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Sean Gentille, Rob Rossi, and Josh Yohe of The Athletic share their thoughts, insights, hopes and dreams regarding Sid, Geno and the rest of the the Pittsburgh Penguins...but mostly their thoughts and insights.

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Sean Gentille, Rob Rossi, and Josh Yohe of The Athletic share their thoughts, insights, hopes and dreams regarding Sid, Geno and the rest of the the Pittsburgh Penguins...but mostly their thoughts and insights.

    Ben Lovejoy talks 2016 Penguins Stanley Cup Run, Mike Sullivan, Handling Criticism and Kris Letang

    Ben Lovejoy talks 2016 Penguins Stanley Cup Run, Mike Sullivan, Handling Criticism and Kris Letang

    Sean, Rob and Josh regroup after a tough weekend in Pittsburgh and discuss recent events around PPG Paints Arena and a nice moment from Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. To lighten the mood, former Penguins defenseman and current analyst for the NHL on NBC, Ben Lovejoy joins the show to reminisce about his time with the Penguins, including the 2016 Stanley Cup run featuring a beaten up defence corps, coming up as a prospect with Kris Letang, playing for Mike Sullivan and how he was different from Mike Johnston, as well as his time with Dan Bylsma and the impact he had on Ben's career. Plus, Ben talks about dealing with criticism from the GM and in the media during his second stint in Pittsburgh, and how the Penguins championship run changed the perception of the best way to construct a roster.

    • 59 min
    Crosby Prep School Stories with Stephen J. Nesbitt + First Steps of Phase 2 Plans

    Crosby Prep School Stories with Stephen J. Nesbitt + First Steps of Phase 2 Plans

    Sean, Rob and Josh are back together after Memorial Day with news of the NHL's planned transition into Phase 2 trickling out over the weekend. The guys discuss the first steps of the league's lengthy document laying out protocols for players and coaches, as well as some concerns about the proposed 24-team playoff format. Then, The Athletic Pittsburgh's Stephen J. Nesbitt joins to chat about his recent feature on Sidney Crosby and his year at Minnesota prep school. Stephen discusses the work that went into the piece and some of the players he talked to from Crosby's days at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, as well as his own conversations with Crosby and what the story showed about Sid's memories of that time in his life.

    Read Stephen's story about Sidney Crosby here: https://theathletic.com/1803310/2020/05/20/is-this-real-stories-of-sidney-crosbys-year-at-a-minnesota-prep-school/

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    • 49 min
    NBC's Doc Emrick on the NHL Pause, Broadcasting Without Fans, Expanded Playoffs & Mike Lange

    NBC's Doc Emrick on the NHL Pause, Broadcasting Without Fans, Expanded Playoffs & Mike Lange

    Sean, Rob and Josh convene to update their respective facial hair situations and Rossi's wildlife problem, then bring in the voice of the NHL on NBC, Mike 'Doc' Emrick to chat about how he's spending the time off while the playoffs are on pause, what it would be like to broadcast games without fans, his relationship with longtime Penguins voice Mike Lange, as well as his introduction to the game of hockey. Plus, Doc weighs in on our ongoing discussion about the Mount Rushmore of Pittsburgh sports figures.

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    • 39 min
    Colby Armstrong on His Time with the Penguins, Getting Traded, Sidney Crosby and Return to Play Scenarios

    Colby Armstrong on His Time with the Penguins, Getting Traded, Sidney Crosby and Return to Play Scenarios

    Sean and Rob chat about the Mount Rushmore of Pittsburgh sports figures and the guys' own favourite athletes to deal with over the years, then bring in one of those athletes. Former Penguin and current analyst Colby Armstrong joins to chat about the NHL's ongoing discussion over a return to play and his own experiences with layoffs during the lockouts in 2005 and 2013, what it was like to play in Atlanta and the prospect of playing games without fans, his time in Pittsburgh and finding out he was traded, as well as the relationship he built with Sidney Crosby.
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    • 52 min
    Draft Scenarios, Playoff Possibilities and Mario Moments

    Draft Scenarios, Playoff Possibilities and Mario Moments

    Sean, Josh and Rob check in after the weekend's flip cup festivities and dive straight into the latest news coming from the NHL, including the debate over potentially holding the draft in June. The guys discuss some of the issues with the idea and how it could impact teams both in and out of the playoffs, as well as the challenges of returning to play and finishing out the season going into next year. Plus, the guys discuss Part 3 of Josh's best Mario Lemieux moments, including his stick selection, and continue to paint contrasts between Mario and Michael Jordan after the latest episode of 'The Last Dance'.

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    • 45 min
    Inside Story of the Penguins’ ‘Pittsburgh Pigeon’ Logo + Dennis Rodman Encounters

    Inside Story of the Penguins’ ‘Pittsburgh Pigeon’ Logo + Dennis Rodman Encounters

    Sean, Rob and Josh reunite for another edition of Pen Ultimate and chat about their impressions of the Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance', how Jordan's career paralleled Mario Lemieux in the early 90s, and a couple of random encounters with Dennis Rodman. Sticking with history, the guys dive into the behind-the-scenes story about the Penguins 1992 logo change, and Howard Baldwin's controversial decision to make the switch after the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

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