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Penguins Wrap: Crosby Takes a Pass; Assessing Mike Sullivan



Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, World Cup of Hockey, and NHL trade rumors

Nearly a month into their offseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins still have lots of questions, and very few answers.

While there’s no real indication they’ll be parting ways with head coach Mike Sullivan, they still haven’t replaced associate coach Todd Reirden, who was fired eight days ago. Most of the Penguins’ pending free agents, unrestricted or otherwise, remain unsigned (which will be a permanent condition for some of them) and Kyle Dubas, the president of hockey operations and general manager who will oversee their personnel moves before next season, doesn’t figure to make a trade for a while.

Still, it’s never entirely quiet around this team. Here’s a look at how the past seven days went for the Pittsburgh Penguins:


Here’s a Penguins video Q&A.


Here’s why the Penguins should not hire Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe, assuming he loses his job with the Maple Leafs.

Sidney Crosby did what was best for himself and for the Penguins by declining to play for Canada in the world championships.


Who are the Penguins’ four biggest trade chips, and what are the odds of any of them being dealt?

Speculation about Mike Sullivan’s future as coach of the Penguins won’t go away.

Valtteri Puustinen and Jesse Puljujarvi will play for Finland in the world championships.


Jake Guentzel makes it clear that he’s very happy to be in Carolina.

The Penguins remain 14th in the NHL draft lottery, so their first-round pick in the June draft will go to San Jose as part of the Erik Karlsson trade.


The Penguins should re-sign free-agent-to-be Alex Nedeljkovic before the market drives up his price.

Alex Nedeljkovic joins Team USA for the world championships.

You asked, he answered. A Penguins video chat.


There are good reasons for Mike Sullivan’s performance as coach of the Penguins to be scrutinized.

Kyle Dubas, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ president of hockey operations and general manager, has a lot of things he should do before next season. At least four that he should not too, as well.


There are many issues to be addressed and hurdles to be cleared if the Penguins are to qualify for the 2025 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Free-agent-to-be Valtteri Puustinen agrees to a two-year contract.

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6 days ago

Would be interesting to see a list of the Draft picks traded away by Pgh over the past 7 years, the return for those picks, & what became of the traded picks.