PENGUINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Matt Murray ready to lead the Penguins on his own

Penguins 23-year-old goaltender Matthew Murray is now officially the man in Pittsburgh. After winning two straight Stanley Cups, Murray will be the clear-cut No. 1 goalie with Antti Niemi backing him up. The Penguins signed Niemi to a one-year deal worth $700,000.Although Murray is the first goalie to win two Stanley Cups before his rookie season ended, there are still a few questions...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every Michigan Wolverines player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft

Since 1941, the University of Michigan seen 45 of its players get drafted into the NFL in the first round. How many can you name?CLUE: Year (pick# - TEAM)
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel trolls Toronto with hot dog Stanley Cup photo

Phil Kessel is still hung up on the hot dog story.When Kessel was traded from Toronto, where he was viewed as a disappointment, to Pittsburgh two years ago, a Toronto newspaper article buried him on his way out the door. The article declared that the Maple Leafs were sick and tired of Kessel, and it even included a detail about the winger supposedly eating hot dogs daily.Fast forward...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Olczyk diagnosed with colon cancer

Eddie Olczyk announced on Tuesday that he is dealing with colon cancer.Olczyk, who played for six NHL teams during his 16-year career, underwent surgery last week to remove a tumor after being diagnosed with cancer. The Chicago Blackhawks’ team physician said in a statement that Olczyk will undergo further treatment over the coming weeks, including chemotherapy.“I have been diagnosed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby took the Stanley Cup all around Nova Scotia (PHOTOS)

Most of the Pittsburgh Penguins players have had their time with the Stanley Cup, and it was Sidney Crosby’s turn over the weekend. Crosby turns 30 on Monday, so he was given the Stanley Cup as part of the celebration, which is a pretty sweet gift, even if it is just a rental. The Penguins captain returned to his native Nova Scotia with the trophy, and put it to good use. It looked...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: The Will Butcher sweepstakes

Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Will Butcher will have the option to play for any NHL team he chooses.  The NHL CBA states that if a college player becomes a free agent on August 18, they have the option to join any team. Butcher played for the University of Denver from 2013 to 2017, putting up 103 points in 158 games.  The Wisconsin...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Three teams standing in the way of the three-peat

As the 2017-2018 NHL season approaches, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to defend their title for the second straight season.  With all players signed, and a trade for a third line center in the works, the Penguins look poised for another strong season. Every season, different teams rise and defy odds.  This year, it was the Nashville Predators, who threatened the Penguins in...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury took Stanley Cup on a road trip, protected it well

Former Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is enjoying his time with the Stanley Cup, and is treating it like a trophy.Being that it is, indeed, a trophy, that makes a lot of sense.Check out how adamant Fleury was about securing the trophy in his car, which you can see in the photo below. It was like his baby.
Via The Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel isn’t bothered by trade rumors, says they’re part of the business

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup celebration hadn’t even started when rumors regarding Phil Kessel’s future with the team began popping up. The belief was that the Penguins might consider moving the 29-year-old Kessel and his annual $8 million salary cap hit to give the organization some needed cap space. Some of those rumors were put to rest when GM Jim Rutherford stated...
Via The Comeback
July 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Chris Kunitz and his kids eating cereal out of Stanley Cup

When you win the Stanley Cup, there are a number of ways to celebrate the achievement. Chris Kunitz and his kids might have topped them all.The former Pittsburgh Penguins star, now signed with the Tampa Bay Lighting, is soaking up his fourth career title in a unique way. He and his kids have been eating cereal out of the Stanley Cup. That’s about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen...
Via Sportsnaut
July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 7/6: Time to get your last-second votes in

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while stuffing the All-Star ballot box with last minute votes. Happy birthday today to Manny Machado, Justin Schultz, Brandon Jacobs, Pau Gasol, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Lillie Leatherwood and Willie Randolph. On this date in...
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July 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what were reading once we replace the batteries on our remote after going between the Big3, NBA Awards and RAW. Happy birthday today to Brad Childress, Johnny Benson and Chuck Person. On this date in 1917 Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became...
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June 27, 2017  |  Discuss

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

On Wednesday night, a new era will begin in the NHL as the league will hold the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights, giving the new franchise its first complete roster while also finally giving Reid Duke some friends to hang out with. But Wednesday's draft will also likely mark the end of a different era in the NHL: the Marc-Andre Fleury era in Pittsburgh.The Penguins made...
June 21, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jake Guentzel has awesome proposition for beer-drinking fan at parade

Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel burst onto the Stanley Cup Playoffs scene and led all players in scoring.As such, he was a huge hit at the Stanley Cup parade in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.At one point, he was seen interacting with a group of Pens fans, one of which asked him to autograph a beer.“I sign it — you chug it,” Guentzel commanded.Sure enough, that’s exactly how it went...
Via The Sports Daily
June 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Petition asks Penguins to ‘decline any invitation from the White House’

A petition has been launched urging the Pittsburgh Penguins to decline a trip, if offered, to the White House to celebrate its second straight championship in protest of the presidency of Donald Trump.The petition, hosted on the Care2 Petitions website, cites Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord as the primary reason the Penguins shouldn’t honor an invitation...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitch Talks Tomorrow in Pittsburgh

The Pitch Talks tour is making its Pittsburgh stop Thursday night at Club Cafe at 56 S 12th St., located on Pittsburgh’s south side. I will be on the 8 p.m. baseball panel along with Pirates broadcast voice Joe Block, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pirates beat writer Stephen Nesbitt, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel, and former Baseball Prospectus editor...
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June 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Pens president: Team ‘would never turn down’ White House invite

Pittsburgh Penguins president David Morehouse issued a statement this week saying the organization “would never turn down” an invite to the White House should one be extended.The Penguins, winners of back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, obviously are expected to be invited to the White House, as is the custom for championship teams. While the team accepted an invite from Barack Obama...
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June 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Penguins fans eat raw catfish during Stanley Cup celebration

I’m still deciding if this is awesome or disgusting. After the Penguins beat the Predators on Sunday to win their second straight Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh fans at the street celebration started taking bites out of raw catfish.Now, this wasn’t just some drunken impulse. It all started with a Predators fan chucking a catfish onto the ice during Game 1 in Pittsburgh. His peers drew...
Via The Comeback
June 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Matt Murray’s girlfriend addresses face she made after kiss

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray already has two Stanley Cup championships under his belt as a starter, and he just recently turned 23. His longtime girlfriend is understandably thrilled, but that doesn’t mean she is immune to funky playoff beard sweat.During the postgame celebration after Pittsburgh’s win over the Nashville Predators Sunday night, Murray’s girlfriend...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Penguins set new gold standard in era of parity

Since the salary cap came to the NHL over a decade ago, the league’s competitive balance and parity have increased dramatically, but with that, the dynasties that came to define the sport throughout its history were seemingly lost. While there have been dominant teams, none until now were able to repeat as champions.Therefore, the term “dynasty” in hockey came to be defined...
Via The Comeback
June 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Predators employee tweets of retribution for Sidney Crosby

The Nashville Predators might have to deal with something other than a big-time battle for the Stanley Cup after marketing manager Sandy Weaver hit the send button from her Twitter account too hastily after Thursday night’s shutout loss.The Predators were absolutely abused by the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night in Game 5. In the process, P.K. Subban was smashed by Sidney Crosby...
Via Sportsnaut
June 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 6/8: Pens remind Preds why they're the defending champs

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while waiting on pulling the trigger on a new broom shipment for the Warriors' office.Happy birthday today to Tedy Bruschi, Dick Vitale and Peja Stojakovic. On today's date in 2002, Serena Williams beat Venus Williams (7-5...
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June 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Steelers K ejected from Stanley Cup game for banging on glass?

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was among the very enthusiastic Penguins fans in attendance for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena. In Boswell’s case, though, perhaps a bit too enthusiastic, apparently.Boswell took to Twitter Thursday night to announce he had been ejected from the Penguins’ 6-0 throttling of the Nashville Predators for … banging on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 09, 2017  |  Discuss

How did the Predators become a Stanley Cup ratings juggernaut?

The NHL just might have a new marquee franchise on their hands – the Nashville Predators.The Predators might not win the Stanley Cup this year, but they managed to crush the Pittsburgh Penguins in both Games 3 and 4 in Nashville, outscoring them by a combined 9-2 score. While the series is still just tied 2-2, the Predators seem to have all the momentum and everybody in the hockey...
Via Awful Announcing
June 07, 2017  |  Discuss
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