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Prospect Week

As free agency continues, it's becoming clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins are not going to be signing any big-name free agents. 

The Penguins are going to be developing talent in their system. They're going to find opportunities and no longer search for answers.  This is prospect week for the  Penguins and 34 young guns are ready to showcase their skills in hopes of reaching the NHL.

This new set of prospects is once again something to behold.  Pittsburgh heads into the prospect camp a little short this season as Eric Tangradi wasn't invited.

Tangradi's omission may show that Pittsburgh is ready for him as a full-time player and no lo...

Colin McDonald - Ready To Compete

Another summer of uncertainty will end in one hundred days when the doors to the Webster Bank Arena open for the start of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2012-13 season. A new season, a new head coach (yet to be announced) and a roster of players that will not be known until after the Islanders training camp has concluded in late September.

The Islanders have roster spots open at every position on the team and this years camp promises heated competition for each. While many questions remain, it is clear that the last few years of development are coming to a close.

Zach Parise Rumors: No Decision Yet for The Free Agent

According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, unrestricted free agent Zach Parise has returned to his native Minnesota and has not yet made a decision on where he will sign.

It had been assumed that Parise's decision had been made when it was announced that he would meet with reporters on Monday afternoon. Parise merely told reporters that a decision had not been made and that he would not put a deadline on when he would choose.

The teams rumored to be in the running for Parise are the New Jersey Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, and his hometown Minnesota Wild.

Penguins Sign Grit Early, Showing Signs Of What Is To Come

On free agency day one, the Pittsburgh Penguins attempted to woo a few key additions, but as they decided to make everyone wait, Pittsburgh made a few strong depth moves.

Already acquiring strong two way forward Brandon Sutter via trade, Pittsburgh wanted to boost its toughness level.  After being beaten in all facets of the game in their opening round playoff series, the Penguins wanted to make sure that they were no longer going to be push over’s. Enter in Tanner Glass.

The UFA forward Glass spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets.  The 28 year old winger posted 246 hits and 51 blocked shots last season while averaging 1:46 shorthanded.  His physical pr...

Zach Parise Rumors: Flyers Rumored To Be On Parise's Short List of Potential Teams

According to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Philadelphia Flyers are still in the running to acquire unrestricted free agent Zach Parise.

Parise has narrowed his list of potential suitors down, and is expected to make his decision on Monday.

According to McKenzie, the other teams who are rumored to be on Parise’s short list are the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New Jersey Devils.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, and the mega deal

With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.

Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.

On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.

Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...

A Closer Look At The Staal Trade

There was a lot going on Friday night and Saturday in Pittsburgh.  The Penguins hosted the draft, they made the trade of the draft, and they selected twice on Friday.  It was an extremely busy day, so it now finally sinks in that the Penguins really made a few huge moves on Friday.

On Staal – The 6’4 225lb center who was drafted second overall in 2006 was one of, if not the most, underrated center in the NHL.  Staal has only truly played with top six talent once in his career consistently and he scored 29 goals. 

Over the past two seasons he was on pace for over 60 points and 30 goals.  Staal is one of the best penalty killers in the l...

Changes Were Made; Changes Of A Serious Degree

It was early May when the rumors started to flow;  the talk of Jordan Staal being traded and Pittsburgh making a major move or two.  Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma said changes will be made and they weren't kidding.

Just before the 2012 NHL Draft got underway; the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jordan Staal to Carolina.  In return, they received Brandon Sutter, prospect Brian Dumoulin, and the 8th overall pick in the draft that became Derrick Pouliot.  Overall, the value sent to both teams can be considered very fair, but Pittsburgh was not done dealing. 

It was just a few hours later when the Penguins selected another defenseman in the 2012 draft, at number...

Reunited in Carolina; Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes to join brother Eric

 

Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little and in the Carolina Hurricanes case, they had to give up a lot to get what they wanted.

Carolina fans are excited that Jordan Staal will be re-united with his brother Eric to help anchor the Hurricanes through the next few years. Talks began as soon as Jordan turned down a 10-year contract extension on Thursday.

Pittsburgh had to figure that Jordan was waiting for his contract to end so he could sign with Carolina so they were proactive and decided to get something in return.

The Penguins were fortunate enough to add some firepower to their roster by getting the number eight pick from Carolina (they chose D...

Pittsburgh Penguins take Olli Maatta with 22nd pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft

 

 Maatta is a 6’2, 202 pound defenseman that plays for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Penguins selected Finnish prospect Olli Maatta with the 22nd pick in the NHL Entry Draft

A Finland native, Maatta is a solid, two-way defenseman who does not possess any significant deficiencies.

His excellent feet and agility allow him to stay with even the speediest of forwards, resulting in quality one-on-one defensive coverage and giving Maatta shutdown capabilities.

Maatta is an aggressive defender, as he takes away time and space from the opposing puck carrier by consistently closing the gap. Though he is not the type to stan...