Latest Pens Buzz: Future of Tristan Jarry in PIT; 3rd Line center search back to Ottawa?

 

What the DeSmith Extension Means Casey DeSmith’s three year contract was a no-brainer for the 27 year old netminder. Maybe DeSmith could have got a few hundred thousand more on the open market, but for a player who has never been on a one-way contract, the security of a one-way contract for three seasons is significant. For the Penguins, there’s little risk with this extension and the three year commitment shows they are sold on DeSmith being a high-level backup caliber goaltender moving forward. “Since joining the Penguins’ organization, Casey has excelled for us at every level, first in Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and now here in Pittsburgh,” GM Jim Rutherford said Friday in a released statement. “We’re pleased to have him signed with our organization for the next three-and-a-half seasons.” A must in the remaining Cup window during the Sidney Crosby era is try to have the least amount ofRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins-Hurricanes exchanging names in Ferland trade talks?

 

Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz As the Penguins are surging, is Jim Rutherford looking to strike again well before the deadline? As some targets the Penguins have kicked tires on won’t truly become available till next month, there’s one scenario to monitor already. Canes GM Don Waddell has made it known to clubs he’s looking for a player-for-player type trade at this point, seeking to move Ferland for a skilled forward with term or a left handed defenseman with term. While Carolina would like a future asset also part of any Ferland trade, the priority is to move Ferland for immediate help. Team owner Thomas Dundon wants Carolina to go away from the Ron Francis route of trading rentals for draft picks. There’s enough talk around the league that Pittsburgh believes they can line up with Carolina for a trade. O

Rumors: Penguins showing interest in a deal of at least 4 years for Bryan Rust?

 

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford talked at his season ending press conference last month of the Penguins having trade assets other teams would want when it comes to likely changes with the roster this summer. 26 year old winger Bryan Rust, a pending restricted free agent (technically a year away from unrestricted free agency), would be at the top of the list of non-core players on the roster who carry high trade value. The Penguins coaching staff, though, wants to add more players like Rust, who play a speed/2-way game and Pittsburgh’s belief that Rust has sustained trade value into his mid-late 20’s is leading to the Penguins eyeing a new deal with Rust of at least

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins are open for business on Kris Letang

 

Where are Things Headed Between the Penguins, Letang? As stated here for months, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford has three untouchables on his roster: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Matt Murray. There are some others who are 100% going nowhere this off-season and pretty much unavailable like Brian Dumoulin who Penguin coaches regard as the clubs best defenseman, Jake Guentzel is another one who is tremendous value for one more season on an entry level contract and of course Patric Hornqvist who begins a new 5 year contract next season. For others like Phil Kessel and Kris Letang, vital members of the team, the Penguins are wide open for business on them. Basically where things stand for both is the Penguins are fine with keeping them and fine with trading one or both. Rival General Managers have been fully aware in discussions with the Penguins that the team will listenRead More »

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