Rumors: Matt Murray trade market heating up?


Momentum building towards a Murray trade by the end of next week? The trade market for Matt Murray has intensified over the last week as Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has signaled a willingness to interested teams of completing a deal Will Rutherford wait on a team or two still playing? The last 48 hours have seen the Colorado Avalanche pop up on the Murray rumor mill as rumblings have the Avalanche (who can’t officially make trades until they’re eliminated from the post-seasons) gathering intel on Murray’s financial demands, which has created some buzz around the league. Team sources say Rutherford in the middle of August began to surveyed the league for about a week on both goaltenders in fact, and now has begun the stage of pushing potential trade scenarios with interested parties. They’re not married to this, but[ Pittsburgh has initially sought an impact

Latest Pens Buzz: Jim Rutherford drove the bus in new coaching hires


Latest Pens Buzz Mike Sullivan has the security of four years remaining on his contract and being owed over $13.5 million. but one thing has been clear since the Penguins exit in the qualifying round…… Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is driving the bus once again. Rutherford orchestrated the sweeping coaching chances immediately after the four game ouster to the Canadiens and it become clear in the organization from that point the looming coaching hires were going to be Rutherford driven. And that’s what has played out. The Penguins have named Todd Reirden and Mike Vellucci assistant coaches. Reirden, 49, will oversee the team’s defensive group and power-play unit. Vellucci, 54, will work with the team’s forwards and oversee the penalty kill. Details: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 2, 2020 The Penguins on Wednesday officially hired Todd Reirden and Mike Vellucci as assistant coaches. Reirden, 49, returns to theRead More »

Penguins to acquire Kasperi Kapanen


Penguins, Leafs strike multi-player deal Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford has always eyed the opportunity to reacquire Kasperi Kapanen and Rutherford today accomplished that goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs have struck a multi-player deal that will send Kapanen, the Penguins 2014 first round pick, back to Pittsburgh.

Rutherford sends a message to Mike Sullivan


Penguins clean house with Mike Sullivan’s top assistants Mike Sullivan will return for the 2020-2021 season. That was always a given as Sullivan begins the start of a new four year extension that pays him over $3. But, a message has been quickly sent by Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford. Rutherford today announced the team will not renew the contracts of top assistants Jacques Martin, Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar. As Sullivan’s message has gotten stale, it’s a complete cleaning house of Sullivan’s staff that was driven by the General Manager, not the coach. “We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff,” Rutherford said in a released statement. “We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups. The message to our fans is that we are not rebuilding, we’re retooling.” Without fully naming the coaching staff, much ofRead More »

Off-Season Buzz: What’s Next for Penguins Aging Core & Revamping roster


What’s Next for the Penguins The organization is stunned at what played out in Toronto this week. While it was a case of drinking too much of their own kool-aid, several members of the organization believed coming out of the two week training camp, the Montreal series was going to be nothing more than a tune-up for an eventual deep run. High-ranking members were giddy going into the tournament that the four-month layoff gave the Penguins core a significant advantage in this tournament. Other than Sidney Crosby, no Penguin among their core met or played above expectations against the Habs. Evgeni Malkin was a complete dog in the tournament. Malkin was certainly in the biggest disappointment category for the Penguins against Montreal and just a four game sample or not, his putrid play in Toronto takes away the bounce-back season he had. It really does. Everything is not about statsRead More »

Penguins sent packing from the bubble


The heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins went down easy in Game 4 and have been sent packing from the bubble after just four games. Montreal is moving on with a 2-0 shutout win in Game 4 as the Penguins now become part of the lottery sweepstakes where they will have a 12.5% chance at the first overall pick.

Pens on the Brink: Dead-Weight, coaching debacle highlight an embarrassing Game 3 loss


Penguins on the Brink Meltdown, implosion, embarrassing………. It’s fair to go in any of those directions when describing the Penguins Game 3 loss. Surrendering a 3-1 second period lead against that team was bad enough, but the way the Penguins got owned in the final 30 minutes of play was just something else. It was so reminiscent to what played out in the four game trouncing the New York Islanders gave the Penguins last spring. If Pittsburgh has a quick exit here in the bubble, an even more thorough evaluation from management will come this off-season than last spring where seismic changes were seriously mulled. Last night there was no fight in the Penguins. Listless, soft, however you want to put it. The Canadiens who punted on regular season prior to the NHL shutting down, punched back in Game 3, while the Penguins took the stance in Game 3 theyRead More »

Penguins meltdown in Game 3 loss


The 12th seeded Montreal Canadiens have the Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink of elimination. Montreal scored three unanswered goals, en route to a 4-3 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Jeff Petry for the second time in the series, netted the game winner, this time from a bad angle, beating a leaning Matt Murray shoulder side, 5:33 into the third. Game 4 is Friday.