Pittsburgh Penguins

Repeating as Stanley Cup champs isn’t easy. In fact, before the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ridiculous 2017 run, it hadn’t been done since before the salary cap era, when the Detroit Red Wings repeated as champions in 1998. Of course, the Wings probably spent around $60 million on their team—adjusted for inflation, that’s about $90 million in
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In the wake of the NHL’s first expansion draft in 17 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves with a large hole to fill in the roster, and Finnish goaltender Antti Niemi found himself a free agent. The Penguins didn’t have to wait long to find a suitable replacement for Marc-Andre Fleury with some NHL tenure to
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Defenseman Brian Dumoulin finally signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 24, narrowly avoiding arbitration with a doozy of a contract. The six-year deal not only pays him over $4 million a year but also locks him on with the team for longer than any player other than Sidney Crosby himself. In the 2022-23 season, the
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The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t a franchise known for investing a lot in young players. For heaven’s sake, they’ve picked once in the first round over the last five years, yet Pittsburgh has seen quite a few young players emerge onto the NHL scene and make significant impacts the last couple years. Without the contributors of Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel,
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Entering free agency, the Pittsburgh Penguins could lose as many as six unrestricted free agents. Key components from their back-to-back Stanley Cups such as Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cullen and Trevor Daley need new contracts. Furthermore, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary, Brian Dumoulin and a few others are restricted free agents. Obviously, there are bigger fish
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined Mario Lemieux and Bernie Parent as the only other players in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in back-to-back years. Crosby deserved it, posting eight goals and 27 points in 24 playoff games. But he wasn’t the only member of the Penguins who played at an MVP level.
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Late in the 2015-16 season, Pittsburgh’s third round (83rd overall selection) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, got his shot in the NHL when Marc-Andre Fleury fell to a concussion. Murray, a standout performer in the American Hockey League with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15 and the early part of 2015-16, was called up. His record in
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It’s funny how quickly things move in the world of professional sports. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup on Sunday night, becoming the first group to repeat as champions in the salary-cap era. However, before their victory was even 24-hours old, news broke that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury did indeed agree to waive his
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It took 213 games, 49 of those playoffs appearances, to make history. It was the 66th playoff series in Penguins history and the 87th game of the 2017 playoffs — some things are just meant to be. Kris Letang hadn’t played since February, they were outshot in more than 70% of games played these playoffs, and
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have played a ridiculous amount of hockey these past two years. After going all the way to a championship in 2016, they barely had enough time to eat French fries out of the Cup before their stars were whisked away for the World Cup of Hockey. Between two four-round postseasons, the World Cup,
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As Yogi Berra first uttered 40 years ago, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Some fans might find it difficult to tune into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins destroyed the Nashville Predators, 6-0, in Game 5. It was no contest from start to finish, as Sidney
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Despite a three-point performance and first star honors in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sidney Crosby’s night would be defined by a scrum with P.K. Subban and a water bottle. USA TODAY’s “For The Win” called Crosby’s Game 5 “a night of bad behavior,” and that seems to sum it up. However, many have
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Normally when the Stanley Cup Final is in full swing the hockey world is focused on the outcomes of games and news surrounding the two clubs involved. Instead, we decided to look at two specific players involved in the seven-game series – two players that were traded for each other nearly three years ago. It
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April 5 was a dark day for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. You probably remember it; that was the day it was announced that Kris Letang, core of the Penguins’ defense, irreplaceable in everything from 5 on 5 play to special teams, would be out for four to six months with a herniated disc in his neck. Ever
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They’ve played over 200 hockey games in the past two seasons, they’re missing one of the world’s best defenseman and they got embarrassed in Game’s 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the 16th seeded team in the playoffs. Hockey analysts will try to pinpoint reasons why the Penguins are losing but at the
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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final, where a cast can indicate a day-to-day injury. Nick Bonino joined the Pittsburgh Penguins at their practice on Sunday, which is fairly ridiculous given that Bonino made his way into Bridgestone Arena for Game 3 yesterday on crutches and in a walking boot. But who cares if the man can’t
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The Pittsburgh Penguins should be embarrassed; not because of the final score of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final but because of the way they conducted themselves in the final minutes of the third period. Forty-four penalty minutes, three game misconducts, and an ungodly amount of undisciplined plays all equal a very concerning loss
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It may seem like the sky is falling in the Steel City since the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in ugly fashion, 5-1, against the Nashville Predators. The fact remains, though, that it was just one loss, and Pittsburgh still controls the series with a 2-1 lead. The Penguins have
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There are certain teams that some players love facing, and then there are other squads that players would really rather never see again. Sometimes these preferences are created because of matchups, and in other cases, there’s no rhyme or reason to it. For Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, the team he would love to never
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Ron Hainsey is a former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman. For three and a half years he was the anchor on the ‘Canes blue line, often paired with All-Star, Justin Faulk. In many respects, he embodied the typical NHL defenseman, in that he came to work and took care of his business without fanfare or the desire
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