Caps' Brooks Orpik Suspended 3 Games

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The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday evening that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for interference.  The supension comes after his hit to the head on Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Olli Maatta early into Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.  The Department conducted a phone […] READ MORE



Olli Maatta Signs Six-Year Contract Extension

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The following press release comes from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Olli Maatta Signs Six-Year Contract Extension The deal begins with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2021-22 campaign. The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Olli Maatta to a six-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The […] READ MORE


Puck Drop Preview: 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins

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Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2015-16, where our hockey department gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Makes sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings […] READ MORE


Ian Cole Will Serve As Bridge On Pens Blue Line

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There is no doubting that the combination of Ollia Maatta and Kris Letang – if both remain healthy – could easily become one of the best pairings in all of hockey, but if the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to find success this year it is going to come by the hands of another defender. Question […] READ MORE


NHL’s 30 in 30: Pittsburgh Penguins

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For the month of June, Last Word On Sports will be covering each team in our 30 in 30 series. Once a day, we take a look at an NHL team’s past season, what their off-season looks like, and what they could hope to achieve before the start of their 2015-16 season. Everybody wants to […] READ MORE


Penguins Defenseman Olli Maatta to Undergo Tumor Removal Surgery

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced earlier today that sophomore defenseman Olli Maatta is to undergo surgery to remove a tumor from his neck and that may be a low-grade form of thyroid cancer. Olli Maatta to undergo surgery for tumor. Release: http://t.co/P6WpGDN449 — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 27, 2014 Here’s some details, via the Penguins official […] READ MORE


2013-14 OHL Preview: Mid-West Division

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Welcome back to Top Shelf NHL Prospects. We continue previewing the CHL for the 2013-14 season, going East to West across the country.  After looking at the OHL Central Division yesterday, we move on to the OHL’s East Division.  As always you can check out the previous Top Shelf Prospects articles here. The OHL’s Mid-West […] READ MORE


Top Shelf Prospects: Pittsburgh Penguins

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Welcome to Today’s edition of “Top Shelf Prospects”.  As we go through the Summer of 2013 I will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will go team by team through the NHL bringing you a look at each Teams Top Prospects. I will be following the order of […] READ MORE


Perennial Contender: Penguins Needed to Hit Bottom Before Rising Up

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This is the fourth article in a series of articles looking at and analyzing the success of the last five teams to raise the Stanley Cup. Be sure to read the first three articles in the series, “Where Have all the Dynasties Gone?”, “Detroit: Setting the Parameters of a Modern Day Dynasty” and “Detroit: End […] READ MORE