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July 1, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Extras on Kessel trade

You’ll read more in Thursday’s Trib about the deal that landed Phil Kessel, but I thought I’d use this space to add some extras that didn’t make the print version, most notably the fact that Kessel was target No. 1 for …

June 30, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Semin’s agent: ‘He plays all three zones with joy’

“Jim has seen him play as much as anybody,” Alex Semin’s agent, Todd Diamond, told me earlier today. “(Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford) can talk, if he chooses, to (Semin) about his defensive prowess,” Diamond added. “In the right environment, …

June 30, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Some thoughts on Saad, offer sheets

It will be fascinating to see how Pine-Richland product Brandon Saad’s situation plays out in Chicago. Surely you’ve seen this report by now, which says that the Blackhawks and Saad are fairly far apart in contract negotiations. No, the Penguins aren’t interested in …

June 30, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Agent: Ehrhoff impressed with medical care

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is leaving Pittsburgh, but it’s not because he’s upset about anything, his agent said Tuesday morning. Rick Curran, who represents Ehrhoff, was adamant that there were no hard feelings between his client and the club, no frustration …

June 25, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Deepest draft since 2003? Very possibly.

Hope David Perron was worth it. Ask an NHL Draft expert, a scout or both and that’s your likely takeaway. That the Penguins mortgaging their top choice this year for Perron would always be considered a bold move but even …

June 25, 2015
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If the Penguins draft a defenseman …

Hope you’re able to check out Jonathan Bombulie’s story today on what happened to the Penguins’ defensive depth. With the NHL Draft only a day away – Bombulie, Rob Rossi and I fly to Florida this afternoon – I thought I’d highlight …

June 25, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: NHL Awards voting

In case you’re curious, here’s how I voted for the categories in Wednesday’s NHL Awards that the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association handles. HART TROPHY 1. LW Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals 2. G Carey Price, Canadiens 3. G Devan Dubnyk, Wild 4. C Sidney …

June 24, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Podcast: Mackey on TribLive Radio

Earlier today I joined Ken Laird and Guy Junker on TribLive Radio to talk about the NHL’s Silly Season, some new rule changes and a Russian winger the Penguins intend to sign on July 1. You can listen to the podcast here. Be GRATEFUL …

June 24, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Letang expects to be ready for camp

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang hasn’t skated since suffering a season-ending concussion March 28, but he doesn’t foresee that being a problem. In fact, Letang, in speaking to reporters in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, said there’s “no doubt” he’ll be …

June 23, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Who could the Penguins take?

Making predictions for the 46th pick is a fool’s game, but that seems like a stupid reason not to try anyway. I talked to a few draft analysts about what direction they see the Penguins going and compiled a list of …

 
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