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The 2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins season is the 42nd and current season of the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins will enter the season as defending Stanley Cup Champions. It is scheduled to be the last season during which the Penguins' home venue will be Mellon Arenamarker, before they move into their new arena, the Consol Energy Centermarker, which is being constructed adjacent to the Mellon Arena across Centre Avenue.


Regular season


The Penguins began the 2009–10 season on Friday, October 2. Prior to the game the team raised the Stanley Cup banner at Mellon Arenamarker. The ceremonial banner raising was shown on a video board outside Mellon Arena, which displayed highlights from the previous season during the days leading up the game. The Penguins won their opening night game over the New York Rangers and defeated the New York Islanders the following night. After their first loss of the season to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Penguins embarked on a four game road trip to complete a series of five games in eight days. The Penguins swept the four game road trip—setting a new franchise record for consecutive road wins to start a season. The Penguins extended their overall win-streak to seven games by winning the first three games of their ensuing homestand; the win-streak ended with a loss to the New Jersey Devils on October 24.


The Penguins began November with a three-game road trip in Californiamarker. After defeating the Anaheim Ducks, the Penguins lost their first back-to-back games of the season to the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. The team then lost to the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. During the four-game losing streak the Penguins were outscored 17–3. Against the Bruins Sidney Crosby did not score a point for the fifth-consecutive game, the worst of his career. The Penguins ended their skid with a 6–5 overtime victory against Boston on November 14. Bill Guerin tied the game with .04 second left, and Pascal Dupuis scored in overtime.

Extended injuries hindered the team throughout much of the early season. On November 16 the Penguins played without four of the six defenceman that had started with the team. Additionally, they were without forwards Tyler Kennedy, Max Talbot and Chris Kunitz. Evgeni Malkin had also missed significant time. Later in the week it was announced that defenceman Jay McKee would miss two to four weeks, but that Sergei Gonchar and Max Talbot, who had surgery during the off-season, would likely return on November 19.

Game log

  • Green background indicates win (2 points)
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points)
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

2009–10 Game log
December: 0–0–0 (Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
29 December 3 Colorado Avalanche Pittsburgh Penguins
30 December 5 Chicago Blackhawks Pittsburgh Penguins
31 December 7 Carolina Hurricanes Pittsburgh Penguins
32 December 10 Pittsburgh Penguins Montreal Canadiens
33 December 12 Florida Panthers Pittsburgh Penguins
34 December 15 Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins
35 December 17 Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers
36 December 19 Pittsburgh Penguins Buffalo Sabres
37 December 21 New Jersey Devils Pittsburgh Penguins
38 December 23 Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins
39 December 27 Toronto Maple Leafs Pittsburgh Penguins
40 December 29 Pittsburgh Penguins Buffalo Sabres
41 December 30 Pittsburgh Penguins New Jersey Devils


Atlantic division

Eastern conference



The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.


June 19, 2009 To New York Rangers:
Chad Johnson
To Pittsburgh:
151st pick in 2009
June 26, 2009 To Montreal Canadiens:
7th-round pick (#211 overall) in 2009
To Pittsburgh:
6th-round pick in 2010

Free agents acquired
Player Former team Contract terms
Mike Rupp New Jersey Devils 2 years, $1.65 million
Nate Guenin Philadelphia Flyers 1 year, $500,000
Chris Conner Dallas Stars 1 year, $500,000
Chris Lee Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 year, $500,000
Jay McKee St. Louis Blues 1 year, $800,000
Brent Johnson Washington Capitals 1 year, $525,000
Wade Brookbank Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $500,000
Wyatt Smith San Antonio Rampage 1 year, $500,000
Ryan Bayda Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $500,000
Martin Skoula Minnesota Wild 1 year, $575,000

Free agents lost
Player New team Contract terms
Hal Gill Montreal Canadiens 2 years, $4.5 million
Mathieu Garon Columbus Blue Jackets 2 years, $2.4 million
Rob Scuderi Los Angeles Kings 4 years, $13.6 million
Jeff Taffe Florida Panthers 2 years, $1.2 million
Chris Minard Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $550,000
Petr Sykora Minnesota Wild 1 year, $1.6 million

Claimed from waivers
Date Player Previous team
September 30, 2009 Chris Bourque Washington Capitals

Lost from waivers
Date Player New team
September 30, 2009 Paul Bissonnette Phoenix Coyotes

Notable achievements


Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Sidney Crosby NHL First Star of the Week November 30, 2009

Draft picks

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was the 47th NHL Entry Draft. It is was held June 26–27 at the Bell Centremarker in Montrealmarker, Quebecmarker, the first NHL draft to be held in Montreal since 1992. At the Entry Draft, the Penguins made two trades to increase their number of overall picks, as several of their picks had been traded previously. With their first-round pick, the Penguins chose Simon Despres, 30th overall.

Round Pick # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 30 Simon Despres D Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL, Canada)
2 61 Philip Samuelsson D Chicago Steel (USHL, United States)
3 63 Ben Hanowski RW Little Falls High School (MSHSL, United States)
4 121 Nick Petersen RW Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL, Canada)
5 123 Alex Velischek D Delbarton Schoolmarker (New Jersey Prep School, United States)
5 151 Andy Bathgate C Belleville Bulls (OHL, Canada)
6 181 Viktor Ekbom D IK Oskarshamn (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden)

Notes on Draft Picks:
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's third-round pick went to the Penguins as the result of a trade on June 28, 2008 that sent Gary Roberts and Ryan Malone to Tampa Bay in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). The condition – Ryan Malone is signed by Tampa Bay prior to the 2008-09 season – was converted on June 29, 2008.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's fifth-round pick went to the Penguins as the result of a trade on October 1, 2008 that sent Michal Sersen to Tampa Bay for this pick.
  • The Penguins' fifth-round pick (151st overall) was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 26, 2008 along with a second-round pick in 2008 in exchange for Hal Gill. The New York Rangers then acquired the pick from the Maple Leafs in July 2008, then the Penguins re-claimed their pick in a June 2009 trade that sent Chad Johnson to the Rangers.

  • The Penguins' third-round pick was traded to the New York Islanders as a result of the conditional trade in which the Penguins acquired Bill Guerin on March 4, 2009. The trade sent the New York Islanders a conditional 2009 draft pick that would have been a fifth-round pick if the Penguins failed to qualify for the playoffs; a fourth-round pick if they reached the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round; or a third-round pick if they advanced beyond the first round, which the Penguins did accomplish.


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