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Phil Kessel ‘pumped’ to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin

Nine-year NHL veteran Phil Kessel spent the past six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Kessel hopes joining Pittsburgh means more playoff series. “Being in Toronto, I got to play in one playoffs in all my years there,” Kessel told reporter Dejan Kovacevic on Thursday, via NHL.com. “But that’s the best time...
Via Sports-Glory
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Rutherford Trading Like a Boss

I will be the first to admit that I was, almost to the last moment, against the Penguins trading for Phil Kessel. I am not going to be a hypocrite and act like I was an advocate all along because I wasn’t. My concerns, for the most part, were not about Kessel being out of shape, or a poor character in the locker room. I did not like the 8 million dollar cap hit and the high price...
Via PenguinPoop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

On Burning Bridges: Phil Kessel, Jim Rutherford, and Torching Legacy

  Think about your job for a minute.  How good are you at it?  Are you a guy(or gal) everyone depends on?  Are you a guy (or gal) just there to get a check? Whenever it is that you leave that job, even if you are terrible at it, do you want your supervisors and fellow employees to comment on how big of an ass you were.  How you never worked when you were sick?  How all you...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Analysis: Maple Leafs Trade Phil Kessel to Penguins

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 hours, you’d know that the Toronto Maple Leafs completed a blockbuster trade that sends star winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. There have been rumours surrounding this possibility for a few days now, but Brendan Shanahan finally pulled the trigger this afternoon. The Leafs also happen to be shopping Tyler...
Via The Hockey Guys
1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes owner roasts former GM over Kessel trade

It appears there is still some bad blood between Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and his former GM, Jim Rutherford. Karmanos used a media session Wednesday to take shots at Rutherford, who was a general manager, president and part owner of the Hurricanes before stepping aside in 2014 and joining the Penguins as their new GM later that year. Rutherford and the Penguins made a splash...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

Is it too late to nominate a late entry to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat contest this weekend? Because Phil Kessel seems like a worthy contender. The polarizing forward was traded Wednesday from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was the biggest move of one of the NHL’s busiest days of the year. Thus ends Kessel’s contentious time in Toronto where he and...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry sounds off on Phil Kessel trade

It's hard to know whether teams should be excited when enigmatic NHL personality Don Cherry endorses a team's actions, but he had plenty to say in defense of the Phil Kessel trade.Kessel, a five-time 30-goal scorer, was sent to Pittsburgh Wednesday along with Tyler Biggs and Tim Erixon in exchange for forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, prospect Kasperi Kapanen and...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Owner Makes Bizarre Comments About Penguins, Rutherford

So, this is strange. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the first day of free agency. Instead of focusing on his own team – the one that went 30-41-11 last season and missed the playoffs by 27 points – Karmanos spent a large portion of the time covering the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins after their trade for Phil...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Get Kessel

What’s the old saying? Desperate times call for desperate measures? In the wake of last season’s disappointing finish—not to mention the recent announcement that owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are looking to sell—the Penguins went all out to regain their luster. In the biggest trade of the summer Pens GM Jim Rutherford sent perennial prospect Scott Harrington, pricey...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Pens Free Agency Day 1, Part 1 – Band-Aids DO Fix Bullet Holes

Can’t develop a goal scorer? Can’t sign a goal scorer? Don’t even have the picks to draft a goal scorer?!? Eff it, trade for a goal scorer. And so continues Jim Rutherford’s tenure as Penguins GM… Forget free agency, this is the part that matters. The Kessel Trade Acquire Give Away Phil Kessel (7 yrs, $6.8 mil) Kasperi Kapanen (3 yrs, $894k) Tim Erixon (1 yr, $600k) Nick...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: impact of the Phil Kessel trade

Well here we are again. It seems like Penguins fans have seen this story before. On the first day of free agency, Pittsburgh makes a big splash in an effort to increase their chances of winning a Stanley Cup for the upcoming season. High profile players have been brought in before to play alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and it hasn’t worked out. Players such as Marian...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Conor Sheary

By: Joe Guzy (KDP Photography) The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Conor Sheary to a two-year entry-level contract. Sheary was the team leader in points for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins last season with 20 goals and 25 assists. Michael Pityk over at TheHockeyWriters has some great things to say about Sheary: Sheary also is not one to shy away from...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Sergei Plotnikov

By: Joe Guzy (Pekka Rautiainen/www.illcommunications.fi) The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Russian forward Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract. The signing doesn’t come as a surprise as Plotnikov terminated his KHL contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He earned 101 points in 159 games with the club. Plotnikov is no stranger to NHL talent, playing on Alexander...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in six-player deal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins gave stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin some help, acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday. Pittsburgh sent forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, former first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen and a draft pick to the Maple Leafs for Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs with other conditional picks involved. The...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins gave stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin some help, acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday. Pittsburgh sent forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, former first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen and a draft pick to the Maple Leafs for Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs with other conditional picks involved. The...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Phil Kessel

By: Joe Guzy (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel, a second-round draft pick, Tyler Biggs, and Tim Erixson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spalling and a first-round draft pick with the Leafs retaining 15% of Kessel’s contract putting his AAV around $6.8mil. No, your eyes...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded star winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a package which includes prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defensemen Scott Harrington and a draft pick per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. The return for the star forward is a tad underwhelming. The big piece is obviously Kasperi Kapanen, an 18-year-old forward and son of Sami. He scored 11 goals with...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs trade Phil Kessel to Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, reports SportsNet. The Maple leafs get forward Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington and a draft pick from the Penguins. Kessel, 28, had 25 goals and 36 assists last season for Toronto.  The nine-year veteran had 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Kessel signed an eight-year, $64 million deal...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Phil Kessel Traded To Penguins

  View image | gettyimages.com The Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel has recorded more then 52 points in every season since 2008-2009. One of the best snipers in the game, Kessel was heavily shopped for the last few months on the trade market. Kessel adds another elite playmaker to a group led by Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

NHL free agency began Wednesday at noon, but it’s a blockbuster trade that has stole the headlines. The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded first-line right winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports the Penguins will send forward prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington and a draft pick to the Leafs...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking News-Sources: Penguins to acquire Phil Kessel in trade

According to high level sources to The PensBlog, Phil Kessel will be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The players the Pens will send in return has not been made available as of yet. We will update this major story as it develops, but a huge get for the Penguins as a major scoring winger comes to Pittsburgh.
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Checklist by @BrianK_PI

The highlight of the NHL's offseason kicks off at noon today as team's are officially allowed to sign free agents for the upcoming season. Draft weekend gave Pens fans a peek at the frenzy to come as Jim Rutherford and company diligently worked the phones to swing a deal for a top six winger before falling short. With that in mind, the Pittsburgh Penguins do enter free agency with...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens Initiative 2015 Free Agency Coverage

(Source: WTAE)This page will be updated throughout the coming days with information about what the Penguins do during this, the opening days of Free Agency. PI Thoughts: (refresh this page to see new tweets) Tweets about #PIFreeAgency from:evil_shero OR from:LCJS OR from:ryannoble66 OR from:hockeynicole OR from:jagermeister OR from:dxtraeger OR from:kjcmalakai OR from:briank_pi...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: July 1st, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, The NHL, and Erreything else.  In honor of the first day of free agency, It’s more fun than taking Steve Martin’s advice on becoming a millionaire: Step One- Get a million dollars Step Two- Never pay taxes THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS The Penguins have a few roster spots to fill for free agency.  Here is a short...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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