Dan is a former sportswriter and English teacher. He has been covering hockey for Rotowire since 2002. Supports the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC.
February 1, 2016
Ice and Fire: Most Valuable Patrick
The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane is Dan Pennucci's shoo-in for first-half MVP honors, as his 73 points at the All-Star break are blowing the competition away.
January 25, 2016
Ice and Fire: Apex Predator?
Dan Pennucci has been disappointed with the production of Nashville's Filip Forsberg, but recent positive signs have him optimistic for the future.
January 18, 2016
Ice and Fire: Daily Frustrations
Dan Pennucci dives into the unique format of his NHL keeper league, where owning the Bruins' Tuukka Rask has been part of a disappointing campaign.
January 11, 2016
Ice and Fire: Hockey-Tonk
Dan Pennucci likes the change of scenery for Ryan Johansen in Nashville and is impressed with the surprisingly strong work Louis Domingue has been doing in Arizona with Mike Smith injured.
January 5, 2016
Ice and Fire: Separate Ways
While Aleksander Barkov is flourishing for the surging Panthers, fellow 2013 draftee Jonathan Drouin is going in the other direction, having recently been demoted to the AHL.
December 28, 2015
Ice and Fire: The Force Awakens?
Dan Pennucci joins fantasy owners everywhere in his happiness to see Steven Stamkos finally starting to produce the numbers expected of a first-round pick.
December 14, 2015
Ice and Fire: Nilsson Rating
Dan Pennucci calls attention to a handful of goaltending situations, including Anders Nilsson taking a firm grip on the Oilers' net.
December 7, 2015
Ice and Fire: Historic Territory
The Senators' Erik Karlsson is on pace to be the first defenseman in five years to average a point per game, and Dan Pennucci can't recommend him highly enough.
November 30, 2015
Ice and Fire: Debunking the Rumor Mill
Dan Pennucci rejects the notion of the Penguins trading Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby in the wake of rumors of a rift between Crosby and Mario Lemieux.
November 23, 2015
Ice and Fire: Rolling in the Rockies
Dan Pennucci calls fantasy owners' attention to Matt Duchene and a number of other Avs who are producing in fantasy despite the team's poor record.
November 16, 2015
Ice and Fire: Picking Up the Pace
With scoring down across the NHL, Dan Pennucci takes a look at potential sources of precious power-play production, including blossoming Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.
November 9, 2015
Ice and Fire: Underwhelming Superstars
Dan Pennucci takes a look at first-round fantasy picks whose owners are suffering through disappointing production early on, with none more prominent than Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
November 2, 2015
Ice and Fire: Go Marchand In
Dan Pennucci surveys the NHL landscape and likes how Brad Marchand's game has come around following a slow start to the year.
October 26, 2015
Ice and Fire: Not Splurgin' on Spurgeon
Dan Pennucci discusses fantasy storylines around the league, including recommending that owners sell high on the Wild's Jared Spurgeon, who's tallied four points in eight games to start the year.
October 20, 2015
Ice and Fire: Oilers Should Hammer and Nail Foes
Dan Pennucci has some advice for Edmonton's coaching staff: play Nail Yakupov and Rob Klinkhammer on the same line, for the puns if nothing else.
October 13, 2015
Ice and Fire: Opening Observations
Dan Pennucci looks at what Justin Abdelkader's hot start for Detroit can mean for fantasy teams, as he's likely available on the waiver wire.
October 1, 2015
Ice & Fire: Season Predictions, Draft Observations
Dan Pennucci returns with a weekly column for RotoWire after a short hiatus. In this week's edition he discusses his season-long predicitions and his observations from his completed drafts.
February 21, 2015
Morning Skate: Hockey Tonk
Cody Franson is no longer a member of the Maple Leafs. Janet and Dan discuss that trade as their launching point this week.
February 13, 2015
Morning Skate: Trade Em Up
Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson talk trade in this edition - both in the NHL and in their home league with each other, where Janet traded her beloved Patrick Kane to Dan.
November 26, 2014
Morning Skate: Filip Forsberg's Breakout
Dan and Janet return and discuss Filip Forsberg's breakout with the Preds this season among other topics.
September 29, 2014
2014-2015 Devils Preview: Vet Cemetery
The 38-year-old Patrik Elias is one of several greybeards the Devils will count on to drive their offensive attack this season, but that's precisely the problem.
August 13, 2014
Draft Kit: 2014-15 Busts
Ryan Kesler might be in a better fantasy set-up in Anaheim, but RotoWire's Dan Pennucci suggests that he'll be overdrafted in most leagues this year.
April 17, 2014
Morning Skate: Bear Season
Both Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson have Zdeno Chara and Boston winning The Cup
April 8, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Back On Ice In Dallas
Columbus and Dallas resume the March 10 contest against Columbus in the wake of the Rich Peverly injury
April 6, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Pleasant Surprises
James Wisniewski makes Dan Pennucci's list of pleasant suprises from the blue line. Which of them have enduring value?
April 1, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Senator Elect?
Mika Zibanejad has been showing his skill in the nation's capital
March 31, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Flame On
The Flames and Mark Giordano have been quite productive lately, plus Dan Pennucci breaks down the goon points pool in this week's edition.
Morning Skate: Rotting Leafs
Toronto is fading fast in the East. Janet and Dan discuss the Leafs' woes among this week's topics.
March 25, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Penguin Down
The Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin possibly for the rest of the regular season
March 19, 2014
Thursday Daily Puck: Return of The Devil
Zach Parise returns to New Jersey while the playoff race heats up.
March 18, 2014
Morning Skate: A Rift in Sochi?
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin apparently feuded in Sochi, and that may have carried over to Ovie's play in Washington.
March 16, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Barrie Finding His Way
Tyson Barrie took a long time to get settled with the Avalanche, but he's been a strong producer lately for them.
March 11, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Orcas Dying
Kevin Bieksa and Vancouver don't have much to smile about of late.
March 8, 2014
Morning Skate: Tire Pumping
Dan and Janet discuss the various trade deadline deals, including the very brief but delicious pairing of Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo on the same team.
March 4, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Luongo's Sweet Freedom
Roberto Luongo won't be sad to leave Vancouver for sunny Florida
March 2, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Let the Dealing Begin
Christian Ehrhoff, seen here in better days with Vancouver, could be looking at another welcomed change of scenery before the trade deadline.
Morning Skate: Olympic Gloating, Trade Fallout
Janet gloats about Team Canada's double-dip, and she and Dan break down the Ryan Miller trade.
February 25, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Full Speed Ahead
The NHL kicks off its post-Olympic stretch run
February 14, 2014
Group A: Ain't No Miracle: Americans Faceoff With Russia
Backes and Team USA will be too much for Russia
February 9, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Blue Lines
Ryan Suter figures to log a ton of ice time for Team USA, much as he does for the Wild during the regular season.
February 4, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Hawks, Ducks Battle
Jonas Hiller and the Ducks take on Chicago Wednesday Where will Ryan Miller end up?
February 2, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: John Carlson Sighting
In Washington, sightings of American Olympian John Carlson have been reported. Dan Pennucci discusses Carlson's mercurial production and highlights other blue liners on the rise this week.
February 1, 2014
The Daily Puck: Eastern Conference A Fine Mess
Washington needs Nicklas Backstrom to start producing more if the Caps want to stay in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race
January 31, 2014
Sochi 2014: Team Analysis - United States
Joe Pavelski will be a key contributor for the American envoy to Russia, but can they improve upon their last Olympic result?
January 26, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: The Young and Restless
Some Young Blueliners to Watch
January 21, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Flyers Raking In Goals
Scott Hartnell and the Flyers are scoring in bunches, but take on a rising Carolina team.
January 20, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Buy Low (But Buyer Beware)
Alexander Edler has returned after a month-long absence, and you might be able to snag him given how slowly he started this season, writes Dan Pennucci.
January 14, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Rivalry Night
Ryan Kesler needs to step up for Vancouver while Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin battle on Wednesday.
January 12, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Mid-Season Awards
Cam Fowler wins the coveted Anti-Tyler Myers award for bouncing back from two bad years this season.
January 7, 2014
Wednesday Daily Puck: Sharpening For Sochi
Patrick Sharp has been on a tear the last two weeks and will be heading to Sochi
January 5, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Snubs
Dustin Byfuglien was one of two high-profile blue-line snubs from the U.S. Olympic team.
December 31, 2013
Wednesday Daily Puck: A Classic Conundrum
Detroit and Toronto Limp Into The Winter Classic
December 22, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Peeking
Should PK Subban make Team Canada? Dan Pennucci is incredulous that it's even a question.
December 17, 2013
Wednesday Daily Puck: A Night In The Metropolitan
Henrik Lundqvist faces a formidable foe in the Penguins while Ottawa's Robin Lehner looks to secure more playing time
Morning Skate: Suspensions Here, Suspensions There
Dan and Janet opine about the suspensions levied against James Neal and Shawn Thornton, discuss goaltending matters for Teams Canada and the U.S. and express concern about concussions in the game.
December 15, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Beyond the Sea
The Blackhawks are getting great seasons from Duncan Keith (pictured) and Brent Seabrook, but there are other defensemen in Chicago that can help you.
December 10, 2013
Wednesday Daily Puck: Blackhawk Down
Chicago will need to adjust to life without Corey Crawford while two goalies traded for one another last summer square off in Toronto.
December 9, 2013
Morning Skate: Breaking Bryz
Dan and Janet hit up a number of issues around the league, including Ilya Bryzgalov's injury and a number of struggling defensemen.
December 8, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Duck Season?
Cam Fowler surprisingly remains on the positive side of the plus-minus ledger.
December 3, 2013
Flyers Back In The Hunt: Wednesday Daily Puck
Steve Mason, Claude Giroux Guiding Flyers
December 2, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: We're Going Streaking
Torey Krug is tied among NHL defensemen in goals scored this season. Dan Pennucci looks at which other blue liners are on a streak right now.
November 26, 2013
Johnson For Shattenkirk, Stewart Revisited: Wednesday Daily Puck
The Avs made one of the league's most one-sided trades in 2011 when they dealt Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart for Erik Johnson
November 24, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Bows To No One
Jay Bouwmeester is flourishing in St. Louis, even out-pointing teammate Kevin Shattenkirk so far.
November 19, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Gem In the Desert?
The Coyotes have gotten plenty of production from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle (pictured), but there's another player leading them in goals from the blue line.
Wednesday Daily Puck: Somebody That We Used To Know
Dany Heatley returns to Ottawa Wednesday, a city sure not to forget him
November 17, 2013
Morning Skate: St. Louis Cup Parade?
Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson believe that while Alexander Steen will likely fall back to earth, the Blues are for real and are primed to make a deep playoff run.
November 12, 2013
Wednesday Daily Puck: Oil Frenzy In Alberta
The Oilers are scoring, but scrutiny is unavoidable
November 11, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Rest for the Wild
Ryan Suter is already logging monster minutes for the Wild.
November 5, 2013
Wednesday Daily Puck: Hossa and Hawks Host Jets
Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks host the Jets on Wednesday.
November 3, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Still Waiting
Dustin Byfuglien is one of the elite defensemen that remain without a goal so far this season.
November 1, 2013
Morning Skate: Trick or Trade?
Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson discuss their approaches to trade strategy and address their own trade targets and trade chips, such as the Sharks' Tomas Hertl.
October 29, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Letang's Return
How does Kris Letang's return affect those filling in for him on the power play? Dan Pennucci discusses that, a promising new Devils defenseman, a Budding Bud and a Snuffed Flame this week.
Wednesday Daily Puck: San Jose Knows The Way
The Sharks are storming the NHL, can their Pacific Coast rivals to the south slow them down?
October 20, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Predator On the Prowl
Highly touted rookie Seth Jones is already making waves in Nashville.
October 16, 2013
Morning Skate: The System Is Down
Even with Tuesday's win, Pekka Rinne's numbers to start the season aren't that great. Is he slipping, or was he just a system goalie all along? That and more in this week's article with Dan and Janet.
October 14, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Early Season Surprises
Jason Garrison is getting loads of power play time and pouring a ton of shots on net for the Canucks. Who else has caught Dan Pennucci's eye early-on this season?
October 5, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Troubador
Jacob Trouba impressed RotoWire's Dan Pennucci in Trouba's NHL debut. See what else caught Dan's eye in his first article of the season.
September 25, 2013
Morning Skate: Padding Stats
Janet Eagleson and Dan Pennucci have their first discussion article of the season. Janet is concerned that the new goalie pad restrictions could hurt Corey Crawford in particular.
September 13, 2013
2013 Devils Preview: The Devil You Know
Is this the swan song for Martin Brodeur? The Devils' deal for Cory Schneider this summer likely makes it his final one in New Jersey.
August 3, 2013
Morning Skate: Growing Pains
How will Tyler Seguin fare in his new home in Dallas? Dan and Janet discuss that and a ton of the major free agent signings in this week's article.
July 12, 2013
Morning Skate: Free Agent Run-Up
Dan and Janet discuss the Tyler Seguin trade, the Sergei Bobrovsky contract, and hint at which draft picks could be productive immediately.
July 2, 2013
Morning Skate: Schneider's Shocking Trade
Cory Schneider is now a Devil. Dan and Janet break down that trade, and the other run-up items leading to the NHL Draft.
May 6, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Early Playoff Reactions
Despite dropping one of the first two games in Boston, the Bruins should still advance against the Leafs, according to RotoWire's Dan Pennucci.
May 1, 2013
Morning Skate: Crystal Ball Gazing
Both Janet and Dan think that Erik Karlsson and the Sens will prevail over higher-seeded Montreal.
April 30, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Disappointments
Michael Del Zotto had a decent enough season, but decent enough isn't what his fantasy owners were looking for this season.
April 28, 2013
Morning Skate: Playoff Name Game
Don't challenge Janet Eagleson's love for Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks.
April 23, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Year in Review, Part I
Mike Green enjoyed a bit of a renaissance over the second of the season, helping key the Caps' stretch run.
April 18, 2013
Morning Skate: More Help on the Way
Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have yet even more talent joining the organization.
April 16, 2013
Morning Skate: Will Ovie Have Hart?
Janet and Dan debate Alexander Ovechkin's Hart Trophy worthiness among other items.
April 14, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: This Year's Underachievers
Dmitry Kulikov goes under Dan Pennucci's microscope among those underachieving defensemen this year.
April 8, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Is the Window Still Open
Dan Boyle has sparked the Sharks' recent run - can they keep it up and be a force in the playoffs?
April 7, 2013
Morning Skate: Bobby Lu Stays Home
Dan and Janet review the week's events, including Roberto Luongo's press conference after he was not traded by this week's trade deadline.
April 2, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Save the Penguins
Sidney Crosby isn't the only star that the Penguins are learning to live without, as Kris Letang is also hurt.
April 1, 2013
Morning Skate: Reacting To Trades
Janet and Dan react to the Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla deals, and also discuss the mess in Tampa Bay.
March 26, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: APB in Newark
The Devils are seeking a new point man after Marek Zidlicky went down with a shoulder injury.
March 24, 2013
Morning Skate: Have We Seen the Best of Keith Yandle?
Among the topics that Dan and Janet tackle this week is whether Keith Yandle has already peaked, or if there's another level for him.
March 17, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Hits and Blocks Galore
Alex Pietrangelo falls under the radar in one respect - his high number of blocked shots. Dan Pennucci explores the hits and blocks stats in this week's article.
Morning Skate: Midseason Awards
Janet Eagleson and Dan Pennucci debate the merits of Steven Stamkos vs. Sidney Crosby among other topics this week.
March 10, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Dough(ty) Needed
With Drew Doughty struggling this season, Jake Muzzin has stepped up his scoring touch. Does Dan Pennucci think it will last?
March 9, 2013
Morning Skate: Overrated, Underrated
Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson give their take on Cam Ward, the state of Canadian goalies, and Pierre McGuire.
March 3, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: It Only Gets Better
The Red Wings have had trouble coping with the absence of Nicklas Lidstrom.
March 1, 2013
Morning Skate: All Hail Kadri
Dan and Janet rap about Nazem Kadri's fast start, among many other topics.
February 25, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: The Ballerina?
Zdeno Chara scored a particularly graceful goal this weekend.
February 23, 2013
Morning Skate: Defending the Devils
Dan Pennucci defends his Devils' fandom to Janet Eagleson in this week's edition.
February 17, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Useless Senators
Erik Karlsson is out for the season after suffering a fluke injury.
February 16, 2013
Morning Skate: Cursing the Leafs
Dan Pennucci got his curse on for this week's Morning Skate
February 10, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Falling Stars
Duncan Keith was once among the elite, but we should tamp down our expectations for him now.
Morning Skate: The Average 8
Will the Caps use their buyout on the increasingly average Alexander Ovechkin? Dan and Janet discuss.
February 5, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Gilbert Thriving in Minnesota
Tom Gilbert has played well to start the season with the Wild.
January 31, 2013
Morning Skate: Eagleson and Pennucci Talk Hockey
Don Cherry would like to see more of this from Zack Kassian rather than the scoring punch he's provided so far this season.
January 28, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Desert Dogs
Dan Pennucci talks about the early returns from this season, including what Keith Yandle and company are doing for the Yotes.
January 21, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Opening Week Observations
Kris Letang and the Pens are off to a great start.
January 13, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Liner Tiers
Should Erik Karlsson be a first-round pick? Dan Pennucci discusses that and reviews the defensemen tiers behind Karlsson.
September 14, 2012
2012 Devils Preview: Surprising Devils Look To Replace Parise
July 13, 2012
Free Agent Roundtable: A Wild Week
Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson discuss the flurry of offseason NHL moves.
April 11, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Storylines, Predictions, Breakout Candidates
Will Michael Del Zotto continue to shine in the playoffs?
April 4, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Green With Envy
Mike Green continues to frustrate his fantasy owners this season.
March 28, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Trophy Talk
Does Erik Karlsson merit the Norris Trophy merely on the basis of his offensive prowess?
March 18, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Timonen Returns
Kimmo Timonen is closing in on 40 points again this season. He returned from a lower-body injury last week.
March 11, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Capital Concerns
What's wrong with the Caps?
March 5, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Extra Orca
Alex Edler has gotten some reinforcements behind him on the blue line.
February 26, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Friday Night Lite
Could this be Martin Brodeur's last season with the Devils?
February 19, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Shark Week
Dan Pennucci watched a lot of Dan Boyle and the Sharks on their East Coast swing last week.
February 12, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: On the Streit and Narrow
Mark Streit may be one of the league's best offensive defensemen no one talks about, as he suffers from the same disease as John Tavares: being a member of the New York Islanders.
February 5, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Good Grief
Ryan Whitney is back and productive again, but will it last?
January 29, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: All-Star Edition
Alexander Edler should be a perennial All-Star.
January 23, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Back In Action
The Penguins finally had some good news on the injury front, getting Kris Letang back last weekend.
January 15, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Swiss Misters
Mark Streit came over from Switzerland to make a big impact with the Canadiens and then the Islanders. The Habs now have two-other Swiss-born blue liners making an impact.
January 8, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part II
The Flyers really miss Chris Pronger on their blue line.
January 1, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part I
Dan Pennucci's blue-line resolutions for the first half of the league.
December 26, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Ducks Fly Together
Lubomir Visnovsky has been on fire since returning from injury.
December 20, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Ringing Bells
Kris Letang's injury has hurt the Penguins, but others are stepping up in his place.
December 5, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Coaching Carousel Spinning
Four NHL coaches have already lost their jobs. Dan Pennucci discusses the changes' fantasy impacts and speculates who might be next.
November 27, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Observations At the Quarter Pole
What stands out so far, and of those outliers, what's likely to continue?
November 20, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Predators On the Prowl
Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are off to excellent starts.
November 14, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: The Death of the 100-Point Defenseman
Mike Green has come the closest in recent times to getting 100 points from the blue line, but even he isn't likely to achieve that milestone in today's NHL.
November 7, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Heirs Apparent and Ancient Wonders
Niklas Kronwall just got a contract extension from the Red Wings.
October 31, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: The Weekly Whip-Around
Alexander Edler is healthy again and is off to a great start.
October 24, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Hurt By the Suspension Policy
Kris Letang's suspension at the beginning of last week was hotly debated and cost his fantasy owners in weekly leagues.
October 16, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Don't Panic
Dan Pennucci has a word of advice for those off to bad starts.
October 9, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Turning Leaf
Dion Phaneuf had his ups and downs in Calgary, but he's off to a good start with the Leafs this season.
October 2, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Good Defenders on Bad Power Plays
Shea Weber is an obvious target from the blue line from a team that didn't perform well on the power play last year. Who are some less obvious targets?
September 25, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Sharper Sabres
What does the arrival of Christian Ehrhoff (pictured) in Buffalo do for Tyler Myers?
September 2, 2011
2011 Devils Team Preview: The Devils Look to Get Back to the Promised Land in 2011
An in-depth look at the New Jersey Devils heading into the 2011-2012 season.
September 7, 2010
2010-11 New Jersey Devils Preview: 2010-11 New Jersey Devils Preview