Penguins Rumors & News

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • On Sidney Crosby's day with the Cup, one fan encounter stands out from all the rest

    USA Today "For his second time with the Stanley Cup, Sidney Crosby said he wanted to make sure that as many people as possible could share the day with him. Crosby took the Cup to Tim Hortons, visited his hockey school and surprised people all over his home town with it, but one fan encounter stands out..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • A trip to Nova Scotia ignited Crosby's surge

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "It was right out of a Rockwell painting, the scene in this small maritime town on this Saturday morning. Fathers and sons playing catch on the sprawling grass fields beside Cole Harbour Place. Young and old, male and female, rich and poor, the citizens turned out in thousands to celebrate Sidney..." July 18

  • Sidney Crosby thrills hometown in victory parade

    NHL.com "The staging area Saturday was the church parking lot where Sidney Crosby played street hockey as a kid. "I don't think I ever thought I'd be starting off a Stanley Cup parade there," Crosby said. The 1.1-mile parade route he traveled while standing in the back of a Ford F-150 truck with the..." July 17

  • Penguins' 1st GM Jack Riley dies at 97

    The Score "Jack Riley, the first general manager in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins, died Wednesday at the age of 97. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jack Riley," the club said in a statement Thursday. "Jack served as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first general manager in 1967 and played an..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Crosby brings Stanley Cup to hometown hockey school

    The Score "It's Sidney Crosby's day with the Stanley Cup (and the Conn Smythe trophy), so the Pittsburgh Penguins captain opted to share his hardware with students at his hockey school in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Penguins GM confirms Kessel had hand surgery stemming from preseason injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins right winger Phil Kessel underwent surgery for a hand injury Friday and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2016-17 season. “It was something he dealt with all season,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “It bothered him. He took care of it. He's not expect to miss any time”" July 10

  • Phil Kessel sustained hand injury in round 1 of the playoffs, had surgery

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2016 Stanley Cup win wouldn't have happened without Phil Kessel. The Pens made a statement when they acquired him last off-season, and that statement rang through loud and clear. Sure, there may have been some criticism throughout the regular season, even though he..." July 09

  • Penguins Sign Forward Garrett Wilson

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Garrett Wilson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way contract that contains an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. Wilson, 25, split the..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Third-round pick Hall surprises on final day of development camp

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When the Penguins used the third-round pick they acquired from New Jersey in exchange for Beau Bennett to select Connor Hall in last month's NHL Draft, team officials painted a clear picture of what kind of player the 18-year-old defenseman is. “Very, very physically aggressive,” director of..." July 03

  • Minnesotan Cullen wants to stay with Stanley Cup champion Penguins

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Matt Cullen has the chance to go out a champion, but the allure of a 19th NHL season may prove too much. Cullen, a former Wild player from Moorhead, Minn., lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup with the Penguins this season, playing a pivotal role for Pittsburgh all season. And as NHL free agency begins..." July 01

  • Penguins Re-Sign Forward Tom Sestito to a One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tom Sestito to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way contract that has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. Sestito, 28, saw ice time in..." July 01

  • Pens make minor signings: sign Stuart Percy, bring back Sestito and Oleksy

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins made the smallest of splashes at the start of the NHL free agency period. They signed three players, all to two-way deals: Tom Sestito, Steve Oleksy and Stuart Percey. Sestito and Oleksy were with the Pens organization last year, mostly at the AHL level but both were..." July 01

  • Devils re-sign forward Beau Bennett to a one-year deal

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils today re-signed forward Beau Bennett to a one-year, one-way, $725,000 contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero." July 01

  • Kings add backup Zatkoff on 2-year deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract Friday to back up Jonathan Quick, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. Zatkoff will join the team that originally drafted him in the third round in 2006. He never played a game for the Kings before signing with the Pittsburgh..." July 01

  • Penguins Sign GM Jim Rutherford to a Three-Year Contract Extension

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that general manager Jim Rutherford has signed a three-year contract extension. The deal replaces Rutherford’s current deal. He is now signed through the 2018-19 season. Rutherford is two weeks removed from leading the Penguins to the franchise’s..." July 01

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Ben Lovejoy, Vern Fiddler

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils have shored up their blue line a little bit by signing defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year contract worth $2.66 million per season. Lovejoy is a 32-year-old right-handed shot who averaged almost 19 minutes a night on the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He probably..." July 01

  • Phil Kessel's Toronto Career Forever Memorialized In Jamaican Sports Bar

    The Big Lead "Phil Kessel won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month. He won the Cup in his first season after being run out of Toronto where he spent the previous 6 years of his career. Kessel’s relationship with the Maple Leafs remains a complicated one, but there is at least one sports..." June 29

  • Dion Phaneuf talks Toronto, Phil Kessel’s Cup party: ‘I’ll be there’

    Sportsnet "Think back 16 months ago, Toronto. Before the oh-so-sweet lottery win and the fevered Steven Stamkos anticipation and the new No. 1 goaltender and those slick new throwback sweaters that pop like hope. Flash back to the Globe and Mail‘s memorable report of the “scorched earth” Shanny-plan, in..." June 29

  • Cullen reportedly wants to come back for a 20th season

    The Score "Matt Cullen will let you know when he's done. The veteran and two-time Stanley Cup champion reportedly wants to return for a 20th season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Cullen will be 40 in early November and Friedman adds that the Pittsburgh Penguins would love to retain his..." June 28

  • Justin Schultz will not get qualifying offer from Penguins

    Today's Slapshot "The Pittsburgh Penguins only had one pending RFA on their NHL roster following their recent Stanley Cup win – but he won’t be coming back next season. The Penguins confirmed, via Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that only one pending RFA in the team’s system has been given a..." June 28

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Tim Erixon

    The Hockey Writers "The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they’ve re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year, two-way contract. The team made the announcement via their official Twitter account." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Penguins' newest goalie sees Murray as template for early success

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There’s little doubt, at least for now, that Matt Murray is the Penguins’ goalie of the future. He staked a convincing claim to that job by helping them win a Stanley Cup earlier this month. Murray’s playoff performance is the reason that the Penguins are expected to eventually trade..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Rutherford: Fleury will start season with Penguins

    The Score "Marc-Andre Fleury's safe for the summer. Jim Rutherford told Sportsnet's John Shannon on Saturday at the NHL draft that the goaltender will start the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran Fleury was usurped by rookie upstart Matt Murray for the club's title run after suffering his..." June 25

  • Devils' Beau Bennett: Traded to New Jersey

    CBS Sports "Bennett has been traded to the Devils in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Bennett is talented, but he struggles to stay healthy. It's too early to say his game is on life support, but the former first-round pick just hasn't been able to carve out a role befitting his..." June 25

  • Penguins' Rutherford prefers Kessel over 1st-round selection

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager could care less that his club has no selection in the first round of the 2016 Draft. The club's lone selection this season was part of a package that was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs last offseason for sniper Phil Kessel, and Rutherford regrets nothing. " June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Malkin’s injured elbow won’t require surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins dodged a bullet this off-season, as the club announced that star center Evgeni Malkin won’t require surgery on his injured elbow. He isn’t expected to miss any time, per the Penguins. Malkin missed two long stints of action this season. He was sidelined for 10 games..." June 23

  • Crosby talks Cole Harbour, prospect of street named after him

    Sportsnet "Sidney Crosby appeared pleased and possibly slightly embarrassed that a street in his Nova Scotia hometown might be renamed in his honour. "I don’t know," the 28-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain said candidly after the NHL Awards in Las Vegas Wednesday night when asked what he thought about..." June 23

  • Penguins' Rutherford wins NHL general manager of year award

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was named General Manager of the Year at the NHL Awards Wednesday night in Las Vegas, the league’s newest site of expansion. “I’m honored to win this award,” Rutherford said. “To me it’s a team award.” Rutherford, 67, is the first GM in the expansion..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Rutherford shoots down all trade talk involving Malkin

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s rumor season in the NHL. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford swatted a big one down Tuesday, when he said there is no truth to the rumor that ran rampant on social media claiming the Chicago Blackhawks were interested in a possible trade for star center Evgeni Malkin. “None. We’re..." June 22

  • Rutherford not ruling out Fleury staying with Penguins

    Sportsnet "In Jim Rutherford’s eyes, the Pittsburgh Penguins wouldn’t have won the Stanley Cup without having goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray on the roster. That’s why he won’t rule out the possibility that both will remain in Pittsburgh at the start of next season. “We have a lot of respect..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Report: Blackhawks are ‘seriously kicking tires on Evgeni Malkin’

    Pro Hockey Talk "A few weeks ago, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos predicted the Stanley Cup Final would be the last series for Evgeni Malkin in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform. The prediction got a fair bit of attention at the time, but then everyone’s focus turned to the games. Malkin had a frustrating start against..." June 21

  • Marc-Andre Fleury price too high, Flames turn to Ben Bishop?

    Yahoo! Sports "The trade negotiations between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury appear to have become a “who’s more screwed?” competition. The Penguins seemed pretty screwed. Fleury makes $5.75 million against the cap through 2019, and his no-move clause necessitates..." June 21

  • Penguins want first-round pick as Calgary Flames bid to acquire proven starting goaltender

    Calgary Sun "And then there was one. One NHL team looking hard for a starting goalie. With the Toronto Maple Leafs giving up a first-round pick (30th) and a second rounder next year to acquire Frederik Andersen from Anaheim Monday, the Calgary Flames are the only team left with a gaping hole between the..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Former Senators coach Jacques Martin savours first Cup victory

    Ottawa Citizen "As Jacques Martin celebrated the Stanley Cup victory with his Pittsburgh Penguins counterparts a week ago in San Jose, he couldn’t help but think of the dreams that this would happen. The years of hard work and the dedication finally paid off. “I think it’s great,” the 61-year-old Martin..." June 19

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