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 »

Crosby misses morning skate


Pittsburgh Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby missed today’s morning skate as the Penguins prepare to face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight. Crosby (illness) is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Crosby is expected to center Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy in tonight’s game Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal As expected Sergei Gonchar received clearance to return to the lineup this morning. Gonchar was on the ice for the Penguins 10:30 a.m. morning skate. Gonchar will not play today but has not been ruled out of the lineup for Saturday. The Gonchar watch begins RW Miroslav Satan who played less than 10 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings, skated with the Penguins third line in the morning skate and will be in the lineup tonight. The San Jose Sharks will have an optional skate at 11:30 a.m.. Only about eight players are expected to skate.

The Latest “Chatter”


The Race for the Playoffs Eastern Conference 6-10 6. New York Rangers | 54 GP | 63 PTS | 7. Buffalo Sabres | 54 GP | 62 PTS | 8. Florida Panthers | 53 GP | 60 PTS | 9. Carolina Hurricanes | 54 GP | 59 PTS | 10. Pittsburgh Penguins | 53 GP | 57 PTS | The Florida Panthers have won five out of seven and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4¬†in overtime Tuesday night to jump ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 pts. They’re a team that won‚Äôt be going away. The Penguins meet the Panthers three more times this season. The Panthers currently have two games in hand on the Penguins Players Association eyes return to ESPN Has anyone noticed how much more Hockey coverage ESPN has now compared to last year. In recent weeksRead More »