Penguins sign Joey Haddad to three year entry-level contract


Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Joey Haddad to a three year entry-level contract and have re-assigned him to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6-2, 189-pound forward attended the Penguins prospect camp and earned an invitation to main training camp. Haddad played well in the prospect camp playing on a line with prospect Casey Pierro-Zabotel. Haddad played in 70 games with Cape Breton last season, scoring 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) along with 103 penalty minutes.

Vancouver, LA top Gaborik’s wishlist; Knuble on the trade block?


The Marian Gaborik situation has taking another turn for the worse as Gaborik has turned down a 8yr – $80 million deal from the Minnesota Wild. $8 million per season is likely the highest the Wild will go, but it‚Äôs not really about the money for Gaborik. The Wild have begun targeting potential trade partners. If the Wild try to move Gaborik now, they are looking for an impact player plus prospects in return. If they wait until the deadline , the Wild will likely receive a deal similar to what the Atlanta Thrashers received last season for Marian Hossa. Sources indicate if Gaborik had his wish he would be traded to the Vancouver Canucks or LA Kings. He will have that chance next summer. When Gaborik officially hits the trade block which could be very soon, the Canadiens are expected to be very aggressive in their pursuit. They wouldRead More »

Source: Zigomanis to play in home opener


According to a source Mike Zigomanis will play tomorrow night in the Penguins home opener against the New Jersey Devils centering Paul Bissonnette and Eric Godard Lines in practice this morning Fedotenko – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Zigomanis – Godard Bill Thomas will be a healthy scratch

Quick Hits


The Penguins acquisition of center Mike Zigomanis is clearly a depth move. Zigomanis, 27, split the 2007-08 season between the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). The right-handed shooter appeared in 33 games for the Coyotes, recording three points (two goals, one assist) and six penalty minutes. Zigomanis was brought in because of his face-off ability and he gives the Penguins another option which is a good thing. Zigomanis has struggled to stay in the NHL. People I’ve talked to don’t expect him to be a regular. He will likely bounce in and out of the lineup and split time between WBS and Pittsburgh. Fans like to over-rate players their team acquires and while Zigomanis addresses a need, I would lower expectations. The Penguins hit the ice at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning . I will have a update on the lines shortly after.

NHL Opening Night on Versus


Toronto Maple Leafs (36-35-11) at Detroit Red Wings (54-21-7) 7:00 p.m. The defending Stanley Cup Champions begin their title defense tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red Wings head into this season with what some argue may be the deepest team the NHL has seen in the past decade. The Red Wings not only brought back their entire team from last spring, but they signed Marian Hossa who was the #1 player on the free agent market. Hossa will team with Pavel Datsyuk to form one of the league‚Äôs most dynamic duos. To offset Hossa and Datsyuk, the Red Wings have two of the games top five players in F Henrik Zetterberg and D Niklas Lidstrom. The Red Wings are so deep, talented forwards Darren Helm and Finnish rookie Ville Leino could not crack the opening day roster. Leino led the team in scoring during the preseason and theRead More »

Around the NHL


The Minnesota Wild are being patient with Marian Gaborik but privately they have begun targeting potential trade partners. At least 6 teams have made inquiries.Check out the NHL Chart for the latest The Rangers have been shopping Petr Prucha with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers showing interest. San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren has cleared waivers. McLaren‚Äôs agent approached the Tampa Bay Lighting, Phoenix Coyotes, St.Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers to gauge interest in his client. Two others teams have expressed interest. There’s a strong chance that McLaren will be traded The New Jersey Devils are not as gung-ho to re-sign Brian Gionta as some may think. The Devils are ‚Äúvery‚Äù interested in Marian Gaborik, according to a source

Penguins re-assign two, waive Taffe


The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Janne Pesonen and goaltender John Curry to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. The Penguins are now at the 23-man roster limit heading into Saturday’s home opener against New Jersey at Mellon Arena. The Penguins have also waived forward Jeff Taffe The Penguins resume practice today at 11:00 a.m.

News and Notes


The Penguins arrived in Pittsburgh around midnight and had the day off today. The Penguins will resume practice tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Some notable players including Peter Schaefer and Kyle Mclaren have hit the waiver wire but indications are the Penguins will stand pat and not make any moves. The Penguins are pleased with the play of the team and don‚Äôt seem worried about the power play going 1-14. There has been a bit of a spin game, with a lot of insiders speaking very highly of the Senators, saying they are a much better team than last year. ‚ÄúThe ice was awful and the team is still trying to find its continuity with Sergei Gonchar sidelined has been a common theme.‚Äù The overall assumption appears to be playing in Stockholm was a great experience but it was like the Penguins played two preseason games. According to a sourceRead More »