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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...

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jordan Staal for 8th pick & more, take Derrek Pouliot

After trading forward Jordan Staal to Carolina on the draft floor in exchange for Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eight pick, Pittsburgh selected defenseman Derrek Pouliot.


Pouliot (18 years old) may not be the biggest blue liner at only 5'11, but he makes up for it in weight at 190 pounds.

His lack of size prevent him from being a physical player along the wall, but his deceptive skating allows him to capitalize on his opponents' mistakes and turn them into offensive opportunities.

Pouliot is capable of quarterbacking the play from the top of the zone and will look to find his teammates while fending off his attackers and he makes ...

Vokoun A Penguin

In an offseason of questions for the Pittsburgh Penguins, there is one thing that cannot be questioned, there will be changes made.  The first move was made as the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the rights to Washington Capital goaltender Tomas Vokoun and quickly signed him to a two year deal worth $4-Million.   The Penguins traded their 7th round draft pick in the 2012 NHL draft for the negotiation rights.  His signing signals the end of three year backup Brent Johnson, who fell out of favor after a weak season.

This move was extremely surprising, especially to those in Pittsburgh who had expected AHL goaltender Brad Thiessen to make his way up to the NHL level as...

If Staal is available, Leafs must pounce

General manager Brian Burke has limited options to bolster the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center position.

Much like goaltending, which is another priority this off-season, the market is bare. If Burke wishes to ensure better odds for a playoff berth next season, the goaltending and center positions will have to be addressed.

How exactly that can be accomplished remains to be seen.

This year’s unrestricted free agency crop lacks depth across the board, but particularly so at center, with Olli Jokinen being the top among the list.

Bad news.

So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.


Change Is Coming; But To What Degree?

The first round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers marked the second season in a row that the Pittsburgh Penguins have failed to make it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The problem with this season compared to last though, is it was lost with the team at full strength.  This is an issue as this team was tearing the league up for most of the last two months.  The Penguins now have a very long offseason with plenty to think about, including rumors that are now flying about their three center system.

Discussing the Staal Rumors – Now, thanks to many media outlets and well respected TSN analyst Bob McKenzie, there are rumors flying everywhere about Jo...

Flyers Corner - First Round Complete

TCL's Mark Trible was joined by The Fourth Period Penguins writer Joe Depto in the show's latest installment.

The two talked about the Flyers Game 6 victory and Claude Giroux's fantastic performance.

The Fourth Period's Flyers writer and owner of The Hockey Guys, Dustin Leed called in and shared his insight.

Flyers vs. Penguins ECQF Game 6: Giroux OvertakesThe Stage in 5-1 Win, Series

There comes a time for any great player when they find the stage. The stage will be littered with other great players, storylines, history, and much more.

The great players elevate. They show their worth and add notches to their belt.

It’s not because they are just good, it’s because they’re great. A good player can play well on the stage – a great player makes the stage his own.

Game 6 in Philadelphia was a stage, just like the first round series between the cross-state rivals. Flyers forward Claude Giroux made it his.

He set a franchise record for points in a playoff series with 14. He also extended his lead as the top scorer in the playoffs. If the Conn Smythe Trophy were given away after the first round, Giroux would most likely hoist it.

This Is Their Thermopylae


Is this the end of the line for the Penguins?  Maybe, maybe not, but it doesn’t matter.  Today is no longer an elimination game, it is a gut check.

This is a test for Pittsburgh, to show if they still have it.  If they can play hockey, actually, play hockey.

Today is no longer a game, it is going to show Pittsburgh’s character, Pittsburgh’s heart, and most of all it reputation. 

Mario Lemieux shook his head, said this wasn’t his team, and was embarrassed by their actions.  Pittsburgh fans and writers alike have been horrified by the actions taken in game 3.  It is up to the Pens to change that.  Only...