Raiders are smarter than we all thought


Antonio Brown is the gift that keeps on giving. After it appeared the Raiders caved to Antonio Brown by announcing he would play Monday Night and not be suspended, the organization is now showing they protected themselves in a big way and have indeed gone after the only thing that matters to Antonio Brown — Money —. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “In addition to fining Antonio Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team that voided $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his contract, the Raiders sent Brown a letter that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay if they release him, per sources.” And as details of Brown’s contract have emerged, he hasn’t been paid a dime by the Raiders to this point. What the Raiders did here was make Antonio Brown a week to week player which will obviously be a no go for him.Read More »

Steelers sign Joe Haden, stick to organizational philisophy of lining up new extensions with the Big Ben Window


The long anticipated extension is now official. LETSSssssSSs GOOoOoOoO!!! — Joe Haden (@joehaden23) September 2, 2019 The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night signed cornerback Joe Haden to a two-year, $22 million extension. The deal includes a $16.8 million signing bonus for the 30 year old Haden and reduced his cap hit for the 2019 season by over $3 million. The deal is essentially a three year, $32 million contract for Haden as the 30 year old is now under contract through the 2021 season. Hade was due to make $10 million this season after signing a three year, $27 million contract with the Steelers in August 2017. The two sides began working on a new deal just before training camp and parameters of a new deal was on the table weeks ago but it took a little while for the sides to eventually get over the finish line. OneRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Fallout of Preseason Finale, Key Roster Decisions, Joe Haden Contract Extension & More Buzz


KEY STORYLINES OUT OF THE PRESEASON FINALE Rudolph outshines Dobbs  Mason Rudolph showed continued growth all preseason that’s what should have been expected for a 24 year old 2nd year quarterback the Steelers took with a third round pick and who the organization claims they had a first-round grade on. The good thing is Rudolph looked the part this preseason of a No. 2 QB. What the Steelers have long-term in Rudolph, if anything, is an obvious unknown, but Rudolph has taken what he was given and ran with it this preseason. Selecting Rudolph where they did, this was always a down the road situation of let’s take a chance and try to develop him into a legitimate NFL starter by age 26 or 27. That optimism is still alive based on what Rudolph has put on tape this summer. In the immediate, are the Steelers 100% confident in Rudolph’sRead More »

Preseason Game #3: Top-5 Storylines from Steelers – Titans


Top Storylines from Steelers – Titans   1. Ben Roethlisberger had a few mistimed throws in his first action of the preseason but 19 plays was enough in rainy conditions for the Steelers to accomplish what they wanted to do from the first-team offense. Roethlisberger finished the night 8 of 13 for 63 yards with a touchdown, posting a 99.2 QB rating. Roethlisberger’s final pass of the night would be a 17 yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Shuster who had 1-on-1 coverage on the outside for an easy score between what’s going to be one of the NFL’s top QB/WR Duo’s in 2019. 2. RB James Conner looked fantastic as he has all camp, showing great vision and cuts. Even in the small sampling tonight, the comfort level the O-line has with Conner is right where you want to see it entering year two with Conner as the full-time starter.Read More »

Scouts Buzz: Deeper Bottom-6 Forward Group, heavier reliance on Evgeni Malkin looms


Latest Pens Buzz TIOPS STORYLINES *Replacing what Guerin brought to table not easy task *Kessel’s ‘steep’ 5vs5 Regression Penguins bought into *Another season of around 18 ESP for Galchenyuk would be a disaster for PIT *Scouts Buzz on Penguins Depth, Onus on Evgeni Malkin shouldering heavy load 1. Based on the chatter, the Minnesota Wild naming Bill Guerin General Manager this week didn’t catch many by surprise, but when this job immediately opened up, NHL executives were certain the Wild wouldn’t go the ‘No’ General Manager experience route again. And that was believed to be the Wild’s thinking going into this and it says a lot of how Guerin went in and won this job with the Wild’s owner citing Guerin having that “IT” factor. As mentioned before, Guerin’s ability to command a room, communicate at all levels was a big drawing point for him being named General Manager andRead More »

Bill Guerin named General Manager of the Minnesota Wild


Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin has been named the Minnesota Wild’s new General Manager, replacing Paul Fenton who was fired in July after just 14 months on the job. The Wild officially made the announcement this afternoon. “I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild.” — Craig Leipold 📰 News → #mnwild — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) August 21, 2019 I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild,” Owner Craig Leipold said in a released statement. “Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey.” Guerin who had an illustrated NHL career that deserves more Hall-of-Fame consideration than heRead More »

Penguins Assistant GM Bill Guerin strongly in the mix for Wild GM Job


While the Minnesota Wild’s search for a new General Manager to replace the recently fired Paul Fenton could last a couple more weeks before a decision is made, Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Bill Guerin has emerged as a serious candidate for the position, multiple league sources confirm. Guerin went into the interview process viewed as a longshot candidate in the eyes of many executives around the league but that view of Guerin has since changed over the last week as Guerin has put himself in position where league executives are now calling him a lock to be one of the top-3 While working under Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford has been seen as a major strength for Guerin in this particular situation, sources say what the Wild are enamored with is Guerin’s communication and people skills in a belief he would be the total opposite from Paul Fenton in howRead More »

4-Time Stanley Cup Winner Chris Kunitz retires after 15 seasons


Four-Time Stanley Cup Winner Chris Kunitz officially announced his retirement on Tuesday. “I feel very fortunate to have been a part of four amazing organizations over the last 15 years.” — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 30, 2019 The 39 year old collected 268 goals and 351 assists in 1,022 career regular season games. Winning four Stanley Cups, three with the Pittsburgh Penguins and one with the Anaheim Ducks, Kunitz posted 93 points in 178 career postseason games. It wasn’t an accident Kunitz ends his career with four Stanley Cups. He was the perfect type of glue player for championship level teams, a top-6 winger who was a great teammate on and off the ice that brought great intangibles to the table with speed, smarts and physicality. You win championships with the type of player and person Chris Kunitz is. There wasn’t a classier guy in that room over hisRead More »

Has the Andrei Vasilevskiy contract set the precedent for future talks once again between the Penguins and Matt Murray?


Will Andrei Vasilevskiy Impact Matt Murray’s Next Contract? The 3 year, $10.5 contract Andrei Vasilevskiy signed in July 2016 with the Tampa Bay Lightning set the precedent for Matt Murray’s next contract out of his entry level deal. Both were 22 year old goaltenders evolving into star netminders and four months later the Penguins and Murray coming off a Stanley Cup would agree to a 3 year, $11.25 million contract in October 2016. Has Vasilevskiy set the precedent for future talks once again between the Penguins and Murray? Vasilevskiy today agreed to a massive 8 year, $76 million extension that is loaded with $45 million in signing bonus money. The $9.5 million AAV that kicks in for the 2020-2021 season will make Vasilevskiy the third highest paid goaltender in the NHL. The Penguins will never dish out $40+ million in signing bonus money to Murray on his new deal, it’sRead More »