Category Archives: Pittsburgh Penguins
We’re on the road again this week, which I’ll claim is a tribute to the Predators game seven road win in Anaheim…
The Conference quarter finals come up for discussion, as do the impending semifinals as the quest for the Cup continues, and there’s time for a quick ‘WTF’ regarding Jonathan Quick’s nomination for the Vezina trophy.
The One Puck Short Podcast goes back to its roots with an episode recorded on the road!
Team GB’s slimmed down squad comes under the microscope, with pre-World Championship games against Poland on the horizon, while the NHL playoff race is in full swing on the other side of the pond.
Pittsburgh re-signing Olli Maatta was never in doubt. It was a necessary step in ensuring their mid to long term strength – as shallow as that might be – along the blue line.
With the 21-year old Finn’s services secured until 2022, at a not unreasonable cap hit of $4.08 million, Penguins’ General Manager Jim Rutherford can turn his attention to Monday’s trade deadline and seek to make the club better; at least in the short term.
In the longer term, the 67-year old has some tough choices to make. The organisations cap situation is tight, their options limited.
The Pens wagon has been hitched to a handful of horses, with limited room to add the nuts and bolts that separate champions from mere contenders – but all is not lost.
The Columbus Blue Jackets woes also come under the microscope, as the club struggles with its cap crunch and the ongoing Ryan Johansen saga.
A skilled winger with three 20 goal seasons and two 50 point campaigns to his name, David Perron might seem like an ideal person to slot in along side Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh.
Previous injuries appear to be behind him, most notable a serious concussion in 2011, and he registered 28 goals and 57 points whilst playing on a tyre fire of an Oilers team in 2013/14.
But the 27-year old hasn’t so much stumbled in Pennsylvania as he has fallen off the Earth entirely.
The Metropolitan Division houses elite stars, awards candidates and has no shortage of goal scorers – but can it produce a Stanley Cup champion?
The puck drops on the 2015 Stanley Cup play-offs this Wednesday, with Eastern Conference teams looking to bring the Cup home after three years in the West.
A strong case for success can be made for several clubs, but many contenders have fallen at the first hurdle before.
‘As is tradition’, here are the 1PS picks for the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals: