Report: Lecavalier on the block; Briere could return against Pens

 

TSN’s Hockey Insider Darren Dreger is reporting that the Lightning front office is debating whether or not to deal star forward Vincent Lecavalier. Tampa general manager Brian Lawton is said to be fielding interest in Lecavalier with the Montreal Canadiens appearing at the forefront. Players rumored to be involved in talks with Montreal GM Bob Gainey are Chris Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, and prospect PK Subban. Source: TSN.Ca Briere could return against Pens Daniel Briere who has been sidelined since December 2nd, practiced on Monday and could return Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Monday’s practice report; Dupuis inching closer to return

 

The Penguins took the ice this morning at 11:00 a.m. and as expected head coach Michel Therrien made it through the weekend. Therrien and his staff are on the hot seat as the Penguins are 6-14 since December 1st. Prior to this morning‚Äôs practice the Penguins re-assigned forward Tim Wallace who appeared in 13 games with the Penguins. Forward Pascal Dupuis skated for the third time in four days and he is inching closer to a return. Dupuis has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Dupuis will be a game time decision following tomorrow’s morning skate. The emphasis for the coaching staff over the weekend has been

The Latest on Sykora, Bouwmeester, Zetterberg and Shanahan

 

Sykora would like to re-sign with Pittsburgh Dave Molinari reports on the status of Penguins right winger Petr Sykora who will be a UFA following the season. Sykora has made it known he would like to stay but he will have to decide whether taking a bit of a home town discount to stay with the Penguins is worth it. Sykora may have to settle for a two year deal with the Penguins. Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, that Sykora could command a 3 yr deal worth $11-$12 million on the open market. Talks with Zetterberg at an impasse? The Detroit Red Wings felt going into training camp that negotiations with star forward Henrik Zetterberg would be a lot easier than they currently are. The Red Wings were hopeful that Zetterberg would take a slight discount like Pavel Datsyuk did but that is not the case. The Wings cannot moveRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Max Talbot played well yesterday alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Talbot has yet to find his role this season and is a team leading -14. The Penguins need him to play at the level he did yesterday but Talbot is suited for third line duty just like Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are. You can‚Äôt turn role players into top 6 forwards. The coaching staff has been very brief in their reasoning why Alex Goligoski continues to be a frequent scratch. It’s believed they see him as a liability in the defensive zone but it’s kind of hard to go on that assumption when the team continues to struggle in the defensive zone and giving up four or more goals per game on a consistent basis. Ryan Whitney is a -9 in 10 games this season. The Atlanta Thrashers have received a lot of calls about Colby Armstrong butRead More »

Money should have been spent more wisely in the off-season

 

The coaching staff is taking a lot of blame right now and they should but General Manager Ray Shero deserves just as much if not more of the blame. You can‚Äôt blame Shero for not resigning Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa but he failed to bring in the right kind of personnel this season. Pittsburgh was one of the toughest teams in the league last year and they could play any kind of game. This year they may be one of the softest teams in the league. Right now they have too many perimeter players. It has been a common theme this season that the Penguins can‚Äôt win battles and they don‚Äôt do the little things like driving to the net. They don‚Äôt have a Mike Knuble type of player who can cause havoc in front of the net. They need to watch the tape from Saturday‚Äôs game and seeRead More »

Penguins fall to Avalanche 5-3

 

The Penguins woes continue as they lost to the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. Today‚Äôs loss is the Penguins seventh in eight games and the team fell to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Florida beat the Atlanta Thrashers 8-4 this afternoon to move two points ahead of the Penguins for 9th place in the East. Head coach Michel Therrien tried to jump start the Penguins offensive attack today, reuniting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line. The move paid off as Crosby and Malkin each had a goals and assist but the Penguins struggled in their defensive zone again and Dany Sabourin didn‚Äôt do enough to give the Penguins a chance to win. Sabourin who made 21 saves on 25 shots, was pulled after the second period. Sabourin has lost his past six games. Jordan Staal added a shorthanded goal in the thirdRead More »

NHL Insider Report: Antropov, Kaberle drawing significant interest; NYR to pursue Scuderi in FA?

 

The Penguins, Hurricanes, Stars and Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Leafs about forward Nik Antropov. Leafs GM Brian Burke is driving up the price for Antropov If Blues forward Andy McDonald hits the free agent market, Brian Burke will look to bring him in. Rob Scuderi has been one of the Penguins most consistent defensemen this season. Scuderi could triple his current salary on the open market and sources indicate the Rangers will make a play for him if he opts for free agency. If Mark Eaton is worth two million per season, Scuderi’s representatives will be using that as a starting point in talks with the Penguins. The Minnesota Wild have inquired about Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. The Wild have Marian Gaborik‚Äôs salary coming off the books next season but their best hope to add a top 6 forward is through a trade. Elite Players justRead More »

Farm Report: Pesonen nets 11th goal of season in 4-2 win

 

The Wilkes Barre/ Scranton Penguins took care of business Friday night beating the Binghamton Senators 4-2 without leading scorer Chris Minard. Minard was called up today and leads the AHL with 26 goals. J-M Daoust‚Äôs power play tally with less than three minutes put the WBS Penguins on top 3-2 in the third. period. Mark Letestu (09:15 1st), Janne. Pesonen (08:29 2nd), and Connor. James (19:59 3rd) also scored for the Penguins. Pesonen added his 11th goal of the season to give him 35 points in 32 games. While it doesn‚Äôt look like he will be given a shot with the Penguins, there is still some mild interest in him around the league. I could still see him moved in a packaged deal at the deadline. Luca Caputi played well again. Caputi made a great play on Pesonen‚Äôs second period goal. As I mentioned earlier this week, Pens management wouldRead More »

Penguins recall Chris Minard/ Fedotenko placed on IR; Out 4-6 weeks

 

The Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard. Minard has appeared in five games this season and this will be his third call up of the season. Minard leads the AHL with 26 goals and is tied for second with 41 points Defenseman Kris Letang has been selected to play in the future stars game As expected Ruslan Fedotenko has been placed on IR and will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. The Latest Penguins Buzz The most disturbing thing during the Penguins last losing steak is the teams they are losing to. Just in the past week they lost to Florida who was on a four game losing streak, New York who came into Monday‚Äôs game with one win in their last five and Nashville who came into the game on a five game losing streak. The Penguins are 6-12-1 in their last 19 games. While the pressure isRead More »

Penguins woes continue, fall to Predators 5-3

 

The Nashville Predators scored five unanswered goals as the Predators beat the Penguins 5-3 Thursday night. The Penguins lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 20-18-4 on the season. The Penguins jumped out to a early 3-0 lead behind goals from Petr Sykora, Jordan Staal and Max Talbot but the Predators scored three goals in the second period to tie the game at 3-3 and added two more in the third to hand the Penguins another loss. Martin Erat, David Legwand, Jerred Smithson, Ryan Suter and Greg Zanon scored for the Predators. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 30 saves. The Penguins were outshot 35-25 and didn’t get their first shot of the game until 13:13 of the first period and during the second period were outshot 17-5. Gill a healthy scratch again: Defenseman Hal Gill was a healthy scratch for third consecutive game. PittsburghRead More »