Did Ron Hextall Do the Penguins a Solid in the Draft?
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by Rick Buker
2d ago
Giving credit to former general manager Ron Hextall in any way, shape or form generally isn’t the way to make friends or influence people in these parts. Nor will it win you any popularity contests among the black-and-gold faithful. Indeed, the former Philly GM is generally regarded by Penguins Nation as a villain or worse…the man responsible for expediting the end of our glorious postseason run through a combination of bungled trades and poor personnel decisions. Public Enemy No. 1. Truth be told, Hextall was given an uber-challenging (and unreasonable) mandate to keep the team competitive w ..read more
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Penguins Sign Howe: Murashov Shines
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by Rick Buker
4d ago
The Penguins wrapped up their prospect development camp on Wednesday, with Team 1 bringing home the gold (actually, the Michel Briere Cup) with a 2-1 victory over Team 3. A couple of players stood out, and one of ‘em even signed a contract. Indeed, left wing Tanner Howe, our second pick (46th overall) in the recent Entry Draft agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal. Our 49th contract (with a max of 50) for those counting. Music to my ears. At 5’10” and 182 pounds, Howe’s not the imposing power forward I covet. However, he’s the next-best thing…a feisty, forechecking buzz-saw who plays with ..read more
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Early Look at the Penguins Potential 23-Man Roster (It Ain’t Pretty)
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by Rick Buker
4d ago
So now that the dust has settled on the free-agent season, or at least the early going, what’s the Penguins’ 23-man roster likely to look like? It’s pretty brutal, actually. No wonder Sportsnet Canada has us listed 29th out of 32 teams in their power rankings. A little more forgiving, JFresh predicts an 87-point, sixth in the Metro (non-playoff) season, with 10 teams stationed below us. My personal opinion? I think he’s being generous. Of particular concern is our age down the middle. Sidney Crosby (37), Evgeni Malkin (38), Kevin Hayes (32) and Lars Eller (35). Special though Sid and Geno are ..read more
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Penguins Offseason Rewind: Can I Get a Mulligan?
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by Rick Buker
6d ago
I was engrossed in conversation with Other Rick at Wright’s Gym yesterday and the topic quickly veered toward our Penguins as it so often does. I began to expound on what I believe is the intent behind Kyle Dubas’ less-than-inspired moves of late when my colleague cut me off mid-sentence. “Dubas could’ve improved the team,” Other Rick insisted. “We could’ve gotten (Nikita) Zadorov.” His assertions stopped me in my tracks. Could we have signed a marquee free agent or two…players who might have improved our chances…instead of going the Filene’s Basement route? Let’s rewind to the start of free ..read more
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Penguins Update: The Plan Behind the Plan (I Think)
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by Rick Buker
1w ago
Before I begin my ramble, I need to state up front that I have absolutely no connections to the Penguins. Nary a shred of inside scoop, either. What I’m about to write is pure surmising on my part. Entirely a case of yours truly attempting to read the tea leaves and connect the dots on what’s been a decidedly off-key summer thus far for our favorite hockey team. As I do, a plan behind what superficially appears to be a rather ill-conceived retool begins to crystallize…a method to POHO/GM Kyle Dubas’ seeming madness. One that has the potential to pay incredible dividends. Here’s what I believe ..read more
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March of the (ex) Penguins
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by Rick Buker
1w ago
I thought I’d take a break from bemoaning the Penguins’ less-than-inspired free-agent signings (good things generally don’t come in small packages) and track the recent movements and whereabouts of former black-and-golders. An asterisk indicates an extension or new deal with a player’s current team. Without further ado, here goes: FREE AGENT SIGNINGS Player Pos Team AAV Term Agozzino LW UTA $775K 2 Yr. Blueger* C VAN $1.8M 2 Yr. Cole D UTA $3.1M 1 Yr. DeSmith G DAL $1M 3 Yr. Harkins C ANA $787.5K 2 Yr. Heinen LW VAN $2.25M 2 Yr. Hinostroza RW NSH $775K 2 Yr. Guentzel LW TBL $9M 7 Yr. Joseph D ..read more
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Penguins Sign (the Wrong) Aho
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by Rick Buker
1w ago
…just when you thought the off-season plight of our Penguins couldn’t get any worse, it did. The team has signed erstwhile Islanders fringe defenseman Sebastien Aho (not to be confused with the ‘Canes scoring star of the same name) to a two-year deal with an AAV of $775K, the team announced today. The 28-year-old native of Umea, Sweden, is a left-handed shot who stands all of 5’10” and tips the scales at a less-than-robust 186 pounds. He can skate and move the puck, but isn’t physical (only 42 hits last season). Nor is he an especially accomplished shot blocker. Gee, where have I heard that d ..read more
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Penguins Update: Draft Day Two
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by Rick Buker
1w ago
Hi folks. Sorry to be late on reporting the Penguins’ final four picks of the ’24 Entry Draft, which included some intriguing ones. But yesterday was a bea-u-ti-ful day in the ‘Burgh and…well…the pool beckoned. As the old saying goes, better late than never. Actually, the draft may very well prove to be the lone bright spot of an otherwise lackluster summer, shinny-wise, based on our cap constraints and Kyle Dubas’ assertions that we won’t be signing any free agents to long-term deals. Not being a draft guru, I’ll just be providing thumbnail sketches of our picks. Here goes. In the fourth rou ..read more
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Penguins Acquire Kevin Hayes from the Blues
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by Rick Buker
2w ago
The Penguins have fired the first salvo in earnest of their offseason, and I have to admit it’s a shocker. According to a report first filed by Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, the Pens acquired veteran forward Kevin Hayes from St. Louis along with a second-round pick in 2025 Entry Draft for “future considerations.” To sum up our latest acquisition in Michel Therrien-speak, a big “soff” forward. Just what we needed. Such is the way of things in the ‘Burgh. While the Cup-winning Panthers provided a physical blueprint to follow, we continue on with our Milquetoast ways. Maybe they should renam ..read more
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Penguins Update: Let the Busy Season Begin
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by Rick Buker
2w ago
With the Stanley Cup finally raised and firmly ensconced in South Florida, bringing to an end the loooongest of NHL seasons, the business (and busyness) part of the offseason is upon us, and quite suddenly. Indeed, the NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 28 and 29 at the Sphere in Las Vegas, followed in ultra-short order by the start of free agency on July 1. Kyle Dubas and his GM brethren have precious little time to swing deals with an eye toward clearing cap space and/or adding needed talent. On lockdown for the better part of four months, the window to the trade market sprang open this p ..read more
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