Penguins – Blackhawks Fallout & Post-Trade Deadline Chatter


Penguins – Blackhawks Fallout In a back-to-back situation, the Penguins played a good road hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks. “I thought we competed hard. I really liked our compete on the puck, liked our zone time,” head coach Mike Sullivan said…..”We’re not going to play a perfect game [every night]. Thought we had some heightened intensity. Our compete level was really good.” Pittsburgh outshot Chicago 37-29, were +10 in 5 v 5 shots, +13 in 5 v 5 shot attempts (64-51) and the Penguins were +7 (17/10) in high danger scoring chances. Pittsburgh’s top lines created chances and zone time, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel each with four 5 v 5 shots, Crosby team-high seven attempts, Evgeni Malkin while a minus-3 in the loss, had a Shot Attempts For Percentage of 58%, Phil Kessel 70% (16/7). An interesting development in the game, at even strength Sidney Crosby and PhilRead More »

Penguins Trade Deadline Breakdown & Grades


Penguins Trade Deadline Breakdown [Letang out a while?] [Penguins leave open door for big move this summer] [The Fleury Narrative] [Scouts Buzz on Streit] Penguins accomplish goal of moving Fehr’s salary Trade Analysis: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Frank Corrado from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick. Grade: C+ The Penguins and Leafs had discussions for weeks about Fehr but the acquisition of Brian Boyle appeared to likely close the door on that scenario. So much so, the Penguins decided to play Fehr last night instead of protecting the asset. For the Penguins, though, the possibility to trade Fehr to Toronto surfaced again in the final 90 minutes of the deadline when the Leafs circled back to the Penguins after Fehr cleared waivers. The Penguins accomplished the primary goal of being able to move Fehr’s salary off the booksRead More »

Latest Penguins Trade Talk: More moves to come?


Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Talk The Pittsburgh Penguins have struck out for the two top names on the rental market in Martin Hanzal and Kevin Shattenkirk and from Pittsburgh’s end they’re not losing any sleep over it. Hanzal or Shattenkirk surely would have strengthen an already top Stanley Cup contender but they weren’t necessary moves. A finalist for Martin Hanzal on Sunday night, the Penguins also ended up a finalist for Kevin Shattenkirk who went to the NHL leading Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh put their 2017 first rounder in play for Shattenkirk but were not willing to surrender a prospect of significance. Sources say St. Louis sought center Oskar Sundqvist in talks from the Penguins which was a non-starter. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been in most of the conversations for the big names available, rentals or long-term targets, but at least on the rental market, the Penguins went into talksRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Penguins made surprise run at Martin Hanzal


Latest Penguins Buzz The Los Angeles Kings acquiring Ben Bishop has no effect on the market for Marc Andre Fleury as the Kings were only considering the rental market. Bishop going to LA, though, did impact the Ryan Miller market who will only waive to five teams, three of team California teams. The Fleury situation for Pittsburgh will go down to the wire but there’s still questions whether the Penguins will even have one trade option. Teams have kicked tires but no one has taken that next step yet to go all-in and at least make the Penguins an offer. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told reporters this morning the Kings were his “only option” to move Bishop. What the Penguins surprise play for Martin Hanzal means The interesting development for the Penguins over the last 24 hours is the more information coming out this morning, the Penguins did indeed makeRead More »

Penguins – Flyers: Murray, Guentzel shine in victorious outdoor game


Penguins 4 – Flyers 2 The Pittsburgh Penguins were victorious with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field. This was by far the most entertaining outdoor game the Penguins have played from the standpoint of quality chances being created by both teams. The ice was not an impediment to the players by any means. “Ice was great…. It was fast,” Sidney Crosby said afterwards. .” “It was such a fun night,” 40 year old Matt Cullen said. “I was just kind of blown away by the atmosphere. Just the whole thing, was one of those bucket list deals.” The Penguins got a strong performance from Matt Murray who made 36 saves and somehow wasn’t named one of the three stars. “He was solid,” Crosby said of Murray.. “They [Flyers] generated some really good chances. He had to make some really good saves, some weird ones, bad bouncesRead More »

TIOPS Latest: Penguins, Hurricanes discussing Fleury?


Stadium Series Flyers (28-25-7, 63 pts) vs Penguins (37-14-8, 82 Pts) Forecast (Puck Drop): 36 Degrees, Winds 18 mph Penguins Outdoor Game all-time record | 1-2-0 | Jan 1, 2008 | Pittsburgh 2 – Buffalo 1 Jan 1, 2011 | Washington 3 – Pittsburgh 1 March 1, 2014 | Chicago 5 – Pittsburgh 1 Penguins Outdoor Game all-time Leaders Goals: James Neal (1), Colby Armstrong (1), Evgeni Malkin (1), Assists: Sidney Crosby (1) Kris Letang (1), Marc Andre Fleury (1) NHL’s All-time Outdoor Game leading Goal Scorer: Eric Fehr (3 Goals) Tonight’s Storylines Mike Sullivan going with the sentimental choice tonight in goal was always a longshot, so it wasn’t a surprise this morning when Matt Murray was confirmed as the starter tonight. It was always the plan to start Murray, Sullivan just made it a little interesting yesterday in not committing to who would start. That said, while noRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: New Fleury Developments & Stadium Series Mystery


New Fleury Developments/Mystery on Stadium Series Goaltender It’s expected a 1-on-1 conversation between Marc Andre Fleury and Jim Rutherford will happen around Sunday as both sides will air some final things out before Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. deadline. The situation remains fluid and one source close to the situation described things as heading down a path where both sides want to part ways but neither side wants to be the party to tell the other. It’s a couple that’s decided to split it up and divorce but neither side wants to be the first to sign the papers. Fleury will not demand a trade, is fine with playing the season out in Pittsburgh, but there are some rumblings (outside of Pittsburgh/Fleury camp) that the Penguins have been pushing a trade much harder than they have let on to Fleury which has rubbed

Penguins Taking Right Aggressive Approach at Deadline & Latest Trade Rumblings


Rutherford taking right approach at deadline [Penguins willing to move more draft picks] [Rust injury has Pens entering Eaves market?] The Penguins have the second best record in the Eastern Conference with nearly the same team as last season and while it’s an injury hit team right now, none of the injuries are season ending. Some around the league are looking at Jim Rutherford and wondering why he’s in on some of the big names as he is right now when the Penguins have in the eyes of many, one of the two best rosters in the Eastern Conference. Why potentially mess with a good thing that just won a Stanley Cup? I for one love Rutherford’s mindset for a Stanley Cup contender heading into the deadline. As Rutherford said yesterday, you can always improve in certain areas. “We like our forward group. You can always improve on it,” saidRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Penguins still looking to Add


Latest Trade Deadline Buzz [1. Pens still looking to Add] [2. Team monitoring Shattenkirk market] [3. Top priority in creating cap space] [4. Pens to circle back to Fleury] [5. Rutherford/Sullivan on Hainsey] On the heels of acquiring Ron Hainsey this morning, Penguin General Manager Jim Rutherford is looking to add one more defenseman and intends to scour the market right up until the deadline with an open mind of all positions in the play. “We’ll stay in the mix right up to the deadline and see what happens,” Rutherford told reporters today. Sources say the Penguins were pursuing two particular deals