Around the NHL

 

Senators need to keep Jason Speeza: The Ottawa Senators have been very in trade discussions regarding numerous players and they need to decide what thety want to do with Jason Speeza. The Senators have always had some question marks but in the past they could always count on Spezza, Heatley and Alfredsson to carry them offensively. While the three have combined for 55 points this season, Jason Speeza only has 7 goals and 9 assists this season. There is speculation that the Senators may explore the possibility of moving Speeza but it might not be the smartest decision. They need to continue to build around Heatley and Spezza. Heatley would be a totally different player without playing with a dynamic center like Spezza Nikolai Khabibulin off the trade block?: Any trade talks regarding Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on the backburner. Khabibulin has responded to the competition of the HawksRead More »

NHL: Leafs acquire Lee Stempiak

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alexander Steen to the St. Louis Blues for right winger Lee Stempiak. The Leafs receive a talented forward in Stempniak, 25, who was chosen 148th in the 2003 draft. Stempiak scored 27 goals and 52 points in 82 games in 2006-2007, but took a step back last season scoring only 13 goals in 82 games last season. Colaiacovo 25, is a talented defenseman who has top four potential but has struggled to stay healthy. Steen 24, was once considered the Leafs top prospect and at one time was an untouchable. Steen has had two goals and four points in 20 games this season.

Kennedy to play on 1st Power Play Unit

 

Michel Therrien promised personnel changes to the power-play units after a 0-for-4 effort in a loss Saturday against Vancouver. Sources tell me Tyler Kennedy who has 5 goals – 8 assists in 20 games this season will play on the first power play unit when the Penguins play the New York Islanders Wednesday night. The Lines in practice today were as follows Talbot – Crosby – Satan Dupuis – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Fedotenko – Zigomanis – Godard MALKIN, SABOURIN, ZIGOMANIS LEAD NHL IN KEY CATEGORIES AT QUARTER POLE

Penguins fall to Canucks 3-1

 

Pavol Demitra scored twice, Daniel and Henrik Sedin had three points each as the Vancouver beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Mellon Arena. The Penguins came into the game winning 7 of 8 but failed to generate much offense against the Canucks tight defensive system. Pittsburgh only had 11 shots through two periods. Mike Zigomanis scored the Penguins only goal 22 seconds into the third period. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were each held scoreless for the second time in three games. Defenseman Phillipe Boucher led the Penguins with 26:17 minutes of ice time. Twenty-five seconds into the game, Matt Cooke threw a hip check on Alexander Edler that started a mini-brawl that included two fights and two ejections. Jannik Hansen and Matt Cooke were ejected. Full analysis in the morning

Penguins edge Thrashers 3-2

 

The Penguins power play which has struggled away from Mellon Arena came through for the Penguins tonight as Petr Sykora and Sidney Crosby each scored power play goals to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night. Petr Sykora started the season with just three points in his first eight games, but has nine points in his last 10 games, and scored the game winner on the power play with 2:40 remaining in the third period. Sidney Crosby played very well and scored his seventh goal of the season to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead 12:24 into the second period. Crosby also had two assists on the night to give him 25 points on the season. Evgeni Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer had 1 assist to give him 31 points on the season. Dany Sabourin, starting in place of Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 of 23 shotsRead More »

TIOPS Penguins Notebook

 

Whitney to practice tomorrow:The Penguins practice tomorrow at South Pointe (12:00 p.m.) which will be open to the publc and fans could have the chance to see Ryan Whitney practice for the first time with his teammates. Whitney has been skating in recent weeks but has yet to join his teammates for a full practice. Defenseman Mark Eaton was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in eight games. With the addition of Phillipe Boucher, Eaton has fallen to 7th on the depth chart. Eaton signed a 2yr – 4M contract in free agency Fleury out for Saturday’s game?: Michel Therrien has changed his tune in regards to goaltender Marc Andre Fleury. Therrien was optimistic on Tuesday that Fleury would return on by weekend but Therrien has ruled Fleury out for Saturday’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. Backup goaltender Dany Saboruin is 4-1-1 on the season. Crosby records 33rd¬†three pointRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (7-8-2)

 

Intriguing matchup: The Altanta Thrashers are 5-1 in their past 6 games and the Penguins are 6-0-1 in their past seven games Penguins projected Lineup Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard D-Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Thrashers Projected Lineup Kovalchuk – Christensen – Williams Kozlov РWhite – Little Thorburn РReasoner – Armstrong Perrin РSlater – Boulton D-Pairs Hainsey – Exelby Enstrom – Havelid Valabik – Oystrick Pavelec is expected to start in goal

Morning Buzz

 

The Penguins have caught many around the league by surprise in their ability to overcome the losses of Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Ryan Whitney is skating and looks to be in the best shape of his career. Whitney is determined to resemble the player he was two seasons ago and I expect him to have a big season when he returns to the lineup in December. Is Ryan Whitney trade bait? The Penguins have received a lot of inquiries about Whitney in the past year and despite the emergence of Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang, the Penguins view Ryan Whitney as the heir apparent to Sergei Gonchar and GM‚Äôs around the league know if will take an offer the Penguins can‚Äôt refuse for them to consider moving Whitney. The Penguins are shopping……..