Can Drew O’Connor Skate with Sidney Crosby? Is that a Good Idea?
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by Dan Kingerski
9h ago
Drew O’Connor finally had his breakout later last season. The easy going kid from New Jersey was in his first full NHL season. He scored 16 goals and 33 points in 79 games, and there was no more shuttling in and out of the press box, no more hauling back and forth to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He was finally in the NHL, and he earned positive reviews from teammates and coaches alike. His game grew. “I think watching them is one thing. When you’re on the ice with them, you kind of learn how (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) see the game a little differently, and you try to pick things up like that ..read more
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Dan’s Daily: Marner Trade Talk Goes Cold; Pondering Penguins Veterans
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by Dan Kingerski
9h ago
The St. Louis Blues have too many left-handed defensemen and are talking trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs have quieted the NHL trade rumors surrounding Mitch Marner. We pondered the Pittsburgh Penguins’ veterans, especially Sidney Crosby and Erik Karlsson, what they must think of the club’s short-term future and how it could affect their future. And embattled goalie Spencer Knight will have a bigger role with the Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers. I don’t recall a summer recess beginning so early. This NHL offseason was truncated into days, not weeks, with the Stanley Cup presentation, Draft ..read more
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Penguins One Timers: Crosby What Ifs; What Must Erik Karlsson Think?
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by Dan Kingerski
1d ago
It’s now the middle of July, and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby have not yet signed a new contract. While no one expects a departure, plenty of factors could be delaying a deal, if not forcing some outright negotiation and honest conversations between Crosby and president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas. All sides are appropriately tight-lipped, but what I could glean from the conversations is that there isn’t an urgency to complete the contract. It will be completed when and if it’s right. More than a few have wondered if perhaps the Penguins and Crosby are planning a birthday c ..read more
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Dan’s Daily: Fair Offseason Grades; Last Possible Penguins’ Target
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by Dan Kingerski
1d ago
The Mouseketeer network dished offseason grades for all 32 NHL teams, and they were largely fair, if not conciliatory, to a few suffering fan bases. The Pittsburgh Penguins still have one major hole in their lineup, and if they plan to fill it, they are down to one free-agent possibility, and one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. The Florida Panthers’ names are now forever etched in silver as they toss the 35-pound chalice around the world in swimming pools and probably do a lot more unreported things to it. Montreal Canadiens fans voted on the state of the rebuild, and if you’re in ..read more
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Penguins Wrap: Camp Highlights; New Draft Expert; Grading Dubas
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by Shelly Anderson
2d ago
The past week brought the future to the forefront for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who held their annual development camp for prospects and young free agents. PHN brought you the highlights, some of the personalities and outlined the renewed emphasis the organization has put on prospect development. Still on the horizon is the potential contract extension for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Here’s a look back at the week, with links to the PHN stories. Saturday: As the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects arrived for the opening of development camp at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, PHN also threw some ..read more
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Penguins Notebook: ‘Massive’ Move In Player Development; Dubas Admits Mistake
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by Dan Kingerski
3d ago
Development is a central tenant of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ownership by Fenway Sports Group. Not only is FSG finally developing the arena district, including the lower Hill District, but the ownership and the new front office, led by president of hockey operation/GM Kyle Dubas, are plowing money and resources into player development. The organization’s five-day development camp, which featured just under 50 players, wrapped up with a highly competitive tournament on Wednesday. Not only was the number of players higher than in the past but so, too, was the level of play. Despite a lack of blue ..read more
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Dan’s Daily: UFA Lament; Rangers Cap Hell; Penguins RFA Options
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by Dan Kingerski
4d ago
Until a few more teams get real and begin swapping a few proposals, it appears both the NHL free agency market and the NHL trade block are frozen. Teams are settling into the reality that what they’ve got is how they will start the 2024-25 NHL season. In some cases, that’s a definite “Yikes.” We looked at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ potential for free RFA gold. The Carolina Hurricanes suffered at least one broken heart watching their UFAs bolt for greener pastures, the New York Rangers are in salary cap hell and facing a breakup next summer, and Sportnet listed the most interesting arbitration ca ..read more
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Penguins Live Chat: Prospects Analysis, Free Agents, & More on Sid
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by National Hockey Now
4d ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped their rookie camp on Wednesday and our Dan Kingerski went through the prospects that you’re likely to see again very soon and a few who disappointed. The chat also veered into the restricted free agents the Penguins could look at, the one remaining UFA who fits the Penguins, and a bit of inside info on Sidney Crosby’s contract. We got the Crosby contract info out of the way early (1:25). Dan didn’t sugarcoat where a couple of the Penguins’ top prospects are in their development: why the Sergei Murashov star is rising (6:30), the angry prospect who impressed King ..read more
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Could Penguins Steal RFAs via Offer Sheet? 3 Players to Watch
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by Dan Kingerski
4d ago
It’s rarely done, and it is angrily frowned upon within the NHL general manager’s little fraternity. In 2007, the Edmonton Oilers swiped restricted free agent and burgeoning power forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks with an offer sheet. Then Anaheim GM Brian Burke was so enraged that he ripped Edmonton and essentially challenged his Oilers counterpart to a fight. It was 14 more years before another team broke the bro code with an RFA offer sheet that the rights-holding team couldn’t match, and even that had more petulant drama than a daytime soap opera. It hasn’t happened since, eithe ..read more
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Penguins Sign Tanner Howe on Heels of Prospect Camp
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by Shelly Anderson
5d ago
In the first move after the Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their 2024 development camp, they announced the signing of forward Tanner Howe on Wednesday. Howe, taken in the second round, 46th overall, at the NHL draft last month, signed a three-year, entry-level contract. He had a strong showing during the development camp, displaying the calling cards that got him drafted — skill and a hard-nosed edge. In the camp-ending tournament Wednesday, he scored twice, both times from right in front of the net. Part of his game is going hard on the forecheck and getting under opponents’ skin, including w ..read more
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