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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Legacy Re-Written

When Marc-Andre Fleury was handed the Stanley Cup on June 11th, 2016 there was a sadness in his eyes.  He quickly passed it off as his expression read, "This isn't mine, I don't deserve this."  On June 11th, 2017 his expression was different.  This Cup?  This was his.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It Ends Tonight

It's been 18 years.  We all know that by now.  After tonight, when the final buzzer sounds, the clock resets to 0.  The series ends tonight and the Cup returns to Pittsburgh for the second year.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time to be Better than Lucky

Outshot, outworked, outplayed and it didn't seem to matter for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Somehow they managed to come out on top all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.  It may be time for a change of approach.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The (Black and) Golden Age

It was late.  Exhaustion and tension, at home and in PPG Paints Arena, were high as eyes were peeled on the action.  And then it erupted.  Kunitz scored.  An unheralded cornerstone instantly rewrote his history.  The Penguins were back to the Cup Final.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

SOURCES: Sabres to Hire Botterill as GM

While it should come as no surprise, sources tell Pens Initiative that the Buffalo Sabres will hire Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill as their new General Manager.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

These Things Are Fleury's Fault

After last night's 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, fans are quick to jump on Marc-Andre Fleury for the loss.  Let's take a look at the things that are Marc-Andre Fleury's fault:

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's His Net Now

Matt Murray is a very good goalie.  Matt Murray is the future of this franchise.  Matt Murray is an elite level goaltender.

But the net belongs to Marc-Andre Fleury.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A List of Players Better than Sidney Crosby

A complete and accurate look at the players in the NHL who are better than Sidney Crosby.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Never Play Tom Sestito Again

Sad.  Pathetic.  Disappointing.  Those are three words that sum up the first period of last night's 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets.  That the Jets even put up four goals is enough to shake the Penguins.  They did it to themselves by playing Tom Sestito.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nick Bonino and Frank Corrado, a One-Sided Bromance

Yesterday at the trade deadline the Penguins swooped in with a pair of moves, one that netted 23 year old puck moving defenseman Frank Corrado from Toronto.  Turns out he's already been a fan of one of the Penguins.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Penguins Score a Pair of Defenders at the Buzzer

3pm had come and it looked like the Penguins had stood pat, a move that left some comfortable and others worried.  Then the rumors came out and the trades trickled in.  Jim Rutherford had pulled out a pair just as time expired.

F Eric Fehr, D Steve Oleksy, 2017 4th round pick to Toronto for D Frank Corrado

Looking to add some depth to a depleted defensive unit, Rutherford sent the already waivers cleared Fehr to Toronto, along with defensive defenseman Oleksy, to Toronto in exchange for 23 year old offensive defenseman Frank Corrado.  Seen as a reclamation project of sorts who can fill out the blue line in a puck moving manner, Corrado has seen 69 games of NHL action scoring 3 goals and assisting on 5 others.

2018 4th round pick to Tampa for Mark Streit

Penguins Acquire, Lose Defencemen

With injuries piling up everyone was waiting for Jim Rutherford to make a move, and he's now done so.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Marc-Andre's Quiet Farewell

It garnered some attention yesterday as it was presented but overall passed without much fanfare.  It was, in essence, the final act of adoration from Marc-Andre Fleury towards the Penguins.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Conor Sheary Out 4-6 Weeks

After a great stretch, the best of his career which saw him named Player of the Week on January 23rd, the Penguins will be without Conor Sheary for a while.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Stadium Series Screw Up

"Tickets are still available!" the ads, tweets, and texts say.  We're under a month away from the Penguins and Flyers playing each other outside at Heinz Field and yet the reaction is... tepid at best.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mario to Coach NHL Legends/Celebrity Game

The NHL All Star Game is quickly approaching and according to Yahoo Sports Sid and Geno won't be the only Penguins making the trip to LA.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reasons the Penguins Should have Cheered

Capitals blogger Russian Machine Never Breaks seemed to take exception to the Penguins not cheering as Alex Ovechkin hit 1000 points with an early goal in last night's 5-2 loss to the Capitals.  They may have a point.  Let's look at the reasons the Penguins should have cheered him on.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Some Phil Kessel Highlights

This is, quite literally, a post of nothing more than Phil Kessel highlights.  He's a Penguin, a Stanley Cup champion, and we love him.  Let's unabashedly celebrate him as such.

2017 NHL All Stars Announced

Whether or not you care about the NHL All Star Game, last year's show was special with John Scott the unexpected MVP of the exciting new 3-on-3 format.  What will this year hold?  We are one step closer to finding out with the announcement of this year's NHL All Stars.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's Time to Root for the Capitals

This is painful to say and even more painful to type but as the Capitals and Blue Jackets meet tonight it's in the Penguins fan's best interest to pull for the Capitals.