Latest Chatter: Penguins had discussions about Scott Hartnell around the All-Star break

 

The NHL’s trade landscape right now with 11 days to go before deadline is a situation of sellers waiting for one buyer to set the market. Last February the Nashville Predators set the market early with the Cody Franson trade. This season it’s been more of a cat and mouse game between the buyers and sellers. It’s also been a trade landscape that features potential rentals like Andrew Ladd who are expected to be available but have yet to be officially put on the market. Therefore it’s been slow moving. Buyers don’t yet know what the prices are going to be. For the Penguins they have not closed the door on making a high level or low level move before the Feb 29 deadline and their trade list has as many as 10 payers on it, a source says, ranging from top-6 winger types, a veteran defenseman, to a versatileRead More »

Penguins Trade Talk: Jiri Hudler

 

LATEST PENGUINS TRADE TALK The Penguins during the summer prior to the Phil Kessel acquisition had identified five to six trade targets among top-6 wingers. Plan-A from Jim Rutherford was Phil Kessel, followed by a group of others the Penguins had engaged in trade discussions for. Patrick Sharp, T.J. Oshie, Jeff Skinner were three of the primary names aside from Kessel and during the draft weekend as the Kessel talks hit a roadblock for a short-period, the Penguins started to engage in talks

More Suitors emerging for Neil Walker

 

Pirates GM Neal Huntington and his cohorts have felt finding a trade for Neil Walker may not happen until after the New Year but one way or another he is as good as gone and will be moved before spring training. With some dominos starting to fall a trade could come much sooner as in this week as

Pirates have checked in on Scott Kazmir

 

The Pirates this off-season have been linked to multiple reclamation projects. The Pirates have an offer on the table to Trevor Cahill and the Tribune-Review reported Tuesday the Pirates are also interested in Justin Masterson, who they have had interest in the past but whose best days are behind him. Pirates GM Neal Huntington, though, hasn’t ruled out signing a second/third-level type free agent pitcher. The Pirates are in on lefty Scott Kazmir, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned, and Huntington has a close relationship with Kazmir’s agent Greg Genske, who represents Francisco Liriano and Starling

MLB: Pirates planning to pursue Chris Davis?

 

LATEST PIRATES RUMORS With 41 home runs and 102 RBIs, pending free agent Chris Davis is viewed in MLB circles as ‘homering his way’ out of Baltimore. The Pirates looked into Davis last month and are already being mentioned as a team likely to pursue Davis this winter. Expect #Pirates will have interest in Chris Davis too — I doubt Pedro Alvarez is back — but big money FAs not a usual play for them. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 9, 2015 The Pirates plan to move on from Pedro Alvarez in the off-season and seek to solidify the first base position. While Davis is believed to intrigue the Pirates, with top hitting prospect Josh Bell on track to reach the Majors by middle of next season, it’s unlikely the Pirates dip their toes into the Davis sweepstakes this winter. Pittsburgh is more likely to go the stop-gap route withRead More »