Stick Taps: Can Olli Maatta Win the Calder Trophy?

Can Olli Maatta win the Calder Trophy? Ryan Wilson takes a detailed look at that question and some of the challenges facing Maatta’s bid.

The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL unveiled what will be a Christmas jersey for the ages. Other Ugly Christmas hockey sweaters making the rounds are the Knoxville Ice Bears, the Reading Royals, Lake Erie Monsters, and Wilkes-Barre Penguins.

Our friends at the PensBlog took a trip down memory lane today. It’s hard to imagine how far the Penguins franchise has come the past seven years. If you’re one of the younger fans, this post will help put in perspective how bad things were and how close the Pens were to leaving. If you’re a long time fan, maybe this post will flat out depress you or make you grateful for what you have now.

Darryl Sutter, head coach of the LA Kings, thinks the NHL should get rid of penalty boxes and sell those seats to fans.

Matt Niskanen has been an unsung hero for the injury-plauged Penguins.

The Wheeling Nailers have a crazy amount of players who have played in the NHL. Philip Samuelsson and Zach Sill are two of the three former Nailers that have made the jump to the show this year alone.

Minnesota Wild goaltender, Josh Harding has had a phenomanal year so far, but his season has been put on hold until after Christmas as he acclimates to a new treatment for multiple sclerosis.

If you’re still unfamiliar with who exactly is playing on the Pens defense right now, check out this read from The Hockey Writers. It details the original plan as well as what each of the Wilkes-Barre guys bring to the table.