Three Things to watch for: Double J forever

  “When the GM tells you we have to sign [Tyler] Kennedy first and Kennedy is playing the third or fourth line … Just go and look for [the] GM a month before I was a free agent, and it’s going to tell you a lot. It’ll tell you if they wanted me or not.” – Jaromir Jagr, 2012.   Ray Shero was never the same to us after he low-balled Jaromir Jagr during the historic #Jagrwatch...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Coming Full Circle on the Salary Cap by @BrianK_PI

When the lockout ended and the salary cap was implemented prior to the 2005-06 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in a very different place than they are right now. They were awful on the ice, having gone 22-46-14; "good" for 58 points and a second to last place finish in the NHL. Their team payroll of $23.1 million was well below the $39 million salary cap and not much...
Via PensInitiative
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Penguins Are Fun Again Thanks To Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston by @MadChad412

I want to be clear, Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a lot of games, including a Stanley Cup. The playoff failures and the lack of player development eventually cost them both their jobs. That being said, I don't expect the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup every single year nor should you. Perhaps the most startling thing that happened during the Bylsma...
Via PensInitiative
16 days ago  |  Discuss

See You at the Crossroads. Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-2015 Season Preview. Part 1 – The Regime

June 15, 2009. There was this moment in the city of Pittsburgh, three days after the Penguins stunned the Red Wings in Game 7, when 375,000 strong packed downtown Pittsburgh. The parade came down Grant Street and turned right onto the Boulevard of the Allies. It was a right-hand turn that everyone waited for. Of the 375,000 people in downtown that day, it felt like 360,000 of them...
Via The Pensblog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Questioning The Culture Change In Pittsburgh

from Rob Rossi of he Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, No team in this city is better at controlling its message than the Penguins, so I have to believe the messages management has been sending behind the scenes are the ones they want out there. Crosby's been crushed by the burden of being Sidney Crosby. No. Malkin needs to become a better leader. Nope. Ray...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 17, 2014  |  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

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...
Via NESN.com
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Not A Good Start For Jim Rutherford

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Right now, it appears as if Rutherford, 2½ weeks into the job, doesn't have a clue what he's doing. Even worse, it looks as if everyone in the team's management has no clue. It's stunning, the long, hard fall taken by the Penguins front office since it fired highly-regarded general manager Ray Shero May 16, sloppily...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

For Penguins, NHL draft remains about assets

Jason Botterill would waste a lot of time if he listened to opinions about the Penguins' drafts under his former boss, Ray Shero. “I've heard positive narratives and negative narratives,” said Botterill, associate general manager under new general manager Jim Rutherford. “I know this: You can't hold the 2014 staff accountable for the 2007 draft. I'm excited...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Off-Season Plan For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Scott Cullen of TSN, The Pittsburgh Penguins have made the playoffs for eight years running, but losing in Game Seven of the second round this year caused them to clean house, firing GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Penguins team that has a new general manager, Jim Rutherford, and is still looking for a coach, but will surely expect...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 12, 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...
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...
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
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