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March 31, 2014
by Dan Stefano


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7 most memorable PNC Park moments

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We all remember the promise. The line that came across as a twisted take on “Field of Dreams”:
If the taxpayers finance it, the wins will come.
Or something like that.
Either way, in the late 1990s, one of the biggest talking points supporting the construction of PNC Park was the notion that the Pirates’ long-dormant success was tied to a brand-new stadium. So, a piece of the North Side became the North Shore, Three Rivers Stadium went kaput, and one of Major League Baseball’s finest facilities was conceived.
Then came 2001 and 100 losses. Then came 11 more losing seasons.
Then came 2013.
The jewel of the Allegheny River finally hosted a team that matched its builders’ and fans’ hopes. And as the city witnessed the Pirates’ long-awaited return to the postseason in 2013, that beautiful ballpark became the beating heart of Pittsburgh for a summer (OK, maybe the giant rubber duck across the river had an argument, too.)
It feels as if a new era is starting in PNC Park’s history, and with a new season beginning today, it’s time to take a look back at a handful of the most memorable games and moments to take place on that grass — warning: not all are pretty.

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THE OPENING OPENER

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(Photo: Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review)

While fans first filled the seats at PNC Park for a pair of exhibition games, it wasn’t until April 9, 2001, that the facility hosted a game that mattered in the standings.

In the stadium’s inaugural home opener, the Reds rolled the Pirates, 8-2 in front of 36,954 fans. But at least it was a hometown boy who christened the park.
Reds first baseman Sean Casey, an Upper St. Clair native, collected the first hit in the ballpark’s history with a two-run, first-inning home run off Pirates starter Todd Ritchie.
Casey — so well-liked by the Cincinnati fan base he was nicknamed “The Mayor” — made plenty of return trips to Pittsburgh with the division rival, but he also played 59 games in a Pirates uniform in 2006.
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McCLENDON STEALS FIRST
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Say this for Lloyd McClendon: The guy cared.
Manager of the Pirates from 2001 to 2005 — and about to begin a new tenure in the dugout with Seattle — McClendon might have been the most entertaining part of that ugly first season at PNC Park. His meltdown on July 26 certainly got one of the biggest cheers that summer.
Arguing a close call at first base after Jason Kendall was called out, McClendon unleashed a lengthy tirade with the umpire and escalated it to an Incredible Hulk level. After chucking his hat halfway to second base, he was thrown from the game — but he took a parting gift.
Ripping the base out of the ground and hugging it under his arm, McClendon stomped with purpose back to the dugout, where he chucked the base to the ground before leaving. The incident had some life to it, too, even making it to No. 6 on a “SportsCenter” list of top meltdowns.
But as an eyewitness to the scene, I always felt there was a sad end to this tale. When the bat boy sprinted onto the field with a new base, the crowd booed the poor kid.
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WHAT A CATCH
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These days, an Andrew McCutchen highlight-reel catch in the outfield is almost as much of a nighlty ritual as pierogie races. We could build quite a list trying to document them all.
But the celebrated center fielder may not have the best catch in PNC Park history.
Brian Giles, who roamed the outfield for the Pirates from 1999 to 2003, was known primarily for his big bat — he hit at least 35 homers four times while in Pittsburgh. And though his split from the Pirates and revelations of his clubhouse behavior irked fans, for a time, the two-time All-Star was the best of the Bucs.
His finest moment in black and gold might have been June 21, 2003, against Cleveland.
The game itself was one of the longest ever at PNC Park, with the Pirates winning, 7-6, in 15 innings. The extra innings, however, may not have been needed had Giles not made a game-saving play in the eighth.
With a man on, one out and the Pirates trailing by a run, the Indians’ Brandon Phillips drove a pitch deep down the left-field line. Giles sprinted to the wall near the foul pole, leapt, planted his left foot into the wall’s padding and stretched into the stands for the ball.
He robbed Phillips and the Indians of a three-run lead, the look on his face barely concealing his own amazement with the play. Seven innings later, the play still stood out in a night full of wild moments.
And there was a nice gash in the left-field wall in case anyone forgot.
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THE STARS COME OUT
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From the start, PNC Park, with its traditional feel and striking backdrop, was regarded as one of America’s best sporting venues. Yet, with the Pirates then hardly a draw for big networks, the field didn’t make a true debut to a national audience until the 2006 All-Star Game.
Pittsburgh shined up well for the event, with plenty of highlights outside of the game, including a parade of players across the Roberto Clemente Bridge and an entertaining Home Run Derby — be careful, some of the balls David Ortiz launched into orbit finally may be on a return trajectory.
And though it was low-scoring, the game itself provided some late dramatics.
The National League was looking to break a nine-game losing streak in the series — not to mention clinch home field advantage in the World Series. Those goals were in grasp, with the NL holding a one-run lead for most of the game, but the AL scored twice in the top of the ninth to grab a 3-2 victory.
As for the Pirates presence at the game, outfield starter Jason Bay went 1 for 3 at the plate, while Freddy Sanchez was hitless in a pair of at-bats yet made an outstanding leaping catch at shortstop.
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ROCK BOTTOM
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Sitting in my closet is a green Pirates cap. Never have been much of a hat wearer, but this one I keep as a special memento. This giveaway item on April 22, 2010 — Earth Day — came along with history.
Brewers 20, Pirates 0.
That grey afternoon was the worst loss in the history of a franchise founded in 1882.
Against six Pirates pitchers, the Brewers collected 25 hits, with 12 going for extra bases. It was the final game of a monumentally malicious three-game series that saw the home team outscored a combined 36-1.
The capper on the day? When the Brewers scored their 20th run, a portion of what little remained of the crowd sent up a sarcastic cheer.
Given recent developments, maybe it’s time to burn that hat.
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THE FORT’S BIG AT-BAT
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It was in 2011 that the Pirates finally were showing signs of maybe, possibly, hopefully, perhaps turning the corner. Of course, now we know the answer was yes, they were. Sort of.
The season still ended with 90 losses, but there was a flash of excitement in July, when the Pirates mingled among the NL Central leaders for a week or so before the bottom fell out.
Still, the Pirates contending so late in the season was unheard of at PNC Park. When the Cubs visited for the opener of a weekend series July 8, the Pirates were three games above .500, and buzz around the ballpark was hopeful, if wary.
It was a tight game that saw the Pirates rally from deficits twice before Chicago took a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning. For the Pirates of the previous two decades, a comeback likely wouldn’t have been in the offing.
Enter Michael McKenry.
The stocky catcher — nicknamed “The Fort” for his defense and his name’s similarity to the national anthem’s Fort McHenry — had just eight hitless at-bats in the majors before the Pirates acquired him in June 2011. Suddenly thrust into a big role and as blue-collar as they come, he endeared himself to Pittsburghers against the Cubs.
After the Pirates knotted the game at four runs with two outs, McKenry put every member of the crowd of 37,140 at the edge of their seat with a dramatic eight-pitch at-bat that ended with him crushing a three-run homer to left field. It was the first home run of his career and even drew a curtain call.
For that night and through the end of the month, the city was reminded of just how exciting a playoff chase could be. Two seasons later, the chase was finally over.
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CUETO!
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In a city fortunate to have a deep roster of vivd sports memories, it’s hard to tell how the Pirates’ 2013 Wild Card Game victory against the Reds will hold up over time.
This was no Immaculate Reception. It wasn’t Bill Mazeroski’s World Series-winning home run. Those moments stand among the greatest scenes in American sports.
No, the Pirates beating the Reds, 6-2, for their first postseason victory since 1992 felt more personal to Pittsburgh. It was the cathartic conclusion to a two-decade nightmare.
On a night full of priceless pictures — Andrew McCutchen’s mom singing the anthem was a brilliant idea — there’s one moment, a second-inning at-bat, that stands out more than any other.
Minutes after Marlon Byrd hit a solo home run to put the Pirates ahead, 1-0, catcher Russell Martin came to the plate. Already jazzed up by Byrd’s blast, the fans were haranguing Red pitcher Johnny Cueto with the simplest of heckles:
CWAYYYYY-TOW! CWAYYYYY-TOW!
Shrugging off the noise, Cueto soldiered on. Sure. With a 2-1 count, he stepped on the rubber and…
… dropped the ball.
Maybe it was nerves. Maybe it just slipped. Maybe they could hear the ensuing cheers in Cincinnati.
Cueto gave an aw-shucks grin. and Martin flashed one, too. Then, he launched Cueto’s next pitch into the left-field stands. Cue the sea of waving jolly roger flags.
In that moment, it seemed as if the fans — those patient, patient fans — had actually willed the ball over the wall. Home-field advantage never felt so palpable. PNC Park never felt so alive.
It was the type of moment the place was built for.
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March 24, 2014
by Garrett Conti


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10 most disappointing moments in Pitt sports

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Pitt fans always have heartbreak in the back of their minds. Those who cheer for the Panthers realize this is a way of life, and can point to several moments in which they were let down. With the NCAA Tournament going on, what better time is there to point out some of the most-crushing blows Pitt fans have experienced. Choosing from football and men’s basketball — the most popular sports at the school — here are some of the more heart-breaking defeats:

10. Pitt vs. Ohio State (football, 1996) — It wasn’t so much a letdown, but the Buckeyes unleashed a 72-0 beating on the Panthers in Columbus. The game was over by halftime for coach Johnny Majors and the Pitt football team, as they trailed 52-0.

9. Syracuse vs. Pitt (basketball, 2014) — No. 1 Syracuse was undefeated and on the ropes at Petersen Events Center until freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit a buzzer-beating miracle bucket to crush the hopes of the Pitt men’s basketball team.

8. UConn vs. Pitt (basketball, 1998) — The Pitt men’s basketball team was enjoying a sort-of resurgence under coach Ralph Willard, but the season went down the tubes after UConn guard Khalid El-Amin shocked Oakland with this game-winner.

7. Pitt vs. Kent State (basketball, 2002) — The Panthers had a good shot at a Final Four berth with Indiana knocking off NCAA Tournament favorite Duke, but they couldn’t get past future NFL star Antonio Gates and Kent State in the Sweet 16.

6. Pitt vs. Notre Dame (football, 2012) — No. 3 Notre Dame was undefeated and charging toward the national title, but was down by two TDs against Pitt in the fourth quarter. The Irish regrouped and knocked off the Panthers in triple overtime.

5. Pitt vs. Vanderbilt (basketball, 1988) — The highly regarded Panthers — paced by Charles Smith and Jerome Lane — were expected to make a run in the NCAA Tournament until they ran into Barry Goheen and Vanderbilt in the second round.

4. Pitt vs. Butler (basketball, 2011) — Butler had been to the national title game the year before but wasn’t as good in 2011. Still, the Bulldogs managed to knock off the Panthers, holding a No. 1 seed, in a second-round upset in the NCAA Tournament.

3. Cincinnati vs. Pitt (football, 2009) — The Big East championship and a trip to a BCS bowl were on the line, as the high-powered Bearcats clawed back for a win to take it all away from the Pitt football team on a frigid day at Heinz Field.

2. Pitt vs. Villanova (basketball, 2009) — With a No. 1 seed and a shot at the Final Four at stake, the Pitt men were unable to stop speedy Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, who hit a shot with a few seconds left on the clock to boot the Panthers.

1. Penn State vs. Pitt (football, 1981) — Pitt had Dan Marino at quarterback, a perfect record and a probable shot at the national championship with rival Penn State coming into town. Pitt jumped out early, but it was all Nittany Lions after that.

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March 18, 2014
by Mike Palm


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14 foods you forgot were endorsed by Pittsburgh athletes

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If you’re at the right store (or plbsports.com), you can find Brett “The Diesel” Keisel salsa, Pascal Dupuis’ dijon mustard or Steel City Mustard featuring Neil Walker.

You may also remember the Hines Ward 86 Steak Sauce. How about Jerome Bettis’ World Championship Crunch cereal, mustard, salsa, peanut butter, pickles or BBQ sauce? Or Heath Miller’s Heath’s Big Money Bar? Or City of Champions cereal (with either Hines Ward or Max Talbot)?

Here are 14 more foods you may have forgotten were endorsed by Pittsburgh athletes:

 

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Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw — Terry’s Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy).

 

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Penguins right wing Jaromir Jagr — Jagr Creamy Peanut Butter (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

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Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister — Bubby candy bar (Produced by Pittsburgh’s Chris Candies)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox — Tommy Gun Flakes cereal (Produced by PLB Sports). They also made Tommy Maddox BBQ Sauce.

 

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Steelers running back Franco Harris — Franco’s Cheese Pizza (Produced by Burgettstown’s Panhandle Food Sales)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Penguins defenseman Darius Kasparaitis — Kasparaitis Kruncher’s premium dill spears (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Penguins center Mario Lemieux — Mario Bun (Produced by Clark)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Steelers receiver Lynn Swann — Super 88 cereal (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

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Steelers receiver Louis Lipps — Lippsmackers Gourmet Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Pirates catcher Jason Kendall — Kendall Krunch cereal (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Olympic sprinter Lauryn Williams —  Fast Flakes cereal (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Steelers special teams ace Chidi Iwuoma — Geronimo Salsa (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

On a side note, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans had very similar salsas at the same time.

 

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — Big Ben’s Beef Jerky (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

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(Photo: Phil Pavely  |  Tribune-Review)

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury — Fleury Flakes (Produced by Pittsburgh’s PLB Sports)

 

And finally, the Czech Republic leaves us with two mysteries:

1. Penguins defenseman Jiri Slegr reportedly had his own cookies around 1999

2. Jaromir Jagr breath mints? The text translates to “for fresh breath” and “eucalyptus extracts.”

Jagrmints

 

 

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March 12, 2014
by Garrett Conti


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10 best movies filmed around Pittsburgh

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OK, so Western Pennsylvania has become a hub for filmmaking. Over the past few years, we’ve had “Out of the Furnace,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Love and Other Drugs” and a few others. Sure, we’re not Hollywood or the Big Apple, but, give it some time, and, maybe … Well, moving on, here’s a list of the Top 10 movies shot in Western Pennsylvania. It was a rigorous selection process, as we strived to find the movies that had the most scenes filmed in and around Western Pennsylvania.

 

 

10. “Warrior” (2011) — Easily, one of the most under-seen movies of 2011, “Warrior” follows the story of two brothers from a hardscrabble Pittsburgh family looking for a big payday in a national UFC event. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton turn in great performances, as well as Nick Nolte, who picked up an Oscar nomination for his role. For a little extra Pittsburgh flavor, Kurt Angle had a supporting part.

 

 

9. “Dogma” (1999) — Director Kevin Smith has filmed a couple of movies in Pittsburgh, but “Dogma” is among his best. Yep, right up there with “Clerks” and “Mallrats.” A tremendous cast — Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Linda Fiorentino, Jason Lee, George Carlin  and Salma Hayek star — does great work in this thought-provoking comedic assault on Catholicism.

 

 

8. “Wonder Boys” (2000) — A stellar cast, including Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., and Katie Holmes, navigates filmmaker Curtis Hanson’s spectacular comedy drama, adapted from Pitt grad Michael Chabon’s novel of the same name. The picture tracks the relationship between a college professor and one of his outcast students. Well, actually they’re both outcasts.

 

 

7. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012) — Credit Stephen Chbosbky for one of the best teen dramedies that’s arrived in theaters since the heyday of John Hughes. The Pittsburgh native penned the bestselling coming-of-age novel of the same name before putting together a screenplay and directing the movie himself. The results turned out to be one of the best films of 2012. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller have lead roles.

 

 

6. “Flashdance” (1983) — One of the movies that’s always identified as being a Pittsburgh movie, director Adrian Lyne’s film was immensely popular in the 1980s. Although it doesn’t hold up as well as some of the others, it’s feel-good final scene is still fantastic. Starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, it presents a gritty Pittsburgh that was still in the process of making its transition to a hub for healthcare, energy and tech companies.

 

 

5. “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) — The final film of director Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy was the weakest of the three, but it was still a darn good picture. Not to mention, it’s part of arguably the greatest superhero franchise to ever hit the silver screen. Sorry, Superman. Intense performances from Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Tom Hardy only helped the film’s cause.

 

 

4. “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1993) — A real tearjerker, this drama starring Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon and Peter Ustinov landed two Academy Award nominations. The feature, based on a true story, follows two parents striving to find a cure for what ails their young son. As their son’s health continues to decline, the mother and father are met with constant dead ends by medical specialists. Will their hard work eventually pay off? Pass the tissues, please.

 

 

3. “Bob Roberts” (1992) — Tim Robbins made his directorial debut with this mockumentary that will go down as one of the best movies about politics ever made. Packed with satire, Robbins plays the wealthy Bob Roberts, a guitar-slinging conservative who’s making a run for the U.S. Senate. Alan Rickman, Susan Sarandon, Giancarlo Espisito and Gore Vidal back Robbins in hilarious supporting roles.

 

 

 2. “Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — One of the best thrillers of all time, “Silence of the Lambs,” a winner of five Academy Awards, might’ve even cost Alfred Hitchcock a good night’s sleep. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give scintillating performances in director Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece. The film follows a hunt for a serial killer in which a young FBI agent turns to an imprisoned psychopath for advice on finding their man.

 

 

1. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) — Sick of seeing zombies in movies or on TV all the time? Well, you can thank George A. Romero, a young Carnegie Mellon graduate who made “Night of the Living Dead.” Since its arrival, the film has spawned a genre that refuses to die. The film follows a group of folks trapped in a secluded house surrounded by zombies. It’s a film that still stands as a game changer in the horror genre. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

— “Gung Ho” (1986)

— “Adventureland” (2010)

— “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002)

— “Angels in the Outfield” (1951)

— “Hoffa” (1992)

— “Kingpin” (1996)

— “The Road” (2009)

— “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh” (1979)

— “Dominick & Eugene” (1988)

— “Out of the Furnace” (2013)

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March 5, 2014
by Mike Palm


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12 trades that had the biggest impact on the Penguins

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With the trade deadline approaching later this afternoon, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look back through Penguins history at the deals that may have had the biggest impact on the team.

Most of the team’s blockbuster moves haven’t even come at the trade deadline. Some were straight-up swaps; others were rentals for the rest of the season. Future Hall of Famers came and went. And a few even led to Stanley Cups:

12 TRADES THAT HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON THE PENGUINS

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March 4, 1991 — The Penguins acquire Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from the Hartford Whalers for John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker.

Francis gave the Penguins a two-way center who could chip in on offense, while Samuelsson and Jennings added beef to the team’s blue line. Less than three months later, the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup.

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Feb. 19, 1992 — The Penguins acquire Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a third-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and a first-round pick. (Benning and the pick, along with Jeff Chychrun, came from the Los Angeles Kings on the same day in exchange for Paul Coffey.)

Even though the Penguins were fresh off a Stanley Cup, another shakeup was deemed necessary under new coach Scotty Bowman. Out went offensively gifted Coffey and Recchi, and in came some grit from Philly with Tocchet and Samuelsson. Three months later, the Penguins claimed their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

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Feb. 26, 2008 — The Penguins acquire Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis from the Atlanta Thrashers for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick.

The Penguins made a huge splash at the trade deadline in acquiring Hossa as a rental player with Dupuis adding speed and penalty-killing prowess. The Penguins returned to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992, but lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings.

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Sept. 13, 1974 — The Penguins acquire Rick Kehoe from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Blaine Stoughton and a first-round pick.

Kehoe wound up playing 11 seasons for the Penguins, retiring as the franchise’s all-time scoring leader with 312 goals and 324 assists for 636 points. In 1981, he scored a career-high 55 goals and won the Lady Byng Trophy.

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June 21, 2003 — The Penguins acquire the first overall pick, used on Marc-Andre Fleury, and a third-round pick from the Florida Panthers for Mikael Samuelsson and first- and third-round picks.

With their first top overall pick since drafting Mario Lemieux in 1983, the Penguins opted to go after Fleury as their franchise goalie. Fleury backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009 and sits atop the team’s all-time wins list with 280 (as of March 3).

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July 11, 2001 — The Penguins trade Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Ross Lupaschuk and Michal Sivek.

After 11 scintillating seasons with the Penguins — which included five Art Ross Trophies and one Hart Trophy — Jagr’s time in Pittsburgh came to an end. Near the end of his tenure, Jagr, who sits right behind Lemieux in most Penguins all-time offensive categories, had asked for a trade.

The prospects acquired in this trade never really panned out, and the Penguins had four straight losing seasons after not posting a sub .500 seasons since 1988-89.

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Nov. 24, 1987 — The Penguins acquire Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp from the Edmonton Oilers for Dave Hannan, Chris Joseph, Moe Mantha and Craig Simpson.

Coffey won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers and continued his offensive production for the Penguins. The smooth-skating defenseman served as a power-play quarterback and taught the young Penguins the values of off-ice conditioning.

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Nov. 12, 1988 — The Penguins acquire Tom Barrasso and a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon.

Barrasso, who won the Vezina Trophy as an 19-year-old rookie, gave the Penguins a franchise goaltender. Barrasso led the team to two Stanley Cups, and his performance in 1992 could have won the Conn Smythe Award. He set Penguins’ goaltending records for wins (226), minutes (25,879) and shutouts (22) that stood until Fleury surpassed them.

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June 13, 1978 — The Penguins acquire Randy Carlyle and George Ferguson for Dave Burrows and a sixth-round pick.

Carlyle became the  Penguins’ first — and only — winner of the Norris Trophy, as the NHL’s top defenseman with a career year in 1980-81. He finished with 16 goals and 67 assists for 83 points.

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May 21, 1968 — The Penguins acquire Jean Pronovost and John Arbour from the Boston Bruins for cash.

Pronovost played 10 seasons for the P enguins, becoming the first player in franchise history to notch 50 goals and 100 points, both in 1975-76.

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Jan. 26, 1971 — The Penguins acquire Syl Apps Jr. and Sheldon Kannegiesser from the New York Rangers for Glen Sather.

Apps formed the “Century  Line” along with Lowell MacDonald and Pronovost. From 1972-73 to 1975-76, the three players combined to score more than 900 points.

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March 4, 2009 — The Penguins acquire Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a third-round pick.

Guerin joined the Penguins and added 15 points in 24 playoff games playing on Sidney Crosby’s wing. Perhaps equally as important, he provided veteran leadership in the locker room. Three months later, the Penguins were celebrating with their third Stanley Cup.

 

Honorable mentions: 

Neal/Niskanen for Goligoski, 2-21-11

Naslund for Stojanov, 3-20-96

Nedved/Zubov for Robitaille/Samuelsson, 8-31-95

Murphy/Taglianetti for Johnson/Dahlquist, 12-11-90

Mullen for 2nd round pick, 6-16-90

Stackhouse for Lynch/Rutherford, 1-17-74

 

ICYMI: Penguins writer Rob Rossi took a look at current general manager Ray Shero’s moves dating back to 2007.

– Mike Palm

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