The economy has halted any talk about expansion in the United States. That is a good thing because the NHL needs to downsize or relocate some cities. This talk of expanding into Europe would not be a good thing. The cap will remain in the $55 – $57 million range for the upcoming season but after that it could go down to the $49 – $50 million range. Las Vegas continues to be the most talked about city that could get a team via relocation. Mats Sundin was a popular subject at the meetings. Glen Sather has been telling rival GM‚Äôs that Sundin is only considering the Rangers, Canucks and a mystery team. Dave Tallon has been aggressive in his pursuit of Sundin. Still unclear if they are the third team still being considered. Tallon talked to a lot of teams about Martin Havlat. The Canadiens and Senators remain veryRead More »
Talked to a source in the Penguins organization who questioned why the Penguins even have Janne Pesonen in the organization. One team has even offered to take Pesonen off of the Penguins hands There has been discussions about giving Chris Minard a shot on the top two lines. It is looking unlikely that Mike Zigomanis will play against the Devils. He’s been out longer than people thought he would be. Full update on tomorrow’s lineup following Wednesday’s morning skate. Phillipe Boucher is slowly recovering from concussion symptoms and could be back within the next week. He has been practicing but did not fly with the Penguins to New Jersey. It is all about conditioning for Marc Andre Fleury who will be back next week. A lot of buzz coming out of the Board of Governors Meetings. Check in tomorrow for the latest rumblings surrounding the Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Janne Pesonen to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) Pesonen, 26, appeared in three games during his latest stint with Pittsburgh. He has played in six games for the Penguins, this year, making his NHL debut in St. Louis on November 1. He played 20 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading the team in assists (16) and ranking third with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) at the time of his recall. In the preseason with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pesonen scored two points in three appearances.
Post Game Thoughts Defensive breakdowns and the failure to put the Sabres away on the power play was the story of the game. This was clearly a game the Penguins gave away. Head coach Michel Therrien said it best in his post game comments, “It was a horrible performance That’s the truth.” Tonight’s loss overshadowed the performance of Evgeni Malkin who was clearly the best player on the ice. It is a common theme that the Penguins are carried offensively by either Malkin or Crosby on any given night. Malkin had two assists and Sidney Crosby had 1 assist. Malkin played a part in the Penguins first two goals which were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko and Sidney Crosby assisted on Kris Letang’s second period goal. Letang’s goal at 1:31 of the second period was his first in 52 games dating back to last season. The Penguins are clearly banged upRead More »
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radim Vrbata, who was signed to a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract in the off-season is apparently heading home to the Czech Republic to finish the season there according to TSN.CA. Vrbata is expected to clear waivers on Tuesday and will be free for assignment to a Czech team if he chooses to play there. Vrbata scored 27 goals last season with the Phoenix Coyotes last season but only has three goals this season. His salary for this season will go off the Lightning books and they will not be responsible for paying him or having his salary count against the salary cap. Source: TSN.CA
Steelers improve to 10-3: Down 13-3 in the fourth quarter, the Steelers score 17 unanswered points to beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-13. Penguins recall defenseman Ben LoveJoy: The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Lovejoy, 24, has posted 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) along with 36 penalty minutes in 24 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He currently leads all Penguins defensemen in scoring and is tied for 11th in the AHL. Lovejoy also leads the team and is tied for fourth in the AHL with a plus-14 rating this season. The 6-2, 214-pound defenseman registered 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 72 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. Lovejoy performed above expectations in training camp that caught the eye of the front office¬†and¬†Lovejoy has continued to his strong play this season for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.¬† DefensemanRead More »
The Penguins dominated from the drop of puck beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 Thursday night. Pittsburgh has earned a point in 12 of their last 14 games (10-2-2), received big games from Sidney Crosby and right winger Petr Sykora. Crosby the league‚Äôs second leading scorer had a four point night recording four assists to give him 14 points in his last 5 games. Sykora who got off to a sub-par start this season had two goals against the Hurricanes and now has three goals in four games. Goaltender Dany Sabourin made 34 saves to record his 6th win of the season