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Matt Cooke, NHL public enemy number one, is an unrestricted free-agent now that the 2012-2013 season is over. Cooke has been one of the controversial figures in the entire league during his career and that has been highlighted during his duration with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the controversy and dumb mistakes by Cooke, he has been an instrumental role player for the Pens and I think they should do whatever it takes to re-sign him.So what's next for Cooke? Cooke, 34, is heading towards the end of his career, but is still an effective checking forward in this league. Cooke was amazing in this postseason for a third-liner that gets criticized more often than not. Cooke was only on the ice for 9 total goals against during the playoffs, with just seven of those coming via even strength. That's even more impressive considering that Cooke started in the defensive zone over 70% of the time. Cooke is the ideal role player for the Pens. He's gritty, plays solid two-way hoc...
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The What's Next series is part of an ongoing look from the Pens Initiative staff taking a look at the Penguins UFAs, RFAs, and most polarizing personalities heading into the next season. We look at the year that was and the year coming and wonder: What's Next. Dead man walking!!It’s what they say in prisons when a man on death row is taken from his cell. It’s what...
The What's Next series is part of an ongoing look from the Pens Initiative staff taking a look at the Penguins UFAs, RFAs, and most polarizing personalities heading into the next season. We look at the year that was and the year coming and wonder: What's Next.I have written a lot about Tyler Kennedy for this website, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I have been a long-time...
As the Pittsburgh Penguins embark on an offseason that figures to include significant changes, coach Dan Bylsma insists the goalie position won't be one of them.
Bylsma called Marc-Andre Fleury ''a franchise goalie . . . this franchise's goalie'' on Sunday, one month to the day after Tomas Vokoun made his Penguins postseason debut in place of Fleury as Pittsburgh...
Even though most of the fan base has fired and traded everyone already, we still have to go back and properly look at everyone’s playoff performances. Despite the ugly sweep at the hands of Boston, there were 2 other rounds and a couple of bright spots along the way. When making your offseason opinions, don’t forget the Boston series was less than one-third of the playoffs ...
It’s been several days since Boston swept our beloved Penguins from Stanley Cup competition. In my mind, here are seven factors that led to the defeat:
1. Sid’s Jaw—The fractured jaw Sidney Crosby sustained with a month to go in the regular season may have contributed more than any other factor to the Penguins’ undoing. The combination of the grueling playoff grind and a...
After the Pittsburgh Penguins fell 2-0 against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, it was clear that they had their work cut out for them. Game three brought a double overtime and an emotional loss for the Penguins, creating an even bigger challenge for the club. Game four did not turn out as [...]
Everyone, whether it's us, you, or a veteran journalist, can be made to look like a fool when it comes to predicting a playoff series or how a certain player will perform. We've learned this the hard way recently when the Pens' season and Stanley Cup hopes were annihilated within a calendar week.
But you know one thing everyone can agree on? Tomas Vokoun took away...
Via Paul, the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis wondered what might happen with one soon-to-be-36-year-old Jarome Iginla if the unrestricted free agent chooses to a) not return to Pittsburgh and b) take half of the $7 million he earned this past season (okay, it was 48 games' worth of $7 million, but still) to make his cap hit more palatable to contending teams.
While most pundits...
Our pain is over. The war that is the NHL Playoffs has chewed up and spat out another victim: The Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s hard in some ways to believe what has actually transpired. The Penguins were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in 4 games, getting swept for the first time since 1979 when the 3rd seeded Bruins swept the 8th seeded Pens.The strangest part of the Pens...
The NHL first hosted the Winter Classic on New Year's Day 2008, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Buffalo Sabres in front of 71,000 fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the ice quality at that first Classic wasn't the greatest and the gameplay suffered some as a result, the event succeeded beyond the league's wildest imagination, and Sidney Crosby scoring the game...
The Pittsburgh Penguins were considered the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup this year according to the Las Vegas odds. They lost in the semi-finals to the Boston Bruins. This isn't an unpredicted result in my mind. If you asked me before the playoffs, I would have agreed that Pittsburgh was the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup. I certainly would not have...
Now we know that the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals will be the Boston Bruins going up against the Chicago Blackhawks, after Boston eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday night.After the loss, the Los Angeles Kings, who were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night, offered to take the Penguins out for a beer, according to a tweet from the team's official Twitter account...
The popular belief lately has been that the blueprint to success is drafting that elite player atop the prospect heap. Without a doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins are the main root of the belief – and rightfully so. Drafting Marc-Andre Fleury; Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby; and Jordan Staal from 2002 to 2006 certainly bodes well [...]
This didn’t take long for the anti-fighting cabal to be jump on this one. Fighting isn’t going away in the NHL. If you took fighting away in the NHL, the Matt Cooke type players in the NHL would flourish. Again, I suggest getting rid of the instigator penalty.
The Globe and Mail – We may be too optimistic. Perhaps an enterprising enforcer will invent an ejectable visor...