San Jose Sharks poised for a postseason return

A common San Jose Sharks’ trend of exceptional regular seasons followed by heartbreaking losses in the playoffs would continue in the 2013-2014 season when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings, which put the icing on the cake in a decade of disappointment. Last season, San Jose never seemed to bounce back from their monumental postseason collapse, as they were left...
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Early Off-season Moves Return Hope To San Jose

Free Agent Summary After the draft it appeared that the Sharks may have been continuing on the path of rebuilding as although they appear to have drafted well, though time will ultimately tell. They seemed to have missed out on potential goaltending with Kings goaltender Martin Jones going to the Bruins in the Lucic deal, Lehner being dealt from the Senators to the Sabres, Lack moving...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharks Acquire Goalie and Sign Defenseman Martin

The draft has now come and gone for the San Jose Sharks. Enter July 1. Up north it’s celebrated as a federal holiday, and known as Canada Day. How fitting that the NHL’s free agency window would first open on the same day. Sharks fans have gotten used to years and years of mediocrity on the celebrated day. Previous signings have been those of John Scott, Jim Vandermeer, Colin...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharks Sign Paul Martin To A Four-Year Deal

  View image | The San Jose Sharks have signed D Paul Martin to a four-year deal. Martin registered 17 assists in 2014-15 with Pittsburgh. A four-year deal is rather unusual for a 34-year old that hasn’t played a full season since 2006-2007, but Martin was reportedly their number one target in free agency. He’ll be joining the likes of Brent Burns and Marc...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: July 1st, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, The NHL, and Erreything else.  In honor of the first day of free agency, It’s more fun than taking Steve Martin’s advice on becoming a millionaire: Step One- Get a million dollars Step Two- Never pay taxes THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS The Penguins have a few roster spots to fill for free agency.  Here is a short...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL draft weekend leaves the Penguins with more questions than answers

Told you this was going to happen. Grandpa Jim Rutherford didn’t bring the putter out during the NHL draft weekend. Some think that it isn’t a bad thing – and it is true – it is better to not force something. However, the Penguins did try. And they tried hard: TSN Radio reports the Maple #Leafs reportedly turned down a 2016 1st-rd pick, Kunitz, Pouliot & Scuderi from...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pens embrace youth movement, won’t re-sign Martin or Ehrhoff

Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweeted that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to embrace a youth movement on defense, and won’t bring back free agents Paul Martin or Christian Ehrhoff.  Penguins have decided to go for a full youth movement on defense, won't bring back Martin and Ehrhoff. They'd rather invest on wingers. — Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) June 11, 2015 ...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins will embrace youth movement, won’t re-sign Martin or Ehrhoff

Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweeted that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to embrace a youth movement on defense, and won’t bring back free agents Paul Martin or Christian Ehrhoff. Penguins have decided to go for a full youth movement on defense, won't bring back Martin and Ehrhoff. They'd rather invest on wingers. — Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) June 11, 2015 Erhoff...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers Can’t let up Against Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Paul Martin (7) fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers’ Derick Brassard (16) during the second period of Game 2 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) It just a few short hours the New York Rangers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth game of...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 3 – Slow start (again) dooms Penguins in 2-1 loss to Rangers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 Series: NYR leads 2-1 Goals Hornqvist (1) from Crosby, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Cole (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Glass in the back on top of the crease while the puck is out at the point) Martin (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Zuccarello directly in the back as he’s trying...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 81 – Pens continue to slide in 3-1 loss to Islanders

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Islanders 3  Pens 1 Record: 42-27-12 Goals Scuderi (1) from Crosby, Martin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (clipping) – Bad Call (hits Hickey behind the net on his hip as Hickey jumps up into the air and then falls down in...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens fall apart in stunning 4-3 (OT) loss to Senators

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Senators 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 42-26-12 Goals Crosby (28) from Hornqvist, Martin Bennett (4) from Cole Hornqvist (25) from Crosby, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (high-sticking) – Bad Call (lifts the stick of Pageau...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Need to Bear Down, Keep Playing Their Game Down the Stretch

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left, shoots near teammate Paul Martin, right, in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 4-1. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) The Pittsburgh Penguins are in very unfamiliar territory this late in the season. The Penguins have sunk into the Eastern Conference’s first...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Improved Defense Could be Dangerous in the Playoffs

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Defense, defense, defense. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team that is known for its high powered offense, fast-paced play...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Don't Get Used to the Current Roster of Penguins by @kjcmalakai

It happens every year.  Sometimes twice.  Every year at the trade deadline or when the free agency period opens you can imagine fans lining up along the proverbial Roberto Clemente Bridge ready to take the plunge into the waters of despair that are the Allegheny River.  Why?  Because player X has been traded or signed with another team. The following is a list...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Pens rough up Minnesota

The Wild are just awful right now, and the Pens beat them up pretty good. 7-2 was the final, and the ice was titled for the entire game. The Pens got some goals from unusual sources, like Goc and Paul Martin Powerball, and Chris Kunitz finally made an appearance. Hoping to see more from him. We’ll have more about this tomorrow, but Ryan Suter got away with this vicious elbow on...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 41. Pens win in overtime 2-1.

View image | 41 down. 41 to go. The Penguins pulled out an extra point on Montreal and got a much-needed win. A loss wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but there would have been some uneasy feelings. The season is kind of in a cruise-control state right now. Injuries and whatnot have limited everyone’s ability to judge this Penguins team. As they get...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Paul Martin

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Paul Martin. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images For the past month, the Penguins have experienced non-stop changes to their roster. Plenty of Wilkes-Barre call-ups have been happening as a result of the IR...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebrun: Penguins looking for a top-six winger

Pierre Lebrun with his first interesting nugget of the season. [ ESPN ] The Pens don’t have anything in the hopper now, but when the time is right, we’re told the plan is to try and add a top-six winger to play with Evgeni Malkin. Blake Comeau has done a nice job of late on Malkin’s line with Pascal Dupuis, but in reality he’s a bottom-six forward. Pittsburgh eventually...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

You Couldn't BE More Wrong About: Paul Martin by @griffTHW and @BrianK_PI

You Couldn't BE More Wrong is a new segment that Sean Griffin and I put together, naturally arising from the fact that we seem to frequently take the opposite sides of issues as they pertain to the Penguins. In case you missed last week's post, we debated Marc-Andre Fleury's future in Pittsburgh. Though last week's column didn't have a poll, I've arbitrarily gone back and...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday

What’s in a name? A name is just a name, right? We’re switching things up a little this week and renaming BagSkate Tuesday to the more appropriate “HotTake Tuesday.” We were providing the hot takes anyway, might as well serve them up appropriately. Would you give up Sutter/Martin/Pouliot for Evander Kane? – Eric C. Richter: It kind of depends on how hurt you are for...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss


Had no idea Tony Granato was an assistant coach with the Wings. Biggest story of the night. Paul Martin didn’t seem concerned about playing, really. Penguins got a powerplay early in the third. Bennett and Sutter seem to be building chemistry. Farnham tried to fight some guy. Really strange performance by him. Spaling and Comeau got some work killing penalties. Probably a combo...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Thoughts Part III: Penguins Roster Analysis

By: Meesh Shanmugam Everything looks fairly quiet for the Penguins at this point and they are probably done in free agency aside from depth/AHL moves unless something irresistible comes to them. If you missed Part I, it was a look at the Penguins additions so far.  Part II was a look at the departures. Here’s a look at the free agency moves so far: Here is a look at the roster...
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July 03, 2014  |  1 Comment

Why the Penguins Should Trade Paul Martin

Michael Miller / Wikipedia The Pittsburgh Penguins have just been eliminated from the 2013/2014 NHL Playoffs – yet another disappointing season since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. As a result GM Ray Shero has already been relieved of his duties and HC Dan Bylsma’s future with the Penguins depends on the decision of the new GM, once Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have decided...
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May 24, 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
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