Blake Comeau Embracing Opportunity in Pittsburgh by @griffTHW

Talk about a shrewd signing.  When Jim Rutherford inked Blake Comeau to a one-year, $700,000 contract, Pittsburgh's new G.M. brought in the kind of player the Penguins had been starving for, someone capable of bolstering the bottom-six.

After all, not only did Comeau dole out 197 hits in Columbus last year, but he's a former 20-goal scorer (he potted 24 markers and added 22 helpers with the Islanders during the 2010-'11 campaign).  Oh, and the winger brings a solid puck possession game, a quality the Pens have placed a premium on since Mike Johnston took over behind the bench.

And, while Comeau figured to slot in on either Pittsburgh's third or fourth line, he clearly sensed an opportunity with his new club, a chance to jumpstart a career that had seemingly stalled in recent years.

“Since I left New York, my numbers have dropped off a little bit. So I’m excited to expand my role and get back there contributing offensively like I know I can. Lot’s of depth upfront, so it’s exciting for any player to come here and play with these types of players.” - Comeau, on joining the Penguins
Eight games into the season, he's certainly taking advantage of his new surroundings.  Already having registered two goals and six points, Comeau's production bears no resemblance to a player who failed to put up more than 16 points in any of the last three seasons.

Of course, riding shotgun alongside Evgeni Malkin probably doesn't hurt.  Who knows how long it will last but the veteran winger is clearly seizing the opportunity while he can.  With five points in his last four games, Comeau continues to make his case for sticking with the superstar for the foreseeable future.

Should that offensive output dip if and when he returns to the bottom-six, though, don't mistake the "demotion" for Comeau bringing less value to the lineup.  Because, regardless of point production, he brings so much more to the table.

Whether it comes from throwing his weight around (he currently ranks second on the squad with 27 hits), standing up to an opponent who takes a run at a teammate or chipping in on special teams, Comeau finds a way to impact the game.  And, since he can play in any situation or slide up and down the depth chart, he provides the kind of versatility the Penguins clearly covet.

In short, he provides a lot of what last year's Penguins lacked.  Not bad for $700,000.



Pens Initiative November Desktop Wallpaper by @ryannoble66.


Here is the new Pens Initiative Desktop Wallpaper for the month of November! Each month we will have a new desktop wallpaper with a different player and that months schedule. If you miss the post, that is okay because we will have each month available in our Multimedia section once that month starts. 

RECAP: Pens Give New Jersey A Devil Of A Time


In years past, a game that saw MarcAndre Fleury giving up a goal 9 seconds into a hockey game would not end well.

In years past, the Devils opening up a two-goal lead on any Penguins team meant that the game was as good as done.

Last night, the Penguins provided the most definitive evdience in this early portion of the season that "years past" no longer applies, downing the Devils 8-3.

The New Cult Hero has Always Been Here by @kjcmalakai

Not the cult hero we deserved - the cult hero we needed
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Penguins needed a new cult hero.  A cult hero in hockey is a non-superstar that a fanbase has a ravenous affinity for and Pascal Dupuis certainly fits this description.  This became readily apparent to me when he returned to the ice the very next game following being taken off of the ice on a stretcher during the game against the Dallas Stars on October 16.


That tweet from PensInitiative.com's own @MadChad412 sums up the sentiment of a lot of Penguins fans about Pascal Dupuis.  

He really is Super Duper.

Pens Will Only Go as Far as Sid and Geno Will Take Them by @ChrisRBarron

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will decide the Pens' future.
Hockey is a complex team sport, unlike basketball, a team’s prospects rarely ride squarely on the back of one or two players.  Wayne Gretzky scored a league leading 163 points for the 1990-1991 that didn’t even make it to the Stanley Cup – falling to the Edmonton Oilers in the division finals.  We Pens fans know all too well how Mario Lemieux’s league-leading 160points in 1992-1993 weren’t enough to get them back to the Cup finals.  So if the Great One and Le Magnifique couldn’t single-handedly win a Cup, it’s fair to say unequivocally that a team’s prospects can't be determined by just one player.

That being conceded, the truth is that this Pens team may come as close as any other team to challenging that basic assumption – because this team will only go as far as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will take them.

Pittsburgh @Penguins in Horror Movies by @ryannoble66 and @ChicksDigHockey.


Those of you who followed us last year might remember our "FAMOUS MOVIE MONSTERS STARRING THE PENS!" post. If not, take a look here. 

This year, we decided not to limit our ideas to classic "creature features" and explore some horror movies that were filmed since color has been added to "picture boxes".

Take a Halloween stroll with us as we re-imagine some of horror's best villains as Pittsburgh Penguins.


At first, you may not think Sidney Crosby could have anything in common w Freddy Kruger, the serial killer who stalks and kills his victims in their dreams. Think Sidney Crosby the serial scorer and think 2010. Crosby notched 2 hat tricks just days apart. The first came 11/27 against Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames and again just five days later, a natural hat trick against Pavelec and the Atlanta Thrashers. No doubt, he has haunted many goalie's dreams.

Olli Maatta Will Beat Thyroid Cancer by @ChicksDigHockey


Olli Maatta is a vibrant, athletic 20-year-old. Which is why the news that he has thyroid cancer so rocked the Pittsburgh sports world this afternoon.

Actually, the incidence of thyroid cancers in young adults is rising. It is the most common endocrine malignancy and occurs in females five times more than males. Fortunately, with localized disease, the overall survival rate is excellent at 97-100%.

In a statement released today by the Penguins, team physician Dharmesh Vyas said, "Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy,"

How will it be treated?

Most people have surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland. Sometimes a suspicious lump or nodule has to be surgically removed before you will know the type of cancer. From there, the most common treatment is radioactive iodine (no more Imagine Dragons at the games).

Radioactive iodine is used to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue. Because thyroid cells have an affinity for iodine, the cells will hold on to the radioactive iodine while it kills them and their cancer. It has little to no effect on other cells in the body. It is administered in liquid or capsule form. IF he needs his thyroid gland removed, he may have to wait several weeks for the radioactive iodine treatment.

After treatment for thyroid cancer, he may need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of his life to replace the hormones that his body no longer makes.

Dr. Dharmesh Vyas further said, "We anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term."

For his part, Maatta seems to be taking it all in stride. When interviewed he said, "I feel healthy and I feel fine, but the only thing that's different is I maybe have a cancer."

Olli Maatta to have Tumor Removed from Thyroid

In a surprise press conference today at 1pm Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced, with the help of team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, that Olli Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his thyroid.


Why Trading Malkin Makes No Sense by @PandaPSU

(Photo courtesy of Pittsburghmagazine.com)
Here is the article I never thought I would need to write. 

After the Penguins had a lackluster performance against their archrival, the Philadelphia Flyers, and then followed that up by blowing a 3-1 lead to the Red Wings the following night, many fans and media called for major shake-ups. After all, we were six games into the season. The team has six new starters and is currently learning a new system under Mike Johnston that is attempting to reverse all of the bad habits learned over the past few years. So, it seems completely plausible that fans and media thought the season was over. 

There were many ludicrous sports takes including: This team is not very good, and this team will miss the playoffs. The best thing I read was that this team needs to trade away Evgeni Malkin. Among the reasons mentioned were that he was lazy, not doing enough for the team, etc. If I thought this was a minority opinion held by a few fans, I would not feel the need to write about it, but since it garnered attention and backing from some of the Pittsburgh media as well, it is time to talk about why trading Evgeni Malkin makes no sense.
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