The Pittsburgh Penguins Have A Few Questions To Answer

from Wes Crosby at, 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...
Via Kukla's Korner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why was I not consulted about the Penguins?

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...
Via TopSportsReport
18 days ago  |  Discuss

UFAs Jeff Halpern And Paul Bissonnette Waiting For A Phone Call

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. "...
Via Kukla's Korner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Some great GIFs from the Pens playoff run

For the sake of the Internet, we’re just linking to the files directly. Sid jammed Dubinsky’s OT winner Foliiigggnooo! Foligno spin 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 Crosby scores! Block the puck, Paul Whoo man  
Via The Pensblog
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes: Grading free agency

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...
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes Work Trade Magic… Again

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...
Via Hipchecks
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes walking fine line between financial prudence, relevance

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...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pensblog Podcast – 7/1 – Free Agency breakdown

Going live at 10:38pm – also available to rewatch. Topics: -Free Agency breakdown - ID4 talk - Making fun of Joe Vitale  
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Free Agency: Pittsburgh Cutting Ties

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...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Update: Joe Vitale to the Arizona Coyotes

Another free agency domino falls and another once Penguin is now former as Joe Vitale heads to the desert.Go ahead, read the rest »
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s the worst play of the Penguins’ season

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...
Via The Pensblog
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Vitale fell 6 times in Game 2

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.    
Via The Pensblog
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dogs of the playoffs

Pete and Ernest jammed up for the Game Wednesday. (Pics sent in by Nadine S.) Feel free to send us cats, dogs, and whatever other animals you have, in Pens gear or barking at Joe Vitale. thepensblog @ gmail. Solid shirts for Pete and Ernest:  
Via The Pensblog
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 – Pens 3 Rangers 0

Pens 3  Rangers 0 Series tied at 1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) **Sorry if you see odd characters in the post, the site is being temperamental today** Goals 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 ...
Via The PensNation
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Day: Penguins Ready for Round 2

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 D-pairings... Letang Martin ...
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' Joe Vitale injured in knee to knee collision

 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 ...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Vitale and Sergei Bobrovsky both cheated the game with dives on Saturday night.

Hate to see these things, both drew penalties:  
Via The Pensblog
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Roll Past Columbus 3-1

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...
Via PenguinPoop
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Pens/Blue Jackets Preview with Josh Yohe

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh, @PensNation_Andy, @PensNation_K Guest: @JoshYohe_Trib   The Topics (Les Sujets) Pens/Blue Jackets preview with Josh Yohe NHL First Round predictions The return of Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale NHL news and notes (Trotz, MacDonald, Mason, Bishop)
Via The PensNation
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Malkin Practices and More Roster Updates

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...
Via The Pensblog
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Joe Vitale

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...
Via The PensNation
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' Update: Vitale, Gibbons, Placed on IR - Martin, Megna Close to Return

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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Goal Assessment Through 47 Games

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...
Via The PensNation
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins bottom-six still team’s weak spot

Joe Vitale   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. Brandon Sutter I’ve said it before, but with the exception of Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh’s...
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 40. Pens beat Canes 4-3 in OT.

      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...
Via The Pensblog
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss
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