Coaches staff eyes change to commitment level

Coming off a second straight Stanley Cup, there are said to have been some alarming signs late in training camp for the Penguins’ coaching staff that this group didn’t have the right mindset and focus yet of being ready to turn the page and treat this as a new year.

That was quite obvious Thursday night in Chicago with the debacle that played out in a 10-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

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How Patient will the Penguins be with Antti Niemi?

It was just one game and Chicago continued to light up Matt Murray when he came into relief, but some buzz around the league is don’t be surprised if the Penguins don’t show a lot of patience with Antti Niemi who is on a one year contract with a $700,000 cap hit.

Sources say the organization has been a bit concerned already over the last couple weeks in how Niemi’s been constantly getting lit up in To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!


Phil Kessel | Grade: 3.2
Kessel was one of the few bright spots. He scored the lone goal, led the team with 5 shots and was the most consistent top-2 line player in creating offense. Kessel was one of two Penguins over 50% in driving possession.

Ian Cole | 3.2
Cole was a minus-1 in over 19 minutes of play is quite a feat for a game where there were 10 even strength goals scored by the Blackhawks.

Evgeni Malkin | 2.9
Malkin was a minus-3 in the loss but he had some impactful moments offensively. Breakaway opportunity, had an assist on Kessel goal.

Matt Hunwick | 2.8
Hunwick was a minus-1 in 13:14 of even strength ice time and led all Penguins’ defensemen with 4 blocked shots. In the second period he had nice outlet pass in springing Evgeni Malkin for a breakaway. That’s the one element the Penguins have felt [hide] Hunwick would give them that a Ron Hainsey couldn’t for them last spring.

Scott Wilson | 2.7
Being on the ice for 14 shots and 11 against at even strength in a game where the Penguins got outscored 10-0 at even strength earns him something.

Sidney Crosby | 2.4
Minus-4 and had an egregious turnover just inside the blueline that led to a goal the other way during the Blackhawks eruption for 4 goals in a 2:55 span.

Olli Maatta | 1.5
A minus-5, Maatta had a brutal night in dealing with the Blackhawks speed.

Conor Sheary | 1.5
Sheary was a minus-5 in just 10:38 of ice time at even strength. That is hard to do.

Kris Letang | 1.7
A minus-5 vs the Blackhawks, Letang is now a minus-7 through two games.

Tom Kuhnhackl | 1.3
Kuhnhackl while on the ice for just 1 goal against, was bleeding shot attempts anytime he was out there. During 5 vs 5 play, Kuhnhackl was on the ice for 1 shot attempt and 18 against.

Justin Schultz | 1.9
Brian Dumoulin | 1.7
Bryan Rust | 2.4
Greg McKegg | 2.3
Carter Rowney | 2.0
Jake Guentzel | 2.4
Carl Hagelin | 2.3
Ryan Reaves | 2.6

Antti Niemi | 1.2
Matt Murray | 2.4[/hide]