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Penguins Finally Make Some Wise Moves

View image | gettyimages.com To be honest, I was dreading the NHL draft and free agent signing season. The Penguins latest trades were, for the most part, not so good. And the practice of bankrupting our pool of young talent to purchase aging veterans does not sit well with me. Trading away our two top hitters, Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo, was a classic blunder of unparalleled...
Via TopSportsReport
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Beef Up

Back in 1984 Wendy’s fast-food restaurant struck advertising gold with the catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?” The clever lament could apply to our recent Penguins squads, too. According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail the Pens—with an average weight of 199.6 pounds—were the 25th heaviest team in the NHL to start the 2014-15 season. That was before deadline deals stripped...
Via PenguinPoop
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Andersen, Despres help Ducks take 2-1 series lead over Blackhawks

  Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon...
Via AP on Fox
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Anaheim Ducks Proving They Are More Than Their Superstars

Anaheim Ducks’ Simon Despres, from left, Patrick Maroon, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin celebrate their 4-2 win during the third period of Game 4 in an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT The Anaheim Ducks took a commanding 3-1 lead over the...
Via The Sports Journal
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Colligan: 5 Questions on Lovejoy, Cole and Playoff Hockey

This a column by Mike Colligan that appears every Monday morning on The Pensblog. You can find more of Mike’s work at his site, ColliganHockey.com. (1) What should we make of the Ben Lovejoy trade? The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t match up well against big, physical teams.  Don’t let their Saturday night (Sunday morning) overtime victory against Los Angeles fool you. The Kings...
Via The Pensblog
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Anaheim Ducks: Winner of the NHL Trade Deadline?

March 2015. The final full month of the regular season that signifies the push to the Stanley Cup playoffs. It also includes the infamous NHL Trade Deadline. Teams can make a strong push to solidifying their chances of a deep playoff run or sell players to rebuild for the future. When it comes to the Western Conference, no team made as big of a statement as the Anaheim Ducks. As...
Via isportsweb.com
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 64: West Coast Swing Continues, Pens face the league-leading Ducks.

Pittsburgh Penguins (36-18-9) at Anaheim Ducks (42-17-7) 10:00 PM – ROOT Sports Honda Center, Anaheim, California The Pens couldn’t pull out a victory against the lowly Avalanche and now their road trip rolls through Anaheim and the league-leading Ducks. Anaheim has strung together four consecutive wins and have also taken seven of their last eight.  They have allowed just...
Via The Pensblog
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 63 Between the Penguins and Avalanche

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The NHL trade deadline has officially passed as we can now move on. This is the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins team we will see this postseason, whether you like it or not. The Penguins acquired defensemen Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy while giving up Simon Despres to Anaheim and Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis. A seventh-round pick was also sent to the...
Via The PensNation
March 04, 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

Busy Anaheim Ducks bolster blue line in 4 deadline trades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Anaheim Ducks have been near the top of the NHL standings for most of the past three seasons, general manager Bob Murray still didn't believe they could consistently beat hockey's top teams. After a flurry of trades over the past week, Murray believes they're better equipped to beat anybody in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anaheim acquired defensemen...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Deadline Deal: Pens trades Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy

Well, things were going so well… The Penguins traded Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy, and well, it feels like a bad deal. @jmarshfof  points this out though… Ben Lovejoy is 2nd on the Ducks in Scoring Chances against per 60 minutes of even-strength TOI. Behind only Sami Vatanen. — Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) March 2, 2015 We counter with: Ben Lovejoy getting abused in every...
Via The Pensblog
March 02, 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 52 – Pens put together a complete effort in 4-0 win over Flames

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  Flames 0 Record: 30-14-8 Goals Perron (13) from Crosby, Kunitz Sutter (11) from Despres, Scuderi Crosby (16) from Kunitz, Perron Crosby (17) from Kunitz, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (tripping) – Careless...
Via The PensNation
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 50 – Pens look lifeless AGAIN in 4-0 loss to Nashville

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. Predators 4  Pens 0 Record: 28-14-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Team/Kunitz (too many men) – Stupid (Kunitz leaves the bench way too early as Bennett is bent over and trying to skate to the bench slowly) Perron (hooking...
Via The PensNation
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 50. Things don’t look right.

People think the Pens can do whatever they want every game, and that just isn’t the case. That fact doesn’t really hit home until the Pens go against one of the best teams in the league and they get suffocated and almost die. Maybe it’s time to start looking at the Pens as an underdog against the big baddies of the league, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a great...
Via The Pensblog
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Preds pound the Pens 4-0

The Pens beating the Preds in Nashville in late October feels like it happened two seasons ago. This game on Super Sunday didn’t even feel like it belonged in reality. The Penguins weren’t allowed to do anything at all. Impressive showing by the Preds, even without their stud goaltender, Pekka Rinne, between the pipes. NOT THREE STARS 3. Simon Despres – He’ll have a bad...
Via The Pensblog
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 49 – Perseverance leads to victory in Pens 2-1 (OT) win over Devils

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 2  Devils 1 (OT) Record: 28-13-8 Goals Kunitz (15) (PP) from Crosby, Letang Despres (2) from Sutter, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (hooking) – Unnecessary (hooks Harrold next to the net as everyone is trying...
Via The PensNation
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 49. A sign of life.

Guess what. Chicken butt. This was probably the most boring hockey game in 20 years. But you have to be prepared for games like it. Beau Bennett was scratched. He wasn’t missed. This was most likely just a wake-up call from HCMJ. A lot of people were flipping about this move, but remember: HCMJ coached young players. He probably knows what he is doing. @pensbender said it best...
Via The Pensblog
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Despres' OT goal completes Penguins' rally over Devils

  Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night. Chris Kunitz tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:11 left in regulation, spoiling a magnificent performance by New Jersey's Cory Schneider, who made 41 saves. The winning goal came after Schneider made a close-in stop on Brandon...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Despres' OT goal rallies Penguins over Devils 2-1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night. Chris Kunitz tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:11 left in regulation, spoiling a magnificent performance by New Jersey's Cory Schneider, who made 41 saves. The winning goal came after Schneider made a close-in...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 48 – Pens look lifeless in 4-0 loss to Washington

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. Caps 4  Pens 0 Record: 27-13-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Sill (fighting) – Inconsequential (fights Wilson off of a neutral zone faceoff and they each receive a fighting major) Perron (goalie interference) – Unnecessary...
Via The PensNation
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Search for Right Mix on D

It’s a no-brainer, right? If you want to be a puck-possession team, you need defensemen who can move the puck. On that count our Penguins gets high marks. Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, Paul Martin, and Simon Despres handle the puck with equal parts ability and aplomb. There’s a flip side to loading up with so much skill. Friday night’s 6-3 loss to the Islanders was a prime...
Via PenguinPoop
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins This and That by @ChicksDigHockey

This week, I'm eating crow and singing praises. - Last season, I wrote a post critical of Simon Despres. I’d appreciate the luxury of revisiting that. I now view him as a perfect example of nature vs nurture. Last season I wrote: "He may have actually been his own worst enemy. He showed up at camp this season slow and out of shape. His defensive game was disappointing and he...
Via PensInitiative
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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