2018-2019 Edit

December Edit

Tues 3 Dec: Stefan Noesen signed to NHL contract as the clubs injury woes continue. Within hours of signing Noesen scored his first goal as a penguin.

Fri 6 Dec: Phil Kessel returned to PPG Arena for the first time as a Coyote, receiving a standing ovation from fans (and fist bump from Malkin) Pens won 2-0.

The game also marked the second consecutive shut outs by back up goalie Tristan Jarry.

Tue 10 Dec: Tristan Jarry gained second NHL star of the week for his efforts. He now holds the franchise longest shut out record at 177:15 minutes.

Thurs 12 Dec: Jack Johnson played his 900th NHL game against his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pens won 1 - 0 (OT)

During this game, Tristan Jarry recorded his third shut out in four games.[3]

Tues 17 Dec: Evgeni Malkin scored his 400th NHL goal against the Calgary Flames, an empty netter. Pens won 4 - 1

October Edit

Sat 12 Oct: Matt Murray reaches 100 wins in the NHL against Minnesota Wild. Pens won 7-4

Sun 13 Oct: Kris Letang became the first defenseman in Penguins history to record 500 career points with an assist on Sam Lafferty's first goal (he scored twice) against the Jets. Pens won 7-2.

September Edit

Thur 5th Sept: Sidney Crosby's jersey will be retired by Rimouski Oceanic.

Thur 12th Sept: Re-signed Marcus Pettersson to one year contract $875,125.

Fri 13th Sept: The first day of training camp!! [4]

Mon 21st Sept: Nathan Legare signs 3 year entry level contract.[5]

Wed 23rd Sept: Sam Poulin signs 3 year entry level contract.[6]

Sun 27th Sept: Sidney Crosby number retired by his QMJHL team, Rimouski. In a surprise move, the number 87 was retired across the 'Q' [7]

August Edit

Fri 2nd Aug: Matt Cullen has joined the Penguins organisation in a player development role.

Further retirements announced this off season by ex-Penguins. Chris Kunitz 2008 - 2017 and Ben Lovejoy 2008 - 2013

July Edit

Mon 1st July: More signings and resigning so far

Six years - Brandon Tanev and Penguins have agreed to terms [8] Tanev is excited to be joining the Penguins with their strong core and great history.[9]

Two year - New signings - David Warsofsky and Andrew Agozzino both $700,000 and two way deals.[10] Resignings Zach Trotman and Kevin Czuczman both $700,000 and two way deals. [11]

Wed 3rd July: Resigned - Joseph Blandisi to a one year - two way entry level contract.

Thur 5th July: Head Coach Mike Sullivan signed four year extension

Thur 11th July: After 21years playing in the NHL, Matt Cullen (c) has announced his retirement. Matt was part of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. Twitter video.

Mon 22 July: Update signings and Trades

One year - Adam Johnson two way contract $700,000

Two year - Teddy Blueger signs one-way contract $750,000.

Garett Wilson signs with Toronto Maple Leafs. Wilson had been with the Penguins for three year and last year served as Captain of AHL Wilkes-Barre last year.

Sun 28th July: More resignings and trades: Zach Aston-Reese resigns two year extension avoiding salary arbitration.

Trade: Penguins acquire John Marino (D) from Oilers for Conditional 2021 6th round draft pick.

June Edit

Mon 3rd June: Signings and resigning so far this off seaon

Entry level - Finnish goal-keeper Emil Larmil,[12] Forward Kasper Bjorkqvist,[13] and Defenseman Niclas Almari [14]

One year - Juuso Riikola $850,000 [15] Thomas Di Pauli $700,000 [16]

Two year - Chad Ruwedel $700,000 [17]

Sat 15th June: Olli Maatta traded to Chicago Blackhawks for F Domink Kahun and 2019 5th round draft pick.[18]

Wed 19th June: NHL AwardsSidney Crosby was named to NHL Second All-Star team for the fourth time of his career. He came in second to Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.

Sun 23rd June: 2019 Draft

First round - 21st overall - Samuel Poulin - Left wing

Third round - 74th overall - Nathan Legare - Forward. Pittsburgh Penguins acquired this pick (74th overall) in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round (98th overall), fifth-round (151st overall), and seventh-round (207th overall) pick,

Fifth round - 145th overall - Judd Caulfield - Forward

Seventh round - 203rd overall - Vltteri Puustinen - Forward

Seventh round - 211th overall - Santeri Airola - Defenseman

Tue 25th June: Jim Rutherford GM voted into Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sat 29th June: Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel traded to Arizona Coyotes.

Pittsburgh receives - Alex Galchenyuk (F) and Pierre-Olivier Joseph (D-rookie)

Arizona receives - Phil Kessel (F), Dane Birks (D-rookie) and 2021 fourth-round daft pick.

Galechenyuk is said to be looking forward to the opportunity.

While Kessel reunites with ex-coach Rick Tocchet - nicknamed 'The Phil Whisperer'.[19]

May Edit

Thursday 2 May 2019: Penguins playing in the IIHF World Cup in Slovakia.

Teddy Blueger - Latvia

Patric Hornqvist and Marcus Pettersson - Sweden

Evgeni Malkin - Russia

Jared McCann and Matt Murray - Canada

Dominik Simon - Czech Republic

Wed 22nd May: Penguin medalists at 2019 IIHF

Silver - Jared McCann and Matt Murray - Canada

Bronze - Evgeni Malkin - Russia

April Edit

Thurs 4 April 2019: Penguins clinch their 13th straight play-off berth in a win against the Detroit Red Wings. Pens won 4-1.

Sat 6 April 2019: In the final regular season game Sidney Crosby gained his 100th point for the season against the New York Rangers. His sixth time to achieve a 100+ point in his NHL career.

Jake Guentzel scored his 40th goal for the first time in his NHL career. Pens lost 4-3 OT.

Wed 17 April 2019: Penguins knocked out first round of the play-offs, swept by the New York Islanders 4 - 0.

Fri 19 April 2019: GM Jim Rutherford talks about the season and possible trades. State of the Team.

Monday 29th April: Sidney Crosby named Hart Trophy Finalist, which is awarded to the NHL player most valuable to their team.

March Edit

Sat 2 March 2019: Sidney Crosby scored his 440th goal 21 seconds into the game against the Montreal Canadiens taking second place on the Penguins all-time goal scoring list. Pens won 5-1.

Evgeni Maklin scored his 995th career point in the same game. Now within 5 points of 1000 - he would be the 88th in NHL history to do so.

Tues 5 March 2019: Matt Cullen played his 1500th NHL game against the Florida Panthers. Bridget Cullens thoughts.

After 927 games, Sidney Crosby also hit another milestone scoring his 1200th point with an assist on a Jake Guentzel goal. 1,202 points; 441 goals, 761 assists, +/- 187. Pens won 3-2 OT

For the first time in his career, Jake Guentzel has a 30 goal season.

Sat 9 March 2019: Phil Kessel played his 314th consecutive games for the Penguins. The second longest in franchise history against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pens lost 1-4.

Evgeni Maklin currently has 998 career points with 846 games played. 391 goals, 607 assists, +/- 69

Tues 12 March 2019: Evgeni Malkin scored his 1000th point with an assist on a Phil Kessel goal against the Washington Capitals. 848 games played, 1000 points, 391 goals, 609 assists. Pens won 5-3. During the same game Washington Capitals Captain Alexander Ovechkin scored his 1200th with an assist.

Justin Shultz also played his 200th NHL game.

Tue 19 March 2019: Phil Kessel played his 320th consecutive game becoming the player with the longest streak in Pens history.

Thurs 28 March 2019: Matt Cullen nominated for Masterton Award.

Fri 29 March 2019: Jake Guentzel played his 200th NHL game against Nashville Predators. Pens lost 3-1. His career so far - 200 games played, 76 goals (38 this season alone), 77 assists, 153 points and +/- 12

February Edit

Fri 1 February 2019: Derrick Brassard and Riley Sheahan traded to the Florida Panthers for Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann and 2019 Draft picks (1 x round 2 and 2 x round 4)

Teddy Blueger scored his first NHL goal against Ottawa Senators. Pens won 5-3

Sat 9 February 2019:  Sidney Crosby played his 916th game becoming the most games played by a Penguin. Pens lost 5-4 against Tampa Bay Lightening.

Garrett Wilson scored his first NHL goal. He was first drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2009. 

Mon 11 February 2019: Kris Letang become the 'most' defence man in Pittsburgh history with his 109th goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Pens won 4-1. 

  • Most games played 
  • Most goals 
  • Most assists 
  • Most points   

Sat 16 February 2019: Phil Kessel achieved his 800th point against the Calgary Flames. Only 1 of 17 American born players to do so - only 2 are currently active. Pens lost 5-4.

Mon 25 February 2019: As the trade deadline neared Tanner Pearson was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Erik Gudbranson.

January Edit

Thurs 3 Jan 2019: Sidney Crosby selected for NHL All Star game to be played in San Jose. This is his third consecutive selection. Eighth overall.

Sun 6 Jan 2019: Penguins honour the 2009 Stanley Cup winning team prior to game vs Chicago Blackhawks and Chris Kunitz. Pens lost 5-3.

Fri 11 Jan 2018: Kris Letang voted in last man to NHL All Star game by the fans. He will be playing in his fifth All-Star Game, tying him with Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for the most appearances by a Pittsburgh defenseman. This is also Letangs second consecutive year attending.

Casey DeSmith signs 3 year, avg 1.25million per year contract extension.

Wed 16 Jan 2019: Derek Grant traded to Anaheim Ducks for Joseph Blandisi.  

Sat 26 Jan 2019: Sidney Crosby named MVP of 2019 All Star game in San Jose.  

Mon 28 Jan 2019: Jamie Oleksiak traded back to Dallas Stars for 2019 fourth round pick.  

Wed 30 Jan 2019: Evgeni Malkin achieved his 600th point against Tampa Bay Lighting with an assist. Pens won 4-2  

December Edit

Mon 3 Dec 2018: Daniel Sprong traded to Anaheim Ducks for defensemen Marcus Pettersson.

Tues 4 Dec 2018: Patric Hornqvist records the fastest hat-trick in Penguins history against the Colorado Avalanche. [20] Pens won 6-3.

Thurs 27 Dec 2018: Jake Guentzel signs 5 year, avg 6 million per year contract extension

Sat 29 Dec 2018: Juuso Riikola scores first NHL game vs St Louis Blues. Pens won 6-1.

Mon 31 Dec 2018: Sidney Crosby played his 900th NHL game against the Minnesota Wild. Pens won 3-2.

November Edit

Sat 3 Nov 2018: Jack Johnson played his 800th and Carl Hagelin his 500th (regular season) against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pens lost 5-0.

Wed 7 Nov 2018: Jamie Oleksiak played his 200th career game against the Washington Capitals. Pens lost 2-1.

After five straight losses Jim Rutherford, GM, says roster changes maybe coming.

Tue 13 Nov 2018: Evgeni Malkin played his 800th game against the New Jersey Devils. Pens lost 4-2.

Wed 14 Nov 2018: Carl Hagelin traded to LA Kings for Tanner Pearson. This was a simple one for one trade.

Jim Rutherford, GM signed a three year contract extension

Mon 19 Nov 2018: Kris Letang played his 700th career game and Bryan Rust his 200th against Buffalo Sabres.

October Edit

Thu 4 Oct 2018: Pens played their first game of the season against the Capitals, winning 7-6 in overtime. Bob Errey also revealed that Penguins had replaced the boards around the rink with new ones during the off-season, which meant that the players were not yet used to the way the puck would bounce off the new boards.

Sat 6 Oct 2018: Kris Letang set the franchise record for most points by a defensemen.[21]

Thu 11 Oct 2018: Phil Kessel scores his first hat trick as a Penguin at home against the Las Vegas Knights. [22]

Thu 18 Oct 2018: Kris Letang gets his 100th goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs

2017-2018 Season Edit

October Edit

Wed 4 Oct 2017: Regular season opener against the St. Louis blues. 2017 Championship Banner ceremony.

Tue 10 Oct 2017: The Penguins visited the White House amidst much controversy.

Sat 21 Oct 2017: The Penguins traded Scott Wilson to the Detroit Red Wings for Riley Sheahan.

Mon 23 Oct 2017: The Pens put backup goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers. He would later be claimed by the Flordia Panthers, who were in need of an extra goalie after Roberto Luongo got injured when his hand got caught between the goalpost and Conor Sheary, incidentally, in a game against the Penguins.

November Edit

Thu 2 Nov 2017: It was discovered that everyone had been wrongly pronouncing Conor Sheary's name the whole time.[1] Sheary had, up until that point, won two Cups with the Pens.

Fri 10 Nov 2017: Sidney Crosby played his 800th NHL game against the Washington Capitals.

December Edit

Thu 14 Dec 2017: The Pens played their first game against new team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Ian Cole became the first ever active Penguin player to score a goal against former Penguins goaltender, Marc-André Fleury. Vegas won 2-1.

Tue 19 Dec 2017: The Penguins made a minor trade sending Josh Archibald to Arizona and getting defensean Jamie Oleksiak from Dallas.[2]

February Edit

Fri 23 Feb 2018: The Penguins received Derick Brassard in a 3-way deal with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights that saw Ryan Reaves to the Knights and Ian Cole to the Senators.[3]

2017-2018 Pre-Season Edit

September Edit

Thu 7 Sep 2017: NHL Media Day in Stamford, Connecticut. Sidney Crosby went as the Penguins' representative.

Fri 8 - Mon 11 Sep 2017: Penguins' Prospect Challenge.

Tue 12 Sep 2017: Pens held their annual Summer Sticks Golf Classic. It was their 30th year hosting the event.

Wed 13 Sep 2017: Annual ticket delivery to fans. It was the 10th year the Pens sent their players out to deliver season tickets.

Thu 14 Sep 2017: Penguins Media Day. Fitness and medical testing in relation to pre-season camp.

Fri 15 Sep 2017: The Penguins' pre-season camp started on Friday 15 September.

Sat 23 Sep 2017: The Penguins announced that Kris Letang had been given an 'A' as an alternate captain to replace Chris Kunitz who left for the Tampa Bay Lightnin in free agency.[4]

Sun 24 Sep 2017: Amidst rising social tensions and NBA and NFL players taking a stand against police brutality in the USA and Donald Trump blasting black players for taking a knee during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protesting[5], the Penguins released a statement reiterating their intention to visit the White House as is customary of championship teams, despite president Trump's politics.[6] Though there were those who applauded the Pens for the decision and keeping 'politics out of it', the team as a whole, and especially Sidney Crosby as captain of the team, received huge backlash from fans and media alike.[7]

October Edit

Mon 2 Oct 2017: Pens' annual Pet Calendar Shoot.[8] The Penguins hosted a ring ceremony where they celebrated their back to back Stanley Cups and the staff and players received their championship rings.[9]

Tue 3 Oct 2017: Derrick Pouliot was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a 2018 4th round pick.[10]

2017 Off-Season Edit

June Edit

Mon 12 June 2017: The players arrive back in Pittsburgh with the Cup.[11]

Wed 14 June 2017: The city of Pittsburgh host the 2017 Stanley Cup parade.[12] Olli Maatta and Justin Shultz celebrated hard and were notably drunk. Both became a meme.

Thu 15 June 2017: Locker room Clean-out Day.

Wed 21 June 2017: The 2017 NHL awards were attended by Sidney Crosby and Carl Hagelin from the Penguins.

Wed 21 June 2017: Marc-André Fleury was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 expansion draft. Fleury was, at that point, the longest-tenured Penguin and the only remaining player from Sidney Crosby's rookie year. Crosby is now currently the longest-tenured Penguins player.

Fri 23 June 2017: 2017 NHL draft. The Penguins traded their #31 pick and Oskar Sundqvist for St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves and a 2nd-round pick.

Sat 24 June 2017: Day 2 of 2017 NHL draft. The Penguins drafted defenseman Zachary Lauzon at #51, defenseman Clayton Phillips at #93, winger Jan Drozg at #152, center Linus Olund at #155, defenseman Antti Palojarvi at #186, and defenseman William Reilly at #217. Reilly was the last pick of the entire draft.

Wed 28 June - Sat 1 July 2017: Penguins' annual prospect development camp.[13]

July Edit

Sat 1 July 2017: The start of free agency. Trevor Daley (Detroit Red Wings), Nick Bonino (Nashville Predators), Chris Kunitz (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Ron Hainsey (Toronto Maple Leafs) all moved on to different teams.

Tue 11 July 2017: Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet was named the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes.

Wed 16 Aug 2017: After deliberating on whether he would retire or not, Matt Cullen signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.

2017 Playoffs Edit

April Edit

Wed 12 April 2017: Matt Murray tore his hamstring during warmups for the first game of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets, and Marc-André Fleury stepped in as the starting goalie, while Tristan Jarry acted as the backup goalie. Murray wouldn't return to the lineup until the third round of the playoffs.[14]

Thu 20 April 2017: The Penguins eliminated the #4 seed Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 in the first round of the playoffs.

Thu 27 April 2017: The Penguins won Game 1 against the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs.

May Edit

Mon 1 May 2017: Sidney Crosby got a concussion after being on the receiving end of a double-handed Alex Ovechkin slash and a Matt Niskanen cross-check to his face.[15] Crosby missed one game before he returned to the lineup.

Wed 3 May 2017: Marc-André Fleury taped over Matt Niskanen's name on his goalie helmet after his hit on Sidney Crosby. The helmet was a tribute to some of Fleury's favourite teammates over the years.[16]

Sat 6 May 2017: Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary, also suffering from a concussion, returned to the lineup in Game 5 against the Capitals.

Wed 10 May 2017: The Penguins eliminated the #1 seed Washington Capitals in Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs.

Sat 13 May 2017: The Penguins played Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators in round three of the playoffs.

Mon 15 May 2017: Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel played a very passionate Game 2 that included a lot of yelling, and Malkin needed to be calmed down by Coach Mike Sullivan.[17] Marc-André Fleury got a shutout.

Wed 17 May 2017: Marc-André Fleury was pulled from Game 3 after allowing four goals in 13 minutes in the first period, and Matt Murray saw his first playoff action since sustaining a torn hamstring before Game 1 against Columbus in round one.[18]

Sun 21 May 2017: Matt Murray got a shutout as the Penguins won 7-0 against the Senators.

Thu 25 May 2017: The Penguins won in double overtime on a Chris Kunitz goal and eliminated the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 in the third round of the playoffs.

Mon 29 May 2017: The Penguins won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against Nashville. The Pens went an entire period (37 min total) without a shot on net for the first time in franchise history. They won the game 5-3 with only 12 shots on the whole game. It was the lowest shot total by a team in the Stanley Cup final to ever win a game.[19] During the course of the game, a Predators fan threw a catfish onto the ice,[20] and would later be charged for "disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting and possessing instruments of a crime" before the charges were dropped.[21] Predators fans throwing catfish onto the ice was a staple of the entire playoffs.

Wed 31 May 2017: The final took a more physical turn in Game 2 when PK Subban punched Sidney Crosby twice in the back of the head, and was then on the receiving end of some punishing Penguins hit.[22] Subban and Malkin almost fought.

June Edit

Sat 3 June 2017: The Penguins lost Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against the Predators, and Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin went a playoff game with neither having a shot on goal since they started playing together in 2006. It broke a streak of 143 playoff games. In his post-game interview[23], PK Subban was asked about having exchanged words with Sidney Crosby after the game had ended and claimed that Crosby had said Subban's breath smelled bad. This would prove to be a lie[24] as Showtime's All Access cameras caught the exchange, with sound, on tape.

Thu 8 June 2017: The Penguins dominated Game 5 of the final, with Matt Murray shutting the Predators out as the Pens won 6-0. PK Subban and Sidney Crosby again ended up in an altercation where Crosby pushed Subban's head to the ice and Subban went after his leg. Crosby also accidentally tossed a water bottle onto the ice as he was waving it in anger at a missed slashing call by the refs.[25]

Sun 11 June 2017: Matt Murray got his second shutout in a row as the Penguins beat out the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 in Nashville to become the 2017 Stanley Cup champions. The Penguins were the first team to win back to back in 19 years and the first ever in the salary cap era. Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe, also back to back.

2016-2017 Season Edit

October Edit

Thu 13 October 2016: The Penguins host the Washington Capitals for the first game of the season, winning 3-2 in a shootout, and host the 2016 Stanley Cup banner. The Penguins announce that the team is no longer for sale,[26] which had been an option explored by owners Mario Lemiuex and Ron Burkle when they hired a wealth investment firm back in June 2015.[27]

Fri 14 October 2016: Nick Bonino joined NHL Now by phone to talk about the Stanley Cup banner raising, the biggest challenge for the Penguins in trying to win the Stanley Cup for a consecutive year, what makes the HBK line click, the Pens' White House visit, Hockey Night In Canada Punjabi’s ‘spectacular’ goal call[28] which went viral, his plans for the Stanley Cup ring, and how some of the guys did not recognize him without his playoff beard. [29]

Sat 15 October 2016: Evgeni Malkin releases Malkin Moji, an emoji and sticker keyboard for iOS. The Penguins play the Anaheim Ducks, and host the 50-year anniversary ceremony before the game. Chris Kunitz plays his 500th game for Pittsburgh.

Thu 20 October 2016: Penguins sign 22-year-old Matt Murray to a 3-year extension to run through the 2019-20 season. The deal is worth a total $11.25M with an average annual value of $3.75M.[30]

Fri 21 October 2016: Penguins put Derrick Pouliot on IR. ESPN ranks the Pittsburgh Penguins 11th among fans' favourite teams of the Big Four American sports.[31]

Mon 24 October 2016: Sidney Crosby (concussion) is cleared to practice without a no-contact jersey. The Malkin Moji emoji and sticker keyboard became available on Google Play.

Tue 25 October 2016: The Penguins host their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night. Sidney Crosby plays his first game of the season vs the Florida Panthers after having lost six games to a concussion. Brian Dumoulin played his 100th career game.

Sat 29 October 2016: The Penguins won 5-4 against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. They scored 3 goals in the span of 55 secs to come from behind a 0-2 deficit. Evgeni Malkin scored his 300th goal.

November Edit

Wed 2 November 2016: Pittsburgh traded goaltender Mike Condon to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2017 5th-round draft pick. Currently the Penguins have 8 picks for 2017: seven of their own (one for each round) in addition to Ottawa's 5th-round pick.[32] Condon was told right before the Pens were set to play the Ducks in Anaheim.

Mon 7 November 2016: The Penguins re-assign defense-man David Warsofsky to WBS.

Tue 8 November 2016: Pittsburgh recall defensemen Steve Olesky and Chad Ruhwedel, and send down Tom Sestito.

December Edit

Wed 14 December 2016: The Penguins become the first franchise in NHL history to string together a 7-game win streak 10 seasons in a row.[33]

Mon 26 December 2016: Coach Mike Sullivan signed a 3-year extension with the Penguins.[34]

Tue 27 December 2016: Brian Dumoulin broke his jaw after taking a puck to the face in the 3rd period in a game against the Devils. He is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks recovering from surgery and the injury.[35]

Wed 28 December 2016: The Penguins played a home game without either team taking a penalty. It had never happened in franchise history before. The last time they played a road game without either team taking a penalty was 11 April 2015, in Buffalo.[36] The only other time the Penguins played a game without either team taking a penalty was 22 March 1969, in St. Louis.[37]

January Edit

Fri 27 - Sun 29 January 2017: The NHL kicked off the 2017 All Star weekend by announcing the top 100 NHL players of all time. Seven Penguins players were named to the list: Mario Lemiuex, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier and Luc Robitaille. A notable omission from the list is Evgeni Malkin, whose accomplished career surely made him deserving of a spot on the list ahead of other players who were chosen instead.[38]

February Edit

Fri 3 Feb 2017: The Penguins host their 4th and final alumni celebration in connection with the fanchise's 50-year celebration.

Thu 16 Feb 2017: Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th NHL point at home against the Winnipeg Jets.

Thu 23 Feb 2017: Defenseman Ron Hainsey was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and minor league forward Danny Kristo. Carolina retained half of his salary.[39]

Sat 25 Feb 2017: The Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers played the 2017 Stadium Series at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 4-2, and Sidney Crosby scored his first ever outdoor game goal (excluding a shootout goal from 2009).

March Edit

Wed 1 March 2017: The Penguins traded Eric Fehr, Steve Olesky and a 2017 4th round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defense prospect Frankie Corrado. Fehr had previously been on waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers traded d-man Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa then traded Streit to Pittsburgh for a 2018 4th round pick. Tampa retained 50% of Streit's salary, while Philadelphia retained 4.7%. Streit and newly acquired Ron Hainsey played together once before in Montreal in ’05.

Sat 18 March 2017: The Penguins signed 5 Make-a-Wish stars to one-day contracts.[40]

2016-2017 Pre-Season Edit

October Edit

Wed 5 October 2016: The Pittsburgh Penguins are honored by President Obama at the White House. The president points out that Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion, that 'Sid the Kid' (Sidney Crosby) is no longer a kid, and that the last time the Penguins were at the white house, Geno (Evgeni Malkin) was snapping pictures with a flip phone.[41]

Fri 7 October 2016: Pittsburgh plays the last game of the pre-season vs the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sidney Crosby is a surprise late scratch. Penguins lose 5-3.

Sun 9 October 2016: The Penguins host their first-ever Fan Fest as part of the franchise's 50th anniversary celebration. Sidney Crosby is in attendance.[42]

Mon 10 October 2016: GM Jim Rutherford announces that Sidney Crosby has suffered a concussion.[43] The Penguins host their 2016 Stanley Cup ring ceremony (with Crosby in attendance).[44]

Tue 11 October 2016: Pittsburgh claimed goaltender Mike Condon off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.[45]

Wed 12 October 2016: The Penguins shoot their annual Pens and Paws calendar.

2016 Off-Season Edit

June Edit

Sun 12 June 2016: The Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 vs the San Jose Sharks. Sidney Crosby is awarded the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP.[46]

Wed 15 June 2016: The city of Pittsburgh host a parade in honor of the 2016 Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins. More than 400,000 people were in attendance.[47]

July Edit

Mon-Fri 11-15 July 2016: Sidney Crosby hosts his second annual hockey school.[48]

Fri 15 July 2016: Crosby spends day 1 of 2 with the Cup. He brings it along to the hockey school, Tim Hortons, and a Veteran's center among other places.[49][50]

Sat 16 July 2016: Crosby spends his second day with the Cup. Cole Harbour hosts a parade in his honor.[51]

September Edit

Thu-Wed 8-14 September 2016: World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament begins.

Wed 14 September 2016: Team Canada plays an exhibition game vs Team Russia at Consol Energy Center (now PPG Paint Arena). Much is made about a Sid vs Geno matchup. Canada wins 3-2 in overtime.

Sat 17 September 2016: The 2016 World Cup of Hockey begins.

Sat 24 September 2016: Sidney Crosby is awarded an Emmy (as the Talent) for his role in the documentary There's No Place Like Home With Sidney Crosby.[52]

Thu 29 September 2016: The 2016 World Cup of Hockey concludes.[53] Team Canada beats Team Europe 2-1 in a best of 3 series to become the Cup winner.[54] Sidney Crosby is awarded tournament MVP.[55]

2016 Playoffs Edit

Sun 22 May 2016: Marc-André Fleury appeared in his 100th career playoff game in Game 5 vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2015 Off-Season Edit

Sun 26 April 2015: It’s announced that Crosby will play for Team Canada in the World Championship, which will go on to win the tournament without a single loss. Evgeni Malkin will play for Team Russia.

May Edit

Sun 17 May 2015: Team Canada beats Russia 6-1 in the World Championship final. Crosby becomes the first person in history to have captained a team to a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold, and World Championship gold. Malkin scores the lone goal for Team Russia.

2015 Post-Season Edit

Fri 24 April 2015: Carl Hagelin scores the overtime winner that eliminates the Penguins from the playoffs.

2014 Off-Season Edit

May Edit

Tue 13 May 2014: The Penguins lose game 7 vs the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.

Thu 15 May 2014: The Penguins hold their annual cleanout-day interviews. Sidney Crosby answers a lot of questions about his focus, about discourse with Bylsma, and if his teammates should have stuck up for him more during the playoffs.

Fri 16 May 2014: It’s announced that Evgeni Malkin will play for Team Russia at the World Championship, which Team Russia will go on to win. The Pittsburgh Penguins fire general manager Ray Shero.

June Edit

Fri 6 June 2014: The Penguins hire general manager Jim Rutherford. His first order of business is firing Dan Bylsma. A lot of people had thought Bylsma would be fired along with Shero, and were upset that it took so long for the Penguins to fire him. The Penguins were criticised for holding onto Bylsma's coaching rights if they weren't intending for him to coach the team anymore. The ownership group responded that they would prefer for the new GM to make the coaching decision.

Tue 24 June 2014: The NHL host their annual NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Sidney Crosby is awarded the Hart Trophy for MVP as voted by the media and the associate press, the Art Ross Trophy, and the Ted Lindsay award for best MVP as voted by the players.

Wed 25 June 2014: The Penguins hire Mike Johnston.

Fri 27 June 2014: The NHL host their annual draft day. Pittsburgh select Kaspari Kapanen 22nd overall. James Neal is traded to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Tue 1 July 2014: The start of free agency. The Penguins lose Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Jussi Jokinen, Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass, and Deryk Engelland.

Wed 9 July 2014: It’s revealed that Crosby suffered a injury to his right wrist during a game against the Blues on 23 March 2016. Supposedly, the injury didn’t affect his shot, but his ability to receive passes. The Penguins announce that they are considering arthroscopic surgery to treat the injury, but that Crosby would rather avoid it if possible.

Tue 15 July 2014: It’s reported that Crosby will not undergo surgery, but will treat the injury with physical therapy and injections.

August Edit

Thu 7 August 2014: This is the summer of the ALS ice bucket challenge. Crosby performed the challenge using the ice shavings from his birthday skate.

September Edit

Wed 3 September 2014: An Ottawa newspaper printed a made up story about Sidney Crosby being arrested in Ottawa on driving-related charges. Crosby was in Vail, Colorado at the time.

Thu 18 September 2014: It’s announced that Crosby and Malkin will be unavailable for the beginning of training camp because of injuries.

2014-2015 Season Edit

October Edit

Thu 9 October 2014: The start of the 2014-2015 regular season. The Penguins win 6-4 over the Anaheim Ducks and Crosby has a 2-goal, 3-point night. The talk about how many games it has been since Sidney Crosby last scored a goal are put to rest.

Wed 22 October 2014: The Penguins lose 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins will go on to lose all games vs the Flyers this season, and will struggle against divisional rivals in general.

Mon 27 October 2014: The Penguins hold a press conference. 20-year-old Olli Maatta is revealed to have thyroid cancer

November Edit

Wed 5 November 2014: Pittsburgh sign Marc-André Fleury to a 4-year, $23 million contract.

Wed 19 November 2014: The Penguins hold another press conference. Pascal Dupuis is revealed to have a blood clot in his lung. He is out for the rest of the season, and unsure how it will affect the rest of his career at this point. 

December Edit

Fri 12 December 2014: Sidney Crosby is held out of a couple of games as a precaution because he hadn’t been feeling well.

Sun 14 December 2014: The Penguins announce that Crosby has been diagnosed with the mumps.

January Edit

Fri 2 January 2015: Pittsburgh acquire David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers. Evgeni Malkin and Craig Adams have a physical altercation in practice. Adams had to wear a face cage afterwards.

Sat 10 January 2015: Crosby and Malkin are selected to the NHL All Star games. Neither makes it because of injuries (Crosby is automatically suspended one game because he pulled out too late) and Marc-André Fleury replaces them as Pittsburgh's representative.

Fri 23 January 2015: The All Star festivities begin.

March Edit

Mon 2 March 2015: Pittsburgh trade Robert Bortuzzo to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ian Cole. They also trade Simon Despres to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ben Lovejoy.

Mon 9 March 2015: 20-year-old Matt Murray sets a new AHL record for longest shutout.

April Edit

Wed 11 April 2015: The Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 and make the playoffs with the last game of the season. They will go on to play the NY Rangers for round one of the playoffs.

2008-2009 Season Edit

October Edit

Thur 2 October 2008: Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik are named alternate captains for October.[56]

Sat 4 October 2008: The Penguins open the preseason against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sun 5 October 2008: Alex Goligoski scores his first career goal.

Sun 18 October 2008: Sidney Crosby scores 1 goal and 3 assists to earn and surpass 100 goals, 200 assists, and 300 points. Crosby played with Evgeni Malkin on his line for the first full game of the season. Evgeni Malkin also surpassed the 200 point mark in this game. [57][58]

November Edit

Sun 2 November 2008: Therrien “knights” defensemen Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill as alternate captains for the month of November. [59]

Tue 11 November 2008: The Penguins return to Detroit for the first time since their defeat in the 2008 Cup Finals. Jordan Staal records his second career hat-trick. The Penguins defeat the Red Wings in OT, 7-6. [60]

Wed 19 November 2008: Evgeni Malkin's 13 game point streak comes to an end. He scores 27 points in this time. [61]

Wed 26 November 2008: Evgeni Malkin records his 3rd career hat-trick. [62]

Sat 29 November 2008: Sidney Crosby records his 2nd career hat-trick. [63][64]

December Edit

Mon 1 December 2008: Evgeni Malkin is named the NHL’s second star of the month for November. [65]

Wed 3 December 2008: Therrien names Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke as alternate captains for the month of December. [66]

Thur 11 December 2008: Pascal Dupuis and Petr Sykora each scored their first career hat-tricks in a 9-2 victory over the New York Islanders. This is the 7th time in Penguin’s history that 2 players scored a hat-trick in the same game. [67]

Fri 26 December 2008: Marc-Andre Fleury makes 37 saves in the Penguins first shutout of the season. [68]

Tue 30 December 2008: Jordan Stall is the youngest player to play 200 games. Team holds a players-only meeting following a record of 5-8-1 for December. [69]

January Edit

Mon 5 January 2009: Penguins begin 2009 with a losing streak of 5 games, the most since 2006.[70] The Penguins fall to 9th place from 2nd, failing to score on 32 consecutive power plays.[71]

Tue 6 January 2009: Ruslan Fedotenko is injured with a broken hand in game against Atlanta Thrashers in a fight against former Penguin, Colby Armstrong. [72][73] Pascal Dupuis sustains an unspecified injury the same game, but is only expected to miss a few days.

Thu 8 January 2009: The Penguins sign Jordan Staal to a 4 year, $16 million contract that will run through the 2012-2013 season. [74]

Fri 30 January 2009: Evgeni Malkin scores his 200th career point against New Jersey. [75]

February Edit

Mon 2 February 2009: Sergei Gonchar returns to  full practice after an injury and surgery to his shoulder in the pre-season. [76]

Sat 14 February 2009: Sergei Gonchar makes his season debut after his shoulder was injured in the preseason. Ruslan Fedotenko returns to the line-up after missing over a month to a hand injury. Philippe Boucher is out indefinitely after foot surgery. [77]

Sun 15 February 2009: Michel Therrien is fired, replaced by Dan Bylsma, former coach of the Penguin’s AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [78] [79] [80]

Sat 21 February 2009: Sidney Crosby records his 250th assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. [81]

Wed 25 February 2009: Marc Andre Fleury records his 3rd shutout of the season against the New York Islanders. [82]

Thur 26 February 2009: Ryan Whitney is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and signing rights to prospect Eric Tangradi. [83]

Sat 28 February 2009: Chris Kunitz records his first point with the penguins in overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks. [84]

March Edit

Tue 3 March 2009: The Penguins place Miroslav Satan on waivers. They Acquire Bill Guerin for a conditional draft pick in the 2009 draft. Also claimed Craig Adams off waivers from the Blackhawks. [85][86]

Sun 15 March 2009: The Penguins seel out the 100th consecutive game at Mellon Arena. [87]

Tue 17 March 2009: Evgeni Malkin records his 100th point of the season with a tied career-high five point game against the Thrashers. [88]

2008-2009 Pre-Season Edit

September Edit

Wed 17 September 2008 - Training camp begins at Mellon Arena. The Penguins play 5 pre-season games before heading to Sweden for the remainder of camp. [89]

Sat 20 September 2008: Sergei Gonchar is injured with a dislocated left shoulder during pre-season opener against Tampa Bay. [90] He has surgery and is expected out 4-6 months. [91]

Mon 29 September 2008: The Penguins host the end of training camp in Stockholm, Sweden.[92]

2008 Off-Season Edit

July Edit

Thu 3 July 2008: Marc-Andre Fleury signs a seven year, $35 million contract. [93][94][95] Miroslav Satan signs for $3.5 million next season. [96] Ruslan Fedotenko also signs for $2.25 million.

Tue 22 July 2008: The Penguins resign Head Coach Michel Therrien to a 3 year contract. [97]

Fri 25 July 2008: ESPN names the Penguins #1 in the East. [98]

2007-2008 Post-Season Edit

April Edit

Wed 16 April 2008: The Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 in the first round.

May Edit

Sun 4 May 2008: The Penguins defeat the New York Rangers 4-1 in the second round.

Sun 18 May 2008: The Penguins defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to clinch the Prince of Wales Trophy. [99]

June Edit

Wed 4 June 2008: The Penguins are defeated by the Detroit Red Wings in 6 games. Sidney Crosby finishes the playoffs with 27 points, tying for the playoff scoring lead. [100]

References Edit

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