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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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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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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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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Sin City

In only 48 hours, Las Vegas is finally going to take one player from every team. Only, they won’t be taking the best players available. And they’ll be better off, too. For months, Golden Knights GM George McPhee has been making side deals with teams. When the protected lists dropped yesterday, McPhee already knew them inside and out. He’s the most powerful man in the hockey world right now. Picking strictly through the expansion draft, Vegas won’t have a good

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Fleury Forever

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And that seems to be the case when it comes to Marc-Andre Fleury. Next week, the 32 year old will be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL expansion draft. It’s important to remember that Fleury didn’t have to go there. Before the emergence of Matt Murray, Jim Rutherford made a commitment to number 29. In November 2014, Fleury signed a four-year deal that included a modified no trade clause. Fleury

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Back to Back

They did it. Oh my God. They did it. The Pittsburgh Penguins are back to back Stanley Cup champions. There are times that you just want to pause life & cherish the moment forever. This is one of those times. We just witnessed history. The first defense to win without a Norris vote getter. The most points by a rookie in Stanley Cup playoff history. The second coach ever to win back to back championships to start his tenure. The first

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Sidsational

Thursday night was the best Stanley Cup final game of Sidney Crosby’s career. And he didn’t even score a goal. From the very first shift, the Predators had no chance. Nashville has the best defensive core in the league. But it didn’t matter. Not even a little bit. When Sidney Crosby imposes his will on a game, it’s all but over. He’s the best player in the world. Truly, he might even be the best player of all-time. As hockey fans,

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Believe

Remember how you felt about a month ago? The Penguins took a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Capitals, despite being outplayed. The series seemed out of reach. Then, a few games later, the President’s Trophy winners rallied back. They won two straight games and tied the series at three. You felt sick. You felt like the Penguins were finally out of gas. You wanted to believe, but deep down you knew the odds weren’t in your favor. Then game

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Catfished

The Nashville Predators thought they game two in the bag. After dominating the second and third periods of game one and the first two periods of game two, it looked like the series would head back to Nashville split. In fact, if you looked purely at the stat sheet, without the score, you’d probably guess the same. You’d be catfished. By a team that just keeps finding ways to win. There’s really no way to explain it. They just can’t

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