Penguins Rumors & News

  • Fleury: Now’s not the time to think about future in Pittsburgh

    Pro Hockey Talk "The last time the Penguins were in the Stanley Cup Final, Marc-Andre Fleury was the club’s unquestioned No. 1 netminder. Now, seven years later, the Pens are back — but Fleury’s in a greatly reduced role. He’s backing up 22-year-old Matt Murray, which has cast doubt on Fleury’s future in..." May 30

  • Penguins GM Rutherford ‘surprised’ Kessel left off Team USA

    Sportsnet "Phil Kessel‘s World Cup exclusion caught his general manager off guard. The United States announced their full roster on Friday, leaving the talented sniper off their forward corps in favour of more defensive-minded players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim..." May 29

  • Trio of Pens forwards take maintenance day on Saturday

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins are about as healthy as you can be at this stage of the game. Outside of Trevor Daley (ankle), who’s done for the playoffs, the Pens have their desired roster at their disposal. That doesn’t mean that certain veterans don’t need a little bit of time to recuperate from the..." May 29

  • Crosby motivated to win Cup again "Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby started to reel off names of people who serve as motivation for him to win the Stanley Cup again. It took him a while. He started with Pascal Dupuis, his former teammate who had to retire because of blood clot issues. He talked about Mario Lemieux, the..." May 29

  • Penguins' Daley out 4-8 weeks, won't rule himself out of Cup Final

    The Score "Trevor Daley is keeping the door ever-so-slightly open on a return during the Stanley Cup Final. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman suffered an ankle injury on May 21 that effectively ended his postseason, and while Daley admitted Sunday the expected timeline of recovery is four-to-eight weeks,..." May 29

  • Sullivan: Kessel showing Penguins how badly he wants to win "When forward Phil Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2015, he didn't immediately envision making the Stanley Cup Final. But almost 11 months later, he'll take the ice for Game 1 of the Final against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on..." May 29

  • Why Penguins-Sharks goalie matchup is unique

    CBS Sports "When it comes to the playoffs experience is always something that will be a major talking point, and it doesn't matter what sport it is. Who has it, who doesn't, why it matters, why it could hurt the team that doesn't have it. It's one of those things that is often looked at as an important..." May 29

  • Roethlisberger's newborn son dons Penguins attire

    The Score "Bodie Roethlisberger is getting accustomed to winning immediately. Ben Roethlisberger's third child was born Thursday morning, and the family was overjoyed to welcome him into the world." May 28

  • Phil Kessel nearly speechless as he heads for first trip to Stanley Cup final

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Count Phil Kessel among the speechless after the Penguins’ Game 7 win Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. This Penguins winger whose career has taken off in these 2016 playoffs is going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. “I’m so thrilled,” a beaming Kessel said. “I, I, I don’t..." May 28

  • Experts split on Penguins, Sharks

    CBS Sports "The 2016 Stanley Cup Final match up has all the makings for an instant classic. The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks have been the two best teams throughout the playoffs and each boast a cast of players that can put on a show. Both teams also come into the final with a lot to prove. The..." May 28

  • Kessel omitted from Team USA's World Cup roster

    The Score "USA hockey announced the additions of St. Louis Blues forward David Backes and Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk to their final 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Surprisingly, during a red-hot playoff run, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel was left off the list, even..." May 27

  • Bryan Rust becomes a playoff hero as Penguins advance to Stanley Cup Final

    SB Nation "Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals had all the big names you could've asked for. Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Victor Hedman. Phil Kessel. And guess who stole the spotlight. Bryan Rust. Jonathan Drouin. Matt Murray. Andrei Vasilevskiy. As they have so often throughout the 2016 NHL..." May 27

  • Rust scores 2 as Pens beat Lightning in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sure, Sid and Geno still are around. Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang, too. But these Pittsburgh Penguins aren't just a team of big names, but one of guys still trying to make a name in the NHL, too. Bryan Rust, a rookie forward who was in the minors for half the season, scored..." May 27

  • Max Talbot signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, we passed along word that veteran NHLer Max Talbot was contemplating a move to Europe. On Friday, that move was made official. KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl announced that Talbot has agreed to a one-year contract. " May 27

  • Sheary benefited from healthy scratch

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Being a healthy scratch might have done Penguins left winger Conor Sheary some good. After sitting out Game 5 Sunday, Sheary was back in the lineup for Game 6 Tuesday. Logging 12:07 of ice time on 18 shifts, Sheary had an entry into the offensive zone which led to the primary assist on a goal..." May 27

  • Penguins ground Lightning to force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- On the road, facing elimination and with a 21-year-old goalie in net, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Matthew Murray stayed alive to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. "Matt was huge tonight..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • How Phil Kessel has thrived in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Quotient "From an individual standpoint, Phil Kessel was certainly not struggling in Toronto. The Boston Bruins traded Kessel to the Maple Leafs in 2009, and he quickly made an impact on the team: In the six seasons he spent there, he was the team's leading scorer every year and never missed a game. He..." May 25

  • Penguins go back to Murray for Game 6

    TSN "After deciding to turn to Marc-Andre Fleury for the first time in 53 days, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan pulled aside rookie netminder Matt Murray to break the news - and to keep him engaged in the event that he needed him again these playoffs. Two days later, that day has come. Murray, the..." May 24

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: ‘We’ll Be Back Here For a Game 7’

    The Hockey Writers "The Pittsburgh Penguins, a team known for their resiliency in the Mike Sullivan era, are about to face the biggest challenge of the 2015-16 campaign. After rolling through the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals with an overall postseason record of 8-3, outscoring their opponents 37-25 and..." May 24

  • Lightning take control with Game 5 win in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury's comeback was the story before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning's comeback might be the story of the series. Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot from the left circle into the net only 53 seconds into overtime..." May 23

  • Evgeni Malkin says Penguins 'for sure' playing in a Game 7

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins assistant captain Evgeni Malkin channeled his inner Mark Messier and all but guaranteed a victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Amalie Arena. The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "I believe..." May 23

  • Penguins Sign Forward Jake Guentzel to a Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jake Guentzel to a three-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 2018-19 campaign. Guentzel, 21,..." May 23

  • Fleury: I should be better

    The Score "Marc-Andre Fleury was not thrilled with his Game 5 performance. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender allowed four goals in his club's 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and admits he wasn't quite himself. "It wasn't the best I've felt in a game, but still I've been..." May 23

  • Mike Sullivan's goalie gamble backfires for Penguins

    CBS Sports "As soon as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was cleared to play after recovering from his second concussion of the season, it seemed inevitable that he would eventually get back in the starting lineup one way or another. But every time it seemed as if coach Mike Sullivan had a..." May 23

  • Daley's availability for Game 5 'not encouraging'

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Watching defenseman Trevor Daley work his way out of Amalie Arena late Friday on crutches left Penguins coach Mike Sullivan with an uneasy feeling. “It's not encouraging,” Sullivan said Saturday before the Penguins boarded a plane to return home for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals..." May 22

  • Georges Laraque helps detain man in attempted child kidnapping at Jeanne-Mance Park

    CBC Sports "Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque helped detain a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl in a Montreal park on Saturday afternoon. A man allegedly spoke to the girl, who was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park, before grabbing her and walking away. Family members..." May 22

  • Penguins turning to Fleury in Game 5

    The Score "After 15 postseason games, Marc-Andre Fleury will finally get his first start. The veteran netminder was in the starter's net, and was the first goalie off the ice at the Pittsburgh Penguins' morning skate Sunday. Following the skate, head coach Mike Sullivan announced Fleury will start Game 5,..." May 22

  • Penguins' Daley out for remainder of playoffs "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley will be sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken left ankle, coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday. Daley was injured in the second period of the 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on..." May 22

  • Justin Schultz relishing change of scenery and expectations

    Sportsnet "To truly appreciate how far Justin Schultz has come in the last three months you have to reflect back on how uncomfortable his life became in Edmonton. Mistakes compounded as his confidence slipped. Fans began booing him mercilessly at Rexall Place as another Oilers season slid down the drain...." May 21

  • Penguins' Daley leaves game with apparent knee injury

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley left Game 4 after a collision with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. Daley appeared to be favoring his left knee while being helped to the Penguins' dressing room. " May 21

  • Lightning even series, hang on to defeat Penguins

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- What was an easy 4-0 Lightning lead in the third period quickly turned to 4-3, leading to a furious final 90 seconds after Pittsburgh pulled its goalie, but Tampa Bay held on for a 4-3 win Friday at Amalie Arena, evening up the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. "I didn't think..." May 21

  • Sullivan: Letang can't be fazed by Lightning irritants

    The Score "nside the Pittsburgh Penguins room after Game 4, most would rue at least one decision, play, or moment after the club narrowly fell short in their crusade to erase a four-goal third-period deficit. Of course, this task wouldn't have been a challenge for Kris Letang. The premier defender, and..." May 21

  • Crosby: Kessel not fond of being in front of the camera "Before anyone can begin to understand Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel and all of his idiosyncrasies, one first has to realize the perception of him being a misunderstood star athlete is somewhat misguided. "He flourishes in not having to be the guy," former Toronto Maple Leafs coach..." May 20

  • Shawn Michaels is heading to Pittsburgh to attend Game 5 of Lightning-Penguins

    Fox Sports "Shawn Michaels, aka HBK, will be present Sunday to watch the HBK line and their Pittsburgh Penguins teammates play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference final. Wrestling is a surreal world and sometimes its connections to other sports and pop culture create..." May 20

  • Penguins overwhelm Lightning to take 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Two nights earlier, Pittsburgh was in overtime and a goal away from a 2-0 series deficit. On Wednesday night, the Penguins pulled away to a 4-2 road win in Game 3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final. "It's first to four. We..." May 19

  • Rutherford: Fleury absolutely not done with Penguins

    The Score "Two goalies have started playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year, none of whom are named Marc-Andre Fleury. Jeff Zatkoff was called upon early when he was the only healthy goalie on the roster, but Matt Murray has since taken over the starting gig - perhaps for good. But general..." May 19

  • Fleury a potential ‘transitional guy’ for Flames

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames are in search of some help between the pipes, this we know. General manager Brad Treliving has said as much, stating “goaltending is obviously a priority for us,” as the 2015-16 regular season came to a close. How the Flames go about filling that void in goal could become..." May 18

  • Crosby ends slump in OT as Pens even East finals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan shortened his bench late in the game to get star Sidney Crosby going, and he might have lengthened the Eastern Conference finals because of it. Sidney Crosby ended an eight-game streak without a goal only 40 seconds into overtime, and the..." May 17

  • Roenick rips Crosby's work ethic before OT winner

    The Score "Again he's wrong in his analysis. Former NHL forward and current NBCSN analyst Jeremy Roenick provided a scalding hot take Monday night in the second intermission of Game 2 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Roenick suggested Sidney Crosby - who hadn't scored in eight..." May 17

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Tampa Bay Lightning dress code policy could curb Penguins jerseys in stands

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Planning to travel to Tampa, Fla., to see the Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Leave that Sidney Crosby jersey at home. At least if you have seats along the glass. The Tampa Bay Lightning has barred fans from wearing visiting team gear in select areas of Amalie Arena during the 2015-16..." May 16

  • Penguins reserve Schultz usually sits, but is always ready to step in

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Justin Schultz didn’t dress for the Penguins’ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 Friday night of the Eastern Conference final. Nothing unusual about that. After all, Schultz has spent nine of the Penguins’ first 12 games in these playoffs in street clothes. But he understands how quickly..." May 15

  • Penguins sticking with rookie Matt Murray in net for Game 2

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with rookie goaltender Matt Murray for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Murray has been strong in the Penguins’ crease so far this post-season, registering a .929 save percentage with a 2.15 GAA and one shutout in 10..." May 15

  • Is Olli Maatta in Mike Sullivan’s doghouse?

    Pro Hockey Talk "n a short period of time, Olli Maatta may find himself going from the injured list to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ doghouse. It sounds like Mike Sullivan wasn’t particularly happy with Maatta’s performance in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and that might prompt Maatta to be replaced by..." May 15

  • Why the Penguins will stick with Murray in Game 2

    The Score "After losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the biggest decision Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan faces is whether to stick with rookie netminder Matt Murray, or swap him out for well-rested Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury. Though a healthy Fleury is certainly an..." May 15

  • Lightning ground Pens in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Tampa Bay Lightning keep losing all their best players to injury, with star goalie Ben Bishop is the latest to go down. What they're not losing are playoff games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots after Bishop, the Vezina Trophy finalist, left with a possible serious..." May 14

  • Penguins coach to Crosby, Malkin: ‘Play the right way’

    Pro Hockey Talk "No doubt about it, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been struggling to score lately. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan recognizes that, although he also believes that the high-end scorers still make an impact on playoff contests, even when they’re not generating goals and..." May 14

  • Ryan Callahan won't be suspended for hit on Kris Letang

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan will not be suspended for his dangerous hit on Kris Letang in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night, NHL officials confirmed Saturday. Callahan drove the star Pittsburgh defenseman head-first into the boards with a hit from behind just..." May 14

  • Pens GM Rutherford wouldn’t trade Letang for any other defenseman in the NHL "Comment Print E-mail This morning, general manager Jim Rutherford repeated a comment he made earlier in the year – that he wouldn’t trade Kris Letang for any other defenseman in the league. “That’s how much I think of him,” Rutherford said. “He’s really a special person and he loves the..." May 13