Puck Talk with Popchock

Penguins developmental camp scrimmage

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Can’t Spell ‘Developmental Camp’ Without ‘D’

The Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power, part-time occupants of CONSOL Energy Center, were neither anywhere near playoff contention nor anywhere near the city this particular Saturday, but that didn’t prevent uptown traffic from slowing to a crawl.

93-7 The Fan–07/15/2012

James Neal

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Pens’ Remaining Stars Must Illuminate Dark Period

Okay, we can all breathe a sigh of relief…James Neal is healthy after all. But we won’t experience true relief until he and the Pens’ other offensive leaders look like their old selves.

93-7 The Fan–01/11/2012

Kris Letang

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Don’t Underestimate Letang’s Value

Hopefully Sidney Crosby is okay after his latest mishap, but the loss of Kris Letang is equally significant to the Penguins…

93-7 The Fan–12/08/2011

Penguins celebrate in Montreal Saturday

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Pens, NHL Win By A Nose

Justice was served on Saturday when Kris Letang’s goal beat the Canadiens, and on Tuesday when the one who rearranged Letang’s nose was punished.

93-7 The Fan–11/29/2011

Sidney Crosby

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Bylsma Says S.O.S. (Same Old Sid)

Head coach Dan Bylsma addressed the media after Sunday evening’s announcement that his captain will return to action Monday after a ten-month absence from the NHL.

93-7 The Fan–11/20/2011

Goal celebration

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Some West for the Weary

The Avalanche have come to town, and despite their impressive road record, the Penguins have proven they welcome all Western Conference challengers…

93-7 The Fan–11/15/2011

Marc-Andre Fleury

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Superb Goaltending Can Sustain Pens

By Matt Popchock (mpopchock@kdka.com) The Pittsburgh Penguins just can’t catch a break. Unless it’s a broken knee. Or a broken finger. Or a broken elbow. Oh well, at least Brooks Orpik’s infirmity was “only” a […]

93-7 The Fan–10/26/2011

Jeremy Roenick and Ed Olczyk

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Time to Re-Analyze NHL Analysts

Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick called out the Penguins for their handling of Sidney Crosby’s situation. I’m calling out Roenick, and any other NHL broadcaster who puts passion ahead of prudence.


Matt Niskanen

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Politics & Niskanen Still Make A Difference

Two of the things that stood out during a successful season-opening road trip were the presence of Matt Niskanen and the ongoing presence of politics in player discipline.

93-7 The Fan–10/11/2011

Evgeni Malkin

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – 2011-12 Penguins: Crosby or Not, Here They Come

Even with their franchise player still on the mend, the Penguins have what it takes to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in four seasons.

93-7 The Fan–10/06/2011

Brendan Shanahan

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Shanahan Saving the Hockey World, One Brain At A Time

Don’t look now, but the NHL has hired a new dean of discipline who might be saving the game of hockey as we know it.

93-7 The Fan–10/05/2011

Joe Morrow

“Puck Talk With Popchock” – Good Morrow

Although he didn’t make the Penguins’ opening night roster, teen defenseman and 2011 draftee Joe Morrow has left quite a positive first impression on his new club.

93-7 The Fan–10/03/2011

Jaromir Jagr

Puck Talk with Popchock: Reality Czech

Many have fallen in love with the idea of a Jaromir Jagr comeback, but 93-7 The Fan’s hockey commentator is reluctant to do so.

93-7 The Fan–06/24/2011

Dan Bylsma with the Jack Adams Trophy

Puck Talk with Popchock: “Disco Dan” Deserved It

93-7 The Fan’s hockey commentator believes the Jack Adams Trophy was presented to the right man in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

93-7 The Fan–06/23/2011

Vancouver vs. Boston

Puck Talk with Popchock: Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Regardless of how he and his fellow bloggers feel about the B’s, 93-7 The Fan’s hockey commentator explains why Lord Stanley’s Cup will return to Canada for the first time since 1993.

93-7 The Fan–06/01/2011