Identity Crisis

When Mike Sullivan came to the Penguins, his mantra was, “Just Play”. When Jim Rutherford surrendered a first round pick and Oskar Sundqvist for Ryan Reaves this summer, he went directly against what had made the Penguins back to back champions. The Penguins were four lines of speed and scoring complemented by a defense who fed their transition game. The Penguins were not in the business of taking liberties. The Penguins ousted teams who decided to ice enforcers because the

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Relax

The Penguins are 9-7-3, and apparently they are doomed. According to many of the reactionaries on Twitter, the team should just pack it in now and not waste their time trying for their third straight Stanley Cup. It’s just too difficult to replace a 40-year-old fourth-line center, a mediocre third line center, and a backup goalie. Okay, maybe I’ll give you the fact that you might not be able to find a backup better than Marc-Andre Fleury was last season.

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I’m Back

I’m back. I never thought so many people would notice if I took a little hiatus from my write-ups on here, but my DMs are almost slid into once a day asking when I’m going to start writing again. Your answer is now. I don’t mean to get too personal, I know you are all here for hockey talk. However, I have been going through a lot of things in my life and I just simply haven’t been able to

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CTE and the NHL

Just the other day, the New York Times released an article which further proved the relationship between the NFL and the degenerative brain disease, CTE. Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, studied 111 brains from former NFL players. Out of those 111 brains, all but one of them had CTE. To many people, this article was shocking. To me, it was anything but. The connection between head trauma and detrimental effects to the brain have been there in plain sight for

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Murray Proves Hockey Players are the Best

When people become any combination of rich, powerful, or famous, their personality is often affected negatively in an exponential fashion. There is no better example of this than professional athletes. You can hardly go a day without seeing an athlete arrested for domestic abuse or drug possession. In today’s sports culture, this is especially troubling. Children look up to these athletes as role models. They idolize them, and they’re too young to know that their actions are wrong. They see

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Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a third line center. Not just any third line center, they need the best third line center in the league. The Penguins advantage at center has been a common link in all three of their most recent championships. Crosby, Malkin, Bonino was the best group of centermen boasted by any team in the league. Crosby and Malkin took the hard matchups, which allowed for Bonino and the HBK line to excel. An underwhelming Bonino replacement like

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Change

If you were expecting any big moves today from the defending Stanley Cup champions, you were probably immensely disappointed. The Penguins added depth defenseman Matt Hunwick and backup goaltender Antti Niemi. Neither of these players are going to make or break the Penguins next season and that should be noted. However, the best moves that are made on July 1st are often the ones that aren’t made. The Penguins didn’t overpay for any of their unrestricted free agents and that’s

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To Build A Superteam

Matt Duchene is going to be traded this summer. Joe Sakic cemented this as an indubitable fact when he made Duchene’s availability public. He was supposed to end up in Long Island last week. Islanders GM, Garth Snow tried to package Hamonic and a first round pick in the deal. Joe Sakic didn’t bite, despite being pressured to move Duchene. The Islanders have moved on. They traded their best trade chip in Hamonic to Calgary for a collection of draft

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Penguins Acquire Reaves

The Pittsburgh Penguins just won back to back Stanley Cups by rolling four skilled lines. So, it only makes sense that they would move out of the first round to acquire an enforcer. There’s no way to defend this trade. It was a bad deal. By all means, Ryan Reaves is an absolute badass. He’s the best at punching guys in the face, and there’s no arguing that. He’s a great human being off the ice and an incredible teammate.

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Farewell Flower

I’ve never known the Pittsburgh Penguins without Marc-Andre Fleury. He was the first pillar in the Penguins dynasty that we know today. He was my childhood goalie. He was guy who always stopped after practice to talk to the fans. He was the team prankster. He was the smiling face that always kept the mood light when things were tense. He was the heartbeat of one of the closest-knit sports team I’ve ever seen. Marc-Andre Fleury was a lot of

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