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Friday October 31 2014
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When Bill Guerin talks, it would seem prudent to listen. As a player, Guerin’s fiery locker room presence helped fuel the Penguins’ 2008-09 Stanley Cup run.

So, when Guerin, now an assistant general manager, was effusive in his praise of Penguins first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen during prospects development camp in July, the NHL took notice.

10/06/2014 - 21:48
Matt Jacobs
Ho hum! Another offseason snooze-fest for the Pittsburgh Penguins. OK. They did fire their general manager and head coach. They brought in NHL lifer Jim Rutherford to replace the ousted Ray Shero after an interesting, if not awkward, courtship of NHL TV analyst Pierre McGuire.

And, after clinging to Dan Bylsma much longer than some would have liked, eventually dispatched him in favor of former WHL mastermind Mike Johnston.

Yawn!

10/06/2014 - 21:45
Matt Jacobs
With a new front office, a new coaching staff and plenty of new faces on the bench, the 2014-15 will be a different group than the one that flamed out of the playoffs last spring. Here are a few players to keep your eye on.

Jayson Megna

10/06/2014 - 15:49
Anthony Mendicino
The Penguins didn’t have to go far when they added forward Sam Lafferty, a native of Hollidaysburg, PA, in the fourth-round of this year’s draft. Lafferty, standing at a sturdy 6-0 and 175-pounds, played in 25 games for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where he notched 21 goals and 34 assists for 55 points.

Dave Weaver, the head coach of the Mid-State Mustangs, Lafferty’s youth program, spoke of Lafferty’s potential.

09/16/2014 - 11:54
Mallory Merda
One topic that usually floats around the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is the discussion of goaltenders. Or more specifically, the next goaltender. As in the one after Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Pens go-to netminder for the past decade, Fleury is about to enter the final year of contract with no long-term deal forthcoming.

09/02/2014 - 21:35
Mallory Merda
Here’s what we know: Mike Johnston wasn’t the Penguins’ first choice to replace Dan Bylsma this summer.

He might not have even been among the top 10 when new general manager Jim Rutherford started compiling his list of coaching candidates.

08/06/2014 - 15:10
Matt Jacobs
Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen departed for Washington, but the Penguins added defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Steve Downie and Blake Comeau—and re-signed winger Marcel Goc—as NHL free agency got off to a fast start.

Orpik and Niskanen were joined by fellow blue-liner Deryk Engelland and three forwards—Jussi Jokenin, Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale—who all signed elsewhere on a busy opening day.

07/01/2014 - 17:30
Tony DeFazio
Acquire forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from Nashville Predators

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from the Nashville Predators in exchange for James Neal, it was announced by executive vice president and general...

06/27/2014 - 21:21
PSR Staff
The NHL handed out their annual awards at the end of June, and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby captured a hat trick, securing the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (scoring champ) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).

The Pittsburgh Sports Report, of course, handed out our own awards for the 2013-14 season. PSR nailed all but one.

 

06/26/2014 - 18:44
Andrew Choynowski
Sidney Crosby evades the question as adeptly as he splits a pair of defensemen on an end-to-end rush. How is it possible that the most supremely talented hockey player on the planet for the better part of the last decade had won the Hart Trophy, given annually to the league’s most valuable player, just once prior to this year’s NHL Awards?

The question is guaranteed to stir up spirited debate. Just don’t ask Crosby. All you’ll get is a half-smirk and a call for “next question, please.”

06/25/2014 - 15:51
Matt Jacobs
Perennial regular season leaders rebuild, the West gets stronger, analytics take center stage and the draft is reconfigured. Here are four league-wide storylines to follow as the NHL season gets underway.
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Milan Smith scored a fourth-quarter touchdown and Penn Hills forced a late Woodland Hills turnover as the Indians topped the Wolverines 22-15.
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Bethel Park running back Alex Minton ran for 170 yards and two scored to lead the Black Hawks over Baldwin 26-13.
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New coaches, an infusion of younger players, a goalie entering a contract year, the makeover of Kris Letang... here are four storylines to follow as the Penguins start the 2014-15 season.
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There were plenty of changes throughout the league this offseason, but most of the movement should only make the West stronger as the Eastern Conference struggles to keep up.
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Western PA has long-provided the NFL with some of its top-end talent and that continues to be the case. As of the end of the September, 21 former WPIAL or Pittsburgh City League players graced NFL rosters.
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There is no shortage of great athletes to come out of the Mon-Valley, but perhaps no single institution has produced more great athletes than old Donora High School (now part of Ringgold). The WPIAL Hall of Fame has recognized the following Donora greats.
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Through five games, there are a few teams and a few players who have stood out above the rest.
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