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Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp

By Jason Mackey
A year ago, it was Olli Maatta receiving a steady workload on the Penguins’ blue line as a rookie defenseman. This season, first-year coach Mike Johnston believes it’s Derrick Pouliot’s turn. “Yeah, I do. For sure,” Johnston responded when asked whether he thought Pouliot, a former first-round pick who played …

Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought

By Josh Yohe
It took Jim Rutherford a minute, but he finally figured out how to operate the electric blinds in his new office at Consol Energy Center. …

Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS

By Jason Mackey
Troy Loney played with and against some of the toughest men to come through the NHL, famed fighters Jay Caufield and Stu Grimson among them. But Mitch Wilson, a teammate of Loney’s with the Penguins, Baltimore Skipjacks and Muskegon Lumberjacks …

Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract

By Josh Yohe
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is almost certain to enter the 2014-15 season without a new contract, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. Fleury’s agent, Allan Walsh, …

Penguins coach says team needs to ‘lessen the load’ on Crosby

By Jason Mackey
Mike Johnston understands that much of his success as coach of the Penguins will hinge on the performances of franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni …

Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability

By Rob Rossi
The annual lunch was later this summer than usual. When it finally occurred last week, one of us was late by half an hour. The …

Penguins’ Scuderi offers honest assessment of his 2013-14 performance

By Jason Mackey
Excuses aren’t Rob Scuderi’s style. Neither are lies. Which is why the Penguins defenseman’s assessment of his performance last season, while brutally honest, wasn’t necessarily …

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says aching wrist doing better

By Staff and Wire Reports
ESTERO, Fla. — Penguins center Sidney Crosby’s right wrist appears to be on the road to recovery. The reigning NHL MVP said Friday he’s pleased with the way his wrist has responded to treatment over the summer and is eager …

Penguins backup goaltender Zatkoff eyes new challenge with team

By Jason Mackey
The names might be different, but the challenge remains the same for Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Instead of battling Tomas Vokoun to be Marc-Andre Fleury’s …

Now healthy, Penguins’ Bennett eyes bigger role

By Jason Mackey
Beau Bennett went home to California this offseason, expecting to get away from the Penguins. Things didn’t quite work out that way. One of Bennett’s …

Penguins stepping up for ice bucket challenge

By Staff and Wire Reports
The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. It’s cold, it’s fun and it’s contagious. But these ice-bucket challenges and similar social media-powered stunts …

Penguins re-sign Sutter to two-year deal

By Jason Mackey
Brandon Sutter has been busy this offseason, taking a trip to Hawaii and also camping. After signing a two-year, $6.6 million contract Tuesday, the Penguins’ …

Pens executive Peart nabs tech award

By Staff Reports
Penguins executive David Peart has received a major award for his work in devising the Pens Points rewards program. Peart, the club’s senior vice president …

With Spaling locked up, Penguins turn attention to signing Sutter

By Josh Yohe
The Penguins are almost out of salary cap space with an important free agent still unsigned. General manager Jim Rutherford isn’t concerned. Rutherford agreed to …

New Penguins coach to meet with Malkin

By Josh Yohe
Penguins coach Mike Johnston is traveling to Russia this weekend to visit center Evgeni Malkin. What if Malkin can’t reciprocate the visit by reporting to …

Rossi: Johnston must reach Malkin in Moscow

By Rob Rossi
Evgeni Malkin finally is ready to listen, so new Penguins coach Mike Johnston better say all the right words. The season could be at stake. …

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NHL notebook: Wild’s Vanek helping feds with investigation

By Tribune-Review
• Wild left wing Thomas Vanek said he’s cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in New York. Local media reported Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester, N.Y., to speak with officials. In a statement released by his …