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March Madness

Hit the Deck, Cannon Ball Comin’ Through!

Using a Pittsburgh Pirates home run call is about all I can say right about now, because in my mind, Ray Shero has hit a home run.

On Sunday March 24th, Shero sent prized prospect Joe Morrow and a 5th round draft pick to the Dallas Stars for a third round draft pick and veteran winger Brenden Morrow. The 34 year old former captain of the Dallas Stars is going to be bringing a few key skill sets to Pittsburgh, but none more important than that of leadership and stability.

The gritty winger will see time all over the ice for Pittsburgh. He is expected to play with Malkin and Neal, as well as time on Sutter’s wing with M...

The Flyers Start One More Run at the Playoffs Against Pittsburgh

The Penguins are on an 11-game winning streak. The Flyers haven't played in six days. It's a story of parody, and the Flyers have a long road ahead of them starting against the hated Penguins.

Islanders Hit The Steel City Looking To Keep Points Streak Alive Versus The Penguins

Both teams enter this contest off of victories. For New York, it was a 5-2 home win over the Washington Capitals. For Pittsburgh, it was a shootout victory in Toronto against the Leafs.

Super Stars Shine Bright in Pittsburgh

Once in a generation we are gifted with players who define the beauty and strengths of our game. Their supreme dedication to sport pays off in a collaborated showing of true heart and skill. Last night in Pittsburgh, we witnessed arguably the three best players in the NHL take the ice and show us why this game is truly amazing.

We start off with the first player on the box score for the Lightning, and not coincidentally, the NHL’s leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos. Stamkos again was just flat out brilliant around the net. His evolution as a goal scorer and game changer continues to amaze me.

In the second period, the Lightning stifled the Penguins neutral zone transitio...

Sunday's Weekly Update

There have been times in this short season where the Pittsburgh Penguins have won five straight games and outscored their opponents at a three goals to one click. Then there are times in which the Penguins go on a road trip to Florida, Carolina, and Montreal.

In three games the Pittsburgh Penguins allowed 16 goals. Florida scored four goals on the power play. Carolina scored three goals that were products of behind the net passing. Montreal used high point shots to either tip or attack rebounds, but P.K. Subban’s goal to end the second period was again started from behind the net. It is a simplistic breakdown of the game to realize that the Penguins are not playing systematica...

The Development of Despres

In 2009, after winning the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins held the 30th pick in the NHL Draft. With said pick the Penguins selected Simon Despres, a big bodied defensive prospect from the QMJHL. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, Despres wowed scouts with his excellent skating prowess and his offensive upside. While still very raw in his game, it was clear that Despres possessed the skill set and size to become an all situation defensemen in the NHL.

After being invited to training camp with the Penguins in 2009 and 2010, Despres showed how much his game needed to evolve. He would be sent back to his junior club in both seasons to progress. In the two seasons...

Change Of Fortune

On Tuesday, January 29th, the Pittsburgh Penguins played host to the New York Islanders. With five minutes remaining in the second period, the Islanders John Tavares and Matt Moulson would both score, respectively, on consecutive power plays. At the end of the period the Pittsburgh Penguins players were booed off of the ice.  The real kicker, when the Penguins returned to the ice, the arena had been half full.

Just ten days ago the Penguins record would have indicated an average team considering they were only 3-3-0.  People questioned their toughness, their skill, and whether or not they could ever be considered a true Stanley Cup contender.  That was just six games ...

Flyers, Penguins Kick Off the Season in Philly

The NHL is back, and there is no better way to celebrate the return of hockey in Pennsylvania than to have its two bitter rivals battle in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will travel to Philadelphia for a 3PM show down at the Wells Fargo Center. The arena will be filled to capacity with nearly 20,000 orange-and-black-clad Flyers fans, with a little yellow sprinkled in the mix.

The Penguins odds

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:  FAVORITES TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, a defensive prospect and a first round pick (with which they drafted another defensive prospect). Shortly after, they shipped defenseman Zbynek Michalek back to the Phoenix Coyotes for a couple of prospects and a third round pick.

Then, during the free agency frenzy, the struck out on their main target former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise and their assumed secondary targets defenseman Ryan Suter and winger Alexander Semin (the verdict is still out on Shane Doan, though the rumored four year, $30 million asking price and ...

The possibility of Alex Semin

Naturally gifted, fluid skater, exceptional puck handling, and devastatingly accurate shooting are some of the greatest aspects of top NHL players.

Conversely, lazy, unmotivated, self centered, and poor locker room presence are the worst possible aspects of an NHL player.

With a light load of free agent talent, it is no shock that a player who encompasses all of the descriptions above still remains unsigned. Alexander Semin is easily the most intriguing free agent of the entire 2012 free agent class. In 469 regular season games Semin has acquired 408 total points (197 goals and 211 assists). In comparison Zach Parise, now of the Minnesota Wild, has 410 points in 502 reg...