Breaking News: Penguins fire Michel Therrien

 

Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team‚Äôs American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Therrien and Savard were relieved of their duties. Savard has been re-assigned to another position in the organization. Assistant coach Mike Yeo who runs the Penguins struggling power play will remain with the team. Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche will also remain with the coaching staff. Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins‚Äô director of player development, will join the staff as an assistant coach. Michel Therrien did coach today’s practice in New York which ended around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. More to come

Sunday’s Practice Report: Lineup changes coming for Monday’s game

 

The Penguins just concluded their practice around 3:00 p.m. in New York. As expected the mood wasn’t very good after the team’s performance last night. As I mentioned on Thursday the plan this week was for Mathieu Garon to start in goal against the Islanders. Based on practice today that still appears to be the plan. Don’t look into it that the team is benching Marc Andre Fleury for giving up 6 goals Saturday night. My source tells me there will be one lineup change (not counting Garon) and possibly two against the Islanders tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday’s Insider Report

 

The Penguins showed absolutely no urgency and no fire in Saturday‚Äôs third period debacle against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins got out to a early 2-0 but the final 40 minutes of the game was owned by the Leafs. When your five points out of the playoffs and playing a team that is basically playing for a lottery pick, there is no excuses for the performance the Penguins had There needs to be some accountability in the organization and Saturday night showed there are very few untouchables on the Penguins roster as the trade deadline is less than four weeks away. Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup for the first time this season since having shoulder surgery in October. Gonchar had 20:01 of ice time and looked very good. He played better than I thought he would in his first appearance of the season. At his age it isRead More »

Leafs score 6 unanswered goals; rout Penguins 6-2

 

Three wins in four games, including a 2-1 shootout win against the league‚Äôs top team Wednesday night had the Penguins talking about how they were turning corner. All of that talk about turning the corner won‚Äôt be heard around the Penguins locker room tomorrow morning after the Penguins surrendered a 2-0 lead Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs (21-25-10) and were thumbed by the lowly Leafs 6-2 at the Air Canada Center. The 6-2 loss is the Penguins third loss of the season against Toronto and the Penguins have been outscored 18-9 in those three losses. The Penguins (27-25-5) are 1-6-1 in their last 8 road games and are five points behind the Florida Panthers (64 points) and Buffalo Sabres (64 points) who are the 7th & 8th seeds in the Eastern Conference Bill Thomas (2) and Matt Cooke (8) scored for the Penguins Marc Andre Fleury made 35Read More »

NHL: Trade Talks with Tampa Bay intensifying

 

photo courtesy of Dan4th A source tells me talks with Tampa Bay are intensifying. My source believes Mario Lemieux is highly involved and is pushing Shero to finalize a deal “very soon” that would send Whitney as the centerpiece of a potential deal. St. Louis has not been asked to waive his NTC yet. Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts may be an influencing factor as they both don’t like Penguins head coach Michel Therrien. Mario played a strong factor in Gary Roberts waiving his NTC and may have to work that same magic again. As mentioned a few days ago, the lightning are looking at Whitney, Goligoski, Talbot and Jeffrey. I was told today that it doesn’t appear Goligoski will be involved. The Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens remain interested in Ryan Whitney. The Penguins have declined an offer from the Buffalo Sabres and the two side aren’tRead More »

Penguins re-assign Luca Caputi

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Luca Caputi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League Caputi the organization’s top prospect, played in five games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut Feb. 3 at Montreal. Caputi notched his first career goal in the NHL 2:30 into the first period of his first NHL game Inside Analysis

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Penguins end their four game home stand winning three of four after last night’s 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks. The Penguins players are calling it a statement game as they are one point out of the #8 seed and only 6 points out of the #4 seed. The Penguins have a great opportunity to climb the standings with two upcoming games against rebuilding teams in Toronto and the New York Islanders. The downside is the Penguins have lost their last two games against the Leafs, 7-3 & 5-4 respectively. The Penguins have to win both games. There has been a lot of talk about whether the Penguins missed out on Brendan Shanahan. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t but he’s in a much better role with the Devils than he would have been with the Penguins. Shanahan has 5 points in 10 games since signing withRead More »

Source: “Management doesn’t see Antropov as a good fit”

 

A few tidbits I’ve been able to gather today Sources tell me Leafs forward Nik Antropov is not on the Penguins radar, he is not seen as a good fit. Columbus, Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Chicago, and LA are among the teams that are currently pursuing Antropov. Check out the NHL Trade Deadline Chart for the rest. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Chicago Blackhawks and left winger Martin Havlat have conducted discussions on a long-term extension. I’m hearing a two-three year deal worth $4 million per season has been discussed. Havlat is in the last year of a 3 year – $18 million deal he signed three seasons ago. The surging Kings and Panthers along with the Buffalo Sabres are among the most active teams in trade talks right now. If the Panthers are going to move Nathan Horton it won’t be until the draft. Sharks enforcer Jody Shelley (lower bodyRead More »