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Pittsburgh Penguins Bring In Forward Tom Sestito

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins disclosed Wednesday morning that they signed left wing Tom Sestito to a professional tryout contract. Sestito, who will turn 28 in September, has spent time in the National Hockey League with Columbus, Philadelphia, and Vancouver. The Rome, New York, native has participated in 137 career regular-season contests over seven NHL seasons with the...
Via The PensNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins to pair Kessel, Crosby on top line

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston revealed offseason acquisition Phil Kessel will likely join captain Sidney Crosby on the team's top line."We're looking at Crosby with Kessel and (Evgeni) Malkin with (Patric) Hornqvist,” Johnston told reporters of the key cogs on the Penguins' top two lines prior to the team's alumni golf outing on Tuesday. "On the left side, there are a number of...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Swan Song for Kuny and Scuds?

“I wish we had a team full of Chris Kunitzes.” I’ve uttered those words dozens of times to my hockey buddies over the past few years. Right up to the time the peppery winger mysteriously stopped producing last season. It’s easy to jump off the band wagon, isn’t it? Especially in the City of Champions, where we’re accustomed to (and spoiled by) so much success. Should...
Via PenguinPoop
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: June 17th, 2015

    Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than TP-ing Joel Quennville’s house THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – The Penguins have announced that Scouting Coach Jacques Martin has been promoted to super-secret-double-probation-my-mom-says-I-am-special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston. Jacques Martin, 62...
Via The Pensblog
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins move assistant Martin to new role

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jacques Martin has a new job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team announced Tuesday that Martin will serve as special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston. The 62-year-old Martin, the NHL's Coach of the Year in 1999 while leading the Ottawa Senators, spent last season in an advisory capacity with the club. Martin will spend games watching from the press box and...
Via AP on Fox
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ray Shero Chooses John Hynes as Devils’ New Head Coach

(Associated Press) The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost another coach. After losing the Penguins’ coaching search last offseason to Mike Johnston, John Hynes will be leaving the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to become the new head coach of Ray Shero‘s New Jersey Devils. Hynes is expected to receive a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year. If hired, he would become...
Via The PensNation
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: May 12th, 2015

        What it do… Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than apologists writing that the Penguins really don’t need the one of the best coaches in hockey…at all… THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – The Babcock apology-rama has begun.  The TribLive has an Penguins apology piece on why the Pens were...
Via The Pensblog
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Postmortem: Analyzing the Defense

Prior to the start of Game 4 of the Penguins demise, I was watching Dan Potash interview head coach Mike Johnston on the Root Sports pregame. The conversation turned towards the Penguins breakout. When asked how the Penguins coaching staff assess the success of their breakout, Johnston said something that gave me an epiphany as to one of the main culprits in the Penguins lack of...
Via The Pensblog
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Slumping Penguins scrambling for playoff spot (The Associated Press)

Mike Johnston tried to sound upbeat. The first-year Pittsburgh Penguins coach pointed out all the positives he saw from another lost weekend, one in which his stumbling team imploded in one game and looked snakebit in another. Entering the final week...
Via Philly Sports Live
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin Played Role of Heel in Testy Game in Pittsburgh

    View image | gettyimages.com     Fresh off his beef with Ryan Getzlaf, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played the role of heel in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Ovechkin was in full Ric Flair mode, as he antagonized the soldout crowd that packed Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. By the end of night the Penguins fans serenaded Ovechkin with “Ovi...
Via KCM Sports
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Penguins get throttled by Caps 4-0.

Wow. The Penguins haven’t scored a goal against the Washington Capitals all season. They have only two wins against the Metro division in two months. While it isn’t time to hit the panic button, the Penguins comfort level in the Metro division isn’t what it used to be. They are now only three points ahead of the Caps. If you had to know one thing about this game, just know...
Via The Pensblog
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 44: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers (25-13-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-11-6) 12:30 PM – NBC, SN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Coach Mike Johnston said that we would see a “much more assertive team” in their game Thursday night against the Islanders.  That much was true for roughly 40 minutes before the Penguins imploded in the third period en route to a 6-3 loss.  They get a...
Via The Pensblog
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 43: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins (26-10-6) at New York Islanders (29-13-1) 7:00 PM – MSG, ROOT Sports Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, New York If you’re still contemplating which team could be the biggest threat to the Penguins this season, look no further than the New York Islanders.  Sure, Tampa Bay and Montreal are right there, and hating the Rangers and Bruins is...
Via The Pensblog
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 39. Habitual.

One thing we love about the NHL season is the chess match that takes place between coaching staffs. In their first matchup, the Penguins and Mike Johnston destroyed the Habs. In this game, Michel Therrien struck back. The Habs clogged the neutral zone and left the Penguins with nothing. It didn’t help the Pens were down 2-0 early. Along with Tampa Bay, Montreal is among the Eastern...
Via The Pensblog
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Analytics Rankings: 2014 in Review

The first NHL Analytic Power Rankings were posted on Puck Drunk Love November 18, 2014. The correlation between being in the top 16 of the analytics rankings and making the post season was strong in 2013-14. Here is a look back at the rankings so far from 2014. Change since the end of the 2013-14 regular season The table to the right shows the change, whether positive or negative...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 36. First rough patch of the season.

View image | gettyimages.com One thing everyone wanted to see before the season started was how Mike Johnston would handle the inevitable rough patch. Well, welcome to the rough patch. He said this after the game: Mike Johnston: "We got a good response from about half of our group. We didn't get a response from the other half of the team." — Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) December...
Via The Pensblog
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Close to Returning

The big news from Mike Johnston’s press conference this morning was that Olli Maatta will not require any additional surgery to his injured shoulder, and may actually return to the ice soon. Johnston says Maatta did not require surgery. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 27, 2014   Johnston saus Maatta is “continuing to rehab” his injury and should be back within...
Via The Pensblog
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston's Newest Test by @Nick422

Injuries keep piling up.  Suspensions hit the team.  A line up is depleted.  What ever will the Penguins do?  That's up to coach Mike Johnston. Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 25: Vancouver Canucks at Pittsburgh Penguins

Vancouver Canucks (17-7-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-5-2) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Tonight Pittsburgh will formally meet Willie Desjardins –the guy who Jim Rutherford was going to hire before he backed out at the last minute.  Rutherford subsequently went with Mike Johnston, and in turn he has blessed us with things like this: To his...
Via The Pensblog
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Crosby misses morning skate due to illness, questionable for tonight's game

Pittsburgh Penguins may be without star forward tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils. Sidney Crosby will be a game time decision due to an illness. #459626912 / gettyimages.com Crosby missed morning practice after feeling unwell. Coach Mike Johnston did not elaborate on the illness, but did say that Crosby would be a game-time decision. However, many think he will...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Win The Week – Winning Streak Up To Five

Prior to the Eastern Swing, fans of the Portland Winterhawks were in shock at a team sitting in last place in the league; they were 1-7 and looking to finish worse than the year prior to Mike Johnston’s arrival in Portland five years ago. But once the team arrived home, people started seeing a team that was starting to find itself. Those who have followed the Winterhawks over the...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF of the Game 11-24: Malkin’s celebration and Bench reaction

Mike Johnston was really excited:   Bruin fans in the background. Puts a hop in our step.  
Via The Pensblog
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens’ Mike Johnston: Patrice Bergeron ‘Can Control The Game With His Puck Possession’

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron is one of the most valuable players in the NHL, even if it’s unlikely for him to finish in the top five of the Hart Trophy voting. The Boston Bruins center is the best defensive forward in the game and a two-time Selke Trophy winner. He draws many of the toughest assignments against the opponent’s top forwards each game, and his latest challenge...
Via NESN.com
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 19. Adversity Ahead.

It is perfectly legal to be upset about the last two Penguin losses while also thinking “It is November; relax.” Reason 1 to be concerned: This was billed as a “playoff series” by Mike Johnston. And the Penguins lost it. Reason 1 not to be upset about Reason 1: It wasn’t an actual playoff series. If anything, losing these two games shows the Penguins they have a long...
Via The Pensblog
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins/Canadiens GIF Breakdown

My initial vision for today’s post was to comb over any systematic changes Mike Johnston would make in the third period of the Penguins 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens with a few GIF’s in hand. My mind immediately jumped back to the 3-0 defeat of the Los Angeles Kings on October 30th when coach Johnston instituted a 2-3 neutral zone trap throughout the third period on controlled...
Via The Pensblog
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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