NHL Insider Update: The Latest on Jagr & Sundin


Source: Jagr not looking to return to NHL: A source with connections to Jagr tells me “that Jagr is not thinking of returning to the nhl … infact, he’s involved in a very special kind of All-Star game in Russia to take place January 10th Team Jagr against Team Yashin. The KHL is in financial trouble and teams have missed making salary payments but nothing on Jagr or his team not getting paid.” Rangers holding out hope to land Sundin: Sources in New York tell me that the Rangers believe they are among the leading candidates in the Sundin sweepstakes. The Rangers only have $1.7 million in cap space but word is Sundin will join the Rangers for $4 million per season in January if they are able to clear enough salary. The Rangers are shopping Petr Prucha who makes $1.6 million per season. They will have to move anotherRead More »

Morning Skate Update: Fleury expected to return next week


Pittsburgh Penguins (14-6-3-31) at New York Rangers (17-8-2-36) Penguins took the ice at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate as they prepare for the New York Rangers. Lines are the same as they were for practice this week. Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard *Marc Andre Fleury is currently on the ice. Fleury went on the ice after the Penguins to go through his own workout. Fleury will return next week according to source. Ryan Whitney is also skating and looks to be improving every time he steps on the ice. I’m told December 18th against Atlanta or the 20th against the Toronto Maple Leafs are being mentioned as a likely target date for Whitney’s return to the lineup. Photo courtesy of Dan4th

NHL: Hurricanes fire Peter Laviolette


The Carolina Hurricanes will be holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. to announce the firing of head coach Peter Laviolette. The team is expected to name Paul Maurice the teams new head coach. Maurice coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1995-2004. Carolina currently sits 8th in the Eastern Conference at 12-11-2. Photo courtesy of Dan4th

Jagr eyes return to NHL?


Rumors coming out of Russia indicate that former Pittsburgh Penguins star Jaromir Jagr has had a very difficult time with the death of teammate Alexei Cherepanov which has led to speculation that Jagr may be looking for a change of scenery and possibly tear up his contract and return to the NHL. There has also been some rumblings that Omsk is in financial trouble but team officials have denied reports that Jagr hasn’t received all of his money that has been promised to this point Article from Russian Newspaper: “Recently in the Russian press the loud news appeared: the main star of continental hockey the leagues Of [Jaromir] Of [Jagr] it is so detuned because of the tragic loss of its partner in the Omsk ‚Äúadvance guard‚Äù of Aleksey Cherepanov, which is assembled to leave command. ‚ÄúIzvestiya‚Äù turned to the agent attacking Yaroslav [Zideku], who ‚Äúsensation‚Äù refuted: – This isRead More »



NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008) — Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for November. FIRST STAR — ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Ovechkin led all NHL scorers with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and had a +9 rating in 14 games, helping the Capitals post an 8-5-2 record –¬† the most wins by the club in November since 1996 (9-5-1). Ovechkin recorded points in 11 games, including a 10-game point streak from Nov. 10-28 — the NHL’s second-longest in 2008-09. The reigning NHL MVP ended a nine-game goal drought by tallying in five consecutive games from Nov. 10-19 and recorded his sixth career hat trick in a 5-3 victory over Atlanta Nov. 26. Ovechkin climbed to fifth in the NHL points race with 30 (13 goals, 17 assists) in 22Read More »

Monday’s Practice Report; Crosby named 1st star


Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury, and defensemen Phillipe Boucher, Ryan Whitney did not practice today. Fleury has been skating on his own and was in the building working out. Still no official word on Boucher. The coaching staff made some minor line changes. Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard * Fedotenko has moved from the 4th to the 2nd line. Pascal Dupuis a healthy scratch on Saturday is skating with the 4th line. In practice the Penguins started out with some flow drills. A lot of skating in these drills and the coaching staff had the players moving at all times. They did about 13-15 minutes of 1-on-1’s and 2-on-1’s. For the most part the defensemen owned the one-on-one drill. Ruslan Fedotenko scored a beautiful breakaway goal. He was skated very well and had a good practice.Read More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz; Sunday’s Rumor Mill


Pascal Dupuis a healthy scratch Saturday night has gone 14 games without a goal. His days of playing on the top two lines needs to end but the coaching staff likes his defensive zone play which keeps getting him minutes on the first or second line. As expected the Penguins re-assigned Janne Pesonen to WBS following last night’s game. Here‚Äôs what I‚Äôm hearing that the Penguins blueline will be when Ryan Whitney is healthy. Orpik, Letang, Whitney, Boucher, Gill, Scuderi. (7th Goligoski and 8th Eaton). I still think Alex Goligoski will be AHL bound when the Penguins blueline is healthy if he is not moved for a top 6 forward. A early target date for Whitney is believed to be December 8th when the Penguins host the Buffalo Sabres. The Latest on the Penguins pursuit of a top 6 forward. Talks are on-going between the Penguins and a Western ConferenceRead More »

Game 23: Penguins vs Devils


New Jersey Devils (12-7-2-26) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-6-3-29) 2008-09 SEASON SERIES New Jersey: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby 10 goals, Evgeni Malkin 27 assists, 37 pts New Jersey: Zach Parise,13 goals, 12 assists, 20 pts; Goaltending Matchup Pittsburgh – Dany Sabourin (4-2-1, 1.96 GAA, .923 save%) New Jersey РScott Clemmensen (4-2-0, 2.48 GAA, .917 save%) Special Teams Pittsburgh – Power Play: 16.5%, Penalty Kill: 82.4% New Jersey – Power Play: 14.7%, Penalty Kill: 77.1% L10 Pittsburgh: 7-2-1 New Jersey: 6-4-0

Penguins fall to Sabres 4-3


Post Game Thoughts The Penguins couldn‚Äôt hold on to a 3-2 lead going into the third period. The Penguins were outshot 10-3 in the third period and failed to put away the game early in the third when they began the period with a 5 on 3 power play for 53 seconds. The Penguins power play which ranks dead last on the road burned them tonight. The Penguins were 0-7 on the night. The Sabres were very aggressive on the penalty kill. John Curry played very well making 28 saves on 32 shots. He did what he needed to do for the Penguins to win tonight. It was good to see him perform well tonight. Sidney Crosby (2 goals) and Evgeni Malkin (2 assists) continue to carry the Penguins offensively. I Thought Michel Therrien might have went away from the Crosby/Sykora/Malkin unit a bit early in the third period afterRead More »

Game 22: Penguins vs Sabres tonight: Pesonen to play with Malkin


Live Updates — 2nd Period 3-2 at the end of the second period. Penguins begin the third period on a 5 on 3 for 53 seconds. Crosby puts the Penguins up 3-2 at 19:04 of the second period. Great play by Malkin cause a turnover at the redline and Crosby¬†did the rest¬†beating Ryan Miller 5-hole. Defenseman Phillipe Boucher left the game with an undisclosed injury and will not return. It didn’t take long for Michel Therrien to put¬†the Crosby/Malkin/Sykora unit¬†together. Crosby ties the game at 2-2. Assist to Evgeni Malkin — 1st period 1 – 1 at the end of the first period. Curry played well and was tested in the first. Janne Pesonen had two shifts and played a total of one minute in the first period. 8:16 p.m. Penguins 0-3 on the power play. Sabres penalty kill is very aggressive and there clogging the neutral zone. Dupuis deniedRead More »