Five reasons the Penguins will be better in 2014

Crosby and the Penguins will be a better team in 2014. It’s been quite the offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Out are Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero, as well as about a half-dozen players including fan favorites Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, James Neal and Jussi Jokinen. In is head coach Mike Johnston and GM Jim Rutherford, as well as a whole slew of new faces that will soon don the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp

A year ago, it was Olli Maatta receiving a steady workload on the Penguins' blue line as a rookie defenseman. This season, first-year coach Mike Johnston believes it's Derrick Pouliot's turn. “Yeah, I do. For sure,” Johnston responded when asked whether he thought Pouliot, a former first-round pick who played four-plus years for Johnston with the Portland Winterhawks...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Olli Maatta undergoes shoulder surgery

Penguins' defensemen Olli Maatta underwent successful shoulder surgery that will result in him being out 4-6 months, according to the team's official website.By Michael Miller - Common WikimediaAfter Pittsburgh's elimination by the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs, many Penguins' players announced injuries that would affect their offseason in...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful shoulder surgery today, it was announced by interim general manager Jason Botterill. Maatta had shoulder labral repair surgery performed by Dr. Mark Rodosky at UPMC. Recovery time is expected to be 4-6 months. Maatta recently completed his rookie campaign with Pittsburgh, notching 29 points (9G-20A) in 78 regular-season games...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7 – Rangers 2 Pens 1

Rangers 2  Pens 1 Rangers win the series 4-3. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (7) from Maatta, Malkin Game 7 Leaders Shots: Martin (5) Missed Shots: Maatta, Martin (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (4) Hits: Niskanen (6) Ice Time: Martin (28:10) … Glass (6:09) Faceoffs: Sutter (11/17) … Malkin (8/16) Team PP: 0 for 1 (0%) Team PK: 1 for 2 (50%) Final Playoff Leaders...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Maatta, Orpik miss Penguins morning skate

The Pittsburgh Penguins might have another key member of their defense out for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta did not take part in the team’s morning skate. Orpik has played in just one game in the series, but Maatta has been a steady producer on the second pairing with Matt Niskanen. The Pens have gotten around Orpik’s absence...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Regular Season Recap: Pens vs NY Rangers

Pens-Rangers in Review By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Here’s a game-by-game recap of my thoughts posts vs. the Rangers, with a series preview at the end. Game 16: Rangers win 5-1 The first matchup caught the Pens by surprise. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Goals: Letang (PP) Good: Brandon Sutter – Played well on the PK and drew a penalty. Noteworthy: Evgeni Malkin – Drew...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Fleury, 3-goal flurry lead Pens past Jackets, 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series thanks to the goals on three consecutive shots. Brooks Orpik added a goal in the final seconds of the second...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens – Blue Jackets Round One Discussion

We sat down with Andy Hughes, Ken Will, Meesh Shanmugam, Casey Johnston, along with Mike Colligan from The Hockey Writers and discussed a number of different topics heading into tonight’s opening game of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. What made this season different than previous seasons? Andy Hughes: Compared to last year, it was nice seeing...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading into Game 79 Between the Penguins and Avalanche

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) Rest Ahead? The Pittsburgh Penguins only have four games left in the regular season, including tonight’s match against the Colorado Avalanche. With the Metropolitan Division title already wrapped up, the Penguins may elect to rest some of their players in the next few games. Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta both have upper-body injuries and missed...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' Maatta sidelined by upper-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. He was a late scratch for the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Maatta is second among Penguins defensemen in goals (nine) and points (29). He is plus-9 in 75 games.
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 76 – Hurricanes 4 Pens 1

Hurricanes 4  Pens 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (35) from Stemniak, Crosby This…this isn’t good form. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta, Megna, Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta, Sutter (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (21:33) … Pyatt (10:28) Faceoffs: Adams (6/7) … Sutter (7/19) CF% Rel: Neal (+29.8%...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 72 – Coyotes 3 Pens 2

Coyotes 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (18) (PP) from Neal, Crosby Pyatt (3) from Scuderi, Despres Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta (3) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Crosby (23:23) … Glass (7:35) Faceoffs: Goc (14/20) … Crosby (12/26) Guys, how do we celebrate a goal? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Quick...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens Would Be Right To Rest Maatta

“You don’t expect a player that age, in his first year, to step into a top-minutes, top-pair role, a matchup pair.  For him and his progression, his last 20 [games] have looked even stronger than what we saw earlier in the season. To be able to have him play there with injuries to two top-four guys in Martin and Letang, it’s pretty amazing.” That’s Dan Bylsma from this...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL veteran has high praise for young Penguins defenseman

Teemu Selanne likely was ramping up his workouts in advance of his third NHL training camp in August 1994 when fellow Finn Olli Maatta was born. Selanne, an Anaheim Ducks winger and future Hall of Famer, is the oldest active player in the NHL at 43 years-plus. During the Olympic tournament last month in Sochi, Russia, he sure liked what he saw of Maatta, the Penguins’ 19-year...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 62 – Penguins @ Sharks

Sharks 5  Pens 3 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Maatta (8) from Glass, Goc Kunitz (29) (PP) from Malkin Maatta (9) (PP) from Sutter, Jokinen Maybe not the best technique, but useful. (Don Smith/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Maatta (4) Missed Shots: Crosby (3) Blocked Shots: Glass (4) Hits: Despres, Goc, Niskanen (2) Ice Time: Niskanen (25:16) … Bortuzzo (4:20) Faceoffs...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

isn't it past your bedtime?

Late night hockey can be trying for us poor east coast bastards. We swap out our liquor for coffee with liquor and pray that our poor little souls can keep it together late enough to follow what is happening on the ice. Petition to transport all east coast fans to the west coast for games with our teams? Are there any bored millionaires out there who would accept the payment of...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Apparently the Canucks Wanted Olli Maatta In the Ryan Kesler Deal....

The title says it all. Appreanlty, Vancouver Canucks' general manger Mike Gillis wanted Olli Maatta to be a part of the trade that would have sent forward Ryan Kesler to Pittsburgh. This report comes from Michael Augello, who is a columnist for Hockeybuzz.com. Augello quotes Nick Kypreos, who is an NHL reporter for SportsNet.com.Go ahead, read the rest »
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 59 – Penguins vs Canadiens

Canadiens 6  Penguins 5 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Lazy is happy to have Geno back. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Goals Neal (21) from Malkin, Maatta Engelland (5) from Neal, Crosby Maatta (7) (PP) from Jokinen, Sutter Sutter (10) (SH) unassisted Crosby (29) (PP) from Malkin, Niskanen Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Neal (3) Blocked Shots: Orpik (4) Hits: Bortuzzo...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 59 – Three Observations Heading Into the Penguins-Canadiens Game

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Trust In Maatta If there was any doubt left about the maturity of Olli Maatta the Olympic Games should have dispelled them.  As one of only five Finnish defensemen in the NHL, it was a safe bet that Maatta would have to shoulder his fair share of the defensive responsibility in Sochi.  The 19 year old came through with three goals and two assists...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta is becoming a superstar defenseman

So far it's been good start to the Olympics for fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta have been tearing it up for the undefeated Team Finland. Evgeni Malkin is off to a good start for Russia, and Sidney Crosby got his first point on Friday for the undefeated Canadians. So far Maatta has stolen the spotlight from Go ahead, read the rest »
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 58 – Penguins vs Rangers

Rangers 4  Penguins 3 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Maatta pinched and good things happened. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Goals Maatta (6) (PP) from Crosby, Jokinen Malkin (18) (PP) from Neal, Niskanen Neal (20) from Maatta, Megna Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Crosby (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (2) Hits: Glass (8) Ice Time: Martin (25:23) … Engelland (5:34) Faceoffs...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 56 – Penguins vs Senators

Penguins 2  Senators 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Gibbons (3) (PP) from Maatta, Jokinen Neal (18) from Bortuzzo, Malkin Quick Summary (Credit: @JustPuckIt) 1st GA faults: Maatta 1st GF contributions: Sutter, Jokinen, Maatta, Gibbons 2nd GF contributions: Malkin, Bortuzzo, Neal Good: Maatta, Fleury, Sutter, Malkin, Neal, Gibbons Noteworthy: Martin Bad: Niskanen Other...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens believe defenseman Maatta deserves top rookie consideration

History says Olli Maatta has little chance to win the Calder Trophy. His teammates believe he should be strongly considered. Maatta, the smooth 19-year-old defenseman whose two-way game has blown away the Penguins' coaching staff and his teammates, enters Thursday's game in Los Angeles on quite a roll. He also plays in a league that has given the Calder Trophy — awarded...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

What Your Favorite Pittsburgh Penguin Says About You

Photo Credit: PittsburghPenguins.com Matt Niskanen: No one wants you around until they realize how dependable you are.  You once asked a girl out and she didn’t say yes until four other guys told her no. Olli Maatta: You were the awkward kid in middle school but hit puberty and blossomed into somebody gorgeous. The opposite sex couldn’t stop marveling at you during freshman...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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