1. Penguins Training Camp: Crosby Hits the Ice, Malkin-Kennedy Click on Day 1

    The Pittsburgh Penguins opened training camp Saturday morning to a crowd of several thousand, the first of two weekend practices which the team opens to the public each year...

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  2. Sidney Crosby Won't Need to Be Rushed Back Thanks to Penguins' Depth, Systems

    Contrary to the internet, the Pittsburgh Penguins will not burst into flames if Sidney Crosby is forced to miss parts or the whole of the 2011-12 regular season...

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  3. Pittsburgh Penguins' Opening Day Lines in Light of Crosby's Potential Absence

    Several reports, like this one citing NHL Home Ice's Josh Rimer and his now famous thrice-sourced tweet, have suggested that Sidney Crosby will not be ready to join the Pittsburgh ...

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  4. Tabata Extension, 2011 Draft Class Point to Pittsburgh's Newfound Spending Touch

    This article also appears at Slew Footers . The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the 2011 season with baseball's fourth-stingiest Opening Day payroll at $45.63 million...

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  5. NHL Predictions: The 16 Postseason Teams of 2011-12

    The NHL postseason is the finest tournament in professional sports. No game or group of athletes can hold a candle to the two-month war of attrition that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs...

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  6. Pittsburgh Penguins: Kovalev Comments & Bylsma's Challenge to Accommodate Malkin

    Alex Kovalev, he of the new two-year deal with the KHL's Atlant Mytischi, recently spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport on his new deal, his time in Ottawa and his NHL career as a whole ( translated here by Puck Daddys' Dmitry Chesnokov )...

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  7. 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates & 2006-07 Penguins, Part II: The Front Offices

    Despite the recent dry spell that has seen the team lose eight straight, the Pittsburgh Pirates ' 2011 season will be defined by the total cultural turnaround that saw the team stay in contention for the NL Central Division lead through June and July...

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  8. Penguins' Joe Morrow Signs, Stengthens Pittsburgh's Elite Defensive Depth

    Pittsburgh's 2011 first-round pick (23rd overall) Joe Morrow signed a three-year entry level deal with the Penguins Wednesday morning ...

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  9. Sports Business: NHL to Benefit from Versus-to-NBC Sports Network Makeover

    NBC launched the first salvo of its campaign to re-brand the Versus network Monday, announcing that the channel will be renamed 'NBC Sports Network' effective January 2, 2012...

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  10. Pirates-Braves: Righteous Indignation Just Fine for Meals' Blown Call

    It may not have been the most significant blown call in recent baseball history, but dammit if it wasn’t the most egregious...

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  11. Pittsburgh Pirates: 2011 Squad Mirroring the 2006-07 Penguins, Part I

    When whispers surfaced in January 2010 that Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux and Pirates owner Bob Nutting had a private conversation in which Lemieux and Penguins co-owner ...

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  12. NHL: 7 Players with Something to Prove in 2011-12

    Hockey players are a proud lot. Tell them they are underachieving and one can imagine the response he or she might get. "I always want to prove people wrong, and I'd like to do it again," said Dany Heatley of his trade to the Minnesota Wild...

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  13. James Neal, Eric Tangradi Have Chance To Solidify Pittsburgh Penguins Wings

    The Pittsburgh Penguins feature one of the most well-rounded lineups in hockey and have done so for the better part of the post-lockout era...

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  14. NHL Predictions: Forecasting Hockey's 2011-12 Statistical Leaders

    This one's for you fantasy owners. Last season, Tim Thomas ran away from the field with historical numbers and the hardware to back them up, earning Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophies in addition to the Stanley Cup...

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  15. Dustin Jeffrey Re-Signs with Pittsburgh Penguins, Continues Trend

    General Manager Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year deal Tuesday afternoon, one that will pay the emerging scorer $575,000 at the NHL level...

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  16. NFL Lockout to Boost NHL, Penguins: An Interview with Forbes' Mike Colligan

    Six championships. The Rooney Family. The teams of the 1970s. Pittsburgh is a football town. This fall, the NFL lockout may do its part to help unravel that hard-earned distinction...

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  17. NHL: Penguins, Canucks Remain Cup Favorites in Wake of Free Agent Insanity

    Has there ever been a more crazy, senseless, unpredictable start to NHL free agency than the seven-day storm of stupid we've seen take place this summer? There were few high-level ...

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  18. Penguins' Recent Contracts Signal Shero's Intentions for Crosby, Staal

    Aside from the poisonous #JagrWatch that gripped Pittsburgh hockey for two weeks, the Penguins have been relatively quiet during the first five days of free agency. Call it the calm before the storm...

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  19. NHL Power Rankings: 25 Most Insane Goalie Saves in NHL History

    NHL goaltenders might have the most difficult job in sports. Ready position. Mind your angles. Anticipate the next pass. Anticipate the next three. Eyes on the puck. Eyes always on the puck...

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  20. Post-Philadelphia Flyers Blockbuster, Penguins' Road to Division Title Clear

    It's not every day that a second-seeded division-winner takes measures to destroy its core and rebuild in one fell swoop. Philadelphia set the hockey world ablaze Thursday by doing just that...

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  21. 2011 NHL Free Agency: 7 Natural Leaders Who Can Help Deliver a Cup

    Championship NHL teams possess skilled scorers, dependable goaltenders and complimentary role players. Lacking any one of those three elements, no team can shortcut its way to a Stanley Cup title...

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  22. Stanley Cup Finals 2011: 7 Stanley Cup Rivalries the NHL Hopes Will Come

    Bettman and Co. lucked out when the Eastern Conference sent an Original Six team (and one of the biggest television markets in the United States) to this year's Finals. Likewise, Vancouver drew the interest of all of Canada, whether good or bad...

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  23. NHL Free Agency: 5 Bargains for Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have no money. After breaking the piggy bank to upgrade the defense last summer and with the large existing contracts of Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin, ...

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  24. Pittsburgh Penguins Name Bill Guerin Player Development Coach

    Bill Guerin spent less than two full seasons in a Penguins uniform, but it seems both he and the team are happy to keep him in the Pittsburgh family during the front-office phase of his NHL career...

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  25. NHL Trade Chatter: A Dozen Moves to Shake Up Pittsburgh Penguins

    Pittsburgh finished the 2010-11 season with the second-most wins and points in franchise history. Their 49 victories were second only to the Vancouver Canucks , and the team placed ...

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