Tuesday’s NHL Rumor Mill

 

It is being speculated that the Nashville Predators are among two teams that have talked to the Lightning about 2008 1st overall pick Steven Stamkos Blues forward Keith Tkachuk is the Bruins top target at the trade deadline. Expect to hear a lot of Brian Gionta rumors throughout the next month. The Devils are a dangerous team in the East and they remain in the market for a top four defenseman. Boston Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Washington are among five teams that are on Bill Guerin’s wish list. Guerin has a NTC and will take advantage of that. Flames not pursuing Gerber: The Calgary Flames are expected to pass on Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber who was placed on waivers. Head coach Brett Suter tells the Calgary Sun, “We signed Curtis McElhinney to a one-way contract because he’s an NHL goalie. And he’s our goalie,” Sutter said inRead More »

Penguins recall Bissonnette and Thomas; Penguins return to practice on Monday

 

The Penguins have recalled forwards Paul Bissonnette and Bill Thomas. From Earlier- 1/25/09 – 9:58 p.m. The Pittsburgh Penguins will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. after a five day layoff from the All-Star Break. Forward Max Talbot who practiced on Monday and Tuesday of last week has been taking off of injured reserve and will return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Penguins face-off against the New York Rangers. Talbot has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and for the past month has been bothered with a foot injury that has hindered his play. The Penguins now have 10 active forwards with Pascal Dupuis also due back on Wednesday. The Penguins will make a few more callup‚Äôs prior to Wednesday‚Äôs game. Dustin Jeffrey will be among the candidates to be called up. Management was also pleased with the play of Bill Thomas during his threeRead More »

NHL: Penguins won’t host All-Star game until 2013 at the earliest

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins open their new facility the Consol Energy Center at the start of the 2010-2011 season. Team and county officials have been pushing hard for Pittsburgh to host the All-Star game within the first couple years that the new arena opens. With no All-Star game in 2010 due to the Olympics, Phoenix has already been awarded the 2011 game. Reports in Canada indicate the mid-season celebration is expected to be played at Scotiabank Place in 2012. Senators president Roy Mlakar confirmed this weekend to the press that owner Eugene Melnyk has been promised an all-star game. Pittsburgh who hasn’t hosted the game since 1990, likely won’t have the opportunity to host the mid-season celebration until 2013 at the earliest.

The Latest NHL Buzz

 

A lot of buzz going around regarding Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Martin continues to take a hard stance in regards to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who is this year‚Äôs Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Teams want to see if Bouwmeester would be open to an extension prior to trading for him. Washington is a sleeper team in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. They remain highly interested. Check out the Trade Deadline Chart for the rest of the suitors. Florida, Vancouver and Toronto are interested in Chris Pronger. The Panthers and Senators have had discussions about Filip Kuba, Chris Neil and Nathan Horton. Horton is another popular subject in Montreal. The Panthers are denying that he wants out. The Flyers obsession with Petr Forsberg continues. The Flyers, Avalanche, Predators and Blackhawks have made inquires. Teams would be crazy to give Forsberg anything more than the league minimum Thrashers GM Don Waddell continues toRead More »

Report: League threatens to suspend Crosby & others

 

There has been a lot of pressure throughout the past week for Sidney Crosby who has a nagging knee injury to participate in this year‚Äôs NHL All-Star game. Yesterday Crosby opted out of the All-Star game and now the league is threatening to suspend Crosby and others who have opted out of the game. TSN.Ca reports, “The NHL says it will enforce an understanding that all players who decline to show after being named to the All-Star teams must miss at least one game before or one game after the All-Star weekend.” Crosby is believed to be on his way to Montreal to participate in off-ice events. According to the report, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom must report to Montreal this weekend or they could face the possibility of a suspension.

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 »