Thank You Mike Adams

By Matt Paul; Monday November 18, 2013

As you’ve surely noted, long-time author of the Game Grades here at FF has been MIA in the 2013-14 season. Mike Adams has stepped down, as his passion and desire to write have waned.

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The Time Is Now For Bylsma’s Penguins

By Matt Paul; Friday November 15, 2013

It’s mid-November and plenty of the season remains, but amidst a three-game losing streak the Pittsburgh Penguins need to figure out their woes before their schedule gets heavy.

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More Of The Same

By Matt Paul; Thursday November 14, 2013

If last night’s 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers looked familiar to you, that’s because it was.

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Thank You Veterans

By Matt Paul; Monday November 11, 2013

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
— John F. Kennedy

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What A Difference A Week Makes

By Matt Paul; Tuesday September 24, 2013

My confidence in the Penguins’ goaltending situation has waned a bit in the last few days.

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I’m Not Worried About Fleury…For Now

By Matt Paul; Monday September 16, 2013

Long-time Penguin goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has found himself in a precarious spot. He’s the controversial starting goaltender for a perennial Stanley Cup contender who cannot perform in the playoffs.

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Lacing Up: Designer Fantasy Leagues

By Matt Paul; Wednesday September 4, 2013

The last few weeks have been spent looking at individual players who could fly under the radar in some fantasy leagues. This week, we’ll shift our fantasy focus to designing the perfect fantasy league…at least in our eyes.

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Lacing Up: A Fantasy World of Rookies and Goalies

By Matt Paul; Wednesday August 28, 2013

This week we’ll shift from risers and fallers of the fantasy world to rookies and goalies (of the sleeper variety, since we all know who the stars are). Once again, I’m joined with the two Joshes, both of FF and UPJFHL fame.

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Lacing Up: A Fantasy World of Risers and Fallers

By Matt Paul; Monday August 19, 2013

This week we’re turning our attention to fantasy hockey, focusing our discussion on the risers and fallers — players who could be sleepers and players who could be disasters. To aid in our discussion, we’ve solicited Josh Endsley, FF contributor, founding member of the UPJFHL, and a fantasy hockey “expert.”

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Lacing Up: Division Discussion

By Matt Paul; Wednesday August 7, 2013

We’re a little late on this, but sometimes we need a little time to marinate so our opinions aren’t too reactionary. Unfortunately, time didn’t influence any changes.

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Lacing Up: Complying With The Cap

By Matt Paul; Monday July 29, 2013

It’s cap-crunch time for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who need to clear salary to get below the maximum $64.3 million. Joshua Neal and I will discuss possible solutions.

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The Third Line Is A Good Fit For Bennett

By Matt Paul; Wednesday July 10, 2013

Beau Bennett projects to be a fulltime winger for Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin before long. But before long might not be the beginning of the 2013-14 season, and that’s not a bad thing.

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Penguins, Scuderi Reunite

By Matt Paul; Friday July 5, 2013

Defenseman Rob Scuderi has returned to Pittsburgh with a new contract paying him $3.375 million per year for the next four years.

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Lacing Up: A Look At The Healthy Scratches

By Matt Paul; Monday July 1, 2013

Neither Dustin Jeffrey nor Robert Bortuzzo played considerable time with the Penguins during the 2013 shortened season, but both players have something to offer and should have jobs in the NHL, even if the Penguins choose to move on.

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Lacing Up: Kennedy The Keeper, Or Kennedy The Goner?

By Matt Paul; Friday June 28, 2013

Kennedy is a frustrating player because he shows strong signs of what he can be, but often falls into prolonged stretches of invisibility or downright poor play. Can the Penguins afford to keep such a streaky bottom six player at such a steep price?

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Lacing Up: Adams and Eaton

By Matt Paul; Wednesday June 26, 2013

Both Craig Adams and Mark Eaton are crafty veteran role players who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. They’ve lost a step or two, but at near-league-minimum salaries, both can be considered bargains for the 2013 shortened season. But will they be replaced by younger players with more of a future?

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Lacing Up: The Futures of M&M

By Matt Paul; Monday June 24, 2013

Morrow and Murray were trade deadline acquisitions brought in to provide leadership and grit. Both were successful in these areas, but also contributed significantly to reducing the overall speed of the Penguins.

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Lacing Up: Cooke's Contract

By Matt Paul; Friday June 21, 2013

Matt Cooke has had a tumultuous career with the Penguins, finding himself earning a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NHL. But following a 2011 suspension that kept him out of the playoffs, he was forced to change his game or lose his job. Change he did, and now he’s become one of the more valuable third liners in the game.

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Lacing Up: Ig-in-la Or Ig-out-la?

By Matt Paul; Wednesday June 19, 2013

Just three months ago, the idea of Jarome Iginla wearing the black and gold seemed like a pipe dream that would never happen. Now the Penguins are in a position to retain him, and some want him gone.

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Lacing Up: Dissecting Duper's Future

By Matt Paul; Monday June 17, 2013

Pascal Dupuis has gone from trade throw-in in 2008 to one of the top potential free agents in 2013, but can the Penguins keep him?

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