Reirden led Niskanen and Orpik to Washington

From DKOnPittsburghSports: Anyone who thought the Capitals overpaid for Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik or both, know this: Both were offered more money by other teams, Niskanen by the Red Wings, Orpik by the Avalanche. The common denominator in bringing them together in Washington was Todd Reirden, their defensive coach in Pittsburgh. Really popular figure with all those guys. […]


Nick Spaling Signs

The Pittsburgh Penguins have avoided salary arbitration with Nick Spaling. Via the Pens: “The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Nick Spaling, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal runs through the 2015-16 campaign and has an average annual value of $2.2 […]


Nick Spaling Negotiations

Nick Spaling is apparently looking for a $2.85 million salary for next season. Now, we admittedly don’t know very much about Nick Spaling, but we just can’t see the Penguins giving him that kind of money. Ken Campbell of the Hockey News says that

Rob Rossi’s Malkin/Johnston column faces harsh criticism. Should it?

Ryan Wilson of HockeyBuzz took Rob Rossi behind the woodshed over Rossi’s Mike Johnston/Malkin piece. [ Playtime is over, for baseless narratives ] Over the years we’ve seen this battle fought many times. While we don’t believe Rossi is intending to be overly critical of Malkin, his writing does seem to sometimes make it look […]


A great read on Michel Briere

A couple weeks ago, we were at CONSOL staring at stuff. Our eyes found their eye up to the rafters. We bemoaned the fact that there weren’t more Cup banners, and then we turned our eyes to the big number 21 hanging across the way from big 66. We were gonna research what Michel Briere […]

Mike Johnston hires explorers to search for Sidney Crosby’s playoff career

Awww just kidding. If you want to develop a hot take though, read “columnist,” Rob Rossi’s Malkin piece. “Malkin must take ownership of the dressing room. A coach implored him to do that once. It was Michel Therrien, and over the next two seasons, the Penguins belonged to Malkin as much as, if not more, […]

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Apparently you can get a Penguins 1992 Championship Ring at some auction

We got some bizarre email the other day. I thought your readers might be interested in the 1992 Penguins Stanley Cup championship ring that is being offered as part of the Spring 2014 Catalog Auction. At first we thought a player must have given it up or maybe Pierre McGuire couldn’t bare it anymore. […]


The Jim Rutherford July Approval Ratings

Since the last time we ran this Jim Rutherford has been a busy man. – He hired Mike Johnson. And Rick Tocchet. – He traded James Neal. – He signed Christian Ehrhoff – He signed Steve Downie. – He drafted a European forward. After recieving a 88% disapproval rating, it was only up to go […]


Mike Johnston will fly to Russia to meet Evgeni Malkin

Getting on an airplane to fly overseas seems like a terrible idea right now. But Mike Johnston is. Oh, yea, he is going to Russia too. According to the Trib’s Josh Yohe, Johnston wants to meet with Malkin face-to-face. Anytime an article quotes someone formly involved with the CIA you know it is serious. The […]