Trade Deadline Buzz: Senators covet young established NHL forward, futures in talks with Pens, others

 

Will Riley Sheahan still be the Penguins third line center by next Tuesday? As mentioned here multiple times in recent weeks, Sheahan’s uptick in play over the last month won’t halt the Penguins pursuit of Derick Brassard. And it hasn’t. A week away from the trade deadline, Brassard remains the top target for the Penguins brass and a player the organization views as a game changer at the third line center spot. Brassard is an interesting target this week. Sens need to make a hockey deal. Multiple teams, including Pittsburgh, are in the mix. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 19, 2018 The belief is the obstacle in talks for the Penguins and Senators coming together on a deal that works for both sides isn’t any reluctance from Pittsburgh including Daniel Sprong or a first rounder for Brassard. That has already been established, per sources. It’s the coveted established young NHLRead More »

Bad News for Rest of the NHL: Penguins are a motivated bunch clicking on all cylinders

 

Stars have set the tone as rest of the pieces are falling into place for the Champs Following Saturday night’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Penguins have won 11 straight games at home and Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. It’s been clear for 10-14 days the Penguins are back and in a big way. Pittsburgh’s last two games vs the LA Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs have only further proved the point that the Penguins are back and the way the Penguins are rolling is only more bad news for the rest of the NHL and most notably the Eastern Conference when it was looking like 4-5 weeks ago that the Penguins were not going to be so mighty this spring. The Penguins are striking fear into the rest of the league again and the two-time defending Champions might even get better at theRead More »

Rumors: Penguins putting First Round Pick, Top Prospect Sprong in play during trade talks?

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins only have around $800,000 in cap space but as Jim Rutherford always says, when two sides want to make a deal, there’s always a way to get it done and that’s how the Penguins are operating ahead of the deadline. As the trade deadline is 11 days away, the Penguins are currently involved in so many conversations the organization is confident of adding at least one impact forward by February 26th. Even with his team surging, sitting back doesn’t appear to be an option the Penguins GM wants to take. And what appears to be happening here in how active the Penguins are in talks is that Jim Rutherford doesn’t want to be in a situation where he looks back this summer and feels he didn’t do enough. The Penguins have signaled to rival General Managers that draft picks and top prospects are the currency the PenguinsRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Derick Brassard leaves good impression on Pens brass with impact game

 

The Ottawa Senators started the process last night of selling off high salary players in making an in-game trade. The Senators traded Dion Phaneuf, forward Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings for winger Marian Gaborik and center Nick Shore. Even with the Senators retaining 25% of Phaneuf’s cap hit, this was a cash driven deal as the Senators will save around $5 million in actual cash and there’s a chance Marian Gaborik goes off in the sunset to retire/or to Europe before his deal is up that spans three more seasons. Phaneuf gets to stay in Pittsburgh for a few more days to hang with his pal Phil Kessel as Phaneuf’s new team the Kings play the Penguins Thursday night. What would have been something if the Senators also left Derick Brassard in town. As the Senators are trying to take advantage of a sellers market and get aRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Sheahan’s Improved Play & What it means for the Penguins

 

If Jim Rutherford believed Riley Sheahan was the Penguins clear answer as their third line center, he wouldn’t have been so active over the last two months in looking for an upgrade at the position nor being so public in that the Penguins needed a third line center. Sheahan’s surge in play over the last couple weeks has now brought a narrative that the Penguins shouldn’t be trying to acquire a third line center. If you have believed as Penguin management has that Pittsburgh has needed to upgrade the third line center position for 2-3 months, should they let a 2-3 week strong stretch from Sheahan change that stance? Jim Rutherford has been around long enough where I don’t believe he’s going to call General Manager’s this week and suddenly take the team out of the mix for a bottom-6 center. What Sheahan’s improved play, though, has done is makeRead More »

Rumors: Penguins among 2-3 teams far along in talks for Brassard?

 

Source: Brassard tops wishlist of Penguins coaching staff The Ottawa Senators have reversed course in the last 5-7 days on their trade deadline plans. After being wide open to trading Mike Hoffman, Jean Gabriel-Pageau, the Senators have now signaled to clubs they intend to keep both players and are primarily focused on trading center Derick Brassard who has one year left on his deal with a $5 million cap hit. Up until the last couple days,  NHL execs were of the opinion Ottawa was more likely to keep Brassard than move him. Now that’s not the case. Brassard a player who is said to top the wishlist

Rumors: Penguins weigh putting First Round pick in play for Michael Grabner?

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday night where the Penguins surrendered a 2-0 lead but a Justin Schultz goal with 1:13 remaining in the third forced overtime for the Penguins to get a valuable point. Riley Sheahan and Carl Hagelin also scored in the win. Matt Murray made 33 saves on 36 shots in what was a fast paced game between the two teams that resembled a playoff type feel. The highlight of the game was an electric goal by Carl Hagelin, a type of shorthanded goal that only a couple players in the league could score. Another player who could score a goal like that is on the trade market: In the past 72 hours, the talk around the league is Ottawa has changed course now and have become more aggressive in shopping Derrick Brassard to get a satisfying return. “HeRead More »

Latest Chatter on the Penguins Center Trade List

 

Rental Center Market Continues to Lack Impact Options for Pens, others The Penguins center trade board entering the February 26th trade deadline is said to be quite long with 4-5 available targets who are available or the Penguins expect to be available. There’s also another list of 2-3 centers the Penguins have been monitoring for months in the hopes they would become available but likely won’t. The rentals on the Penguins list for a while now include no surprises: LATEST UPDATE Carolina is just one point out of the wild card but have started their annual nose-dive. They haven’t began shopping Ryan yet, per league sources, and would like to resign him, but Ron Francis is always chasing draft picks so we’ll see. Letestu who the Penguins in early January pushed hard to close a deal for, has seen his play fallen off the cliff. He has no goals inRead More »

Pens – VGK Fallout: Ryan Reaves Impact below the dots; Kessel/Malkin; D-Zone Breakdowns

 

Penguins – Golden Knights Fallout The Ryan Reaves that showed up vs the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night is the player Penguin officials thought the team would see more of when Pittsburgh traded for Reaves last June. Reaves second period goal was obviously a bonus but it was his ability to create havoc below the dots that has not been there on a consistent basis this season. Reaves had a goal, 3 shots on goal and 7 hits in 10:15 of ice time. The rugged winger was at 65% in possession (11/6) and was on the ice for 9 scoring chances. 1. Here was sequence in a shift early in the third period where Reaves carries the puck through the neutral zone, gains the offensive zone and gets the puck behind the Golden Knight’s D where he gains possession in the left corner. This led to the Penguins establishing overRead More »

Marc Andre Fleury’s Return to Pittsburgh & a Stanley Cup Preview Tonight?

 

Marc Andre Fleury makes his return to Pittsburgh tonight with the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights in town. It’s going to be an emotional night for Fleury who you can bet wants to put on a show. If Derrick Pouliot got a tribute video from the organization, I think there’s a chance we’ll see a Fleury tribute video tonight……. What an ovation it’s going to be. Penguins All-Time Wins Leaders 1. Marc-Andre Fleury – 375 2. Tom Barrasso – 226 3. Ken Wregget – 104 4. Denis Herron – 88 5. J.S. Aubin – 63 6. Matthew Murray – 58 7. Les Binkley – 58 8. Greg Millen – 57 9. Roberto Romano – 46 10. Johan Hedberg – 46 The all-time Penguins leader in wins, Fleury’s popularity skyrocketed in his final season as a Penguin in how he handled the situation of no longer being the No. 1Read More »