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Will the Pittsburgh Penguins Have a New-Look Top Line in 2014-15?

August 20th, 2014
You'll be hard pressed to find a line that's been rolled out more consistently than Sidney Crosby between Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis over the last few years. Kunitz has been a top-six fixture since the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired him in 2009, while Dupuis played his way onto the top line ...

Why Patric Hornqvist Will Be a Top-20 Goal Scorer in 2014-15

August 19th, 2014
Patric Hornqvist scored 22 goals for the Nashville Predators last season, good for 73rd in the NHL and placing him in the company of players like Brent Burns, Alexander Semin and Matt Read. It's a classic case of "one of these things is not like the others," though, as it's ...

Do the Pittsburgh Penguins Have the Best Offensive Blue Line in the NHL?

August 18th, 2014
We haven't seen exactly what new Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston has in store for the team, but we can reasonably assume his style won't dramatically shift in just one summer as he transitions from the WHL to the NHL. As the bench boss of the Portland Winterhawks, Johnston deployed ...

Will Kris Letang Bounce Back to Norris Trophy Form in 2014-15?

August 13th, 2014
Kris Letang had a remarkably tough 2013-14 season. Instead of pushing for an Olympic roster spot with Canada and challenging for the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 27-year-old spent a majority of the campaign dealing with serious injuries and ailments. He was forced to miss almost the entire opening ...

Should the Pittsburgh Penguins Pursue Free Agent Paul Bissonnette?

August 12th, 2014
It's been a summer of change for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but new general manager Jim Rutherford doesn't appear to be done shopping just yet. That's not too surprising, as Rutherford seems to view the Penguins roster as a work in progress. After trading James Neal and signing free agent defenseman Christian ...

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Best and Worst Picks in Each of the Last 10 NHL Drafts

July 30th, 2014
Teams that don't draft well don't win the Stanley Cup. There's no way around that in today's NHL, where the salary cap prevents teams from loading up on established veterans by trading away draft picks for years on end. Yes, we're looking at you, pre-2005 Detroit Red Wings. Ten years ago, the ...

Comparing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2014-15 Roster to the 2009 Stanley Cup Squad

July 29th, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins are now five years removed from their last Stanley Cup championship. That would be good news for franchises like the Toronto Maple Leafs or St. Louis Blues, organizations that have gone the better part of 40 years without an appearance in the Cup Final. For the Penguins, however, this ...

Is 2014-15 a Make-or-Break Season for Pittsburgh Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury?

July 23rd, 2014
Wondering about Marc-Andre Fleury's future in Pittsburgh has become something of a summer ritual for fans of the Penguins. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Fleury has received a tremendous amount of flack for his postseason play—whether the hate is deserved or not is another story for another time—and each ...

Biggest Takeaways from Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2014 Development Camp

July 22nd, 2014
Prospect development is at an all-time premium for the Pittsburgh Penguins as an organization. The team struggled to draft effective players when Ray Shero was running the show and only made five selections at the 2014 entry draft. The system still has a handful of promising young players, and one of the ...

Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2014 Draft Picks

July 20th, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins only had five draft picks in the 2014 NHL entry draft. A number of the team's selections had been moved out under the Ray Shero regime, so new GM Jim Rutherford had to do the best he could with what he had. After taking the stage to make ...