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Penguins Acquire James Neal, Matt Niskanen from Dallas Stars

The long-awaited trade deadline bonanza has officially begun in the Steel City, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired young winger James Neal and blueliner Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski. The addition of the 23-year old Neal, a three-time 20-goal man who has scored 21 times thus far in 2010-11, is the latest attempt by the franchise to land a top-flight winger, one who will undoubtedly play alongside Sidney Crosby upon his eventual return from injury. Neal's playing style, an underrated combination of bruising physicality fused with a deft scoring touch and nose for the net, should allow him to mesh flawlessly with Head Coach Dan Bylsma's ...

Goalie Fight on the Island; Islanders obliterate Penguins

At one time, a goaltender fight would be a rare occasion, let alone twice in one week by the same guy. Brent Johnson apparently wants to make a name for himself, as he got in his second scrap Friday Night in just over a week against the same New York Islanders squad, except this time, his team had the last laugh. Last Wednesday, with only seconds remaining in the game, a scrap between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders ensued after Matt Cooke ran into Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro as he went for the puck off a dump in. With tempers running high, all the players got into the fight, including the two goaltenders, as Johnson skated down the ice, where he started a short ...

Pittsburgh Penguins in hot water?

Things just seem to keep getting worse for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the team learned Wednesday that they would be without star forward Evgeni Malkin for the rest of the season. Malkin will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out of the lineup for six months. Malkin tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee after he collided with Buffalo Sabres’ defencemen Tyler Myers in the second period of Friday night’s win over Buffalo. It was Malkin’s first game back after sitting out five games with a knee problem and a sinus infection. In 43 games this season, he has 15 goals and 37 points. This is horrible news for th...

Guess What? Matt Cooke is STILL a Dirty Player

Normally, when you commit a crime, it's probably smart to stray away from doing anything illegal for a little while. You know, until the heat wears off. But when you have obvious mental troubles, like in the case of Matt Cooke, it must be difficult to process this sort of logic. Three days ago, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke skated most of the way across the rink in the defensive zone and pretty much went out of his way to take out Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. A day later, I sounded off on the hit and the trail of bodies Cooke has left behind over the last couple of years, justifiably calling him the dirtiest player in the game. A day after that, to no one's...

Matt Cooke: Dirtiest Player in the League?

Those of us who decided to watch some early-afternoon hockey yesterday on NBC, between the rival Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, prior to the day's Superbowl festivities, were treated to this little gem by everyone's favorite NHL thug, Matt Cooke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-6_OsyIJqs In case your Youtube isn't working, the play is pretty simple to describe. Alex Ovechkin grabs the puck in front of his own net and decides to break out of the defensive zone. The Penguins' Matt Cooke, standing pretty much on the other side of the rink, goes completely out of his way, takes 7 or 8 strides, extends his leg and takes out Alex Ovechkin with a vicious knee-on-knee hit. ...

Malkin Tears ACL and MCL, Likely Done for Season

Right when many people thought news on the injury front could not possibly get any worse for the Pittsburgh Penguins, it has. Head Coach Dan Bylsma announced this morning that Evgeni Malkin suffered a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee during last night’s 3-2 comeback victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres at the CONSOL Energy Center. While chasing down a loose puck during the second period, Malkin came together with Sabres’ defensive stalwart Tyler Myers and fell awkwardly along the end boards, only to have Myers land on top of his right knee as he dropped to the ice with him. Myers got to his feet after the collision, but Malkin remained down on the ice after the play was whistled...

Sidney Crosby Ruled Out of All-Star Game; Malkin Doubtful

The National Hockey League’s revamped All-Star Game will debut its enticing new fan-friendly format this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, the event will go forward with a significant missing piece in the form of the league’s most recognizable face and its undisputed premier talent. Penguins’ Captain Sidney Crosby announced this morning that he would indeed be unable to participate in the league's upcoming showcase, forced to the sidelines due to a lingering concussion, believed to have been suffered during the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from a now-infamous collision with Caps’ grinder David Steckel. Countering ramblings earlier this week which suggested he woul...

Malkamania

It's time to step up, no more excuses, no more "wait until Staal comes back"; with Sidney Crosby out for about a week it's time for Evgeni Malkin to bring his "A" game. It's time for Geno to show why he is one of the handful of elite players in the world. Luckily for Pittsburgh fans these are the occasions where 71 takes it to another level. It is as if Geno waits until he is all alone in the spotlight to be truly great. In 2007-08 he certainly did just that during a prolonged Crosby absence, Malkin took over--finishing the season with 47 goals and 106 points. Malkin has a line of 25G-34A for 59 points in the 39 games where Crosby is not in the lineup. Malkin's stats this ...

Penguins Re-Sign Deryk Engelland to 3-Year Contract Extension

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero has locked up another one of the club’s fan favourites for the foreseeable future. Hard-nosed defenseman Deryk Engelland, arguably the franchise’s most pleasant surprise to emerge this season, has inked a new 3-year pact with the black and gold which will take effect when his current deal expire at season’s end. The new contract, running through the end of the 2013-14 NHL season, will pay the defender affectionately known as “Engells” to the team’s fan base an average of $566,700, undoubtedly a generous discount on behalf of Engelland to the organization that gave him a shot at an NHL career when it seemed as though no one else would. Ori...

Good News, Bad News for Penguins Ahead of Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

The Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans received a late Christmas present on Friday morning, with Head Coach Dan Bylsma announcing that center Jordan Staal, yet to play a game this season due to a lingering combination of foot and hand injuries, will be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. After severing a tendon in his right foot during the Penguins’ second round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens last spring, Staal was on the verge of finally returning to the lineup in early November when he broke his hand after being hit by a wayward puck during practice, an injury which ultimately required surgery to repair. But with Bylsma’s announcement...