A decade ago, on June 27, 2009, Garrett Wilson was drafted by the Panthers. A half-decade ago, on March 23, 2014, Wilson made his NHL debut.
The Penguins don't just make mistakes. They make M-I-S-T-A-K-E-S.
It's a point. "And it's a big point," Mike Sullivan was more than just mouthing late Thursday night at BB&T Center
Sidney Crosby sat at his stall. Staring straight ahead. Speechless.
Football is fading from public interest, as we're all now hearing. The Steelers, specifically, are losing the faith of their fans.
It wasn't exactly tough to tell that Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann were ecstatic about their arrival in Pittsburgh. Meaning, first and foremost, that they'd made it at all.
"Don't poke the Bear!" was how Brooks Orpik would word it. This was how he'd describe the inherent idiocy of the Penguins' opponents ever provoking Evgeni Malkin.
Ask yourself this: If tonight's game against the Lightning were Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, how would the top two lines look?
"A lot of games are won before the puck drops." Yep. Close the curtain. Call it a day.
It was nine whole days ago, way out in the Nevada desert, that Mike Sullivan appeared to leave his Penguins with the equivalent of an extended homework assignment.
Forget, for the moment, the pathetic payroll. And the failure to sign a significant free agent for a second consecutive winter.
All hope is lost. I mean, I saw the same New England team we all did on that dream-come-true December afternoon at Heinz Field, right?
What Art Rooney II spoke this week won't matter. What action he takes, that will matter. To that end, he's off to a lousy start.
Antonio Brown will be traded. We can agree on that much, right?
Everyone wants to talk about the head coach, right? OK, let's do that.
When Kris Letang is wrongly blamed for messing up, he'll bite back. It's how he's always been wired.
"It's a good hockey team." This was Jim Rutherford. And this came in a conversation we were having before the Penguins' outrageously energetic 7-4 comeback of the Ducks.
My 39 reasons to believe the Penguins will keep rolling through the rest of these remaining 39 regular-season games and through to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I mean, jeez, Dominik Simon, anyone ever teach you to take a dive when a stick's flung up into your face? "It's not what I'm used to," he'd answer me...
"Yeah, you know what? I think they were faster than we were. That's a fact." Those were the first dozen words from Paul Maurice's mouth.
Sorry, but I've OD'd on AB. So if it's OK with you, I'll just push some loose pucks your way.
"I start with the thumb." That was Mike Tomlin talking about accountability. Talking about himself. As if.
Antonio Brown freaked out on one of his fellow Steelers last week, was placed on the injured list with a mythical or exaggerated injury, then was held out of a...
"Questions," came the command from the podium, one final time this winter at Heinz Field. And that's how Mike Tomlin phrases it, by the way. In the form of a...
"I don't know. Not really." This was Phil Kessel, of course. Because that's a classic comeback upon being asked whether he'd made any meaningful difference on this night.
Mariano Rivera's the ultimate reliever and, in some utopian voting process, he'd be a unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot.