago, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin needed a landlord and a translator. He got one in defenseman Sergei Goncha, a veteran who took Malkin, then a rookie, into his home and helped his fellow Russian adjust to life in North America on and off the ice. “I always say [if] Gonchar..." September 20

  • Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney retires

    The Score "Ryan Whitney has hung 'em up. The nine-year NHL veteran defenseman and 2010 Olympic silver medalist announced his retirement Sunday morning via Twitter." September 20

  • Penguins' Malkin excited to have Kessel on board "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin struggled through the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a sprained ankle, a time he didn't deposit in his memory bank. "I don't remember," Malkin said Saturday. "That was last year. I'm looking to a new season." Malkin is focused on the upcoming..." September 20

  • Pens to keep eight d-men — will Gonchar be one?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After last year’s defensive nightmare — in which injuries forced them to play some regular-season games with five d-men, and use Taylor Chorney in the playoffs — the Penguins are taking a proactive approach this season, and will carry eight defensemen. All of which, you’d think, plays into..." September 18

  • With improved skating, Penguins' Perron looks to get leg up

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When last season ended, Penguins forward David Perron listened intently as he met with general manager Jim Rutherford and his staff. Your skating needs work, Perron was told. The message, though, hardly was necessary. “I was probably average or below average with my skating,” Perron said. “I did..." September 18

  • Canucks couldn’t be a better fit, says Sutter

    Vancouver Province "You think Sutter, you don’t think nerves. You think steely resolve, grit, spit and plenty of elbow grease. “You’re always nervous coming in — it’s like your first day in a new school,” centre Brandon Sutter said Thursday before the Vancouver Canucks departed for training camp in Prince..." September 18

  • 'I have absolutely no concerns': Penguins' GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel's so-called issues

    Toronto Sun "The soup, we assume, was not sour. Phil Kessel certainly wasn’t. And, for Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, that was the most important thing. Shortly after the blockbuster July trade that sent Kessel from the Leafs to Pittsburgh, the enigmatic winger went out for lunch with..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • On eve of training camp, Letang hopes for a healthy season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It is a pretty modest goal. Kris Letang isn’t talking about winning a Norris Trophy or setting a points record for NHL defensemen. What he would like to do in 2015-16, Letang said Tuesday, simply is to dress for all 82 regular-season games. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s something..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Penguins defenseman Pouliot enters preseason with something to prove

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Derrick Pouliot harbors no illusions about where he stands in the Penguins' pecking order. He is a prospect, perhaps the organization's top prospect, who has shown signs of being ready to assume top-four minutes in this, his second pro season. Yet here he is, playing in a rookie tournament this..." September 12

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Phil Kessel: Pittsburgh a more relaxed environment than Toronto

    Sportsnet "We all know Phil Kessel shies away from the spotlight, but the Pittsburgh Penguins winger took a few minutes to speak with media after a team skate Thursday. Kessel is entering his 10th NHL season and his first with the Penguins after a July 1 trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old..." September 11

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Kessel addition has Penguins' Crosby, Malkin excited "The offseason remodeling of the Pittsburgh Penguins has their top two players very excited. The Penguins were active in the summer after being knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in five games in the Eastern Conference First Round. Pittsburgh, dealing with several..." September 09

  • Happy now? Kessel dropped 13 lbs. this summer

    Pro Hockey Talk "It remains to be seen if Phil Kessel can silence his critics with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he’s doing his part to put work ethic murmurs to bed. Despite making scores of defensemen look foolish (and sometimes winded) with his immensely underrated foot-speed, people have railed on the sniper..." September 05

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • Penguins 'racist' locker room prank revealed in Jarkko Ruutu’s book

    Yahoo! Sports "Jarkko Ruutu was one of the NHL’s greatest pests during his 11-season career. Two of those seasons were with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where Ruutu shared a locker room with forwards Colby Armstrong and Georges Laraque, both of whom are now retired. And now, in his new Finnish-language book “The..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Sources: Penguins' owners looking for record $750M for team

    TSN "The owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking $750 million (U.S.) for the team, but face long odds of finding a buyer who’s willing to pay that much because of the flagging North American economy and uncertainty over the future of the Canadian dollar, sports investment bankers say. A..." September 02

  • Veteran UFA squeeze continues as Lapierre signs in Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier today, we passed along word that 32-year-old Marcel Goc — a veteran of over 600 NHL contests — signed in the German League. Now, another vet is taking his game overseas. Maxim Lapierre, also with over 600 games on his resume, has signed with Modo of the Swedish Hockey League, per..." September 01

  • Penguins Give Daniel Sprong Entry-Level Deal

    The Hockey Writers "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their top draft pick from the 2015 draft (46th overall), Daniel Sprong, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Friday. General Fanager reports that the deal is worth the maximum $925,000 at the NHL level. The 18-year-old Dutch right..." August 29

  • Sestito ready to fight for job on Penguins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins haven't decided if they're going to carry a traditional enforcer this season, but if they do, there's a good chance it will be Tom Sestito. A 6-foot-5, 228-pound winger with 99 pro fighting majors in an eight-year career, Sestito will attend training camp on a tryout basis, the..." August 27

  • Penguins Sign Forward Tom Sestito to a Professional Tryout Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Tom Sestito to a professional tryout contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Sestito, 27, has played parts of seven NHL seasons with Columbus, Philadelphia and Vancouver, producing 18 points..." August 26

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