SIMON DESPRES NEWS

Thoughts: Game 78 – Wild 4 Pens 0

Wild 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Neal argues with Cooke about whether his linemates are AHL or ECHL quality. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Niskanen, Pyatt (2) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Despres, Scuderi (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:09) … Megna (11:01) Faceoffs: Sutter (9/17) … Crosby (5/17) CF...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 78 Between the Penguins and Wild

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Penguins Getting Outshot Before the Olympic break, the Penguins had a team Fenwick (all shot attempts excluding blocked shots) of 51.17%.  If maintained over the course of a season, that number would be good for 10th in the league.  Since coming back from Sochi, the team’s Fenwick has been 45.91%.  Over a full season, that would put them...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens 2 Blue Jackets 1

Pens 2  Blue Jackets 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (34) from Crosby, Engelland Bennett (2) from Bortuzzo Fleury has earned several wins but finally actually got one. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Bennett, Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi, Bortuzzo, Orpik (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (25:48) … Megna (8:21) Faceoffs...
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24 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 69: Detroit Red Wings ☆

Pittsburgh Penguins (45-19-4) @ Detroit Red Wings (31-23-13) Root Sports, NHLN-US, FS-D – 7:30 pm/et Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI The Detroit Red Wings are currently outside the playoff picture. The Red Wings haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1989-90 season. Olli Maatta, Beau Bennett and Simon Despres have never lived in a world where the Red Wings haven’t made the...
Via The Pensblog
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 66 – Flyers 4 Penguins 0

Flyers 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Stats Shots: Despres (5) Missed Shots: Engelland, Niskanen (2) Blocked Shots: Orpik (7) Hits: Glass (7) Ice Time: Niskanen (23:05) … Megna (11:48) Faceoffs: Goc (6/12) … Sutter (3/10) Malkin looks up to find his next giveaway… (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Quick Summary Good: Glass, Maatta Noteworthy: Despres,...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 66. Pens lose 4-0

    What is the threshold for Penguins winning games while players keep going down? You've probably witnessed it at this point. James Neal and Chris Kunitz were the newest addition to the injury list as the Flyers smoked the Penguins on Saturday afternoon 4-0 The Flyers got two from Matt Read and basically beat the Pens in the first two period. ...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 63 – Penguins @ Ducks

Pens 3  Ducks 2 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Engelland (6) from Jokinen, Malkin Malkin (19) (PP) from Neal, Crosby SO Winner: Sutter Shootout: Sutter Backhand Goal – By @JustPuckIt Stats Shots: Malkin (5) Blocked Shots: Despres, Orpik (3) Hits: Orpik (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (27:19) … Glass (8:18) Faceoffs: Goc (10/13) … Malkin (2/9) This was a successful save...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 60 – Penguins @ Blackhawks

Blackhawks 5  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) *Sorry for the delayed post, travel and trades have kept me distracted* It started as such a promising weekend… (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo) Goals Neal (22) unassisted Stats Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Despres, Sutter (2) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (25:35) … Engelland (7:58...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

What Will The Pittsburgh Penguins Do At The Trade Deadline?

  We are less than 24 hours from the NHL Trade Deadline and rumors are running rampant. The Pittsburgh Penguins are reported front runners for Vancouver Canuck’s Forward Ryan Kesler. Many questions will be made if in fact the Penguins are able to land Kesler. First being how much will the Penguins have to give up? Many reports are saying a roster player (many saying Brandon Sutter...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Penguins aggressively pursuing Canucks’ Ryan Kesler

The Pittsburgh Penguins are aggressively pursuing Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Penguins general manager Ray Shero has been pursuing Kesler since January and would like to make a deal before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. Wednesday. A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the future of Simon Despres with @MadChad412 and @H_P_Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins can't seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries. I guess we all we were all kidding ourselves if we thought that the Pens' players that were representing their countries in Sochi, for the Olympics, were all going to make it through without an injury. Defenceman Paul Martin injured his wrist and will now be out 4-6 weeks. That, along with the...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Is this Simon Despres Last Chance?

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Andy, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh The Topics (Les Sujets) Post Olympic depression/celebration. Does Dan Bylsma deserve blame for Team USA’s shortcomings? Could Simon Despres now be out of play at the trade deadline with injuries to Paul Martin and Kris Letang?
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Gibbons and Simon Despres back in Pittsburgh

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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Recall Brian Gibbons and Simon Despres

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Brian Gibbons and defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Gibbons, 25, has appeared in 19 NHL contests with Pittsburgh this season, tallying four goals, five assists and nine points. He recorded his first...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the Penguins’ Defense Good Enough?

Back in 1973 the Philadelphia Flyers drafted defenseman Larry Goodenough with their second-round pick. Cleverly nicknamed “Izzy,” Goodenough enjoyed some early success with Philly before fizzling later on. It made me think of the Penguins’ defense. As it’s currently constructed, is the black-and-gold blueline corps good enough to anchor a Stanley Cup winner? Or will it falter...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Discuss: What is Happening with Simon Despres?

We’re hoping to make these discussions a weekly or bi-weekly feature. Your feedback is encouraged on these topics or what you would like as future topics! His patience with the puck wasn’t enough to keep him in the NHL. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh): With a month and a half before the trade deadline, there is no player in the Penguins organization...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Despres back to AHL as Penguins defense corps continues to get healthy

Simon Despres just wants to play some defense. On the surface, getting Despres ice time, even at practices, is significant in Penguins general manager Ray Shero's decision to re-assign the defenseman to the AHL on Thursday. “We've got a lot of depth,” Despres said. The Penguins are not blessed with opportunities for even their best prospects when the defense is near...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The procedure deails of why Simon Despres was sent down.

This moved turned some heads today. Simon Despres was sent back to WBS. [ Pensburgh ] Why the move was the procedural? This seems to be the most logical move. Credit to @demangone for finding it. Teams are governered by unrealistic rules during the Olympic break. [ Syracuse.com ] First rule: Starting with the easiest rule first, any NHL player subject to waivers...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors

Mike Cammalleri As the 2013-2014 NHL season winds closer and closer to the month-long Olympic break in February, the window for teams to acquire new talent via trades is shrinking. A week after the Olympics end, the NHL has set their annual trade deadline day for March 5th, leaving teams with little time to try and ink any deals before they start their final run at the playoffs....
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Simon Sez…Despres Needs to Play

There’s no denying it. The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoy a wealth of riches when it comes to defensemen. Thanks to the drafting and bold maneuvering of GM Ray Shero, the Pens possess no fewer than a dozen defensemen (counting prospect Scott Harrington) who could be skating a regular shift in the NHL. That’s enough to stock two teams. Of all the d-men in the Penguins’ organization...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Wilson: Kris Letang vs. Simon Despres Who Stays, Who Goes?

Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); It was the James...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 38 – Penguins vs Flames

Penguins 4  Flames 3 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Dupuis (7) from Crosby, Kunitz Zolnierczyk (1) from Bortuzzo, Neal Crosby (20) from Kunitz, Despres Niskanen (3) from Crosby, Bortuzzo Goal Assessment First Goal For (Dupuis) Harry Zolnierczyk has the puck in the defensive zone and passes it up to Chris Kunitz at center ice. Kunitz can’t control the pass and redirects...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Baby Pens making big impact

Simon Despres defends the puck against the New York Rangers on Thursday. Three top-six forwards. Four top-six defenseman. No, that’s not the list of Pittsburgh Penguins making a push to play in the Sochi Olympics.  Rather, the number of regular starters whose services the Penguins gave been without for one reason or another the past few weeks. James Neal is suspended.  Evgeni...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Injuries a Blessing in Disguise?

It safe to say the Penguins have endured more than their share of hardship this year. With key performers such as Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi dropping like flies, the black and gold ranked fourth in the NHL with 161 man-games lost to injury as of December 15—a staggering total at this stage of the season. Call me crazy, but the virtual plague of misfortune may not be all bad. In...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

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