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 »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Expect a lot of different line combinations the next couple weeks. Therrien may even look into splitting up Staal and Malkin if he doesn’t find the right combination for Crosby. Pascal Dupuis could be on the verge of falling to the fourth line, according to a source. Some insiders I’ve talked to seem a bit worried about Miroslav Satan and don’t see him being much more than a 17-20 goal scorer. The biggest concern has been the lack of velocity on his shot according to a source. It is still early Last week a source told me a Penguins scout has been urging Ray Shero

NHL: Canucks acquire Michel Ouellet

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Lukas Krajicek and left wing Juraj Simek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Shane O’Brien and right wing Michel Ouellet (17 goals). The Nashville Predators also expressed an interest in Ouellet

Heatley’s two goals power Senators to 3-1 win

 

Ottawa 3 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa Senators RW Dany Heatley scored two power play goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goaltending was strong in this game as Senators G Alex Auld made 30 saves and was on the verge of a shutout until rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski scored his 1st career NHL goal with 1.1 seconds left in the third period. Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury played well enough for the Penguins to win but the Ottawa Senators won the special teams game scoring two power play goals. The Penguins power play continues to struggle without D Sergei Gonchar. The Penguins went 1-for-7 on the day and finished the weekend 1-14. Down 1-0 going into the third period, Penguins head coach Michel Therrien switched his lines up playing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together which has been a common theme whenRead More »

Rangers go 2-for-2 in Prague

 

Goals by Scott Gomez and Wade Redden was all the Rangers needed this afternoon as they beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 2-1, the identical score they beat the Lighting Saturday afternoon. The Rangers played a strong defensive game this weekend and were clearly the better team during the two game series. The Lighting couldn‚Äôt match the Rangers team speed and struggled on the power play As expected the Lighting were physical. The Lightning outhit the Rangers 31-10 but they were outshot 39-19. They Lighting made too many attempts to go out of their way to be physical. Ryan Malone seems more focused on stirring things up than trying to score. The Lightning have to be floured with the play of Steve Stamkos. He was making things happen all weekend. What I liked from the Rangers was their puck movement on the power play. Everyone was touching the puck and they‚ÄôreRead More »