Latest on Kris Letang

 

Latest on Kris Letang As the Penguins enter a crucial trading period this week, one name who hasn’t garnered much action yet in trade talks is defenseman Kris Letang, league sources say. While the Penguins have not actively pursued trade scenarios for Letang to the extent that they have for Phil Kessel, Rutherford informed rival General Managers in May he was open to listening to inquiries on Letang and any defenseman not named Brian Dumoulin who along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray are off-limits in trade talks this summer. What the Penguins have learned about Letang’s trade value is this: Along with clubs having the ‘obvious’ serious concerns about his long-term health/contract (4 years remaining), Letang’s no longer regarded around the league as a game breaking defenseman. His entrance into the trade market from the extent that Pittsburgh no longer see’s him as an untouchable just hasn’t generatedRead More »

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 on Phil Kessel & Penguins pursuit of Max Domi

 

Latest on Phil Kessel 11 days out from the NHL Entry Draft, the market for Penguins winger Phil Kessel is seeing a slight uptick in potential interest where rival executives see Kessel being moved this month as The list of teams that haven’t ruled Kessel out is said to have grown from 2-3 teams a couple weeks ago to now The market is flooded with wingers, highlighted by Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty. Then there’s JVR in Toronto who could command 6-7 years at $6.5-$7 million per and Ilya Kovalchuk who has already scheduled meetings with six clubs over the next 10-14 days, is seeking a 3 year, $18 million contract. An asking price for Skinner has been established at a first round pick and young NHL prospect. The price for Pacioretty continues to be steep with the Canadiens coveting a young centerman but both players are strongly expectedRead More »

NHL Source: Yotes, Predators, Blackhawks have signaled at having possible trade interest in Phil Kessel this summer

 

Latest on Phil Kessel As reported here in the immediate aftermath of the Penguins ouster in Round 2, the organization is operating with only three untouchables on the roster; Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray with Jake Guentzel, Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist about as close as you can get to being an untouchable this summer. Along with Crosby, Malkin and Fleury, they’re going nowhere. What the Penguins are — is wide open for business on winger Phil Kessel and to a slightly lesser extent Kris Letang. — Where things stand with those two is the Penguins have begun approaching teams on Kessel ahead of pro scouting meetings next week and into the following week for multiple clubs of what the Penguins would seek in a Kessel trade. Two scenarios have been put out there by the Penguins, per a league source: 1. They’re seeking a James Neal – PatricRead More »

Ovechkin, Capitals are Stanley Cup Final Bound; What’s Next for the Lightning & Lookahead to WSH-VGK

 

The NHL couldn’t be getting a better Stanley Cup Final when it comes to storylines. This is everything. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/9mDKjv9fBE — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 24, 2018 The expansion Vegas Golden Knights and the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals. Ratings will never be that high for the NHL but this matchup is going to draw a little extra attention from the casual sports fan and places like ESPN may allot 4-5 minutes of coverage instead of 1-2 minutes. There’s certainly a lot of buzz surrounding this matchup and should be. Capitals showing 2016 Penguins Resemblance — The Washington Capitals finally did it with a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series might have went seven games with the Capitals trailing 3-2 after give games, but the better team throughout the seven games prevailed. Washington was handily the better team in fiveRead More »

Vegas Stanley Cup Bound, Fleury’s Hall-of-Fame Case & More Buzz

 

Vegas Marches to the Stanley Cup Final The remarkable story of the Vegas Golden Knights continues with a run to the Stanley Cup. The Western Conference Champions ousted the favored Winnipeg Jets in five games, winning four straight to close out the series. In the Golden Knights series clinching 2-1 win, it had quite the Pittsburgh connection. There’s Marc Andre Fleury putting together a 31 save performance to close out the series, Ryan Reaves a major outcast in the Penguins system, scoring the game winning goal, and Deryk Engelland playing 23 minutes in Game 5 and on the ice for the final minute of play to preserve a one-goal lead and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas reaching the Stanley Cup Final has already cemented them as one of the greatest stories in NHL history and winning the Cup would turn it into one of the greatest storiesRead More »

Rumors: Hurricanes motivated to trade Jordan Staal

 

TIOPS Inside Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* — A familiar name to Penguins fans is strongly on the trade block: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal. As former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis saw the 29 year old Staal as a building block in his long-term plan, declined to entertain any trade inquiries into Staal the past two years, namely from the Pittsburgh Penguins, that is no longer the case under new owner Tom Dundon and GM Don Waddell, a former pro scout with the Penguins. Waddell and ownership are highly motivated to move Staal who has 5 years, $30 million in actual cash left on his contract, league sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Hurricanes willingness to move Staal this summer is more about the contract than anything else. Staal who went through a lot this past season with the death of his daughter to a terminal birth defect, is loved byRead More »

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 internally optimistic of getting a seat at the Tavares table in late June?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz A 92 point regular season won’t have Phil Kessel’s name escaping the trade rumor mill over the next month in a half. Kessel’s poor performance in the postseason followed by a continued rift with head coach Mike Sullivan has only heightened the situation regarding Kessel this coming summer. Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the coaching staff has reached the point with Kessel where they feel if he’s not producing offensively, he’s a detriment to the lineup 5-on-5 because of his inability to do the little things away from the puck. Pittsburgh had some serious trade talks last summer with From NHL executives, to top NHL insiders, it’s no secret around the league that Pittsburgh will entertain Kessel trade scenarios leading into the draft. Kessel has four years remaining on his deal with a $6.8 million cap hit. He’s due to make $26 million in actual money overRead More »

Changes Are Coming This Summer for the Penguins…….

 

Rutherford anticipates being active to upgrade the roster Changes are coming to the Penguins this summer. How big? Time will tell. “It’s obvious I’m going to keep an open mind to changes and I will make some changes,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said today at his season ending news conference. “We’re a good team, we will be a good team going forward,” said Rutherford. “We’ll have the chance to win again, we have the nucleus to do that.” Whether the Penguins go into the direction of moving a core player remains to be seen but talk among rival executives already is the Penguins have the appetite to move a big name player in the right deal with One thing Rutherford noted today is the Penguins have a number of tradable assets to make desired changes in certain areas. “We also have the pieces in place that are players other teamsRead More »