The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Sidney Crosby lasted about 7-8 minutes before leaving the ice and head coach Dan Bylsma has just ruled Crosby out for tonight’s game The Lines will be the same that they were in practice yesterday Satan – Malkin – Sykora Dupuis – Talbot – Fedotenko Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Minard – Thomas – Godard Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Scuderi – Gill Eaton – Letang Lineupnews: *The Penguins announced this morning that Ryan Whitney has flew home to be with a family member that is ill. Kris Letang will return to the lineup which has been the plan since Monday’s practice. Look for Letang to get some power play time down low on 5-on-3 situations. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Trade Talk update
The Penguins are currently conducting internal discussions about making an major offer that could land them a top tier winger for Sidney Crosby and another asset with top-6 potential. By the way there is no three way deal in the works between the Penguins-Avalanche-Kings.¬†Three way trades rarely work anymore, especially ones with multiple players involved. The Penguins inquired about Kings winger Alexander Frolov in January and there hasn’t been much talk since.
The Ottawa Sun reports, the Senators will deal F Chris Neil and D Filip Kuba and if they don’t agree to contract extensions before the trade deadline Neil is drawing interest from a number of teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks.
Teams can scratch Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk off of their wishlist as sources indicate the Avalanche have informed teams that Hejduk will not waive his NTC and is not available. The Rangers, Penguins, Sabres, Panthers, Canucks, and Oilers have held talks with the Avalanche about Hejduk over the past month. Hejduk, 33, has one year remaining on his contract.
John Tortorella will be named the New York Rangers head coach, replacing Tom Renney who was fired this afternoon. TSN reports Tortorella is on his way to New York while the Rangers and Lightning work on reaching an agreement. Tortorella fired by the Lightning after the 07-08 season, is still under contract and must be granted permission. Tortorella led the Lightning to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in the 2003-04 season as the Bolts defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games. His 239 career wins is second to only Peter Laviolette as the most ever by an American-born NHL coach. Source: TSN.CA