TIOPS NHL ALL – Star Selections

 

There are a few more weeks before the NHL selects the Eastern Conference All-Star team but here are my selections to this point. Starting Lineup WAS Alexander Ovechkin ‚Äì PIT Sidney Crosby ‚Äì PIT Evgeni Malkin MON Andrei Markov ‚Äì BOS Zdeno Chara BOS Tim Thomas Forward Lineup WAS Ovechkin ( 40pts) ‚Äì PIT Crosby (44pts) ‚Äì PIT Malkin (49pts) Insiders Take:Doesn‚Äôt get any better than this dream line. Crosby gets the two best players in the league as his wingers. Hopefully Ovechkin wouldn‚Äôt try to take out Malkin at every opportunity. BUF Vanek (24 goals) ‚Äì BOS Savard (26 assists) ‚Äì PHI Carter (21 goals) Insiders Take: Marc Savard is one the game‚Äôs best playmakers and Carter/Vanek are two of the games most prolific goal scorers. A perfect match. PHI Gagne (34 pts) ‚Äì PHI Richards (34 pts) ‚Äì NJD Parise (34pts) Insiders Take: Richards is one of theRead More »

Players donate over $6,000 worth of toys

 

Pittsburgh Penguins players made a surprise visit to patients at Children‚Äôs Hospital of Pittsburgh Monday afternoon and delivered over $6,000 worth of toys. The visit was initiated by several members of the team who wanted to make the holidays a little brighter for children who were faced with spending time away from home. Penguins players donated the money that was used to purchase the toys. Toys were given to dozens of patients throughout the hospital, with a special emphasis placed on children in the oncology and transplant units. Several items, including two Wii video gaming systems and accessories, were donated to the playrooms at the facility for groups of children to enjoy. ‚ÄúWe are so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time at home with our families over the holidays,‚Äù said Penguins defenseman Hal Gill, who came up with the idea. ‚ÄúWe realized that there are a lot ofRead More »

NHL Report: Esposito makes Team Canada

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2007 1st round draft pick Angelo Esposito who was traded to Atlanta last season, makes Team Canada after being cut three years in a row Many NHL scouts still see Esposito as a project. As I’ve been saying for weeks, the Rangers remain Mats Sundin’s first choice with the Canucks being his fall back option. Sundin met with Rangers GM Glen Sather over the weekend and all indications are things went very well. Now it is up to the Rangers to clear enough cap space to accommodate Sundin. If it was about the money Sundin would have signed with Vancouver months ago. He’s clearly not going to sign for $2 million per season but $4 million per could do the trick according to sources. The Rangers have been in talks with the Predators about dealing Petr Prucha to Nashville. Steve Zipay from Newsday lays out the optionsRead More »

Monday’s Practice Report

 

The Arena Naming rights became offical today when CONSOL Energy Inc and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today a 21-year deal for naming rights to the new Pittsburgh multi-purpose arena. Practice Report The Penguins held a optional practice today. Forwards Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis , Tim Wallace, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Godard skated. Defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, and Ryan Whitney also skated A lot of the other players were in the facility working out. Ryan Whitney is slowing improving every day. His skating is still not 100% but he is close. Marc Andre Fleury was wearing new Reebok goalie pads Petr Sykora named second star of the week: Sykora¬†recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in four games. Bruins forward Phil Kessel (three goals, five assists) and extended his point streak to 15 games as the Bruins went 3-1-0 was named the NHL’s first star of the week.

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Philadelphia Flyers may have the most depth at the forward position in the National Hockey League. They don’t have a Malkin or Crosby but top to bottom they are much deeper than the Penguins. Sources tell me the Rangers are inching closer to signing Mats Sundin. Rangers GM Glen Sather is aggressively trying to move Petr Prucha who has a cap hit of $1.6 million. Sundin is open to signing for $3.5 – $4 million per season. Vancouver is Sundin’s fall back option. According to a source, now that Penguins General Manager Ray Shero got a decent look at the top WBS players, he is developing a plan to make some personnel moves/trades. There is some concern in the organization

Penguins call up Connor James

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up forward Connor James from Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. James will be available to play today when the Penguins face off against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. James has 4 goals in his last 6 games and has recorded 17 points in 26 games for the WBS Penguins. Forward Max Talbot has been ruled out for Saturday’s game. Following practice on Friday, Mike Zigomanis was hopeful he would be able to play against the Flyers. Zigomanis has been sidelined with an arm injury and did practice on Friday.

NHL: Talbot out, Zigomanis to return?

 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Maxime Talbot did not practice Friday and will not play in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. Talbot left Thursday’s game with a injury in the third period. Forward Mike Zigomanis is hopeful that he will be able to play against Philadelphia. Zigomanis is expected to center Jeff Taffe and Eric Godard who has been a healthy scratch for the past two games