from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,
Will the new-look roster produce a better result? -- These are not the same Penguins that bowed out in the second round of the 2014 playoffs.
Forward James Neal was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Forwards Jussi Jokinen, Joe Vitale and Tanner Glass are gone, as are defensemen Matt Niskanen...
Despite what many people who know would say to the contrary, I am not a negative person. With that being said I have a few things I would like to get off my chest regarding the current state of affairs in Penguins land. My biggest complaint is how is Craig Adams still on this roster but Joe Vitale, Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons are not?
Adams had Amnesty buyout written all over...
from Sarah McLellan of the ARizona Republic,
Halpern was issued the same clue when the Coyotes signed depth center Joe Vitale earlier this month, but the 38-year-old isn't closing the door on his NHL career. When he was younger, Halpern's criteria in free agency included playing for a contender, setting his family up financially and playing where he lived.
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Dubinsky’s OT winner
Buckle Up Baby
Thank God Joe Vitale is gone
Back to the drawing board
Marc Staal was out of control
Nice drop pass
The King jammed
Block the puck, Paul
With a free agent pool whose biggest names were Ryan Miller and Paul Stastny, 2014 was already destined to be a slow offseason. Take all that indifference and combine it with a shoestring budget and you get the Arizona Coyotes offseason. Or at least, that’s what the moves suggest.When your biggest signings are a backup goaltender and a fourth-line center, there is very little to...
Sunday night I start making dinner, thinking that nothing was going on in the world. I sit down, eat and then open up the laptop to see if I missed anything in the last hour or so. HOLY CRAP! The Coyotes trade a 6th round pick for Sam Ganger and BJ Crombeen? WTF? This is what happen when you are being a responsible adult. You miss huge trades!
Tampa Bay is also retaining a third...
The first day of free agency was a deflating one for the Coyotes fan base.
Midway through the day, TSN reported there had been 70 deals totaling $500 million. Only two of those belonged to Arizona and neither would be considered major: fourth-line center Joe Vitale and backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is coming off a nightmarish season (the team also added six minor league players...
Going live at 10:38pm – also available to rewatch.
-Free Agency breakdown
- ID4 talk
- Making fun of Joe Vitale
NHL Free agency started off quick this off-season, with plenty of teams making moves (with the exception of Philadelphia, who’ve been eerily silent). Pittsburgh’s first departure was from Jussi Jokinen, who signed a 4 year deal with the Florida Panthers worth $16 million. Jokinen led the Penguins in the playoffs with 7 goals in 13 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and New...
Another free agency domino falls and another once Penguin is now former as Joe Vitale heads to the desert.Go ahead, read the rest »
Joe Vitale’s garbage play in Game 7:
We can’t get over this. The crowd was cheering for this extended shift by the fourth line, but they should’ve stopped and calmed their **** because the line didn’t even get a shot on goal. Their best chance was when Vitale was fed the puck behind the net with the Rangers scrambling and out of position. What does Vitale do? He actually...
We were curious, so we went back and watched all of his shifts. Only took like 45 seconds.
wtf. no one even touched him. you’re in the nhl.
Keep an eye out for him tonight. May have to make up some kind of Joe Vitale Bingo Card.
Pete and Ernest jammed up for the Game Wednesday.
(Pics sent in by Nadine S.)
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Pens 3 Rangers 0
Series tied at 1.
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
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Letang (2) from Malkin, Kunitz
Jokinen (4) (PP) from Neal, Letang
Malkin (4) (EN) from Letang
Lundqvist did everything humanly possible to try to stop Jokinen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)
Game 2 Leaders
Shots: Crosby ...
The Penguins are about 3 hours away from beginning round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers.
Today they practiced with the same lines as they used in game 6 of the previous series against the Blue Jackets. Here's a reminder...
Kunitz Crosby Stempniak
Neal Malkin Jokinen
Vitale Sutter Bennett
Adams Goc Glass
Letang Martin ...
Joe Vitale of the Pittsburgh Penguins may regret not being a more accurate checker following a downright vicious knee on knee collision with Columbus Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau.After being leveled by a hit from Comeau in the third period of Monday's game, Vitale skated towards Comeau for a retaliatory check when he seemed to misjudge the angle and ended up colliding knees instead ...
Hate to see these things, both drew penalties:
Through the first four games of their opening-round series with Columbus—and ever since the Olympic break—the Penguins have looked like a team in search of an identity.
They may have found one on Saturday night. Called out by coach Dan Bylsma for a less-than-stellar effort in Game 4 and under intense fire from the local media, the Pens circled the wagons. Playing 60 minutes of...
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There are a few roster notes from the Pens today. This one is the most important:
The Penguins suffered an NHL-high 529 man-games lost due to injury this season, but centers Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale appear poised to return to the lineup, on the eve of their opening-round series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Malkin and Vitale participated in full-contact practice Tuesday afternoon...
By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)
Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Joe Vitale.
Joe Vitale, a 28-year-old forward, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Vitale isn’t the type of guy...
By Colethazor, from Wikimedia CommonsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have placed forward Joe Vitale on injured reserve retroactive to January 10. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review reports that he is suffering from a wrist injury and will likely miss three weeks. In 44 games played this season, Vitale has a goal and 12 assists.The team also placed Brian Gibbons on the injured reserve...
By Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
Warning: This is not a mobile-friendly post if you want to look through the data.
Since the Penguins only play once this week, it’s time to catch up on some of the numbers that I throw at you guys in every thoughts post. I imagine most of you have a decent understanding of my goal assessments by now. If you want the background to it, and last season’s...
Depth wins championships.
It is one of the most overused and overwritten tropes in all of sports, however when it comes to the NHL, it could not be more true.
And it’s something that’s been giving the Pittsburgh Penguins problems for quite some time, most notably in the playoffs.
I’ve said it before, but with the exception of Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh’s...
Here’s the thing with the Penguins right now. They have six of the same player: Adams, Harry Z, Vitale, Glass, Conner, and Kobasew. While it isn't the greatest thing to watch, you know what you are getting. They limit the mistakes, they aren't horribly unreliable, and they can hang with low-end teams like the Canes. Those six players give...