NHL: Gonchar out 4-6 months?

 

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports a source has told him Sergei Gonchar will be sidelined 4-6 months. The Penguins announced last week that Gonchar would be out indefinitely with the prognosis ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months if Gonchar needed surgery. No official word from the Penguins yet. Source: ESPN

Babcock to Hossa: “see you soon”

 

Marian Hossa to Detroit might have been set in stone during the Stanley Cup Finals. TIOPS reported in June Hossa denied the Penguins offer prior to free agency because he wanted to see what Detroit and Boston were going to offer. Those two cities were Hossa‚Äôs top choices. The Edmonton Journal reports During the Penguins and Wings handshake after the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Detroit coach Mike Babcock told Pittsburgh winger Marian Hossa “See you soon,” Ritch Winter the agent for Marian Hossa had a few interesting quotes in the Edmonton Journal. ‚Äú”I remember Chris Chelios phoning Marian and saying, ‘If you’re just coming here to win a Stanley Cup, don’t do it,’ ” Winter told the Journal. “He told Marian, ‘We’re good, but even if we’re good we don’t win every year.’ He told Marian the benefit of coming toRead More »

NHL: Selanne signs 2yr -$5.25 million contract

 

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Teemu Selanne to a two year deal. Selanne entered training camp on a tryout contract until the Ducks could trade defenseman Mathieu Schneider to clear salary cap room. Selanne a 10 time NHL All-Star is Anaheim’s career leader in seven categories, including goals (325), points (689), and game-winning goals (54) Anaheim Ducks

Ruutu and Neil a perfect match?

 

Former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu has had a strong training camp with the Ottawa Senators. Ruutu and the Senators face-off against the Penguins Saturday afternoon in Stockholm, Sweden. What should the Penguins expect from Ruutu? Plus the Latest rumblings from Stockholm, including an update on Glen Murray.

Penguins to re-assign Richmond and James

 

More to come. Team to take 25 players to SwedenThe 25-man roster for the Sweden trip includes 15 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. The forwards are Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotekno, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Jeff Taffe, Janne Pesonen, Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette.   The defensemen are Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Darryl Sydor, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski.   The goaltenders are Marc-Andre Fleury, Dany Sabourin and John Curry. Updated: 2:55 p.m. The Latest on Paul Bissonnette

Morning Skate News and Notes

 

Free Preview: Sign up today for an inside access membership which includes special features such as the latest NHL Insider rumors and the latest Penguins Buzz Special offer ends soon. Lines at practice Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Pesonen ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Kennedy ‚Äì Godard *5th line: Taffe ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì James * Petr Sykora did not practice Connor James and Jeff Taffe were the first players on the ice. They were working on shooting drills for 30 minutes before any other players hit the ice. Defenseman Danny Richmond joined them and worked on shots from the point. Rob Scuderi participated in the drills and looked very good. He will be ready for the opener. For some reason Pascal Dupuis was shooting right handed before the team began their drills. Sidney Crosby looks 100%. He was flying out there today. Look forRead More »

Penguins Q & A

 

Gavin writes ‚ÄúWho do you think will be the final 2 guys filling the roster spots Bissonnette, Thomas, James, and/or Pesonen?‚Äù Answer: Based on performance in camp Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette should make the team. Thomas has really picked up his game since preseason play has opened up. He has been effective on the forecheck and is creating opportunities in the offensive zone. Thomas was the team‚Äôs top forward Monday night against Tampa Bay. Bissonnette has caught the eye of the coaching staff since the first day of training camp. He came into camp as a major longshot but worked hard and has been the team‚Äôs most physical player in camp. The coaching staff is very high on Bissonnette but I‚Äôm hearing the front office is split on whether to start Bissonnette in the NHL or send him to WBS. Some believe he could use some more time inRead More »