What the Hell Happened: Comeau Se Llama

Back when everyone was still in their mourning stage of  Ray Shero, Jim Rutherford was busy signing players with actual NHL talent. In this game, Blake Comeau showed why Rutherford took a chance on him. Comeau had three, including this game winner in OT: Also on the play Sidney Crosby got his 800th NHL point. He is the sixth fatest in NHL history to that mark. Other stuff because...
Via The Pensblog
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Making the Piece Fit Back in the Puzzle by @BrianK_PI

By all accounts, Rob Scuderi wasn't what Ray Shero was hoping for last season when he signed him to a 4 year, $13.5 million contract. It's arguable that the Scuderi contract was the one mistake that pushed Shero over the edge and out of a job. It wasn't realistic to expect the same player who left Pittsburgh for Los Angeles just four years prior, but even reasonable expectations...
Via PensInitiative
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mismanagement of the Defense

Much has been made about the large number of defensive prospects in the Pittsburgh Penguins system the last several years because of the propensity of Ray Shero using high draft picks on this position. Defensive players drafted and signed as undrafted free agents under his regime that are no longer with the team could fill out an adequate bottom two pairings. Jake Muzzin, Brain Strait...
Via TopSportsReport
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brutally Honest Look at the Pens Prospect Pool (Pt. 2)

By Nick Richter and Andy Hughes One thing Ray Shero was fantastic at was his ability to paint a great picture of certain guys in the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool. By painting these pictures, Shero was able sell guys high and he was able to create hype in the fanbase about these players, like Eric Tangradi, and we all know how that ended. Ian Altenbaugh (Hockey’s Future...
Via The PensNation
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brutally Honest Look at the Pens Prospect Pool (Pt. 1)

By Nick Richter and Andy Hughes One thing Ray Shero was fantastic at was his ability to paint a great picture of certain guys in the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool. By painting these pictures, Shero was able sell guys high and he was able to create hype in the fanbase about these players, like Eric Tangradi, and we all know how that ended. Ian Altenbaugh (Hockey’s Future) and...
Via The PensNation
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins VS Rangers: Metro Rivalry Revisited. by @ChicksDigHockey

When the Metropolitan division debuted in the fall of 2013 it was no surprise that the Penguins were the favorites to take it all. They dominated the east in the 2012 regular season. Surely, the early dismissal by Boston in the previous playoffs was an anomaly. After the Boston debacle, Ray Shero had tinkered with the coaching staff by adding defensive-minded Jacques Martin. He...
Via PensInitiative
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Free-Agent Update: Where’s the Beef?

In the wake of Ray Shero’s dismissal in May, Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle repeatedly stressed the need for more grit and character. On the first day of free agency new Pens GM Jim Rutherford devised a novel approach for addressing that need. He let the team’s grit-and-character guys bolt. In a mass departure unrivaled since the Exodus Deryk Engelland, Tanner Glass...
Via PenguinPoop
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Challenging My Penguin Loyalty by @ChicksDigHockey

I’m a very loyal person; to a fault. Once you’ve found a place in my life, I have a hard time letting you go. This is why I’m having a hard time with the Penguin’s off season. Never before have I faced such sweeping changes as a fan.  I remember when Max Talbot left in 2011. Max was a favorite for his attitude on the ice. His skills my not have been on par with top six...
Via PensInitiative
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh Penguins Players Let Down Ray Shero, Dan Bylsma

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look different next year, not only on the ice but behind the bench and in the front office, too. Superstar center Sidney Crosby is partially to blame for those changes. That might seem unfair for a player who might win another Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP, but Crosby is the captain of a Penguins team that has failed to meet expectations in the past...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Separating Two Eras by @griffTHW

Most fans and pundits would likely describe the start to Pittsburgh's offseason as, at best, peculiar.  In firing Ray Shero and (temporarily) retaining Dan Bylsma, the club bucked a response that many assumed would be a foregone conclusion.As days turned to weeks without a G.M. in place, storm clouds darkened over an organization whose supporters grew more and more restless.  Without...
Via PensInitiative
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

There's only one Black and Gold, dammit: Pens to reintroduce "Pittsburgh Gold" next season

The Pittsburgh Penguins are cleaning house up and down their organization. Coach Dan Bylsma? Fired. General manager Ray Shero? Fired. Roster moves? TBD.Add one more order of business to the to-do list for the Pens: change their jerseys.Bringing back the Gold: Pittsburgh will reintroduce the colors they stole from the B's, erm, I mean they borrowed from the Steelers and the Pirates...
Via BruinsLife
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: A few thoughts on Jim Rutherford as Their New GM by @MadChad412

Well at least the search for a new general manager is finally over. After three weeks of hearing (And fearing) that Pierre McGuire was the front-runner to replace Ray Shero as Pittsburgh Penguins' GM. As it turns out, the Penguins went in an entirely different direction, hiring former Carolina Hurricanes' GM, Jim Rutherord. Rutherford, who is 65 years old, spent the last 20 seasons...
Via PensInitiative
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: A Requiem for Dan and Ray

Somewhere Craig Patrick must be smiling. Not an arrogant, misery-loves-company sneer. More of a rueful, knowing grin. Aside from Mario Lemieux, no one did more to save the Pittsburgh Penguins than Patrick. He literally dragged the franchise from the gutter of mediocrity in the early 1990s and willed it onto a championship course. However, following several down years the Hall-of...
Via PenguinPoop
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Butchering the GM Process by @ExcitedBobErrey

It's been a crazy three weeks for the Pittsburgh Penguins. And crazy is putting things nicely. The moves made by upper management have been unconventional, to say the least. And again, unconventional is putting things nicely. Very nicely. The offseason so far has been a series of moves that calls into question whether those making the decisions have any clear vision of what they...
Via PensInitiative
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bylsma is now the "blue chip" of the NHL (RW77)

I understood the firing of Ray Shero but, Bylsma is now a free agent and I think it is going to cost the Penguins.Oh, I can understand the why behind the move, but I still think it is a mistake.  The truth is, hockey is a team sport.  More a team sport than the NBA.  I believe with the star talent the Pens have right now, translated (somehow) to the NBA, it would be the Pens vs...
Via Goon's World
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: GM Jim Rutherford is the Worst, Best, and Somewhere in Between

By Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) The End Result Three weeks to the day that Ray Shero was fired, the Penguins have hired Jim Rutherford to be the new General Manager of the Penguins. Assistant GM / Interim GM Jason Botterill will remain with the team and has been promoted to Associate General Manager. Both Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald will also remain with the team and both have...
Via The PensNation
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 21 of the Penguins General Manager Crisis: At this point just get it right.

It’s been 21 days since Ray Shero was slayed. And the Penguins still don’t have a GM. Dejan is jammed up about it. And he makes some solid points. Our only point of emphasis is this – at this point why rush it? Get it right. The best, and probably most generic comparsion we can make is you are basically entering a five-year relationship based off of three dates(interviews)...
Via The Pensblog
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Once Upon A Time In Pittsburgh by @ChicksDigHockey

Once upon a time, I looked at hockey in Pittsburgh with wide-eyed innocence. Hockey is my sport and the Penguins are my team. I saw the Penguins through rose-colored glasses. I looked at the team as a reflection of my sports hero, Mario Lemieux. His story captivated me from the moment I heard it. The tall, handsome Canadian who, for me, personified hockey has always loomed large...
Via PensInitiative
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC finale for McGuire? Candidate for Pittsburgh GM job

Last year, when Pierre McGuire won a Sports Emmy for sideline reporting, he told me that after flirting with several NHL jobs, he was ready to settle in with a broadcast career at NBC. The network wanted a commitment. Of course, he added the disclaimer of “never say never.” Sure enough, McGuire disclosed yesterday that he has spoken to the Pittsburgh Penguins about being their...
Via Sherman Report
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Update: What In the Hell Are They Doing?

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced the firing of then general manager Ray Shero on May 16th, 2014. 18 days later the Penguins have yet to give any real indication of who the new general manager will be. As if the torture of not knowing who the next gm will be isn't enough, the fans have also been tortured with relentless rumors and stories of Pierre McGuire being a real candidate...
Via PensInitiative
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Pierre McGuire Has Interviewed Twice For Penguins’ GM Job

The Pittsburgh Penguins are searching for a new general manager after firing Ray Shero last month, and one candidate for the job is NBC’s Pierre McGuire. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports, citing sources, that McGuire has done multiple interviews for the position. Sources say NBC analyst Pierre McGuire has had two interviews for the Penguins' GM job. McGuire was an asst...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will the Pittsburgh Penguins hire as GM?

Who will replace Ray Shero as the Penguins General Manager? We’re going on close to three weeks now since the Pittsburgh Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero, and Pens fans still wait with baited breath too see who will hired as his replacement. With a announcement just days away, the Penguins have been moot on the subject, leaving many to speculate wildly who who could be...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Must-Read: The Rise and Fall of Ray Shero

“The Penguins’ marketing campaign in 2010 was ‘Defy Ordinary‘. Their campaign next season should be ‘Defy Probability’.”  Mike Colligan keyboard drop. [ The Rise and Fall Of Ray Shero Part 1 ]  
Via The Pensblog
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury for Pens GM

Another day goes by as the Pittsburgh Penguins search for a new general manager to replace the fired Ray Shero, and things still appear to be in the preliminary stages. WPXI had listed Pierre McGuire as a potential hire on last night's news, a candidacy we explored in depth on this site, but McGuire denied any interest in the job, saying on TSN radio the reason was "because honor...
Via PensInitiative
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

5/21/14: Three Thoughts – Real GM, Armchair GM, If I Was GM

By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Thought #1: Looking at the General Manager Candidates Yesterday was both funny and not amusing as WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh posted a graphic that included Pierre McGuire as a GM candidate for the Penguins. As you would expect, it was met with a plethora of freaking out with some positive comments mixed in sparsely. Pierre on the list of possible GM...
Via The PensNation
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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