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 »

Latest NHL Buzz: Rangers willing to trade Rick Nash inside the division

 

Latest NHL Buzz The New York Rangers are expected to ask Rick Nash for his 12-team list this week and the Rangers are certain the list will include a couple teams in the Metropolitan Division, based on their preliminary discussions with the Nash camp so far. Early indications are the Rangers are willing to trade Nash inside the division. Nash and his representatives already have a tentative list in place and the Penguins are expected to be one of the 12 teams on Nash’s list , league sources told TIOPS last week. That will make the Penguins a team to watch as Nash has long been a favorite of Penguins In what has been an expected development, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the Rangers are likely to pick up 50% of Nash’s remaining cap hit, something that has to be a must if the Rangers want toRead More »

Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center

 

Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center 1. — Prior to the All-Star break, the Penguins third line center search included a discussion with the M 2. — Players can say they don’t pay attention to the media but when the General Manager is making the media rounds as he was this week and constantly saying he’s trying to add a third line center, Riley Sheahan who was brought in earlier this season to be the third line center, has to be aware of the talk. Sheahan turned in a nice performance vs the Capitals with 2 assists, including a primary helper on Phil Kessel’s first period goal. For a couple Penguins, including Sheahan, poor possession stats vs the Capitals didn’t tell the actual story of how they played. Sometimes it does, last night it didn’t. Sheahan was at 38% in possession but was 50% in ScoringRead More »

Penguins – Capitals Fallout: It’s only February but Pens put another seed of doubt into the Capitals’ head

 

Penguins 7 – Capitals 4 PIT LEADERS Evgeni Malkin | 2 Goals (28), 2 Assists, 5 SOG Phil Kessel | 2 Goals (23), 1 Assist, 4 SOG Sidney Crosby | 2 Assists, 4 SOG Jake Guentzel | 2 Assists, 4 SOG Riley Sheahan | 2 Assists, 2 SOG Penguins – Capitals never disappoint and tonight was no different in a thrilling Penguins 7-4 win at the PPG Paints Arena. The star power was certainly on display in this game but mostly from the Penguins end. Alex Ovechkin had a big night with 2 goals and 1 assist, scoring goals 32 and 33 on the season, but once again Ovechkin’s Capitals would be trumped by Pittsburgh’s trio of stars. Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 11 games with a 2 assist night, while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel stole the show. Malkin who along with Kessel has to be creepingRead More »

Scouts Buzz: Derek Ryan and a potential fit with the Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Carolina Hurricanes third line center Derek Ryan is another name starting to pop up connected to the Penguins on the rumor mill. Ryan, though, is a pretty good skater with some offensive ability. He has 11 goals on the season to go with 15 assists. He has also been a very good possession player this year, 56.8 CF%, and for his NHL career has been above 50%. Ryan is also a right handed shooter and the Penguins have been very intrigued about adding a right handed centerman to play with Phil Kessel. On the contract front, Ryan carries just a $1.45 million cap hit and is a free agent at seasons end. Ryan has been a career minor league player, while also playing overseas. He has appeared in just 121 career NHL games, totaling 24 goals – 33 assists – 57 points and a minus-20 rating. Ryan’s points/60 this seasonRead More »

Goaltending Prospect Filip Gustavsson viewed around the league as a significant trade asset

 

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on 937 The Fan in a wide ranging interview that delved into several topics. Here are six Takeaways from the Rutherford interview on the Cook and Poni Show. LINK TO INTERVIEW 1. Cullen return in play? 2. On Adding a third line center: Rutherford said today one deal fell through recently, hinting the other team decided to keep the player. It’s not clear if it was a bigger deal but sources have said the team felt they were very close to acquiring “Enough talk I’m surprised we haven’t acquired one.” 3. On Whether the Ryan Reaves Trade was a bad one? Rutherford was asked by Andrew Fillipponi if he has any regrets about the Ryan Reaves trade. As he has continued to do all year, Rutherford defended the trade and what Reaves has brought to the table. “I think Ryan has served his purpose,” saidRead More »

Pens-Sharks fallout: Vintage Murray, Rust Impact Night, Cole-Oleksiak Pairing Struggles & More Buzz

 

Penguins 5 – Sharks 2 PIT LEADERS Matt Murray | 40 Saves, .952 SV% Evgeni Malkin | 3 Goals (26) Bryan Rust | 2 Goals (6), 1 Assist The Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot 42-31 by San Jose but a big night from Matt Murray with a 40 save performance and an opportunistic offensive night saw the Penguins come away with a 5-2 win over the Sharks as the Penguins keep on rolling, now 9-3 in January and currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division. — The big story of the night for the Penguins was Matt Murray’s performance. This was vintage Murray. He was big in the net, his angles were very good, an area that was a bit of a mess for Murray leading up to his absence. “I thought he was terrific,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It was obviously an emotional game for him tonight.” MurrayRead More »