Rumors: Penguins among 2-3 teams far along in talks for Brassard?


Source: Brassard tops wishlist of Penguins coaching staff The Ottawa Senators have reversed course in the last 5-7 days on their trade deadline plans. After being wide open to trading Mike Hoffman, Jean Gabriel-Pageau, the Senators have now signaled to clubs they intend to keep both players and are primarily focused on trading center Derick Brassard who has one year left on his deal with a $5 million cap hit. Up until the last couple days,  NHL execs were of the opinion Ottawa was more likely to keep Brassard than move him. Now that’s not the case. Brassard a player who is said to top the wishlist

Rumblings: Count Penguin star’ players among those involved in the Heavy Recruitment of John Tavares


NHL All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay saw the recruitment of John Tavares from multiple star players in full steam. And it’s going to continue as July 1 inches closer. If Tavares leaves the New York Islanders, it won’t be because of money where the Islanders are already prepared to put an 8 year offer worth at least $12-$13 million per season on the table for when Tavares and his agent Pat Brisson are ready to discuss numbers, something that won’t happen until the summer. Tavares is extremely loyal to the Islanders organization but the recruitment of Tavares this weekend was so strong because of a belief from NHL executives and players close to Tavares that he is wide open to leaving millions on the table and signing with a contender to put himself in position to compete for Stanley Cups on a yearly basis. “John just wants to win,” anRead More »

Industry Chatter: A look at why the Penguins have been front & center recently in trying to swing trade for Mark Letestu


Story Highlights *Personnel Decisions from LA Win *On the Sheahan/Kessel fit *Penguins in deep trade talks for Center *Sharks Tierney one trade scenario that got away? *Insight on why staff favors Hunwick over Cole The Pittsburgh Penguins in a back-to-back situation turned to Casey DeSmith in goal and Pittsburgh came away with a 3-1 win over the Kings on Thursday. Mike Sullivan has been lukewarm about playing DeSmith at any point and what do you know, DeSmith backstopped the Penguins to victory in making 28 saves and flashed very good side-to-side quickness. He was peppered in the first period as Pittsburgh was out-shot 11-3 in period one but unlike Jonathan Quick, DeSmith avoided letting soft goals win and the Penguins got a really nice win. Some developments from this game connected to the trade deadline was

Rumors: Senators offered Brassard to the Penguins?


Penguins have had investigative trade talks with Senators Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been aggressively trying to pursue an impact trade for a forward, notably a third line center in the hopes of setting the stage for a deal either before or soon after the Christmas trade freeze ends. The talk surrounding the Penguins is that they’re not going to just acquire another ‘guy’, like the Riley Sheahan trade and hope it sticks and get lucky. Pittsburgh is focused on swinging a trade for a true impact center even if it comes to moving an important player from their past two Stanley Cup runs. Those with the type of trade value it might take to land one of the Penguins key center targets could be as both players have solid trade value around the league (with term/or control) and they’re the type of players who are on the edge ofRead More »

Industry chatter on what the Penguins are seeking from ‘specific’ teams in talks for Ian Cole


While the Penguins are trying to downplay the Ian Cole rumors, the Penguins have had trade inquires with a sizeable group of teams and the Ian Cole camp remains in discussions with other clubs to potentially facilitate a deal and a possible extension: Therefore, the rumors are not going away anytime soon. Here’s the Latest Industry Chatter on a notable group of teams involved and names Penguins are and would likely seek in a deal: Colorado Avalanche A league source says the Ian Cole camp has had had deep talks with the Colorado Avalanche (there’s a strong relationship between the Avs brass and Cole’s agency) in the past 48 hours about Cole and it’s one potential destination that could be a sign and trade scenario for Cole. Interest from Colorado in trading for Cole and signing him long-term is significant. However, is there a trade match for Pittsburgh? Talk inRead More »

Penguins discussing trade options to add No. 2/3 type caliber NHL goaltender


Penguins looking to bolster organizational goaltending depth Are the Penguins content moving forward with Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith as the 1-3 goaltenders on the organizational depth chart? Penguin coaches saw enough of Casey DeSmith in practice and with Tristan Jarry’s inexperience, the coaching brass is not comfortable with the Penguins goaltending depth in the organization, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. With difficulties of adding a legitimate No. 2 goaltender at this stage of the season, that has the Penguins in the short-term at least evaluating trades for a netminder on a

Rumors: Avalanche trying to re-engage Penguins in trade talks?


NHL Source: Avalanche have tried to re-engage Penguins in trade talks After the Colorado Avalanche backed out of what the Columbus Blue Jackets believed was a verbal agreement the two sides had that would have sent Matt Duchene to the Blues Jackets about a week before training camps began, the Avalanche over the past 5-7 days have tried to expand the market for Duchene and reignite talks with clubs that have been on the outside and pretty much out of the mix for months due to a lack of trade match.

Where evaluators got it wrong on Pouliot, Latest Trade Chatter & More Buzz


Pouliot was Badly mis-judged by Evaluators Scouts often miss and the Penguins obsession back in the Ray Shero era of drafting puck moving defenseman saw Pittsburgh not only take Derrick Pouliot 8th overall in the 2012 draft, but the team mis-calculated so bad on Pouliot, the organization had him rated No. 4 on their board. “That was a funky draft coming in,” a 20+ year scout tells TIOPS. “Prospects were [rated] all over the map……Derrick sure looked like a safe pick [at the time] because you can coach a player up to become a better defensive player, but you can’t teach high-level puck skills. He had it” The stunner to many in the Penguins organization regarding Pouliot is that the offensive prowess he possessed in juniors and elite puck moving ability that wowed the Penguins amateur scouts never materialized once he turned pro. At worst the Penguins four to fiveRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: Pens, Bruins to re-ignite trade talks?


Latest Penguins Buzz While Penguins GM Jim Rutherford fully expects to add an impact third line center at somepoint before the trade deadline and it’s not ruled out that move comes before opening night, though unlikely, the Penguins have taken the right route this summer and into training camp in avoiding to make a move to just make a move. Among guys out there actively available the Penguins could have acquired already sources say is Detroit’s Riley Sheahan. Sheahan, though, is nowhere near at the top of the Penguins wishlist and is not one of the three primary targets the Penguins are waiting to see that becomes available. ” If the Penguins wanted to acquire a player who doesn’t create high danger opportunities and is more of a 4th line caliber center than a 3rd line center, the team can just sign training camp invite Jay McClement who’s a strongRead More »