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July 31, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Breaking Down the World Juniors finalists

It might have been overshadowed by the other hockey news of the day – the Brandon Sutter trade – but Pittsburgh was named one of five finalists for the 2018 World Junior Championships on Tuesday. USA Hockey plans to narrow …

July 31, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Friday Fun & Games

If you’re a younger hockey fan, when the Penguins announced their new jersey numbers yesterday and Sergei Plotnikov had No. 61 and David Perron was switching back to No. 57, you probably thought nothing of it. If you’re a cranky, …

July 30, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Lucky Number

The Penguins announced today the numbers their new acquisitions will wear next season, and one caught my attention. Nick Bonino, evidently not the superstitious type, will wear No. 13, the number he’s worn for most of his pro career. (He …

July 30, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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New look on defense

In the wake of this week’s transactions, there’s been talk about how dramatically the Penguins have reshaped their forward ranks, particularly the bottom six, in the last year or so. That’s true, of course, but I’ve also noticed a pretty comprehensive …

July 29, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Saad to Walker: Your turn

Gibsonia’s Brandon Saad had his day with the Stanley Cup today and he brought it to the 911th Airlift Wing in Coraopolis. When he walked into the hangar, he was introduced by base commander Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, who welcomed Saad …

July 29, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Stats on Sutter, Bonino and Fehr

The general consensus while the Penguins were making moves yesterday was that Eric Fehr and Nick Bonino have better advanced stats that Brandon Sutter. I come from an AHL background, where the most advanced stat is probably shooting percentage, so …

July 28, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Twenty-one notes on today’s moves

Twenty-one notes on the Penguins moves of the day, sending Brandon Sutter and a third-round pick to Vancouver for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a second-round pick and signing Eric Fehr to a three-year, $6 million contract. — GM Jim …

July 24, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Friday fun and games

I’ll have a story on Tom Fitzgerald leaving the Penguins to join Ray Shero in New Jersey, but in the meantime, some Friday fun and games. Colleague Mike Palm and I were corresponding about NHL expansion, and it got me …

July 22, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Playing the lottery

Ten years ago today, the 2005 NHL draft lottery was held. A little refresher on how it worked. Because it was after the 2004-05 season was wiped out by a lockout, it was a different kind of lottery. Each team started with …

 
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