Found June 10, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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 believe that Iginla will either remain with Pittsburgh at a stiff discount, try to latch on with former coach Darryl Sutter in LA, or perhaps explore the option of signing with the cap-strapped team that was #3 on his 3-team, "I will accept a trade to here, here and here" list before the Bruins-thought-they-got-him-but-the-Peguins-did bizarro land trade fandango went down... The Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma believes that Iginla should remain in the Eastern Conference...By signing with the Detroit Red Wings: Continue reading "Are the Red Wings the ‘best fit’ for Jarome Iginla?"

What's Next: Tyler Kennedy by @ChrisRBarron

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...

Bylsma: Fleury to regain job next season

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...

Final Thoughts: Pens Playoffs

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 ...

Penguins Update: No Joy in Mudville

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...

Penguins Fall Short, Exit Playoffs

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 [...]

Bylsma's bizarre remarks about Tomas Vokoun

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...

All Good Things... by @LCJS

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 Winter Classic ... Cup? by @ExcitedBobErrey

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...

L.A. Kings Offer Pittsburgh Penguins A Beer After Loss

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...

Can The Stars Build A Winner ?

  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 [...]


Really, we feel you can define the whole season by the nonsense at the trade deadline, because that's how everyone is going to define it, and that's what ultimately built the team that we got for the playoffs--the team we were "ride and die" with til the bitter end. We have to wonder how much of the Bruins' fan/media jobbing is true--how much of the "...

The Hockey Gods Are Angry by @ChicksDigHockey

I woke up Saturday morning a bit foggy from the vodka I drowned my sorrows in Friday night. For a few brief moments I forgot why I had abandoned restraint the night before and indulged in one more drink than I should have. As the vodka fog lifted, I was left with the reality that the Penguin’s season was over. The ugliness of being swept in the conference finals descended on me...

Odds and Ends As We Prep For The Cup Finals

Hindsight is always a fun activity to engage in. Let’s look at this March column from Kevin Paul Dupont for instance: Jarome Iginla made the right call The finger-wags that Dupont takes within the column at Bruins fans are outstanding: Anyone faulting, or even questioning, Jarome Iginla’s decision to drop himself into the Pittsburgh lineup instead of the Boston lineup just isn’t...
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