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.
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 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 »
TIOPS DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Penguins management is building their roster with a 3-4 year window in mind where they don’t want to be locked into many bad contracts four to five years down the road when the time comes that some of their core might start to begin regressing. How much do the Penguins value Patric Hornqvist with the Penguins window still wide open to win a couple more Cups? We’re about to find out. 3. Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette created a stir today with a column titled “Don’t Be Surprised if the Penguins Trade Phil Kessel.” Among the blurbs from the column: [“I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process. It was clear in June, by the endRead More »
Latest Penguins Rumblings — Penguins Defenseman Trevor Daley will be a Detroit Red Wing Saturday afternoon when the clock strikes 12:01 p.m. The Daley camp cut off talks Friday with other finalists and informed those clubs he will be signing with the Red Wings. As mentioned here the last couple days, he was going to get a 3-4 year deal and the deal with Detroit is at least three years and some chatter it could be a four year deal in the $12.5-$13.5 million range. — There’s considerable interest in Chris Kunitz but hearing the Kunitz camp is not 100% certain what type of offers are actually going to be coming in until they do. The expectation is Kunitz will have multiple two year offers in the $2.75-$3.25 million per range but Kunitz doesn’t have a deal lined up yet. A lot of teams chasing him are also chasing Patrick MarleauRead More »
LATEST NHL BUZZ With Saturday’s Trade Freeze looming, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked things off on Thursday with a blockbuster deal that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens and Drouin hours later signing a 6 year deal worth $33 million. How many more big names will be on the move by Saturday’s deadline? Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin among the notable names in play who have a strong chance to get moved in the next 24 hours. Two other impact players who could be traded by Saturday: Expectations are Travis Hamonic is on the move and it will happen by tomorrow or the latest draft weekend. Anaheim is set to land a haul for Sami Vatanen with a trade expected in the next week. Colorado’s Matt Duchene is getting traded. This could very well live up to the busiest trade period ever. —Read More »