RW Eric Cole | 57 GP | 13G -10A – 23PTS | Currently the Penguins are not in on Edmonton Oilers forward Eric Cole, nor do I don’t expect them to be but the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins remain in talks with the Oilers about the under-achieving forward. The Oilers are seeking immediate help in return and are only interested in moving Cole to the Eastern Conference
No shakeup on the lines in Dan Bylsma’s first practice today which began around 11:35 a.m. Don‚Äôt look for the Penguins to name a permanent coach in Wilkes Barre/Scranton this season. They are expected to leave the position open possibly for Bylsma or Mike Yeo after the season. The Lines in practice were Dupuis – Crosby – Fedotenko Satan – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Thomas/Minard – Talbot – Godard Any notion that Bylsma was going to move Minard up to one of the top three lines won’t be the case for tomorrow when the Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens. Minard skating with the fourth line again actually caught some people by surprise today. Bylsma who was a coach for the Islanders when Miroslav Satan scored 35 goals in the 2005-2006 season, has indicated if Satan is in the lineup, he will be on one of theRead More »
A quick Penguins News and Notes for this evening I‚Äôve been told the Penguins cancelled practiced today so the new coaching staff could get accustomed to being in Pittsburgh and develop a plan for Wednesday. Assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald flew straight to Boston following yesterday‚Äôs game to get things from home. He wasn’t even around today. Fitzgerald was working primarily from Boston prior to being named assistant coach on Sunday. Mike Yeo was kept around because he is well liked by the players and Bylsma requested that Yeo remain with the staff. The two are close Dan Bylsma has played a strong factor in Paul Bissonnette‚Äôs development as a forward since last season. Wouldn‚Äôt surprise me to see him with the big club sometime in the near future again. It is not expected that a deal will get done with
It has been no secret that the Montreal Canadiens have been actively shopping forward Alexei Kovalev around the league for the past month. The tension between Kovalev and the Canadiens has taking another turn as Kovalev will not accompany the Canadiens on their recent road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh. Kovalev has been told by GM Bob Gainey to stay home while they explore their options. Gainey has told the Montreal media that Kovalev is not on the same page as the coaching staff. Gainey has been in discussions with two Eastern Conference teams and one Western Conference team according to a source.
The Montreal Canadiens have re-assigned forward Sergei Kostitsyn to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League Official Release from the Canadiens: Forward Gregory Stewart has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Forward Sergei Kostitsyn has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stewart will join the club in Washington. Stewart, 22, registered one point (1 assist), posted a plus-1 rating and averaged 9:38 of ice time in three games this season with the Canadiens. The left-winger, who started the season in Hamilton, is sixth in the AHL this season with 170 penalty minutes. The Kitchener, Ontario, native amassed 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) with a plus-8 rating in 51 games with the Bulldogs in 2008-09. This season with the Canadiens, Sergei Kostitsyn, 21, scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and served 64 penalty minutes in 52 contests Columbus, Chicago, Florida among five teamsRead More »
Michel Therrien spoke to Stan and Guy on ESPNRadio1250 this morning regarding the sudden coaching change the Penguins made. Therrien spoke very highly of the team and says he’s looking forward to having quality time with his kids who were also “apart of this”. Therrien on getting fired ‚ÄúTough to swallow, will always have great memories, doesn‚Äôt‚Äô have any hard feelings.‚Äù Will remain in Pittsburgh for the time being. Still tough to swallow‚Äù Therrien on the teams focus heading into this season Therrien tried to concentrate on having a good start after the bad news of losing Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar to injuries. Got the great start he wanted but the reality is the team got hurt, lost a lot of players ‚ÄúCalls losing Marc Andre Fleury, the teams biggest lost that affected the team‚Äôs quick start‚Äù The last three weeks he felt the team was turning the cornerRead More »
Photo Courtesy of South Central The most glaring thing of the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss against the Islanders Monday afternoon is playing in front of their new coach for the first time they couldn‚Äôt come up with enough of a adrenaline rush to beat the worst team in the league. Personnel wise this team is flawed. There is no way around it. I am all about the Penguins moving to a more up-tempo system but all Dan Bylsma will be is a fresh face. Until the roster is upgraded where the Penguins can be effective playing a up-tempo system, were not going to see much improvement. Sidney Crosby is clearly frustrated and he is just doesn‚Äôt seem like himself lately. The losing seems to be getting to him and it appears he is frustrated with the lack of help on his wings. Shero has to bring in somebody to elevateRead More »