Gameday 29: Have Your (Desert) Dogs Spayed or Neutered

The Penguins tonight play host to the Arizona Coyotes in their first of two meetings this season.  The two teams split their get-togethers last season – Arizona won at home 2-1 in October, Pittsburgh with the 6-0 rout on Leap Year Day this year – but the Penguins have generally had their way with the franchise, with a 42-29-3 record all-time against the Jets/Coyotes. Continue reading

Third Off-Day Thoughts: 11/29/2016

Hi! I’m throwing this out there as we wait for Wednesday, when the Penguins will be playing in Brooklyn’s terrible hockey venue against the listing Islanders.  The Islanders are tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the worst record in the League, and yet somehow their head coach, Jack Capuano, is still employed whereas the Florida Panthers just fired their head coach Gerard Gallant — literally kicked him to the curb, in fact — regardless of their middle-of-the-Atlantic-division record.  As for the Isles, they are 3-4-3 in their last 10, though they did snatch a 2-1 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames last night.  Former Penguin Thomas Greiss has played three of the last four for New York, so in spite of the Penguins having seemed to have figured out their Jaroslav Halak problems, it stands to reason that Capuano might tab Halak for the start tomorrow night. Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room II: Who Might the Penguins Trade With Part I

When I wrote “The Elephant in the Room” last month, it was at the forefront of my mind that it was not a matter of if, but when the Penguins would have to say goodbye to either Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray.  Of course, this wouldn’t be the case if the NHL weren’t expanding to Las Vegas, but that’s where we are.  (Let’s not forget that another expansion is likely coming down the road in the next few years.)  The new franchise will be snagging three goaltenders from the list of unprotected goaltenders the other thirty teams will send to the NHL on June 17, 2017.  For the most part, this means that each team will have at least two goalies unprotected, some upwards of four or five, but a few teams will only have one goalie left unprotected.  The Penguins are one of those teams.  Fleury’s limited no-movement clause means the team has to protect him if they keep him through the deadline next June.  Matt Murray would be a prime candidate for selection if the Penguins can’t make a move beforehand. Continue reading