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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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Coyotes Hire Rick Tocchet

Last offseason, the Penguins practically lost no one. They kept their roster almost completely intact and kept on rolling. This offseason has been the complete opposite. The Penguins have already lost a number of players such as Bonino, Kunitz, Daley, Fleury, and Hainsey. Today, they lost a key member of Mike Sullivan’s coaching staff, Rick Tocchet. Tocchet was rumored to be heading to Arizona a couple weeks ago, but today the Coyotes made it official. They’ve signed the three-time Stanley

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Just My View 7/11/17

Jaromir Jagr It’s July 11th and this man still does not have a contract. That is an absolute travesty in itself. He’s second all-time in points behind only Wayne Gretzky. Third all-time in goals, fifth all-time in assists, and fourth all-time in games played. More importantly, the guy can still play and play well. Every team in the league would benefit from signing Jagr, and I really mean that. Good teams are getting an excellent top nine winger, who can

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Penguins Sign Adam Johnson

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed another talented but undrafted NCAA free agent. Like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel, Johnson was overlooked because of his size. Adding another talented young forward with a chip on his shoulder is a continuation of the formula that has brought the Penguins the best scoring depth in the league and in turn, back to back Stanley Cups. If you don’t know by now, Pittsburgh is the unofficial home of college hockey in the NHL. The

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Replacing Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino got paid. He also gets to play for a good team. I’m happy for him and his family. Four years at a $4.1M AAV; that’s what back to back Stanley Cups get you. He was here for two years and never lost a playoff series. He centered the HBK line and always seemed to score in the big situations. I’ll cheer when Bonino returns, because he played his heart out for this team. However, I’m glad the Penguins

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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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Just My View 6/29/17

Potential Bonino Departure In the salary cap era, you can rarely keep championship teams intact for too long. Other teams are always willing to pay the extra money to steal players away from the defending champs. As defending champs, you can’t afford to overpay for those role players. This is what the Penguins are facing with Nick Bonino. Mark Madden tweeted this earlier this morning: I'm told Pens have given up on retaining either Bonino or Daley. Will pursue other

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