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In the summer of 2010, Shero was all about the Pens' blue line. He signed Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek to lengthy deals. And now only Paul Martin remains. Michalek is gone.
His 2010-2011 season made Shero look like a genius. From even the first preseason game, we all could see that Michalek's size alone was something the Pens' blue line needed. Then as the season wore on, his penalty-killing prowess was the stuff of legends. He wasn't flashy. He was a bigger, stronger Scuderi who could move the puck.
But then came 2011-2012. Then came a concussion. And It seemed like little injuries plagued him all season. He didn't look anything like he did in 10-11.
We're pretty sure that if Michalek was making $2mill or something per year, he would still be a Penguin. This was a cap move. July 1 is looking more and more interesting.
BEST OF MAXIM
Shortly after the completion of the first round of the NHL draft Friday night, the Coyotes acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Harrison Ruopp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and the 81st selection in the draft.
The 29-year-old Michalek spent five seasons with the Coyotes from 2005-10 and is coming off a season in which he collected two goals...
The Pittsburgh Penguins offered Jordan Staal a contract in the 10 year range, according to multiple sources. They had every intention on locking him up and keeping him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career.
Unfortunately for the Pens, Staal feels quite differently about playing the rest of his career in the Steel City.
According to his agent, Staal has rejected the...
The Pittsburgh Penguins said goodbye to one of their Big Three when they traded center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes during the first round of the NHL draft Friday.
General manager Ray Shero, however, doesn't expect it will take long to find a replacement.
The Penguins acquired young center Brandon Sutter as part of the deal to ship Staal to Carolina. They also sent...
The Hurricanes traded for Jordan Staal during the 2012 NHL draft, where he will join brother Eric.
Photo courtesy of A/P.
By Joe Depto (@PensDeptoTFP)
With the Pittsburgh Penguins playing host to the 2012 draft, it surely wasn’t a surprise that they went out of their way to steal the show for themselves.
In one evening, the team traded away one of the franchise’s biggest faces, a substantial member of the team’s blue line, and continued to add to their massive stack of...
Busy week for the NHL, and it keeps coming. Today the NHL released the entire 2012-2013 schedule.
The Penguins will open the regular season at home on Friday, October 12th against the Islanders. The first game against the Flyers who kicked us out of the playoffs is not a long wait, it happens on Thursday, October 18th and the Penguins will travel to Philadelphia for this match...
The Pittsburgh Penguins made the biggest noise at the NHL entry draft yesterday trading Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, the 8th overall pick which they used to draft defenseman Derrick Pouliot and defense prospect Brian Dumoulin.
Essentially this trade comes down to the Penguins trading their 3rd line center Jordan Staal, who wants to be a first or second...
from Josh Yohe and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Penguins won a Stanley Cup with Jordan Staal and may try to reclaim it with Zach Parise….
The Penguins expect to reach a long-term extension with center Sidney Crosby this summer and want to give him a fixture at wing throughout the prime years of his career, a team source said.
Crosby and Parise played together...
June 22, 2012 will be a day that NHL player Jordan Staal will never forget. Not only did he get married, but he was also traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes, where his older brother Eric plays. Staal has been a third line center with the Penguins for the past few seasons mainly because of the presence of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the lineup...
With free agency approaching, the Coyotes were already expected to deal from their strength -- defense -- in order to pick up some much-needed scoring help up front. Trading two prospects and a draft pick to bring defensive-minded blue-liner Zbynek Michalek back to Phoenix only solidified that belief.
Michalek will likely fill the salary slot of unrestricted free agent Michal Rozsival...