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A new ballgame: Sports teams find real value in real estate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Craig Meyer and Mark Belko/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — When Civic Arena, the Penguins’ home for 43 seasons, was razed in 2012, the building linked with much of the franchise’s history was reduced to a pile of rubble. By demolishing part of its...
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Quiet holiday for Penguins, but Rutherford's work continues

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford figures he’s never really off-duty if he’s packing his cell phone.
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With roster almost in place, Penguins trying to be proactive against conventional injuries

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is putting together a team he hopes will be able to compete for the Stanley Cup in 2015-16.
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Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — In the 412 area code, the Phil Kessel trade has been hailed as a crowning achievement for the Penguins. They acquired an elite scoring winger ...
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Newest Penguin Kessel’s unique shot is what makes him so special

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Phil Kessel can’t explain it. Firing shot after shot in his parents’ basement is the closest he can come to nailing down why he possesses ...
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Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — It appears Sergei Plotnikov is ready to begin his NHL career. Like tomorrow, if possible. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that Plotnikov, the ...
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Penguins Re-Sign Defenseman Reid McNeill

NHL.com The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Reid McNeill to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal is a two-way...
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Martin St. Louis announces NHL retirement

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Tom Canavan / Associated Press) — NEW YORK — New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All-Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — It’s called a record. And the goalie in Jim Rutherford probably would have battled to defend it Wednesday. The Goalie has a job: stop shots. ...
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NHL notebook: St. Louis retires after 16-year career

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. ...
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Penguins sign defensive prospect

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — The Penguins added to their defensive depth Thursday, signing free agent Will O’Neill to a one-year contract. A 6-foot-1, 205-pound Massachusetts native, O’Neill had 10 ...
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Adam Bittner: For Penguins, Phil Kessel trade invites disasters both near and far

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Adam Bittner / The Pittsburgh Press) — The Phil Kessel trade is an organizational catastrophe waiting to happen for the Penguins, one that irrationally bets the club’s present on a notoriously brittle and expensive core and almost...
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Kessel ‘excited’ to be a Penguin

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Phil Kessel didn’t expect to get traded. Now that it has happened, he’s certainly not complaining. “Obviously you’re surprised,” Kessel told Trib Total Media by ...
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Penguins Sign Defenseman Will O’Neill

NHL.com The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Will O’Neill to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The deal has an...
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Johnston says 'dynamic' Kessel will fit in with Penguins

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Penguins coach Mike Johnston declined to offer his gut feeling for where exactly Phil Kessel will fit into his lineup, leaving the debate that begs “Crosby or Malkin?” to rage on to September.
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Hurricanes owner rips Rutherford, Penguins

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford won the day in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but he took a beating in Carolina. In speaking to reporters in Raleigh, ...
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Hurricanes owner Karmanos critical of his former -- and Penguins current -- GM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Carolina owner Peter Karmanos offered a blistering critique of the way the Penguins do business during a meeting with Raleigh-area media Wednesday.
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Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — No truth — absolutely none — to this story that the Toronto Maple Leafs had no choice but to trade Phil Kessel because they could no longer afford both his $8 million...
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Penguins acquire high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Critics have questioned his conditioning.
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Penguins notebook: Hunt for fourth-line center continues

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Dave Molinari and Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Penguins’ search for a top-six winger ended when they acquired Phil Kessel from Toronto Wednesday. Their hunt for a fourth-line center continues.
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Blog Articles

No arbitration for Penguins

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — The deadline for NHL restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration came and went at 5 p.m., and no Penguins players filed. Here’s a list of the 23 players league-wide who did,...
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What would you pay for Plotnikov?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Hope everyone had a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July. I’m going to be off for the next week, so make sure to follow my colleague, Jonathan Bombulie (Twitter: @BombulieTrib), for any news. I...
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Empty Netter Assists - Rutherford happy with offseason - 07-04-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins -So far, so good for general manager Jim Rutherford this offseason . -“ A lot of people are asking me if I know any of the guys. I played against them so much over the years it...
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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins re-sign McNeill - 07-04-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins -The Penguins re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Reid McNeill ( right ) to a two-year, two-way contract . Coming off the last year of his ...
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Friday Fun and Games

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — The Penguins had 10 players earn a total of 33 fighting majors last season. The five players who accounted for 25 of them are now gone. How many of the 10 can you name?
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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby or Malkin for Kessel? - 07-03-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins -“ Whichever I play with, they’re great players. I’m real excited. This is a great opportunity .” - New Penguins forward Phil Kessel ( right ) on the possibility of playing on a...
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Martin reflects on leaving Pens

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Paul Martin didn’t have a good feeling about this one. He knew the Penguins sought a scoring winger either via trade or free agency, and he had a pretty good idea what that asking price would be....
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Johnston excited for top-six options

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Penguins coach Mike Johnston can’t wait to tinker. Can you blame him? I talked to him earlier today about integrating Phil Kessel into the Penguins’ lineup, and he didn’t exactly bristle at the...
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Podcast: Mackey on TribLive Radio

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — Earlier today I joined Ken Laird and Guy Junker to talk a little Phil Kessel and what the Penguins did on Wednesday. Hope you can listen. Here’s a link to the podcast. Be GRATEFUL to each...
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Penguins’ cap situation

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — I wrote yesterday about the Penguins pulling off the Kessel trade without handcuffing themselves as far as the cap goes. What follows is a graphical depiction of that. Three notes about this...
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Empty Netter Assists - The Kessel run - 07-02-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins -Welcome to Pittsburgh Phil Kessel . -" Everybody gets a fresh start in a new place ." - General manager Jim Rutherford on Kessel. -“ This was the best deal we had. This...
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Notes on the New Guys

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — Some notes on the players the Penguins added today. They’re ranked in order of how likely they are to make an impact on the NHL team this year. SERGEI PLOTNIKOV LW, 6-2, 205, 25 (1 year,...
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Extras on Kessel trade

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jason Mackey) — You’ll read more in Thursday’s Trib about the deal that landed Phil Kessel, but I thought I’d use this space to add some extras that didn’t make the print version, most...
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Arrivals and departures - 07-01-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Here is a round-up of the Penguins' arrivals and departures which don't involve the Phil Kessel deal . Arrivals: Sergei Plotnikov ( right ), LW/RW The Penguins ...
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Rutherford giving Kessel 'a fresh start' - 07-01-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford spoke with Pittsburgh media this afternoon at Consol Energy Center. He discussed the ...
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Phil Kessel Live Blog

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — 2:14: On the prospects the Penguins got back in return: Tim Erixon and Tyler Biggs are one-time first-round picks who haven’t exactly blossomed as pros. I would assume they were included in...
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July 1 Live Blog

Pittsburgh Tribune (Jonathan Bombulie) — 11:38: The Red Wings announced they re-signed center Andy Miele before he went to free agency. One year, $575,000. He’s an interesting player. He won the Hobey Baker in 2011 and has more or...
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Penguins swing blockbuster trade for Kessel - 07-01-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — On the first day of the free agent signing period, the Penguins made a blockbuster trade. The Penguins acquired all-star right ...
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Free agency chat - 07-01-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — The NHL's free agency signing period opens at noon (EDT) today. We will be hosting a chat for it beginning ...
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Empty Netter Assists - Blue Jackets trade for Saad - 07-01-15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Seth Rorabaugh) — Penguins -Free agency day is here . -Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe has joined the OHL's Moncton Wildcast as a goaltending coach . -Former ...
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