The Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks continue to work on finalizing a potential deal that would send Capitals center Michael Nylander to Chicago. The Capitals and Hawks are looking for a third team to finalize the deal. Shanahan to Washington? Sources tell me the Capitals eye the chance to clear enough cap space to sign forward Brendan Shanahan to Washington. Sergei Fedorov has played an vital role in trying to get Shanahan to Washington according to sources. Shanahan appears willing to wait to see if the Caps can clear enough cap space but for how long remains a question mark. Shanahan is also believed to have offers on the table from the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. A late team to join the Shanahan sweepstakes has been the Montreal Canadiens but there has been no confirmation that they have made a offer. A few rumors goingRead More »
Minnesota Wild 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 The Minnesota Wild’s trapping defense frustrated the Penguins at times and the league’s top penalty kill unit held Evgeni Malkin & Co scoreless on the power play. The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play and failed to capitalize in overtime after Wild forward Brent Burns drew a high-sticking penalty with 1:28 remaining in the overtime period. The Wild were able to force a shootout and goaltender Niklas Backstrom, put on a strong performance Tuesday night at Mellon Arena, stopping 24-of-25 shots, turning aside Petr Sykora, Alex Goligoski and Sidney Crosby in the shootout to the lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win. The loss snapped the Penguins 6 game winning streak. At 7:57 of the first period Mikko Koivu was credited with the Wild‚Äôs lone goal in regulation after Penguins center Mike Zigomanis put the puck in his own net offRead More »
Penguins Projected Lineup Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Talbot ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Kennedy Dupuis ‚Äì Zigomanis ‚Äì Godard D- Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Letang Gill ‚Äì Scuderi Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal The Penguins are coming off of a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to extend their winning streak to 6 games.
The Latest NHL Buzz The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping Radim Vrbata who has minimal value right now. Vrbata has gone 40 games dating back to last season without a goal. Winger Gary Roberts is also believed to be on the trade block with the Detroit Red Wings showing interest. The big name who could be moved at the trade deadline is Marty St. Louis. If the playoffs are an afterthought, indications are ownership will explore the possibility with the idea of getting younger and clearing enough cap room to make a run at one of the top tier wingers on the free agent market next season. St. Louis is 33 yrs old and has two years remaining on his contract. The Ottawa Senators are aggressively pursuing Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold and discussions have centered around the Senators shipping Chris Neil and Antoine Vermette for Leopold and forward Tyler Arnason.Read More »
Marc Andre Fleury did not practice today and his status for tomorrow‚Äôs game is unclear. The Penguins are expected to wait until tomorrow to re-call John Curry from WBS if needed. It is believed Fleury was injured in the third period. Fleury is being described as day-to-day. Whitney progressing ahead of schedule Ryan Whitney is skating and continues to eye early December as a potential target date. Sergei Gonchar began rehabbing two weeks ago and everything appears to be going as planned for now. The Penguins remain hopeful that he will be back for the stretch run Phillipe Boucher is expected to play with Alex Goligoski tomorrow. The Penguins will take part in today’s “Salvation Army Project Bundle Up”. As part of the annual ‚ÄúPenguins Personal Shopping Day,‚Äù Penguins‚Äô players will be matched with local middle school children selected by the Salvation Army to shop for new winter clothing includingRead More »
Jordan Staal scored two goals including the tiebreaker goal in the third period, and the Penguins scored four third-period goals to rally for their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Staal who got off to a sluggish start to the season has seven goals in his past six games. After losing three straight, the Penguins have now won six straight and are establishing themselves with the Rangers and Canadiens as the class of the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin extended his assist streak to 13 games and has a chance to tie Mario Lemieux‚Äôs record of 14 straight games with an assist, Tuesday night against Minnesota. Malkin finished the night with 1 goal and 3 assists and now has 30 points on the season. Malkin has a 8 point lead over teammate Sidney Crosby. Now onto the latest speculation surrounding the Penguins and around the league.
TSN.Ca is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Barry Melrose and have named named associate coach Rick Tocchet interim head coach. The Lightning have struggled this season (5-7-4) and are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference. Melrose, 52, was named the sixth head coach in Lightning history on June 24. DePaoli’s Take: The Lightning’s new ownership need to learn that you can’t build a Stanley Cup contender over night. Ownership needed patience heading into this season and it’s clear that they don’t have it. The Lightning were the worst team in the league last season and adding players like Ryan Malone, Radim Vrbata weren’t going to make the Lightning Stanley Cup contenders this season. To make matters worse ownership traded their best defenseman Dan Boyle in return for Matt Carle who they traded away last week. Hiring Barry Melrose was risky in the first place and wasRead More »
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continued their dominance against the Flyers and Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first career shootout attempt as the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got out to a early 3-0 lead getting goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby but a 3-0 lead is never safe for the Penguins this year. The Penguins power play went 1-7 and Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3. Penguins head coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goalie Marc Andre Fleury following the second period. Fleury has given up 10 goals in his last 5 periods of regulation play. Dany Sabourin came on in relief and made 11 saves in the third period and Crosby tied it at 4-4 with 2:33 remaining in the third with his sixth goal of theRead More »
The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith‚Äôs back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday‚Äôs game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.