Penguins remain “wide open” to trading Fleury by March 1

 

Fleury to remain on Trade Block Matt Murray’s minor injury that kept him out of the lineup (from dressing) for two games, would have missed a few more if it wasn’t for the bye week, didn’t spook the Penguins where they intend to change direction on trying to move Marc Andre Fleury by March 1. “I think now more than ever, if it makes sense, for the Pittsburgh Penguins to trade Marc Andre Fleury, they’re wide open

Trade Target: Pens and Capitals both have their sights on d-man Michael Stone?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The dominance in the Metropolitan Division has been something else. Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) have won 18 of their last 21 and have points in 19 of 20. Pittsburgh Penguins (57 points) have points in 15 of their last 16 games. The surging Washington Capitals (57 points) have points in 16 of their last 18 games. The New York Rangers (57 points) are 12-5 in their last 17 games. After steam rolling through the regular season last year, Washington has flown under the radar a bit this season but are starting to look like the Capitals of last season. The buzz surrounding the Capitals is there’s some regret in the organization that they mostly stood pat at last years deadline. This season many are expecting to them to go all-in and add at least one impact player. The Capitals could have been a couple bounces awayRead More »

Game 39 Player Reports: 1st Line/Pairing Dominate; 4th Line has impactful game

 

Post-Game Player Reports Game 39  Sunday, January 8, 2017 Penguins 6 – Lightning 2 Top-5 Performers Sidney Crosby Matt Cullen Kris Letang Eric Fehr Trevor Daley Centers Sidney Crosby| 2 Assists, +2, 4 SOG, 68 CF% (5v5) Crosby picked up two assists to move into second in the NHL with points (44). A sustained shift early in the second period from the Crosby line saw a momentum change in the game as Conor Sheary put in a Bryan Rust rebound with Crosby earning a secondary assist. Crosby later added a primary assist on Phil Kessel’s third period goal. At even strength the Penguins controlled 68% of their shot attempts when Crosby was on the ice (17/8). Season Stats: 33 GP – 26 Goals – 18 Assists – 44 Points Evgeni Malkin | -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 53.1 CF % (5v5) Malkin who entered the bye week leading the NHLRead More »

Latest Pens Rumors: Pouliot being packaged to move a salary?

 

Friday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins return from the five day bye break and have recalled goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Ruhwedel has passed Derrick Pouliot on the organizational depth chart and has been a stronger fit in the transition game than Pouliot. Ruhwedel has 1 goal and 1 assist and a +3 rating in five games. The Penguins have reached the point again with Pouliot where they just want him playing regularly in the American Hockey League and it’s clear to many his future with this coaching staff is pretty much bleak. The talk in Penguin circles prior to the season is that the management team looked at this still as somewhat of a development year for Pouliot again with hopes that he could transition into Trevor Daley’s long-term replacement for next season. There’s little evidence that’s still the plan. The player hasn’t demanded a trade yet butRead More »

NHL Source: Lots of smoke surrounding Penguins-Stars last month

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins entered the bye break believing that Matt Murray’s injury was very short-term. However, the million dollar question with the Penguins goaltending situation now is whether this little strong run from Marc Andre Fleury of late, named player of the week for 12/26 – 1/1, and another minor injury from Matt Murray has Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford eventually going back to his initial plan A (before the season started) of keeping both goaltenders this season and let it settle out in the summer. It’s been no secret the Penguins in early December began signaling to teams they were open for business on Fleury but have been met with a limited market for now. Has things really changed in just a matter of days? “It’s getting awkward,”

Prospects Buzz: Jake Guentzel tearing up the AHL; Sundqvist/Expansion Draft Chatter

 

Prospects Buzz The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins return to action Tuesday night vs Hartford and the month of December was all about Jake Guentzel tearing up the AHL. Named Rookie of the month for December, Guentzel posted 11 goals and six assists for 17 points in 10 games. Guentzel recorded multi-point games in six of the 10 contests, and had points in nine of 10 games. Guentzel enters tonight leading the AHL in goals (18) and points per game (1.31, among players who have appeared in 20 games). Former Penguin draft pick Kenny Agostino leads the AHL with 43 points. Over his last 17 games (12 AHL/5 NHL games), Guentzel has recorded 15 goals and 10 assists. Scouts felt in late November Guentzel was too good for the AHL and he continues to live up to that talk. Now the question is when do the Penguins make room for him in a full-timeRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Schultz’ Emergence a Game Changer for expansion draft & Latest Trade Chatter

 

Latest Penguins Buzz 1. A three year extension this week for Penguins’ head coach Mike Sullivan when he had a year and half left on his current contract was all about compensating him properly. The three year contract Sullivan signed last December had him among the bottom-10 lowest paid coaches in the game. Sullivan is believed to have received a significant raise that will pay him around $2 million per season, starting next season, sources say. With the debacle that Mike Johnston was, one of the comments that stood out from Jim Rutherford this week is that he’s come to realized that this is a difficult situation for a coach despite the top tier talent on the team. That’s what many have marveled about of the job Sullivan did last season in transforming the Penguins into such a dominant 200 ft team, while this season offensively so many players areRead More »

Pipe Dream or Possibility? NHL Insider touting Fleury – Trouba trade

 

Pipe Dream or Possibility? With the trade deadline just over two months away, the Marc Andre Fleury situation is starting to reach a critical stage. While the Penguins remain unsure whether a trade is even possible before the trade deadline as Fleury’s trade market is limited, league sources contend, Fleury being relegated to only starting against crap teams during the Penguins last stretch of games has Fleury more frustrated than ever with the situation, a source close to the situation says. A meeting is planned

Penguins-Blue Jackets Fallout: CBJ are Legit, Derrick Pouliot = AHL caliber defender

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets extending their winning streak to 11 games with a 7-1 win over the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, are the buzz of the NHL and rightfully so. In what was seen as a statement game to some, the Blue Jackets answered the bell with a thumping of the Penguins and this is no question a legit team in the east. The Penguins saw first hand as the Blue Jackets come at you with four scoring lines, a quick mobile D and have a Vezina trophy winner in goal. The Blue Jackets forward group lacks that No. 1 franchise center that you need to win in the post-season but this is a group of forwards that likely has the best combination of skill/speed/toughness in the East and built in a way like the Boston Bruins of the past that gave skilled Penguin team problems. The Blue JacketsRead More »