Steelers Rookies Assigned Stupid Jersey Numbers

Here’s a poorly kept secret about myself: I have a strange affinity for jersey numbers. I care about them. Some look right on a player or position, and some look wrong. Cam Newton wear #1 is weird; that’s a kicker number. Wide receivers shouldn’t wear #12; that’s more for quarterbacks. And don’t even get me start on goaltender Tomas Vokoun wear #92 during his tenure with...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Former players ready to lace up the skates in Nashville vs. Detroit Alumni Game

On Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings make their lone appearance of the season in the Music City. Bridgestone Arena is sure to be filled to the brim as the first place Predators go head-to-head with their former Central Division rivals and hope to add to their league-leading record. While nothing can top a matchup between these two elite NHL teams, there will be an added bonus for the...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Longtime goalie Tomas Vokoun plans to retire

Longtime goalie Tomas Vokoun has decided to retire, according to the Czech publication Sport. Vokoun, 38, most recently played for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2012-13 season, when he went 13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a 91.9 save percentage in 20 games. He was limited to two games with the Penguins' AHL affiliate last season because of blood clots in his pelvis...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Testing the Depth by @BrianK_PI

In what's seemingly becoming an annual tradition, the Pittsburgh Penguins are yet again facing injuries that are testing their depth. Pascal Dupuis is out, likely for the season, after suffering from blood clots. The Dupuis injury is just the latest in a remarkable string of bad luck to hit the Penguins in just over a year. Both Dupuis and Tomas Vokoun have suffered from blood clots...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Rumors: Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun, Ilya Bryzgalov

Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun , and Ilya Bryzgalov are veteran goalies looking for work, and they may get a call sooner rather than later. #485087797 / In Colorado, Semyon Varlamov went down with a groin injury and Reto Berra the Avalanche backup is also out for an extended period of time. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports explains that Brodeur would not be a...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Make Tomas Vokoun an Offer He Can't Refuse by @ChicksDigHockey

NBC Sports is reporting that former Pittsburgh Penguin goalie Tomas Vokoun has turned down offers from at least two NHL teams. Last June, Vokoun made it clear that he was not done with hockey despite missing all but two games of the 2013-14 season to a blood clotting disorder.Allen Walsh, Vokoun's agent, said ,in part that that his client still wants to continue his career, but “only...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss


Sports are a funny thing.  When the stakes are high competition can bring out the best/worst of people, depending of course upon how the grass is growing on your side of the fence.  Last night, Twitter was a dumpster fire inside of a volcano that seemingly sprouted in the backyard of every Penguins fan.  It was messy.  We’ve never done a Tweetcap after a loss, for numerous...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens – Blue Jackets Round One Discussion

We sat down with Andy Hughes, Ken Will, Meesh Shanmugam, Casey Johnston, along with Mike Colligan from The Hockey Writers and discussed a number of different topics heading into tonight’s opening game of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. What made this season different than previous seasons? Andy Hughes: Compared to last year, it was nice seeing...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three things to watch for in Round One

Well, I was wrong when I had originally thought the Pittsburgh Penguins would be dueling the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the standings shifted, the Columbus Blue Jackets buzzed in to take the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, meaning the Penguins will face-off with a team they've gone 5-0-0 against in the regular 2013-14 season...
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Eastern Conference won't win the Stanley Cup

You read why the West won’t win the Stanley Cup, but we’re here to tell you they’ve got it all wrong. We probably could just point out that the Metropolitian Division is in the Eastern Conference and that would be enough. Here are our 8 reasons why the East won’t win the Stanley Cup this year.   Pittsburgh Penguins By: Derek Rocco The Penguins aren’t as deep as they need...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

8 reasons why the Eastern Conference won’t win the Stanley Cup ☆

You read why the West won’t win the Stanley Cup, but we’re here to tell you they’ve got it all wrong. We probably could just point out that the Metropolitian Division is in the Eastern Conference and that would be enough. Here are our 8 reasons why the East won’t win the Stanley Cup this year.   Pittsburgh Penguins By: Derek Rocco The Penguins aren’t as deep as they need...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Recall Tomas Vokoun From AHL After Conditioning Stint

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have goaltender Tomas Vokoun back on the roster just in time for the NHL playoffs. The Penguins recalled Vokoun from a stint with the AHL Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins after the goalie missed the entire 2013-14 regular season following surgery to dissolve blood clots found in his leg. Vokoun was cleared to start playing again in February, and just finished...
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Trotz trying to send a last minute pitch to Nashville’s ownership?

Barry Trotz’s post-game press conference after Nashville’s 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes started as normal as it possibly could. However, as his press conference wrapped up, Trotz became seemingly more defensive about his coaching style, prompting an answer to a question that wasn’t asked by any of Nashville’s media. The final question of the night, asked by Predlines...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rinne breaks franchise record as Preds continue hot streak

It may be too little, too late for this year but the Nashville Predators are giving themselves all kinds of confidence for next year. In front of 17,174 at Bridgestone Arena, the Preds continued their winning ways by beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0. The win improved Nashville to 7-1-2 in their last 10 and the loss gave Phoenix’s playoff hopes a crushing, late-round blow. Pekka...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Letang Rises

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Nick, @PensNationCasey, @PensNation_Andy Guest: @GunnerStaal   The Topics (Les Sujets) Kris Letang returns – a look at his impact on the Pens going forward. Tomas Vokoun’s in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for now. Will he likely get one start in before the playoffs in Pittsburgh...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens' Vokoun to go on AHL conditioning assignment

More than six months after undergoing a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun will return to professional hockey this weekend when he plays for the team's American Hockey League affiliate.
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Up-and-Down Penguins Tough to Handicap

As the star-crossed 2013-14 season mercifully draws to a close, there’s one question on the mind of every black-and-gold fan. Are the Penguins legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? It sure is hard to tell. Talk about a roller coaster. On March 30 the Pens hammered Chicago with a lethal combination of ferocity and skill. Two nights later they rolled over against Carolina in one of...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sweet Georgia Brown: Penguins on Shaky Ground

During each of the past three seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins have rocketed through March and April, only to pull an el foldo in the playoffs. This year Dan Bylsma’s crew seems to be trying a totally different approach—play as poorly as possible in the stretch run and hope to heat up in the postseason. With a 5-4-2 record since the Olympic break, the Penguins clearly have accomplished...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things prior to tonight’s Predators/Blue Jackets game…

Nashville comes into tonight’s game dropping six of their last seven games (1-4-2) with their only win coming last Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Columbus, on the other hand, had won three straight games before seeing their win streak snapped against the Chicago Blackhawks this past Thursday night. After tonight, Nashville has only six home games remaining while they...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Tomas Vokoun

By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images    Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Tomas Vokoun.  This 6′ 1″ veteran goaltender has had a solid career within the NHL. Although he did not come to Pittsburgh in 2012 to play as a starter, he was able to push...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

PENGUINS RESET: Important dates and things to watch as the season resumes

It’s time to reset the NHL season.  It’s time for a refresher on where the Penguins are and what is ahead. It basically feels like we’ve all been on vacation for two weeks, it’s Sunday, and we’re going back to work tomorrow.   The Pens resume their season Thursday night at home against the Habs. Before you know it, it’s going to be another “March of the...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' goalie Tomas Vokoun cleared to practice

The Pittsburgh Penguins could do a heck of a lot worse than having Tomas Vokoun backing up Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes - the question is, will they?Vokoun was cleared to return to action this week after a life-threatening bout with blood clots and has begun practicing with the team, but there are a couple of issues working against the 37-year-old netminder.  First,...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Jeff Zatkoff

By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images   Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Jeff Zatkoff. A lot of questions lingered in the air for the Pittsburgh Penguins at the start of the 2013-2014 campaign, and the center of the conversation was goaltending.  ...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three's a Crowd: Fleury, Vokoun, and Zatkoff by @PandaPSU

It is amazing how much can change in nine months, isn't it? This time nine months ago Marc-Andre Fleury was struggling. Tomas Vokoun was leading the Penguins through the playoffs with stellar play. Jeff Zatkoff was in the playoffs in the AHL with the Baby Pens. The playoff stats among the three included: Fleury was 2-2 with a 3.51 GAA and a .883 save percentage, Vokoun was 6-5 with...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What are the Florida Panthers' top 5 victories of all-time?

What makes a great hockey game? Back-and-forth action, a little adversity, maybe even an unexpected surprise. A little back story does not hurt either. The Florida Panthers have played 1,558 regular season and playoff games to this point, and although few have been high-stakes contests, the Panthers have had their share of memorable ones. There have been major triumphs, such as Florida...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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