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Penguins Need to Sign Pouliot

Almost anyone who followed the Penguins this past season would agree that they need better players on their bottom two lines. The regular season strug...

Jim Rutherford Penguins

Rutherford Changes Penguins Trade L...

Since the disappointing end of the Pittsburgh Penguins season, many names on the Pens roster have come up as players that are possibly going to be tra...

Brodeur

Penguins Rumored Pursuit of Brodeur...

Rumors of the Pittsburgh Penguins seeking to acquire future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur have been popping up since before the 2014 NHL trad...

Kris Letang

Penguins May Have to Choose Niskane...

 The Penguins find themselves in a bit of a bind in regards to where they have invested their salary cap dollars among their defensemen. Kris Letan...

Penguins Need to Sign Pouliot

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Benoit PouliotAlmost anyone who followed the Penguins this past season would agree that they need better players on their bottom two lines. The regular season struggles of third line center Brandon Sutter could be largely attributed to the carousel of wingers that played alongside him.

Who would better fit the description of a player that could help solve that problem than New York Rangers soon-to-be free agent Benoit Pouliot?

Pouliot was a journeyman player who played for Tampa Bay, Boston, Montreal, and Minnesota prior to having a career season in New York.

His value was apparent during the Rangers trip to the Stanley Cup Finals as he displayed scoring support as well the heart and grit that the Penguins badly need. He is also a big man at 6’3 200 lbs who can skate well. Any team needs a player with these attributes, especially the Penguins.

Pouliot made $1.3 million in 2013/14 and has earned a big raise, so the Penguins new GM Jim Rutherford would have some work to do in order to fit his salary under the cap. Read more →

Rutherford Changes Penguins Trade Landscape

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Jim Rutherford PenguinsSince the disappointing end of the Pittsburgh Penguins season, many names on the Pens roster have come up as players that are possibly going to be traded. Many names have been mentioned coming to the Penguins in return, such as Evander Kane and Ryan Kesler. However, given the hiring of new Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, nobody in Pittsburgh knows what to expect.

Former Penguins GM Ray Shero was a master in the art of player trading. Shero was capable of pulling off a blockbuster trade at almost any given time, especially around the trade deadline. Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, and Brenden Morrow are some of the bigger names that Shero acquired. He picked up players that blossomed into more that anyone expected. Just look at Chris Kunitz, Matt Niskanen, and James Neal. He even took chances on long shots like when he acquired the rights for Dan Hamhuis. The deal didn’t pay off, but it was a good try.

What can we expect from the trading skills of Jim Rutherford? One could easily consider that his biggest trade to date was when he acquired Jordan Staal from the Penguins, but that hasn’t turned out very well for Carolina to this point. Read more →

Penguins Rumored Pursuit of Brodeur Gains Momentum

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BrodeurRumors of the Pittsburgh Penguins seeking to acquire future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur have been popping up since before the 2014 NHL trade deadline. Now that Brodeur is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, the rumors are heating up again.

Nobody has taken these rumors very seriously as they have been reported mostly by sources that throw rumors against the wall just to see what sticks, fun to talk about but most are not likely to happen. The difference now is that there are some rumblings coming from some more credible sources, so we now have to at least give it more than a passing glance.

So let’s just say that the Penguins do sign Brodeur. What would his role be? Who would be the odd man out in favor of Brodeur? There are a lot of questions to ask in this scenario.

Why would Brodeur want to come to Pittsburgh? Read more →

Penguins May Have to Choose Niskanen or Letang

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Kris Letang The Penguins find themselves in a bit of a bind in regards to where they have invested their salary cap dollars among their defensemen.

Kris Letang was given a huge, arguably ill-advised contract by recently fired GM Ray Shero. That deal may cost them another player that some consider to be a better all around blueliner.

Matt Niskanen followed a solid 2012/13 season with a breakout year in 2013/14. He led all NHL defensemen with a +/- of  plus 33 while topping the Penguins defense with 46 points. He was consistently one of the Penguins top performers every night as well as one of the few players to show personality in the locker room.

Because of the previously mentioned contract the Penguins would likely have to trade Letang to stand a chance of keeping Niskanen. Read more →

Penguins Rumor Review: Ulf Samuelsson

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UlfMoments after the Penguins named Jim Rutherford their new GM, the rumor mill had already moved on. Time to talk about the coaching search. Many names have popped up like, Brind’Amour, Tocchet, Babcock, and Crawford. One name however that seems to keep appearing is that of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.

Why it would work: 

Most Penguins fans over the age of 30 don’t need to be reminded of Ulfie’s tenure as a player. He was a tough, gritty, and hard-nosed fan favorite player. Some people would say that he was dirty, and they would likely be correct. Just ask any Bruins fan. Read more →

Finding The Penguins Method In The Rutherford Madness

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Jim Rutherford PenguinsPrior to introducing Jim Rutherford as the Pittsburgh Penguins new general manager, Pens President and CEO David Morehouse stated that this is “definitely not a rebuild”. Those four words are key when trying to figure out exactly why owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle selected the 65-year-old, very questionable Rutherford as Ray Shero’s replacement.

First let us agree not to mention a certain television personality…please. Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk about the Penguins most realistic internal option, Jason Botterill. There are two reasons that Botterill may not have been chosen in favor of Rutherford.

#1. Penguins ownership wanted to move in a completely different direction. Promoting Botterill immediately after firing his boss would seem too much like accepting status quo. The Penguins think very highly of Botterill and do not want to risk losing him, but how much of a change could they really have gotten with the same personnel in place minus Shero. Hiring Rutherford allowed them to move forward with the necessary changes within the organization that badly need to be made while affording them the opportunity to keep Botterill. Rutherford said himself that he would likely be here 2-3 years. His likely replacement would be Botterill if he is still on staff. Read more →