Rumors: Was a Cody Eakin, Colin Miller trade on the table for Phil Kessel at one point?


Latest Pens Buzz If Phil Kessel had his way, he’d be playing for the Arizona Coyotes or Vegas Golden Knights when the puck drops for the 2019-2020 season. It’s the worst kept secret around the NHL. That’s where he wants to go which has led to the Golden Knights and Coyotes emerging as the two primary teams the Kessel camp has been trying to get the table to negotiate a trade with the Penguins. Arizona as reported yesterday has been very slow moving in the process and they’re not really a factor at this point, though,

Rumors: Wild GM Paul Fenton enamored with Patric Hornqvist?


LATEST PENS BUZZ 1. A feeling in NHL circles among agents and executives is the Minnesota Wild embarrassed themselves with the nixed Phil Kessel trade. All indications are Wild GM Paul Fenton pushed the trade forward without any inkling or assurances that Phil Kessel would even consider playing in Minnesota. While the Kessel deal is still on the table if Kesse were to change his mind, Fenton just assumed it was a slam dunk and is said to have been blindsided that Kessel didn’t want to play in Minnesota. Fenton a year on to the job with the Minnesota Wild has already developed a reputation as being an ego maniac who doesn’t make an attempt to give his hockey operations staff a voice and when you don’t involve your staff like Fenton isn’t, you’ll get leaks and dysfunction which is happening in Minnesota. Another factor amongst others in Kessel givingRead More »

Industry Buzz: Penguins still pursuing deal for Jason Zucker; 2nd Western team gathering intel on Kessel


Latest Pens Buzz [Penguins still in on Zucker, Rask?] [Zucker, Kessel possible teammates in ARI?] [2nd Western team not on Kessel’s list gathering intel] Penguins continue to pursue trade talks for Jason Zucker In the aftermath of Phil Kessel officially nixing a trade to the Minnesota Wild last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins have continued to pursue a trade for Jason Zucker, TIOPS has learned. The Penguins emerged out of their pro scouting meetings in early May with Zucker a favorite among Pittsburgh’s pro scouts and the coaching staff, which has seen Pittsburgh make a revised offer (excluding Kessel) for Zucker, while the original deal is still on the table if Kessel changes his mind.

What went down in failed Minnesota trade, Why Penguins view Kessel’s Trade List as a joke & More Buzz


Latest Pens Buzz Fallout of the failed Phil Kessel trade to Minnesota? Pittsburgh is still not bringing him back under any circumstances. They’re determined to start next season with Phil Kessel off their roster. What happens next if Pittsburgh can’t find a trade partner without Kessel’s permission (a very difficult task with how purposely difficult Kessel has made his list) will be the fascinating part of how long Kessel tries to take this. He knows he’s not wanted back but the sense of the situation is that it wouldn’t stop Kessel from taking things to July or even August if a suitable trade destination doesn’t emerge before then. And that’s the worst case scenario for the Penguins right now who wanted to get this done before the end of the month, though, I’d argue they’ve made their own bed as based on Kessel’s low trade value which was established evenRead More »

NHL Source: Penguins asked Phil Kessel to waive his no trade clause 48 hours ago


Penguins pushing to get a Kessel trade completed The Pittsburgh Penguins who came out of their preliminary organizational meetings last month with a firm decision to trade Phil Kessel this summer no matter how low the return ends up being, officially asked the 32 year old winger to waive his no trade clause to the Minnesota Wild, multiple league sources confirm. The trade request was made on Monday afternoon, TIOPS has learned, and Kessel through his agent The last 24 hours have seen both the Penguins and Minnesota aggressively trying to keep the trade alive. Pittsburgh granted Minnesota permission to speak to Kessel but as of a few hours ago, Minnesota officials were having no success getting return

Industry Buzz: Two teams that should gamble on Kris Letang


LATEST ON KRIS LETANG Nearly four weeks after being swept by the New York Islanders in embarrassing fashion, top decision makers among the Penguins brass are said to be on the same page or at least in the same hemisphere as one source put it regarding Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. As mentioned recently, there’s intrigue among Penguins GM Jim Rutherford & Co to at least see if a feasible trade is out there for Malkin, while rival clubs continue to operate with the mindset that it’s a foregone conclusion Pittsburgh will look at every avenue to trade Phil Kessel and they’ve heard this directly from the Penguins themselves. Kris Letang, the third member among the core whose future in Pittsburgh has greatly mulled over by the organization, seems to be a bit of a different story. There are members in the organization, many in the analytic crowd who willRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: What rival clubs say of Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel’s future in Pittsburgh


What’s At Play Behind the Scenes for the Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their extensive phase of organizational meetings this week and a lot of the heavy lifting has been done. The organization has conducted a thorough evaluation of what changes, some potentially seismic that the group’s top decision makers believe that are needed to be made. After two weeks of what’s been described as exhaustive meetings, the direction Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is said to be strongly leaning right now is towards breaking up the core, but the group plans to take a step back over the next 10-14 days, do some scouting at the World Championships, then reconvene and come to a final decision if the direction they are strongly leaning towards right now is the direction they still want to go. Not surprisingly this lines up with Evgeni Malkin’s timetable and everything on how this off-seasonRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Noise on Evgeni Malkin getting louder with no push back to this point


Latest Pens Buzz 1. The noise surrounding Evgeni Malkin continues to get louder and it’s getting back to the Malkin camp about how dissatisfied the organization actually is with the three-time Stanley Cup winner. The lack of push back continues to be something. There’s many inside the building who have become convinced over the last week that Jim Rutherford not only plans to chase offers for Evgeni Malkin, which sources say he has permission to do from ownership, Rutherford is motivated The thought of trading Malkin this summer has been something the Penguins top brass had minor discussions about as early as late March, TIOPS has learned. This isn’t something that is just brewing off the emotions of being swept by the Islanders. Things had been brewing for a while and a belief among some in the organization that Malkin went to And those with knowledge of Malkin’s thinking processRead More »

Round 3 Analysis: A reach at #66? Value at #83


Round 3 Analysis Never buy that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t draft for need. Just like on Thursday in addressing a major need at inside linebacker, Day 2 was about checking some other boxes. With the 66th overall pick the Steelers selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson (5-11, 180) and 17 picks later, the Steelers select cornerback Justin Layne (6-2, 192). The value of getting a cornerback was always going to be in Round 2 or Round 3 not Round 1. Despite a run on cornerbacks prior to the Steelers picking, Layne is a high value pick at No. 83. At 6-2, Layne brings length and athleticism to the table, running a 4.5. “You can’t have enough corners on your team,” DB coach Teryl Austin said of Lane. “With the amount of running they do, they help you on special teams, you get nicked, you have to have people to getRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Off-Season Additions, Selection of dynamic ILB Devin Bush gives Mike Tomlin/Keith Butler no excuses in 19


ROUND 1 ANALYSIS — “If we stayed put, we weren’t going to get Devin Bush,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said on trading up to No. 10. — “You guys still good? You wanna do that deal?” Inside the War Room the moment the #BroncosDraft trade happened 👇 — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 26, 2019 Kevin Colbert’s bold move of moving up to the No. 10 pick in selecting Devin Bush was the necessary impact move the Steelers had to make at a position of major need and what getting a dynamic player like Bush does for this defense is put an exclamation point on revamping the defense this off-season. “When you make a trade up to the top 10, we were very excited to make that trade and get Devin Bush,” said Colbert. “It was something we wanted to do and were able to do it. This is aRead More »