Latest Pens Buzz: Club putting a high value on cap room to open season

 

Latest Penguins Buzz With training camp less than a month away, the Penguins have major holes at the third and fourth line center spots but when you’ve won back-to-back Stanley Cups, have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as the No. 1 and No. 2 centers to go with great depth at wing, who cares what your bottom-6 center position looks like in August, right? That’s the stance the Penguins are taking after what sources describe as a trade in the works for a centerman making under $3 million per season, falling through shortly after the Conor Sheary signing in early August. As trade talks throughout the league have dried up, which is notorious at this time of the year with no General Manager’s under pressure to make deals right now, what the Penguins are now seeing as great value is potentially opening up the season with over $3 million inRead More »

Key Dates and Details of Events for Hockeyville Celebration

 

Hockeyville 2017 Events: Sept. 6 National Anthem Contest; Sept. 21-23 includes Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event, Gala at the Cal U Convocation Center, 5K Race & Parade in North Belle Vernon and Fun Fair at Rostraver Ice Garden: WHAT: To celebrate Belle Vernon’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017 win as the country’s most passionate hockey community, the Local Organizing Committee is hosting several events leading up to the NHL® Pre-Season Game between the St. Louis Blues® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® on Sunday, Sept. 24 that is scheduled to air live on NBCSN at 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, Sept.6 The National Anthem Singing Contest has begun for an opportunity to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 24 Kraft Hockeyville USA NHL Pre-Season Game! Interested singers must be regional residents between the ages of 12 and 25 and submit an entry form and song video by Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:59Read More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: Avs view of Olli Maatta in trade talks & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz — Just over a month until training camp, the Penguins still have a third line center hole and fourth line center hole with Matt Cullen undecided as the NHL off-season has reached the dog days of August where most GM’s are vacationing. Mike Fisher retiring last week played right into why former Penguins center Nick Bonino was set on signing with the Nashville Predators from the start. From the get-go of the interview period, the Predators sold Bonino on having a bigger role in Nashville and being the long-term replacement for Fisher with the catch being Bonino would still be on a Stanley Cup contender. Pittsburgh could have decided in June that Bonino is more valuable to them than Conor Sheary would be for this next three to four year window where the Penguins have to a chance win more Cups. Therefore, Pittsburgh could have easily movedRead More »

The Curious Case of Conor Sheary

 

The curious case of Conor Sheary   As of this past weekend, Conor Sheary and the Pittsburgh Penguins were still locked in on a stalemate in contract talks. Sheary, 25, will be among the most intriguing arbitration cases, if there’s not a settlement before the hearing on August 4th. RESUME PROS 61 GP – 23 Goals – 30 Assists – 53 Pts (+24) 0.87 PPG (25th in NHL) 48 Even Strength Points (20th in NHL) 3.01 Points/60 5 vs 5 (1st in NHL among players who appeared in 250 mins or more) 53 CF% 5 v 5 1st Line Winger that can play both wings Cons for Arbitration Case 2 Years NHL experience 2 Goals in 22 playoff games during 2017 postseason Healthy scratch for at least one playoff game the last two seasons With Sheary, there are a wide range of opinions around the league on his potential arbitrationRead More »

Source: Pens weigh extending Hornqvist

 

TIOPS DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Penguins management is building their roster with a 3-4 year window in mind where they don’t want to be locked into many bad contracts four to five years down the road when the time comes that some of their core might start to begin regressing. How much do the Penguins value Patric Hornqvist with the Penguins window still wide open to win a couple more Cups? We’re about to find out. 3. Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette created a stir today with a column titled “Don’t Be Surprised if the Penguins Trade Phil Kessel.” Among the blurbs from the column: [“I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process. It was clear in June, by the endRead More »