NHL Mid Season Awards; Parise earns 1st half M.V.P

 

1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »

Crosby officially out for All-Star Game

 

Sidney Crosby has withdrawn from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. Crosby has been hampered with a nagging injury to his left knee and has decided to rest his knee and will miss his second consecutive All-Star game. There has been a lot of pressure on Crosby to play in this years game after being the league’s top vote getter but Crosby is making the right decision by sitting out as the Penguins are in the midst of a playoff run. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis will replace Crosby

No deal in place for Adam Hall

 

Reports out of Canada have indicated the Penguins could be close to acquiring Lightning forward Adam Hall but currently there is no deal in place according to sources. The Penguins have made an inquiry but the Lightning are asking for too high of a draft pick. Pittsburgh has also been pleased with the play of Dustin Jeffrey and Bill Thomas. Thomas played well during his three game stint with the Penguins and had two goals against Manchester last night. The organization is expected to give him another look as the Penguins fourth line checking center. Another thing to consider is Lightning GM Brian Lawton was Ryan Malone‚Äôs former agent. Malone and Hall became best friends in Pittsburgh and Hall signed a three year deal with the Lightning on the first day of free agency. Guys like Adam Hall are usually waiting around until August to find a home. Malone clearlyRead More »

NHL: Penguins re-assign Bissonnette, Thomas, and Minard

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Chris Minard, Paul Bissonnette and Bill Thomas to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) Minard played six games during his third stint this season with Pittsburgh, scoring his first goal of the season Jan. 18 versus the New York Rangers. The 6-1, 190-pound forward led the AHL with 26 goals and was tied for second with 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) at the time of his recall. Minard led the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in goals and points, while posting a plus-11 rating as of Dec. 9. He has been named a starter for the Canadian All-Stars team at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic on January 26. Bissonnette, 23, appeared in five games recording his first NHL point/assist, Jan. 13 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has played a total of 13 games over three stints with the Penguins this season. HeRead More »

Wednesday’s Penguins Report

 

The Penguins head into the All-Star break looking for answers as they sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference Standings. Tuesday night the Penguins had the opportunity to go into the break winning four of five when they faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes but the Penguins were not able to take advantage of playing at home and the Hurricanes playing the night before. The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period with Evgeni Malkin scoring his 19th goal of the season but the Penguins couldn‚Äôt solve Cam Ward after that. Ward made 32 saves and the Penguins were outshot 40-33 as they lost to the Hurricanes 2-1 Tuesday night at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes (23-20-5) jumped ahead of the Penguins by one point in the standings and Tuesday‚Äôs loss was a tough loss to take for a team who thought they were about toRead More »

The Latest NHL Buzz

 

Reports indicate Henrik Zetterberg is close to signing a long-term deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The deal is believed to be $7 million per season over 10 years. The Wings will have their two super stars (Zetterberg/Datsyuk) signed for a cap hit of only $13.67 million per season if Zetterberg signs for $7 million per season. Compare that to Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby who combine for a cap hit of $17.4 million per season. Datsyuk and Zetterberg could easily command $8.5 million per season on the open market and that‚Äôs what I call a hometown discount. The Red Wings have had brief discussions with Ritch Winter the agent for Marian Hossa. Johan Franzen is expected to test free agency and is going to be a tough negotiator for the Red Wings. Brendan Shanahan scored in his first game of the season with the New Jersey Devils Monday night.Read More »

Penguins/Hurricanes Lineup News: Dupuis out for tonight’s game

 

Pascal Dupuis was taking off of IR yesterday but the Penguins have decided to hold him out for another game. The Penguins will go with the same lineup that they had on Sunday against the Rangers. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal for the 9th time in 10 games. Brooks Orpik remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury and will not play tonight. Orpik has not skated since getting injured against Anaheim. Alex Goligoski will be scratched for the second consecutive game. Cam Ward will be making his 13th straight start tonight for the Hurricanes. In the Penguins 5-2 win against the Hurricanes on December 4th, the Penguins faced backup goaltender Michael Leighton. Ward made 35 saves in Carolina’s 2-0 win Monday night against the Maple Leafs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will remain on the same line for tonight’s game. It remains to be seen whether Crosby and MalkinRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The All-Star break may be coming at a bad time for the Penguins. The Penguins have won three of their last four games and on Sunday the Penguins won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 15. The All-Star break will be a blessing for players Brooks Orpik, Sidney Crosby, and Max Talbot who are nursing injuries but the Penguins have some momentum right now. The Penguins host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday and then don’t play until Wednesday January 28th Janne Pesonen’s fourth stint with the Penguins didn’t last long. Pesonen was a non-factor against the Ducks on the Friday and did not dress against the Rangers. The Penguins re-assigned Pesonen following yesterday’s game. As expected the Penguins have lost Mike Zigomanis for the season who opted for shoulder surgery last week.

Monday’s Practice Report: Talbot on the ice

 

Team Press Release: The Pittsburgh Penguins will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant its 10,000th wish on Tuesday when 8-year-old Jacob Anderson of Connellsville becomes a ‚ÄúPenguin for a Day.‚Äù Jacob will report at 10 a.m. to General Manager Ray Shero‚Äôs office at Mellon Arena, where he will sign his contract. He then will be escorted to his own locker stall in the Penguins‚Äô dressing room, where he will have an official nameplate and jersey. After assisting the Penguins players prepare for their morning skate at 10:30, Jacob will get a demonstration of skate-sharpening and other behind-the-scenes game-day activities from Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze and staff.The Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Jacob will sit in the penalty box during the pre-game warm-up Tuesday evening, and he and his family will watch the game from rinkside seats. Jacob also will get a special visit from theRead More »

Source: “Garon will push Fleury for playing time”

 

Scouting Report LA Kings 2005/2006: 31‚Äì26‚Äì3 (3.22 GAA) LA Kings 2006/2007: 13-10-6 (2.66 GAA) EDM 2007/2008: 26-18-1 (2.66 GAA) EDM 2008/2009: 6-8-0 (3.17 GAA) From a Source in Edmonton: “Mathieu Garon is an excellent pick up for the Penguins. He was clearly not a favorite of coach Craig MacTavish, who always had much more time and patience for Dwayne Roloson, who took the Oilers to the Cup final in 2006.” “But Garon clearly outplayed Roloson by a long shot last season. Garon started strongly this year, but had a few bad games, and MacTavish quickly went back to his old standby Roloson.” “Garon is a free agent after this season, but might be had for a relatively small amount, and might be a top goalie for an NHL team in the next five years.” “He is excellent at stopping the first shot, His rebound control is a strength,