Latest Trade Deadline Buzz –Scuttlebutt on the Penguins trade deadline plans — Pittsburgh for weeks has preferred to stay out of the d-man market unless a significant setback pops up between now and February 24th with Brian DuMoulin who has just begun skating and had another c[heckup] on Tuesday. Adding a defenseman on a two-way contract is in play but Pittsburgh actively trying to add a legitimate top-3 pairing or a true No. 7 defenseman hasn’t been a top priority to this point. [/hide] The focus has been on adding another veteran forward. Pittsburgh’s brass believes when fully healthy, they are one of the deepest teams in the NHL 1-12. The team remains hopeful Nick Bjugstad will return at somepoint and they’ll be getting Zach Aston-Reese back next month, but in the wake of acquiring Jason Zucker this month, the priority is being 13-14 deep with legitimate NHL forwards. DespiteRead More »
Fallout of the Penguins acquiring Jason Zucker 1. Prior to finalizing a trade for Jason Zucker on Monday night, Pittsburgh’s pursuit of Zucker for months was setting up as being their only realistic play ahead of the deadline to land an impact winger. It was going to be Zucker or have to go the rental market for a Tyler Toffoli type. There was nothing else in the woodwork nor anything likely to emerge that was out there to resemble a similar type of acquisition the Penguins feel they made last night in acquiring Jason Zucker — a long-term addition –. Sources say a similar offer would have been considered internally to make for Montreal’s M a player I’ve learned in recent days they’ve liked for years and actually tried to trade Phil Kessel to Vegas in the summer of 2018 for This led to the Penguins deciding at the endRead More »
Penguins land Jason Zucker The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired winger Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild. Zucker, 28, has three years remaining on his contract with a $5.5 million cap hit. Rutherford had honed in on Zucker for weeks and the inclusion of top prospect Calen Addison sealed the deal as Rutherford makes his big move two weeks prior to the Feb 24th trade deadline.
Penguins – Panthers What We Learned The Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night escaped with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Best way to put it is that it was a fortunate two points for the Penguins. No player came up bigger than Tristan Jarry in goal. Jarry was sensational with 33 saves, making a number a number of side to side athletic saves. His quickness on side to side puck movement is prime Fleury-esque. Pittsburgh was atrocious for several long stretches in giving the Panthers the middle of the ice. From just a couple minutes into the game to the waning, Jarry was bailing his teammates out. The Penguins did little well in all three zones, including struggles in the faceoff circle, winning just 38% of their draws. For the Penguins what stood out again in a negative way was how the opposition controlled the play 5 vs 5.Read More »
Trade Deadline Buzz Position: LW/RW | Age 28 Cap Hit: $5.5MM | Signed Thru: 2022-2023 44 GP – 14 Goals – 15 Assists – 29 Assists | The Penguins interest in Jason Zucker has been no secret. He was obviously part of the blocked Phil Kessel trade and Wild GM Bill Guerin has known since he took the job that it was only going to be a matter of time before Rutherford would take another crack at acquiring Zucker. — Call it multiple tries to acquire Zucker as of now — As the Wild pulled within two points of a wildcard spot with Friday night’s win vs the Dallas Stars, Guerin has been weighing whether to the Zucker situation to the summer where the opportunity for more teams involved will be there and as mentioned here this week, there’s been pause about doing business with a team you just cameRead More »
Latest Pens Buzz A trend worth monitoring moving forward. Pittsburgh’s 5 vs 5 numbers against teams currently in the playoff picture and or top Stanley Cup contenders in the Eastern Conference. Six of the Penguins last seven games, they have played Boston (2), Philadelphia (2), Washington and Tampa Bay, going 3-3 against that group of teams, with four of the six games against the top three Stanley Cup contenders in the East, excluding the Penguins of course. vs BOS 47 CF% | 48 SCF% vs BOS 36 CF% | 45 SCF% vs PHI 47 CF% | 41 SCF% vs PHI 37 CF% | 33 SCF% vs WSH 30 CF% | 28 SCF% vs TBL 42 CF% | 42 SCF% The Penguins have been outscored 9-13 in 5 vs 5 play over this stretch, which isn’t disastrous by any means, but Pittsburgh’s unique ability to always hang around might be maskingRead More »
Odd-Man Breaks resurface in 4-2 loss Pittsburgh’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had a lot of ebbs and flows. The first period was all Tampa Bay. They controlled possession and zone time, putting up 16 shots in period one and led 2-0 after twenty. From there, it turned into more of a back and forth game. Matt Murray kept the Penguins hanging around and what they’ve done so well all season, Pittsburgh had some really good stretches in the final 40 minutes with their push back, especially below the dots in the offensive zone. Matt Murray 25 Saves, .897 SV% Andre Vasilevskiy 29 Saves, .935 SV% But, the story of this game was the breakdowns at inopportune times. Some of the bad habits Pittsburgh has been very good at avoiding this season popped up against an opponent that will make you pay. What’s going to dictate a deepRead More »
Latest Trade Deadline Buzz The best way to continue to maximize the window around Sidney Crosby for another 3-4 years? Implement an infusion of young players is something the Penguins have become believers in and it can be seen with how they’re being viewed in trade talks around the league. The messaging to other clubs is that