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,

Mixed opinions around the league on Goligoski’s trade value


League sources tell me there are mixed opinions around the league regarding Alex Goligoski’s trade value. Goligoski and Luca Caputi not 2007 1st round pick Angelo Esposito were the two prospects at last year’s trade deadline that Penguins GM Ray Shero received the most calls about in his pursuit of a top 6 winger for Sidney Crosby last season. Through 42 games this season Goligoski has 6 goals & 13 assists. Young puck moving defensemen are a hot commodity around the league and Pittsburgh has been looking at interest in Goligoski for some time. Among the teams expressing interest

Morning Skate update: Penguins callup Bill Thomas; Crosby, Dupuis, Letang Scuderi & Talbot officially out


updated: 12:03 p.m. – The Penguins have called up Bill Thomas according to a source. Sources tell me Thomas will center the Penguins fourth line. more to come Updated: 11:42 a.m. – Sidney Crosby just confirmed to the media following the morning skate that he will not play tonight. Crosby’s skating looked good and if all goes well he should return on Sunday when the Penguins face-off against the Rangers. Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, Rob Scuderi and Max Talbot will also miss tonight’s game. Dupuis went through a full workout but as I mentioned yesterday his skating is not 100% yet. Although much improved today from yesterday and he looks to be on target to return on Sunday. Letang will likely just miss tonight’s game according to sources. Orpik – Whitney, Goligoski – Gill, Eaton – Boucher were the Penguins D-Pairs in the morning skate. 11:05 a.m. Max Talbot andRead More »

Ovechkin, Capitals shine in Pittsburgh; win 6-3


Alexander Ovechkin had two goals and 1 assist, including 10 shots on goal as the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Wednesday night at Mellon Arena. Ovechkin and the Caps outshot the Penguins 42-29 and broke the game wide open in the third period outscoring the Penguins 4-1 in the third period. The Penguins 9-16-1 in their last 26 games suffered not only a costly lost in the standings but also to their roster. Defenseman Rob Scuderi took a puck in the face in the first period. Scuderi left the game and did not return. Forwards Max Talbot and Sidney Crosby were also injured injured in the third period. Both players did not return. Crosby was favoring his left leg and Talbot has an upper body injury. Updates on both players will not be known until tomorrow afternoon‚Äôs practice. The Penguins got goals from Evgeni Malkin (18), Miroslav Satan (13),Read More »