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Sunday, Jul 15


Penguins sign Filip Hallander to three-year deal

The Penguins have signed 2018 draft pick Filip Hallander to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Friday, Jul 13


Marc-Andre Fleury agrees to three-year extension with Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms with three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension worth an average of $7 million a year.


Jamie Oleksiak looks to continue upward trajectory with Penguins

Jamie Oleksiak played 47 regular-season games with the Penguins in 2017-18, plus 12 more in the postseason. Plenty was accomplished. From becoming an NHL regular to the physical presence he provided to career-best offensive numbers across…


Derick Brassard could be Penguins’ next top-six wing

The Penguins could open the 2018-19 regular season with a new top-six left wing, but it wouldn’t involve a trade for Jeff Skinner, Max Pacioretty or any of the other premium players they’ve been linked to over the past couple of weeks.


Jim Rutherford praises Blue Jackets after free-agency flap

When Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford described the signing of defenseman Jack Johnson on July 1, what he said roiled many inside the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.


Why Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was never actually going anywhere

The Penguins announced Thursday night they’ve signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a three-year contract extension with an average-annual value of $2,137,500.

Thursday, Jul 12


Jamie Oleksiak's arbitration hearing set for July 28

The NHLPA announced dates for arbitration hearings on Thursday afternoon, and Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak is on the schedule for July 28 in Toronto.

Monday, Jul 9


Kris Letang and Catherine Laflamme share photos of their new daughter

Kris Letang is having himself a wonderful offseason.

Thursday, Jul 5


Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak files for salary arbitration

Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak filed for salary arbitration on Thursday, although it's likely procedural and nothing more.


Paul Zeise's mailbag: Should the Penguins trade Phil Kessel or Derick Brassard?

Welcome to Paul Zeise’s weekly mailbag, where the Post-Gazette columnist and 93.7 The Fan radio host answers your questions about sports, life and everything in between. If you want to ask Paul a question, tweet him @paulzeise or email him…

Tuesday, Jul 3

Here's the Phil Kessel dog anecdote we never knew we needed

Phil Kessel’s everyman persona just took a turn for the adorable.


Tom Kostopoulos is still teaching young Penguins. But now he's doing it as a coach.

Tom Kostopoulos was one of the first professional linemates Jake Guentzel had when Guentzel first arrived in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the end of the 2015-16 season. Guentzel, like many of his former American Hockey League teammates, often…


This shirt pokes fun at John Tortorella's rant on Jim Rutherford

John Totorella’s expletive-laden rant about Jim Rutherford included a lot of instant T-shirt fodder, but a local designer found one comment particularly magical.

Monday, Jul 2


For Penguins prospect Alex D'Orio, development camp was fateful and fun

Goalie Alex D’Orio had a conversation last week that put things into perspective. It actually occurred with Matt Murray, the goaltender atop the Penguins’ organizational depth chart. Because he’s moving, Murray is spending part of his…


Paul Zeise: We need more John Tortorellas in pro sports

John Tortorella is a breath of fresh air and a national treasure. I don’t just like him, I love him. The man speaks his mind, he isn’t worried about hurting people’s feelings, and he brings a certain WWE mentality to the interview room.


Jason Mackey: With Jack Johnson gamble, the stakes are high for Jim Rutherford

Let’s ignore for a few minutes the whole who-said-what-about-whom story line regarding the Penguins’ much-anticipated signing of defenseman Jack Johnson on Sunday and focus on something that actually matters.


Joe Starkey: Jim Rutherford was out of line — but John Tortorella’s mere existence invites antagonism

In almost any circumstance, I’d say Jim Rutherford was out of line. You don’t make an insinuation about another organization without explaining yourself, the way the Penguins’ gloriously blunt general manager did Sunday upon the signing of…


Emotions run hot between Penguins, Blue Jackets for start of NHL free agency

Leave it to the Penguins and Blue Jackets to inject a little nastiness into NHL free agency, usually one of the happiest times of the year.

Sunday, Jul 1


Joe Starkey: Penguins under radar so far, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford do a little more roster-altering this summer.

Sidney Crosby on Jack Johnson: ‘I’m happy he chose us’

Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson will once again wear the same sweater, and the Penguins captain is thrilled with the fact that his former Shattuck-St. Mary’s teammate signed a five-year, $16.25-million contract with the club on Sunday.


Jimmy Hayes, Zach Trotman highlight Penguins' depth signings

The Penguins added four players on two-way contracts to address some organizational depth need on Sunday afternoon.


'Second chance': Matt Cullen excited for Pittsburgh mulligan

When Matt Cullen’s phone rang last Thursday, pretty much the last person in the world he expected to hear from was Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford.

Penguins, Jack Johnson confident five-year deal with work

There’s been no shortage of criticism over the five-year, $16.25 million contract the Penguins handed defenseman Jack Johnson Sunday about 90 minutes after the start of free agency.


Ron Cook: These concussion-related headlines stood out in June

June has turned into July, leaving behind fascinating headlines that went beyond Justify becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown, party animal Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals winning their first Stanley Cup in their 44…

Saturday, Jun 30


Jason Mackey: Five reasons the Jack Johnson signing just may work


Shortly past noon Sunday, the Penguins and defenseman Jack Johnson are expected to agree on a free-agent contract for five years and around $16.25 million.


Penguins prospect working out again after accident

Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive, injured during a campfire accident near Calgary on June 15, has started exercising again, one of his junior hockey teammates said on Friday.

Harvard winger shows Penguins smarts, skill

Don’t expect Lewis Zerter-Gossage to sign with the Penguins this summer.


European prospects look to continue pipeline at Penguins development camp


The European pipeline in today’s NHL continues to grow. This year’s draft gave some proof of that, as it was the first time since 1999 that the top three players selected were all born outside of North America.

Friday, Jun 29


At Penguins development camp, the message is clear: Win Stanley Cups

The journey from prospect development camp to a Stanley Cup championship can, rightfully, seem like a long and daunting one in many ways.


Jake or Johnny? Both work for Penguins prospect Justin Almeida.


Justin Almeida has seen and heard the comparisons to Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau.