Takeaways: Rutherford coy about Brassard’s future, encouraged by Malkin’s 200 ft game vs TB, talks power play adjustments in radio interview


Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford appeared on 937 The Fan this morning. Here are some takeaways from the interview with The Fan Morning Show: On Derick Brassard: Rutherford was asked early in the interview about Brassard’s future and when you have a player actively involved in trade talks like Brassard is right now, you’re going to coy as Rutherford was. “He’s

Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz: Ferland talks inching towards the finish line


Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz [Canes getting close on Ferland] [The Wildcard in talks] [Silfverberg not Ferland preferred by other decision makers in org? [Brassard done in PIT?] [2 Prospects coveted by other clubs in high-level talks] Ferland talks inching towards the finish line 1. There is a growing sense among clubs that were in the mix for Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland that Pittsburgh There is one mystery surrounding the Ferland talks. This isn’t Don Waddell’s style by any means but multiple executives say Hurricanes 4. One executive on the Penguins willingness to go big in the rental market.

Penguins accomplish pre-deadline goal of starting to create some cap flexibility


Penguins ship Jamie Oleksiak back to Dallas A priority for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been creating some financial flexibility by the trade deadline. One of those priorities in recent weeks has been finding a new home for defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and the Penguins today have traded Oleksiak to the Dallas Stars for a 2019 4th round pick. Oleksiak returns to Dallas where he was a first round pick. Pittsburgh dished out a three year contract to Oleksiak in the summer, valuing his size/toughness + some offensive potential the Penguins believed Oleksiak could tap into where the team was comfortable giving a bottom-pairing d-man that term. However, the Penguins being married to the Jack Johnson contract, plus how high the organization has become of Marcus Pettersson, for a team always looking to add, you can’t have a 7th defenseman when you’re blueline is healthy eating up over $2 million againstRead More »

Rumors: Penguins in heavy trade talks with Hurricanes, Blue Jackets?


Penguins have a dance partner in Carolina to pursue creative/complicated trade scenarios MORE BUZZ — Even if the Penguins can’t find the right fit to replace Brassard as the third line center, conversations around the league is that a soft trade Early buzz a month out from the deadline has the Avalanche being a top landing spot for Hayes and the Islanders are widely regarded as a heavy favorite to land Matt Duchene if Ottawa puts him on the market next month. [/hide] — A bottom-6 center flying under the radar is Bryan Boyle of the New Jersey Devils. Always a favorite among coaches, Boyle has 12 Goals on the season and there’s a sense the Devils might be able to nab a second-rounder for Boyle. —

Beyond the Box Score: Sharks look like the 2016 Penguins; Low impact games from 71/81; Hertl Line vs 3rd-Pairing


Sharks overwhelm the Penguins in all three zones The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins might only be separated by seven points in the standings, but that club in San Jose in a step above Pittsburgh in how they’re built and how much pace they play with. Watching San Jose and Pittsburgh last night, it felt like a reversal from 2016. This time San Jose is the club that comes at you in waves and with speed in all three zones that is just on another level. San Jose pushed the pace all night, baited Pittsburgh into trying to play a track meet and the Penguins couldn’t match the Sharks in any area of the rink. “I thought we got outplayed. We got outplayed in every area of the rink,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. We weren’t good enough. We lost the puck battles.” San Jose was excellent at usingRead More »

League Buzz: Brassard’s expiring contract carries value for deals involving high-priced 3rd line centers with term


Penguins eyeing forward for forward swap? Jim Rutherford has gone public again in comments about Derick Brassard in stating the obvious that Brassard is underperforming. Rutherford often speaks off the cuff but he’s also calculated in trying to get messages out. However, it’s reached the point where how does it do Brassard or the team any good at this point to go public that he’s performing well below expectations? Enough messages through the media and to the player have already been sent. The Penguins always planned to get through December before deciding which direction they wanted to go with Brassard and the decision’s been made over the last week or so to aggressively engage in trade scenario’s. Pittsburgh is evaluating situations to move Brassard for a draft pick to open up salary cap space that would be connected to a separate move, and are kicking around a forward for forwardRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Shorthanded Goals Against, Eastern Conference arms race to land Ferland


Long-term Concern or just a short-term bad habit? The Penguins allowed their league-leading 10th shorthanded goal in Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 2018-2019 Season: 10 in 45 games 2017-2018 Season: 3 in 82 Games 2016-2017 Season: 7 in 82 Games 2015-2016 Season: 5 in 82 Games Frustrations from Mike Sullivan are mounting and for good reason as this is nothing more than just laziness with the puck from the power play unit. Industry buzz is Pittsburgh initially built a package around

Latest Pens Buzz: Future of Tristan Jarry in PIT; 3rd Line center search back to Ottawa?


What the DeSmith Extension Means Casey DeSmith’s three year contract was a no-brainer for the 27 year old netminder. Maybe DeSmith could have got a few hundred thousand more on the open market, but for a player who has never been on a one-way contract, the security of a one-way contract for three seasons is significant. For the Penguins, there’s little risk with this extension and the three year commitment shows they are sold on DeSmith being a high-level backup caliber goaltender moving forward. “Since joining the Penguins’ organization, Casey has excelled for us at every level, first in Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and now here in Pittsburgh,” GM Jim Rutherford said Friday in a released statement. “We’re pleased to have him signed with our organization for the next three-and-a-half seasons.” A must in the remaining Cup window during the Sidney Crosby era is try to have the least amount ofRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins-Hurricanes exchanging names in Ferland trade talks?


Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz As the Penguins are surging, is Jim Rutherford looking to strike again well before the deadline? As some targets the Penguins have kicked tires on won’t truly become available till next month, there’s one scenario to monitor already. Canes GM Don Waddell has made it known to clubs he’s looking for a player-for-player type trade at this point, seeking to move Ferland for a skilled forward with term or a left handed defenseman with term. While Carolina would like a future asset also part of any Ferland trade, the priority is to move Ferland for immediate help. Team owner Thomas Dundon wants Carolina to go away from the Ron Francis route of trading rentals for draft picks. There’s enough talk around the league that Pittsburgh believes they can line up with Carolina for a trade. O

Penguins speed game, NZ/DZ structure shine in keeping the Jets to the outside


Penguins excel vs Jets in critical area The Penguins Friday night ran their winning streak to eight games with an impressive 4-0 shutout win over the Winnipeg Jets. Whether the Jets are a Stanley Cup contender like they are now or a bottom-feeder like they were for so long, things never change when it comes to Pittsburgh getting a ‘W’ against the Jets/Thrashers franchise. It’s just automatic. Pittsburgh’s winning streak has seen them feast on non-playoff teams and this one was the most impressive win thus far of the streak. The underlying #’s don’t tell the story of how good the Penguins were vs the Winnipeg. Pittsburgh finished the night a brutal 39% (5vs5) in possession, but they were about even in scoring chances and were +5 in high danger chances (all situations). As it’s been the case for a couple years now, When the Penguins are playing a speedRead More »