You Vote: Are The Penguins The Best Team in the Metro? by @ChicksDigHockey

The trade deadline has come and gone. I say, "Don't let the door hit ya in the butt". This was hard to watch at times.

Depending on who you follow/read you may have thought the Pens were dealing for Mark Letestu, Jeff Petry or Patrick Sharp…….. and then there was #JagrWatch2015 (stay tuned for the 2016 version). On Sunday, Twitter was almost unbearable with speculation. When Erhoff was scratched on Sunday, I swear people were calling airlines to see if he was booked anywhere.  

But that's over.

Morning Drive: Radio:PI Trade Deadline Spectacular

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The Penguins trade Bortuzzo for Ian Cole of St. Louis

The Penguins have acquired Ian Cole (D) from St. Louis for Robert Bortuzzo.
 He's 6' 1", 219 lb
Age 26 Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 18th by STL
Experience: 4 years.
 He played for Asst Coach Agnew in St. Louis.

Assets: Can play a quality shutdown role. Has good size and strength, the ability to play a physical brand of hockey from the back end and some puck-moving skills.
Flaws: Doesn't have the high-end ability to be much of a factor on power plays....
Needs to become more consistent in order to maximize his overall potential.

Career Potential: Talented shutdown defenseman with upside. (

Sights and Sounds at CONSOL by @pghgirl15222

#NHLTradeDeadline @PensInitiative Roundtable -- @LyleKossis

This is another part in our series of the Pens Initiative NHL Trade Deadline Roundtable. To view the other entries, click here. Today's entry brought to you by Pensburgh's @LyleKossis

#NHLTradeDeadline @PensInitiative Roundtable - @Nick422

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TRP: #StaalWatch, Rivalry Night and #FartNoise by @LCJS

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Hitting Their Stride by @BrianK_PI

It's been an up and down season so far for the Pittsburgh Penguins. At times they look like they could play with, and beat, any team that comes their way. Other times they look dispassionate, disinterested, and like a team that if they managed to squeak into the playoffs, they wouldn't go very far. On several occasions the team has played to both extremes in the same game, seemingly changing during the intermissions. Far too often the latter team has shown up and looked outmatched against the top teams in the division.

Consistency has been a major issue for these Penguins, though with all they've been through since being eliminated in the conference semifinals last year that's hardly a surprise. The current roster has ten players who weren't in Pittsburgh last season, and Mike Bales remains the only holdover from last year's coaching staff. 10 players on the current roster weren't in Pittsburgh last season, and the multitude of injuries has led to new players constantly in and out of the lineup. It's been difficult for this team to gel, both to each other and to a new system, but finally the team is getting healthy and capable of playing up to their full potential.

This Week in Penguins History by @RobUllman

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