Over the course of the past week fans had many discussions on possible trade scenarios as well as a move the Penguins made.
#JagrWatch comes to an end
The debate raged on up until he was finally traded by New Jersey and acquired to the Florida Panthers on February 26th. Fans who were against him coming back to Pittsburgh continuously pointed out his age and unsavory past as reasons to stay away from him. While those who wanted to see his return to the black and gold pointed out his apparent superhuman abilities to still produce at a high rate being 43 years old.
I thought Jagr wanted to go to a team that is a contender?! – Bryan Esken
….so disappointed… Really wanted Jagr to come back to Pittsburgh to end his carreer… 😦 – Eric Gaudreau
Regardless, it is time to look past Jagr and on towards what this team can do this year.
Pens FINALLY get on a streak of the winning nature.
Prior to the Penguins game against St. Louis on 2/21 it was tough to find any fans talking positively about their favorite team. The powerplay was in disarray, the penalty killing unit was in shambles and the team could not score more than 1-2 goals a game. Things surely were looking bleak for the flightless birds. But despite all this they some how managed to finish off with a 7-4-1 record in February.
Was all the doom and gloom warranted? In a sense I would like to believe so.At least from a Management stand point. Prior to the Penguins current 3 game win streak a source close to the Penguins stated that the organization was watching the St. Louis and Florida games closely, if the players were not able to fix the issues themselves then there were major changes on the horizon.
So while there were many fans who acted like Malkin saying “relax” there were plenty who were ready for a complete overhaul of the team.
The only question that remains is “Have the Penguins found their groove?”
Blackhawks Patrick Kane seriously injured.
It’s always a pleasure to talk about other teams within our Top ranked Facebook group, unfortunately this was one case that was not as fun. Blackhawks All-Star Patrick Kane was injured earlier in the week as he was shoved or cross-check from behind and fell or dove into the boards. It was found out later that he had broken his clavicle had surgery to repair it and that he would miss somewhere between 10 and 12 weeks.
While yes he is not on the Penguins roster, Patrick Kane is one of the stars of the game. Get Well soon Kaner!
Penguins Acquire Daniel Winnik from Toronto.
In a not so shocking move, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced prior to their game on 2/25 against the Washington Capitals that they had traded Zach Sill a 2015 fourth round pick and a 2016 2nd round pick for forward Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto retained 50% of Winniks salary.
This was a move that more fans than not were excited about.
Im from Toronto so my dad is a leafs fan. He said Pittsburgh got the better end of the deal. Winnik is a good player and now he has a good team to play with. – Allaire Van Hout
Of course there are always the neigh sayers.
I don’t like the trade (too much future if Winnik doesn’t sign) but he (Rutherford) hasn’t been wrong yet – Jason Garbin
Whether you are a fan of this trade or not, the one thing you have to admit is the fact Winnik improves our bottom six and PK RIGHT NOW. Two aspects that were in dire need of adjustments. Hopefully he can live up to all the expectations.
Scuderi takes a puck to the foot, shouldn’t miss any games.
During Wednesday night’s rivalry game against the Capitals, Rob Scuderi took a puck to the foot blocking a shot. He left the game due to the injury. He then was held out of practice Thursday to allow his foot to rest and heal. Sources state he should be back at practice on Saturday and should not miss Sunday’s game against the Blue Jackets.
Winnik trade may not be Rutherford’s last of season.
“We are not closing the book on trade this season” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford after acquiring Winnik from the Maple Leafs.
It appears fans are far more happy about this than I would have expected. There is no denying the Penguins still have questions that need answered and it’s apparent the current roster has yet to answer them, but what does Rutherford have left to deal?
my guess is rutherford isnt done…feeling kunitz is gonna go next – John Stokan
Well there you have it, The PIT Blogs first Week in Review. I look forward to sharing more fans thoughts about some of the biggest stories through out the year.
Thanks for Reading!
– Robert Slavinsky
Some more posts & comments within the Group:
Milbury just said “Give the Penguins some credit!”. I almost spit out my drink. – Bekki Nicholson
Nisky to Sutter for a shorty – Ryan Potts
The Pens want a reunion. The return of Jagr and Staal. Can’t wait for the Lemieux returns rumors. Wish that would be true. Go Pens! – Shawn Dickerson
This is a place in Philly. Ha – Michele Theresa
My response to all the haters out there: LETS GO PENS!!! – Will A. Bunnell
Update (2015 – 05 – 02):
Due to some adjustments to “The PIT Blog”, the category “Weekly Recap” was discontinued & this article was allocated to the category “Around the Rink”.