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Is Robert Bortuzzo injured?

Free Bortuzzo. That’s the rally cry Blues fans have been screaming on Twitter ever since the Blues announced their lineup for Game 1 against the Wild. Following the Game 3 disaster, the cry grew louder and fans questioned why Ken Hitchcock was ignoring the physical defenseman. Is it because of his puck-handling? Is Carl Gunnarsson truly the better option? Or is it for a different...
Via Frozen Notes
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Ian Cole

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Ian Cole. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)     Photo Credit: blues.nhl.com   Former St. Louis Blues defenseman, Ian Cole, joined the Penguins at the trade deadline in return for Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th Round Draft Pick in 2016. At the age of 28...
Via The PensNation
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Are The Pens Defensemen Too Soft?

In this week’s edition of HotTake Tuesday, Nick and James discuss wether or not the Penguins defense is too cost, if grit is an overrated attribute for defensemen, and the NHL’s new Era of Clutch and Grab. Is the Penguins Defense Too Soft? Richter: It’s a “soft” defense, but it’s not too soft and that’s ok. The game isn’t played with hard-nosed defensemen anymore...
Via The PensNation
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues-Flyers Preview

After getting some time to rest and add new players, the St. Louis Blues will try to finish their five-game road stretch on a high note and aid their pursuit of the Central Division lead. The Blues will first seek to get back in the win column Thursday night by sending the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth loss in five games. St. Louis got a chance to return home during a three...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Rutherford Pulls Two Shockers

Just when you thought it was safe to toss your old Ben Lovejoy jersey, GM Jim Rutherford pulled off two buzzer-beaters at the trade deadline. Moving boldly to improve the Penguins’ defense for the postseason, JR swapped rugged Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis for sturdy Ian Cole. He followed up by dealing talented but error-prone Simon Despres to Anaheim for ex-Pen Lovejoy. Here...
Via PenguinPoop
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Can We Start Calling the Penguins an Elite Defensive Hockey Team?

The Penguins struggles in the month of February are a great case study in what an ailing special teams unit can do to a hockey team. It’s no secret that the Penguins ability to score power-play goals has coincided with a recent four game win streak. One thing that hasn’t changed is their ability to put up sound results at even-strength defensively. Heading into the stretch-run...
Via The Pensblog
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Trade Deadline – Pens get deeper on defense

By: Meesh Shanmugam It’s all over. The trade deadline has come and gone with Jim Rutherford making two trades: 1) Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick in 2016 to St. Louis for Ian Cole and 2) Simon Despres to Anaheim for Ben Lovejoy. Before we get into the trades, here’s a copy/paste from last night’s thoughts post about how I viewed the roster going into the trade deadline...
Via The PensNation
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues add depth, deal for Jokinen, Michalek, Bortuzzo

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues made three deals before the trade deadline, none of them game-changers. That was a big shift from the previous two seasons, when they acquired goalie Ryan Miller and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester in hopes of mounting a deep playoff push. General manager Doug Armstrong wasn't about to criticize high asking prices at Monday's deadline. Miller cost St...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues add defense and depth at the trade deadline

The St. Louis Blues were one of the most active teams on deadline day, completing three trades which addressed needs both at defense and in terms of their depth. The Blues acquired Zbynek Michalek, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Jokinen over the course of the day and in doing so they gave Blues fans a lot to talk about. Let’s break this down. The Blues ended up receiving Michalek...
Via Frozen Notes
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Penguins trade Bortuzzo for Ian Cole of St. Louis

The Penguins have acquired Ian Cole (D) from St. Louis for Robert Bortuzzo. He's 6' 1", 219 lb Age 26 Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 18th by STL Experience: 4 years. He played for Asst Coach Agnew in St. Louis.Assets: Can play a quality shutdown role. Has good size and strength, the ability to play a physical brand of hockey from the back end and some puck-moving skills.Flaws: Doesn't...
Via PensInitiative
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins trade Bortuzzo, draft pick to Blues for defenseman Ian Cole

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole's plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have been...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues trade Ian Cole to Penguins for Bortuzzo, draft pick

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole's plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have been...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues trade Ian Cole to Penguins for Bortuzzo, draft pick

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole's plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have been...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins acquire Cole from Blues for Bortuzzo and draft pick

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole's plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Trade Tracker

By: Ken Will UPDATE — 1:34 PM We have a trade to announce! Finally… PITTSBURGH GETS — D Ian Cole ST. LOUIS GETS — D Robert Bortuzzo and Pittsburgh 7th Round Draft Pick in 2016 Ian Cole (blues.nhl.com) Ian Cole Cole is a 28 year-old 6’1 Left Shooting Defensemen. He is an RFA after this season and he’s currently making 900k. He has played in parts of five NHL seasons...
Via The PensNation
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

DEADLINE DEAL: Pens trade Player41 and pick to St. Louis for Ian Cole

#TradeCentre: @penguins trade D Robert Bortuzzo and 2016 7th rd pick to the @StLouisBlues for D Ian Cole. — TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) March 2, 2015 Besides being a much better hockey player in general, Cole, though just as big as Bortuzzo at 6″1′ 219 lbs., is a bit more offensively minded defenseman and a much better fit for the Mike Johnston system.  The 7th round pick...
Via The Pensblog
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 61. Shots fired. Penguins hold on for win in D.C.

There was a lot of good and a lot if bad with this game for the Penguins. Ultimately, to escape Washington with a much-needed division win is good enough for right now. Pens had a jump in their step from the very beginning. It felt like a playoff game, and the Pens were ready. Mostly because Robert Bortuzzo was eating pretzels up in a sky box somewhere. So funny what a difference...
Via The Pensblog
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 2/16 – 2/22

This was an exciting week of hockey fights around the NHL. We had a ton of solid fights to choose from for this week’s list and it was tricky picking just five. Your opinion may vary, but we think this was one of the best group of fights we’ve seen all season long. 5. Michael Latta (WAS) vs Robert Bortuzzo (PIT) – Feb. 17th Pretty solid fight for the fifth position, don’t...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 2/16 – 2/22

This was an exciting week of hockey fights around the NHL. We had a ton of solid fights to choose from for this week’s list and it was tricky picking just five. Your opinion may vary, but we think this was one of the best group of fights we’ve seen all season long. 5. Michael Latta (WAS) vs Robert Bortuzzo (PIT) – Feb. 17th Pretty solid fight for the fifth position, don’t...
Via Bloguin Best
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 59 – New lines, new result, Pens beat Blues, 4-2

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. Pens 4  Blues 2 Record: 33-17-9 Goals Comeau (13), unassisted Hornqvist (16) (PP), from Crosby, Letang Comeau (14) from Despres, Malkin Sutter (12) from Comeau, Perron Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Pouliot (tripping) – Overly aggressive...
Via The PensNation
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The #NHL Trade Deadline @PensInitiative Roundtable by @griffTHW

What do you consider to be the Pens' greatest need as the deadline approaches? Do they need to address more than one area for you to consider them a legitimate Cup contender?To me, bolstering the blue line should top Pittsburgh's agenda heading into the trade deadline.  The void created when Olli Maatta went down for the season created a hole that likely needs to be addressed...
Via PensInitiative
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 58 – Pens powerplay loses the game in 2-1 final to Columbus

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. Blue Jackets 2  Pens 1 Record: 32-17-9 Goals Malkin (22) from Martin, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Perron (high-sticking) – Careless (hooks up Johansen and gets his stick blade up to Johansen’s face for a minor penalty...
Via The PensNation
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 56. Pens fall 2-1

What was the one buzzword or buzzphrase missing during the pregame hype that NBC was feeding this game? “Stanley Cup Finals preview.” Both of these teams are definitely in the top 33% of the league, which would mean they’re both in the top 10. Nothing wrong with that. But other teams are catching up fast. The Pens have an insane Metro Division to keep up with, while the Blackhawks...
Via The Pensblog
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

How to get away with criticizing people on the internet: Banning Block shots (LOL), Bortuzzo sucks

I haven’t done a post in the first person on the Internet in literally eight years. Using “I” in any post is repulsive to me. Is this how DownGoesBrown feels? Anyways, some things. VP of being an asshole Talked to someone with familiarity about the resignation of Penguins VP David Peart. This is an actual quote about Peart: ” …completely inhuman asshole.” Good times...
Via The Pensblog
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Flyers

The Boston Bruins have played six straight games without losing in regulation (3-0-3) and find themselves back in a wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as a result. Boston’s latest win was a 3-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at TD Garden. The B’s dominated the Devils with a 43-14 shots on goal advantage. In fact, the 14 shots Boston gave up...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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