Rumors: Pens, Sabres talked Galchenyuk – Vesey swap?

 

Tick-Tock on Alex Galchenyuk’s Future in PIT Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has soured on winger Alex Galchenyuk to the point that Rutherford has informed rival teams of his hope to move Galchenyuk by the middle of January, at the latest, one s MORE BUZZ — Despite back-to-back shutouts from Tristan Jarry and a short trip to Detroit, it was a no-brainer for the coaches to start Matt Murray against Detroit and an easy call for them. It’s early December……. — Multiple scouts tell me since playing on a line with Jake Guentzel, this is the most dominant Evgeni Malkin has been in driving play off zone entries in seven to eight years. Meanwhile, one of the biggest frustrations the organization has with Alex Galchenyuk is a lack of ability to make 1-on-1 plays off zone entries. — Dominik Kahun has done a phenomenal job in changing the narrative. His trainingRead More »

Penguins Impressive Showing; Ray Shero’s Future in NJ; Bill Peters was Pens’ top choice in 14′ search & More Buzz

 

Most Impressive Win of the Season? The Penguins’ man-games lost are right on par with the 2013-2014 season when they had over 500 man-games lost. One thing that always stood out with that season in how it started and ended was the Penguins being harder to play against when they had a depleted lineup. The same thing is playing out this season. Time will tell if come spring time a lot are saying ‘hey the Pittsburgh Penguins were a lot harder to play against when the minor league guys were out there playing like it was going to be the last NHL game of their career’. With the back-to-back losses over the weekend to Columbus and St. Louis, you had to wonder if an extended losing streak was coming and the lack of talent in the lineup was finally going to catch up. Over the Penguins’ last 17 games, theyRead More »

A mixed bag of opinions on the Penguins around the league; Tristan Jarry’s Trade Value, Jake Guentzel Elite & more Buzz

 

Penguins brass continues to see 2016 similarities in way Penguins push the pace 1. — The Pittsburgh Penguins internal models, especially the analytic based one’s, have screamed ‘2016 Penguins’ in the eyes of several members of the organization. Pittsburgh with all the injuries, has been exceptionally improved this season in offensive zone entries and scouts have seen an improvement in pressuring the puck carrier through the neutral zone that has Pittsburgh defending zone entries at a much greater rate, which until recently had led to less running around and getting overwhelmed down-low in defending the cycle and net-front. Not all evaluators are sold on this roster and some feel it’s going to be a lineup in a seven game series that that you can wear down below the dots at both ends of the rink and there’s no sense opposing teams fear Pittsburgh’s backend. That said, one former head coachRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins in their first game without Crosby for the season rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to get a point in a 3-2 OT loss to the New York Rangers. That was the good in a game that had some good but also a lot of bad in an unwavering performance from the Penguins. So where do things stand with Crosby? The Penguins on Tuesday remained quiet on details surrounding Crosby’s injury because they don’t have a definite answer yet if it’s a going to be around two week absence or 6-8 weeks. Penguin players left for the road trip on Monday with the belief that Sidney Crosby’s injury from a blocked shot was more week-to-week than day-to-day. Imaging did not tell a clear story that saw Crosby this week visiting renowned specialist Dr. William Meyers who is regarded as best in the business forRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Galchenyuk’s expiring contract viewed as an asset on trade market for Penguins

 

Latest Pens Buzz Jim Rutherford always has his ear on trade discussions around the league, even if there’s no chance the Penguins can be a player because of their cap situation, ect, but, what the ability to dump Erik Gudbranson on the Anaheim Ducks this early in the season did is it opens the opportunity to game plan for the deadline in a much more realistic manner. Because of all of the callups and injuries, moving Gudbranson didn’t clear a straight four million off the cap for right now, but its created a couple million in cap space to put themselves in a different position than expected where Jim Rutherford is already planting seeds with other General Manager’s, sources say. As the season progresses, another dynamic to watch is using Alex Galchenyuk’s expiring contract as an asset. Will Galchenyuk’s biggest value to the Penguins this season be on the iceRead More »

Evgeni Malkin several weeks ahead of schedule

 

When Evgeni Malkin was diagnosed with a grade-2 soft tissue h[amstring Injury earlier this month, team doctors projected a 15-20 game absence for Evgeni Malkin that prompted the team to place him on LTIR. About 12 days into the injury, another evaluation prompted fears of even a lengthier absence, some in the organization fearing Malkin would be sidelined until at least early December. Malkin, though, has put those fears to rest. With what has been described as a pain tolerance injury that could have swayed anywhere from a month to two months, Malkin has showed significant progress over the last week, even to the surprise of some, that prompted Malkin being cleared as a full participant in today’s practice. Malkin, barring a setback, is now scheduled to return to the lineup several weeks ahead of when the Penguins imagined he would be able to return. [/hide]

Latest Pens Buzz: Sidney Crosby’s reign as a top-3 player isn’t going away with age & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins on Wednesday night aced their toughest test of the season with a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche in improving to 5-2-0 on the season. Everything about Pittsburgh’s hot play despite a rash of injuries is all about Sidney Crosby who is driving the bus in elevating the Penguins play like few superstars can. Crosby has been in complete control of the game in all three zones over the last four games and the rest of the team is just feeding off him. What we’ve seen from Crosby over the last week has been special. Getting better with age? Get used to it. If there’s a Tom Brady esque athlete in the NHL who will keep getting better with age, it’s going to be Sidney Crosby who year after year is finding ways to adapt to a faster, younger league and will continue toRead More »

Rumors: Penguins sought Nick Ritchie in talks for Erik Gudbranson & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz Erik Gudbranson re-entered the lineup Sunday night in the Penguins 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets but is the writing on the wall that Gudbranson is getting a ticket out of town? Gudbranson hitting the trade block became news early last week but league sources say the Penguins started surveying the market for Gudbranson a few days prior to opening night and before Pittsburgh was ravished by injuries upfront. The trade winds have become a shock to Gudbranson and his camp as exit meetings last spring with coaches and GM Jim Rutherford had Gudbranson feeling quite secure about his role in Pittsburgh moving forward. What changed so quickly? John Marino for one. The jury is still out on whether the Penguins are greatly overvaluing Marino and trying to believe he’s something he’s not, but the front office is quite sold on Marino already in the short-term andRead More »

Pens – Jets What We Learned: Poor Wall Play/Defensive Rotations against high-end skilled teams a growing problem for far too long

 

Penguins – Jets What We Learned The Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins both had excuses coming into Tuesday night’s matchup. For Pittsburgh it was the obvious in being down two of their top-3 centers in Evgeni Malkin and Nick Blugstad, to go with top-9 winger Bryan Rust already sidelined. For the Jets, they could have came in and laid an egg without much fuss. Among the reasons why: It was the fourth and final game of an East coast swing to start the season and most notably the Jets were dressing a lineup vs the Penguins with their entire defensive corps from the end of last season wiped out. Yet, it was the Penguins with their entire group of d-men in the lineup, including a seventh defenseman dressed that was the team that put on a display of squirt-level defensive play. The Penguins entered this season when healthy as aRead More »