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Tuesday July 28 2015
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The NHL offseason, hockey’s version of the wild west, was underway well before free agency started in July. Here are some of the major moves on the ice, in the front office and behind the bench.

WING TURNED LEAF

07/22/2015 - 19:14
Aron Minkoff
Team also re-signs defenseman Ian Cole and adds free agent depth

On a busy opening day of free agency that included a blockbuster trade for winger Phil Kessel, the Penguins also signed Russian forward Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract.

07/01/2015 - 21:36
PSR Staff
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick.

Kessel is signed through the 2019-20 season. Toronto is retaining 15 percent of his salary, making Pittsburgh’s cap hit $6.8 million.

07/01/2015 - 21:11
PSR Staff
By nature, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is not a patient man. Despite all arguments to the contrary.

In interviews leading up to and following last month’s NHL draft, Rutherford professed to be in no particular hurry to upgrade the Penguins' ramshackle top-six forwards.

06/30/2015 - 11:00
Matt Jacobs
It’s rare and exciting for fans of any sport to watch one transcendent player begin his career as a professional. This year, hockey fans may get to see two.

On June 26, centers Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) and Jack Eichel (Boston University) are expected to be selected first and second respectively in the NHL’s Player Entry Draft by the Edmonton...

06/22/2015 - 14:09
Matthew Zabierek
Putting the final grades on an injury-filled, offensively-lacking, disappointing hockey season in Pittsburgh wasn't all that difficult. The Penguins passed, but there's clearly a lot of room for improvement.

FORWARDS (C-): Sidney Crosby was easily the team’s most productive and consistent forward, putting up 28 goals and 84 points.

06/19/2015 - 18:45
Matt Jacobs
The Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years with a thrilling 2-0 Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night, the first time since 1938 that they captured a championship in Chicago.

Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, the unanimous winner of the Conn Smythe award as the playoffs MVP, put one past Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop in the second, assisted by Patrick Kane.

06/15/2015 - 23:30
Haley Mae Timple
More than a few eyebrows were raised when Penguins president and chief executive officer David Morehouse announced that both coach Mike Johnston and general manager Jim Rutherford would return next season.

This pronouncement was made less than 24 hours after the Penguins were unceremoniously dumped from the opening round of the postseason by the New York Rangers in just five games.

06/11/2015 - 10:50
Matt Jacobs
Brandon Saad scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Chicago withstood Tampa Bay's charge in the final minutes to square the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2.

Even though the Penguins have been done playing hockey for more than a month now, the Pittsburgh torch is being carried on proudly through Pine Richland product Brandon Saad.

06/10/2015 - 23:16
Aron Minkoff
The Chicago Blackhawks rallied to take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 2-1 Wednesday night in Tampa Bay, scoring two goals in less than two minutes in the third period.

Alex Killorn got the early score in the first period for the Lightning, backhanding the puck out of the air from Anton Stralman's wide shot and putting it past the Blackhawks' starting goaltender...

06/03/2015 - 23:56
Haley Mae Timple
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After a slow start to the recruiting season, things have picked up for new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi.
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In 2001, advanced statistics innovator Bill James released The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, an updated version of his original one thousand-page baseball opus released in 1985.
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Bob Huggins is heading into his ninth season as the head coach at West Virginia and his 30th season as a Division I head coach.
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There is a baseball player at Louisville who just completed the season with a 9-3 record, 117 strikeouts and a 1.77 ERA in 96.2 innings pitched. There’s also a player who batted .308 with four home runs and 34 RBI in 211 at bats.
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