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PHT Morning Skate: Penguins in for eventful summer

Jun 10, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Pittsburgh Penguins might be very busy this summer. Not including those inked to entry-level deals, the only Penguins players signed through at least the 2014-15 campaign are Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. (

A look at where the Columbus Blue Jackets stand defensively going into the summer. (Columbus Dispatch)

The 2013 Stanley Cup finals have the potential to be a fierce series. (CSN Chicago)

With the Boston Bruins reaching the Stanley Cup finals, this seems like a good time to look back on the trade that sent goaltender Tuukka Rask from Toronto to Boston. According to recent reports, the Bruins were willing to take now 27-year-old netminder Justin Pogge — who has only played in seven career NHL games — instead of Rask. The Maple Leafs got Andrew Raycroft in the Rask trade and of course in hindsight, that was a very bad move for Toronto. (Toronto Sun)

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford thinks their scheduling issues are being incorrectly portrayed as a battle between the Hurricanes and the NC State Wolfpack. (News & Observer)

Profiling 2013 NHL Entry Draft prospect Mirco Mueller. (

  1. tripps3 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Unreal – Pitt is out and almost all of the articles feature them. Never really bought into the bias theory, but I’m slowly changing my mind

    • apenguin415 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      I’m a Penguin fan, but I have to agree with Tripps and others that it is a little ridiculous that the Penguins are a lead story on the doorstep of an original six final. I suppose NBC prioritizes based on TV ratings, which thanks to all the Penguin haters are always high for the Penguins, but frankly the talk of summer wheeling and dealing should wait until summer.

      • jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Bruins, Mapleleafs, Blackhawks, and Detroit routinely beat Pitt on TV ratings.. Google it.

      • miketoasty - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        I think it has more to do with site traffic, any Pens article get’s 50+ comments compared to others that barely hit 10 – 25. Although most are from Pens haters it doesn’t matter to those running the site, traffic is traffic.

      • barkar942 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Correct, miketoasty. Post the same type article about the Devils and there may be two comments, and they would both be from their only fan, 950003.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        @jimthebear, the Penguins had the highest local ratings of any team in any major sports league this year. Those teams might pull bigger audience size, but no team in the NHL has pulled bigger ratings than the Pens this season. So I think you have ratings and audience size confused. Pretty interesting article about it if you don’t believe me —-> (

        I think you meant audience size and not ratings. They are different statistics. Pittsburgh was only behind Boston (+10,000) and Chicago (+30,000) even in terms of audience size this year, but Buffalo and Pittsburgh destroyed both Boston and Chicago in ratings. It’s pretty impressive considering Pittsburgh’s media market is over 1 million less households than Boston and 2 million less than Chicago has access to. Buffalo is even smaller than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh and Buffalo don’t pull a smaller audience size for lack of interest. It’s because it’s much harder to get 10 people to watch a game when you only have 40 to choose from, as opposed to somewhere like Boston who would have 80 people to choose from, or Chicago who would have 120 people to choose from to get their 10 people to watch. I would hope that Chicago and Boston were bringing in larger audience size numbers than most teams. They are two of the largest media markets in all of sports (3rd and 7th). Pittsburgh is nowhere near the top of that list.

    • imacdane - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      If I’m not mistaken, there has now been an article for each of Pittsburgh’s pending FAs. It really is hard to believe that the amount of coverage given to them has somehow managed to go up, despite their season being over and the upcoming finals matchup.

    • bru308 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Stop hate-commenting all the Pens articles and they’ll slow down the Pens talk. It’s all about traffic- whether it’s support or hate comments.

      You guys are the same people that elect Presidents. No wonder idiots get elected.

  2. jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Tripps, I can’t agree more.. I didn’t see it until today, and noticed it just before reading your post. ProPenguinsTalk, go ahead and kick me off if you want, but GET OVER IT. The PENGUINS LOST. THE STANLEY CUP FINALS START IN 2 DAYS, and all you want to talk about is the G-Damn Penguins.. If you don’t STFU about the LOSING PENGUINS, I and many others are going elsewhere.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I’m looking around and I see pleanty of articles on othe teams, including the Blackhawks/Bruins. This is more just a sample of what everyone else is writing about. I’m not a Pens fan, but honestly they are an interesting and drama filled team even when they LOSE. And if you understand any sport, you know that teams with drama sell and get reported on. Baseball- The Yankees/Red Sox/Phillies…Football- Jets/Cowboys….Basketball..Lakers….The Penguin stuff isn’t going away, and honestly its’ a better read than boring ass Stanley Cup coverage that rehashes the same story a million different ways.

      • bakedbees - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        “and honestly its’ a better read than boring ass Stanley Cup coverage”…once your swept out of the playoffs…

  3. jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM


    Here we are at the finals between the Bruins and the Blackhawks.. What do yo think the final outcome will be?

    ProPenguinsTalk Editor: I think the Penguins will win it in 5.

    Reporter: They are NOT in the finals.

    ProPenguinsTalk Editor: With talent like that, don’t rule anything out..

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Post of the day…

    • bru308 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Again, Stop hate-commenting all the Pens articles and they’ll slow down the Pens talk. It’s all about traffic- whether it’s support or hate comments.

      You guys are the same people that elect Presidents. No wonder idiots get elected.

      • jimthebear - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Not I, I didn’t vote for the current buffoon in chief…

  4. pastabelly - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Agree, this is Bruins-Blackhawks. It’s not like it’s Tampa Bay against Phoenix. The NHL and NBC got a dream matchup, but PHT, seems to stand for Penguins Hockey Talk. Speculaiton about the goaltender coach and even the typical comments that everyone wants to come back next season. What exciting news is next?

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Does Thidny use Hanes or Fruit of the Loom?

    • barkar942 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Is Syndee wearing a gold thong for the Bruins or a red thong for the Blackhawks? Film at 11.

  5. hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Boys, boys, boys. This is the morning skate – go back and look at ANY given days morning skate, you’ll get articles like these. These are just links to other articles for CRYING out loud (see what I did there, because you all sound like you’re crying).

    You can’t blame PHT for this, either. In any business or organization you need certain metrics to see what the reaction is to the things you are doing. For PHT, it could be # of reads, it could be # of comments. So you see an article about the Pens, which you hate….but then you OPEN it, then COMMENT on it. You’re your own worst enemy.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    I love all of the haters on the Penguins!

    • bakedbees - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      hahaha, i love how the Piti parade plans and hometown visits are all cup-less this summer…

    • bru308 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      I love how the Pens haters complain about all the Pens articles, but they personally “fund” more Pens articles with all their trolling hate-comments. Brilliant!

  7. tripps3 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Don’t hate Penguins at all – just wondering why PHT has more than half of of their articles still around the Pit. How about a little more Chi or Bos??

    • hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Once again…because you keep reading it, and keep commenting on it. So now you’ve given this one TWO comments, adding to MY two comments, and now add up all the other comments from people just saying “why are you writing about the Pens?”…it looks like this is one of the most successful morning skates ever.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        This argument never fails to be brought by multiple people, any time someone disagrees with content. It’s clear that PHT is trolling for comments, otherwise there wouldn’t be 30 non-news, speculative articles on a team that just got completely dominated… yet it’s taboo on PHT to say “why are there so many Pens articles?” bc you’re just feeding into the comment machine. I find that absurd. It needs to be said so who cares if it adds to their final comment tabulation? Part of Pro Hockey TALK is critiquing article selection and content, and their excessive use of commenting-generating nonsense “articles” over the past few days is ridiculous. It needs to be said, by multiple people, multiple times so that maybe the comment junkies writing the articles will notice. You’d think the Pens swept the Bruins, with the number of Pitt-related headlines.

  8. rahavort - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Where are the comments on how well the Penguins’ skills at golf are progressing?

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Half of the last 20 articles have either a Pens headline or a picture of a Pens player/owner.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      And 1 of the next 20. So, not sure about the bias thing. Considering the regular season they had, injury to Crosby, deadline trades, Fleury’s performance, Crosby and Malkins poor play, the team’s missed oppotunity to make it to the finals, the cap issue, pending UFA, questions about Bylsma’s future, seems to me there is plenty to write about. This is after all primarily a source for hockey related news around the league.

  10. steelers88 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I think the reason why they write a lot of articles on the Penguins are because they are a pretty popular team and they are also a pretty conservercial team.

  11. c1md6 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    This just in, Crosby and Malkin had oatmeal for breakfast, stay tuned for lunch. In the meantime, he’s an article in the Penguins summer I hold you over.

  12. jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    BREAKING PHT NEWS: The Penguins are STILL NOT IN THE FINALS, details in 10 minutes, and all day as the story progresses…

    P.S. The Bruins pull higher TV ratings than the Penguins… Just saying.. Look it up if you’d like.

    • miketoasty - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Really? It took me a 30 second Google search to tell you that you’re wrong. Nice try though.

      • jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Bit off there. LOCAL neilson ratings are a percentage of the tvs in THAT MARKET. So, a 5 in Boston is MORE PEOPLE WATCHING than a 11 in Pittsburgh. .Nationally it is different.

      • jimthebear - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Got the exact numbers now… Boston got a 6.97% of 2366690 TV’s. Pittsburgh got a 11.87 of 1165740 tv’s. So, doing the math, Out of the total of 2366690 tv’s, 6.97 = 164958 people on avg watch Bruins games, while 138373 households are tuned to the Penguins… Sorry!

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Penguins have a pretty strong following for a team that’s only had fans for 10 years

  13. chucksname - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Pittsburgh is fast becoming Tampa Bay. If the resign Malkin to a big deal, I can’t see how they have enough money to fill out their roster in two years except by mostly using the guys on the farm… Sid, Geno, and a warm bodies. The smart thing for them to do is let Malkin walk.

    They had to win it this year. They lost, and now will slowly fall to the ranks of the 8th seeds.

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