Prospects Watch: Penguins Brass, scouts see NHL upside in d-man Jeff Taylor

 

Penguins Prospects Buzz — Three to Watch in College Ranks — Right Winger Kasper Bjorkqvist, 6-1, 200 lbs | 2016 2nd round pick 2016-2017 Season (Providence College): 15 GP – 1 Goal – 2 Assists – 3 Points Bjorkqvist is putting up low numbers in his first college season but he’s a player who impacts games in many different ways. The organization see’s him as a Patric Hornqvist type who will get to the dirty areas and be a pest below the dot. Bjorkqvist gets his shot off well in tight areas, but what stands out most is a well rounded 200 ft game where he flashes great instincts in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill. If Bjorkqvist develops like the Penguins think he will, there’s a chance they look for him to turn pro after next year, his sophomore season. Scouts Take: “Love the way he playsRead More »

Marc Andre Fleury No. 19 on TSN’s Trade Bait Board

 

Trade Deadline Buzz Six weeks out until the trade deadline, TSN released their Trade Bait Board today. One Penguin made the list with Marc Andre Fleury coming in at No. 19. With more goaltenders available than teams looking. the list is goaltender heavy with Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec (#9), Jaroslav Halak (#10), Ben Bishop (#13), Steve Mason (#14) and Fleury (#19). Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million cap hit) who can be had for a bag of pucks, Steve Mason ($4.1 million Cap hit) and Ben Bishop ($5.95 million Cap hit) are pending UFA’s. Halak who is available for next to nothing, cleared waivers, has one year left with a $4.5 million contract. Among goaltenders available, Fleury has the biggest financial commitment, carrying a cap hit of $5.75 million for the next two seasons. The Dallas Stars that have kicked some tires on a Fleury trade, are waiting to see what the LightningRead More »

Tomlin expresses regret for language in Brown video

 

Tomlin Addresses Brown Video Mike Tomlin expressed great regret for his language in the Antonio Brown video. “First the content of the video. Like to say language in video is regrettable,” Tomlin said. “This thing that is the National Football League is a precious thing. Responsibility associated of being in this thing from a role model standpoint is something I embrace,” said Tomlin. “That’s why the language in particular is regrettable. I apologize for the content of the video. As a parent, member of the community, I take that very seriously.” Tomlin does not believe the video will be a distraction. “I have absolutely no worries (regards to motivation for New England). We have prepared for distractions. It’s four teams working this week and 28 watching. There’s a certain intensity of being in this tournament,” said Tomlin. Tomlin then addressed the elephant in the room, Antonio Brown. “The last elementRead More »

Goaltender Woes in PIT: More Practice time needed or More Games for Murray?

 

Tuesday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins goaltending has been suspect to very poor since returning from the bye break where Marc Andre Fleury has allowed 10 goals over his last two starts and Matt Murray after allowing seven goals last night, has allowed 11 goals over his last two games. Murray in particular has not looked like his dominant self since allowing six goals in a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Dec 22. Over his last four starts, Murray has an .828 save percentage, allowing 19 goals on 111 shots faced. In Monday’s 8-7 win over the Capitals, Murray just never looked right. His angles were disastrous often taking the wrong angle on side to side plays and he was playing small when squaring up on shooters. Even as the Penguins stormed back to take a lead in the second period, there was a feeling all night there wasRead More »

Penguins – Capitals by the Numbers

 

Penguins – Capitals by the Numbers The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals decided to reintroduce the hockey world to how the game was played in the 1980’s. Pittsburgh and Washington combined for 15 goals in a Penguins 8-7 overtime win. The Penguins looked cooked in falling behind 3-0 with shaky defense and goaltending against the best defensive team in hockey with Braden Holtby in net. The tide would soon turn……. 2nd Period Onslaught Down 3-0, the Penguins erupted in scoring five goals in 8:11 and closed out the period with six goals in the frame. The Caps and Pens combined for nine second period goals with Evgeni Malkin netting a hat trick in the period. “That second period is one of the craziest periods I’ve been associated with,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the last time the Capitals scored 7 goals and didn’t winRead More »

Antonio Brown didn’t have a care in the world that his head coach was speaking

 

Antonio Brown was doing Antonio Brown things in the immediate after math of the Steelers 18-16 win over the Chiefs. Brown is in the headlines the morning after not for his 6-catch, 108 yard performance, but because he decided to go on facebook live while Mike Tomlin was speaking to the team. Most fascinating about the video isn’t anything that Mike Tomlin said, even if the Patriots have some bulletin material, but that Brown doesn’t have a care in the world that his head coach is speaking. Instead he looks like he’s making a promo for a hookup site. Even with Tomlin warning about social media in his speech and seconds later Ben Roethlisberger making a comment about being smart on it, Brown’s facebook live keeps going for another 15 minutes which doesn’t surprise anyone who knows Antonio Brown. “When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needsRead More »

The Steelers Way is Back: Dominant running game, Great Outside Linebacker Play

 

The Steelers Way has Emerged The Pittsburgh Steelers just won a playoff game scoring no touchdowns, becoming the sixth team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Chris Boswell set an NFL record with six field goals as the Steelers held on to beat the Kansas Chiefs 18-16. Among the standouts in this one was Le’Veon Bell who broke his own team record from last week, rushing for 170 yards on 30 carries. Bell torched the 30th ranked Dolphins run defense last week for 167 yards and tonight it was the same story vs a porous Chiefs run defense that ranked 26th in the regular season.  Next week he will face the No. 3 run defense in the NFL but there might be no stopping Le’Veon Bell who has been unstoppable for six + weeks now. On defense James Harrison had a big impact once again with the Steelers offRead More »

Penguins remain “wide open” to trading Fleury by March 1

 

Fleury to remain on Trade Block Matt Murray’s minor injury that kept him out of the lineup (from dressing) for two games, would have missed a few more if it wasn’t for the bye week, didn’t spook the Penguins where they intend to change direction on trying to move Marc Andre Fleury by March 1. “I think now more than ever, if it makes sense, for the Pittsburgh Penguins to trade Marc Andre Fleury, they’re wide open

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz: Porter to return as LB’ coach? Tomlin takes blame for playcall

 

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took responsibility for Ben Roethlisberger injuring his foot that Tomlin doesn’t expect to be an issue vs the Chiefs. “I take responsibility for throwing on third down,” Tomlin said. “I got a little overaggressive there,” Tomlin said. — Roethlisberger will take his usual Wednesday practice off. Tomlin said the foot “shouldn’t be an issue” to practice on Thursday and Friday. — One big edge the Chiefs have on the Steelers is special teams: “We have not been special in special teams,” Tomlin said of his group. Tomlin hinted the Steelers won’t directional kick away from Tyreek Hill as Chris Boswell struggles with those. — Joey Porter to coach vs the Chiefs? Tomlin isn’t ruling it out.