Latest NHL Buzz: Rangers willing to trade Rick Nash inside the division


Latest NHL Buzz The New York Rangers are expected to ask Rick Nash for his 12-team list this week and the Rangers are certain the list will include a couple teams in the Metropolitan Division, based on their preliminary discussions with the Nash camp so far. Early indications are the Rangers are willing to trade Nash inside the division. Nash and his representatives already have a tentative list in place and the Penguins are expected to be one of the 12 teams on Nash’s list , league sources told TIOPS last week. That will make the Penguins a team to watch as Nash has long been a favorite of Penguins In what has been an expected development, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the Rangers are likely to pick up 50% of Nash’s remaining cap hit, something that has to be a must if the Rangers want toRead More »

Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center


Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center 1. — Prior to the All-Star break, the Penguins third line center search included a discussion with the M 2. — Players can say they don’t pay attention to the media but when the General Manager is making the media rounds as he was this week and constantly saying he’s trying to add a third line center, Riley Sheahan who was brought in earlier this season to be the third line center, has to be aware of the talk. Sheahan turned in a nice performance vs the Capitals with 2 assists, including a primary helper on Phil Kessel’s first period goal. For a couple Penguins, including Sheahan, poor possession stats vs the Capitals didn’t tell the actual story of how they played. Sometimes it does, last night it didn’t. Sheahan was at 38% in possession but was 50% in ScoringRead More »

Penguins – Capitals Fallout: It’s only February but Pens put another seed of doubt into the Capitals’ head


Penguins 7 – Capitals 4 PIT LEADERS Evgeni Malkin | 2 Goals (28), 2 Assists, 5 SOG Phil Kessel | 2 Goals (23), 1 Assist, 4 SOG Sidney Crosby | 2 Assists, 4 SOG Jake Guentzel | 2 Assists, 4 SOG Riley Sheahan | 2 Assists, 2 SOG Penguins – Capitals never disappoint and tonight was no different in a thrilling Penguins 7-4 win at the PPG Paints Arena. The star power was certainly on display in this game but mostly from the Penguins end. Alex Ovechkin had a big night with 2 goals and 1 assist, scoring goals 32 and 33 on the season, but once again Ovechkin’s Capitals would be trumped by Pittsburgh’s trio of stars. Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 11 games with a 2 assist night, while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel stole the show. Malkin who along with Kessel has to be creepingRead More »

Scouts Buzz: Derek Ryan and a potential fit with the Pittsburgh Penguins


Carolina Hurricanes third line center Derek Ryan is another name starting to pop up connected to the Penguins on the rumor mill. Ryan, though, is a pretty good skater with some offensive ability. He has 11 goals on the season to go with 15 assists. He has also been a very good possession player this year, 56.8 CF%, and for his NHL career has been above 50%. Ryan is also a right handed shooter and the Penguins have been very intrigued about adding a right handed centerman to play with Phil Kessel. On the contract front, Ryan carries just a $1.45 million cap hit and is a free agent at seasons end. Ryan has been a career minor league player, while also playing overseas. He has appeared in just 121 career NHL games, totaling 24 goals – 33 assists – 57 points and a minus-20 rating. Ryan’s points/60 this seasonRead More »

Goaltending Prospect Filip Gustavsson viewed around the league as a significant trade asset


Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on 937 The Fan in a wide ranging interview that delved into several topics. Here are six Takeaways from the Rutherford interview on the Cook and Poni Show. LINK TO INTERVIEW 1. Cullen return in play? 2. On Adding a third line center: Rutherford said today one deal fell through recently, hinting the other team decided to keep the player. It’s not clear if it was a bigger deal but sources have said the team felt they were very close to acquiring “Enough talk I’m surprised we haven’t acquired one.” 3. On Whether the Ryan Reaves Trade was a bad one? Rutherford was asked by Andrew Fillipponi if he has any regrets about the Ryan Reaves trade. As he has continued to do all year, Rutherford defended the trade and what Reaves has brought to the table. “I think Ryan has served his purpose,” saidRead More »

Pens-Sharks fallout: Vintage Murray, Rust Impact Night, Cole-Oleksiak Pairing Struggles & More Buzz


Penguins 5 – Sharks 2 PIT LEADERS Matt Murray | 40 Saves, .952 SV% Evgeni Malkin | 3 Goals (26) Bryan Rust | 2 Goals (6), 1 Assist The Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot 42-31 by San Jose but a big night from Matt Murray with a 40 save performance and an opportunistic offensive night saw the Penguins come away with a 5-2 win over the Sharks as the Penguins keep on rolling, now 9-3 in January and currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division. — The big story of the night for the Penguins was Matt Murray’s performance. This was vintage Murray. He was big in the net, his angles were very good, an area that was a bit of a mess for Murray leading up to his absence. “I thought he was terrific,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It was obviously an emotional game for him tonight.” MurrayRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Murray back in goal; RH center search; Matt Cullen & Lineup Buzz


Murray to start vs San Jose Matt Murray who last played in relief on January 8th, will make his first start tonight vs the San Jose Sharks since the passing of his father. The top priority for the Penguins coaching staff moving forward is getting Murray back to form. As Murray has gone through the grieving process, the Penguins 8-3 in January have rode the hot hand of Casey DeSmith recently who is 3-1 with a .944 save percentage in the Penguins last four games. DeSmith’s emergence has given Pittsburgh the luxury of returning Tristan Jarry to Wilkes Barre and let him handle a starters workload in the minors. The combo of DeSmith/Jarry as back-up options also takes Pittsburgh out of the mix of having to add a veteran goaltender at the deadline, something that was obviously on the table after the Antti Niemi disaster. While the coaching staff knowsRead More »

Rumblings: Count Penguin star’ players among those involved in the Heavy Recruitment of John Tavares


NHL All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay saw the recruitment of John Tavares from multiple star players in full steam. And it’s going to continue as July 1 inches closer. If Tavares leaves the New York Islanders, it won’t be because of money where the Islanders are already prepared to put an 8 year offer worth at least $12-$13 million per season on the table for when Tavares and his agent Pat Brisson are ready to discuss numbers, something that won’t happen until the summer. Tavares is extremely loyal to the Islanders organization but the recruitment of Tavares this weekend was so strong because of a belief from NHL executives and players close to Tavares that he is wide open to leaving millions on the table and signing with a contender to put himself in position to compete for Stanley Cups on a yearly basis. “John just wants to win,” anRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Scoring Surge, Cole Latest, Sprong & Rick Nash Trade Market


The Pittsburgh Penguins went into the All-Star break Thursday night in making a mockery of the Minnesota Wild with a 6-3 win on 80’s night. With just over two months left in the regular season, here come the Penguins who are 8-3 in January, back to playing a high-end offensive brand of hockey, a relentless puck pursuit game and that Sidney Crosby guy is creeping up the NHL Points leaderboard. Crosby who had 35 points in his first 40 games of the season, now has 20 points in 11 games this month and has been an assist machine with 17 helpers during that span. Crosby’s goal totals are down this season but he’s on pace to smash his assist totals from the past couple seasons (49 assists in 2015-2016, 45 assists in 2016-2017). Crosby is eighth in the NHL with 38 assists. And what continues to go unnoticed is thatRead More »

Penguins X’s & O’s: Youth Shines, Top-Lines excel defensively in forcing poor zone entries from Hurricanes


Penguins 3 – Hurricanes 1 GAME LEADERS Casey DeSmith | 34 Saves, .971 SV% J.S. Dea | Goal (1), 1 SOG, 5:35 TOI Dominik Simon | Goal (2), 3 SOG, 10:52 TOI Sidney Crosby | Assist, 1 SOG, 72.7 FO% Jake Guentzel | Goal (15), 1 SOG, 9:40 TOI Since the Carolina Hurricanes embarrassed the Penguins on Pittsburgh’s home ice in early January, the Penguins are now 6-3. The Hurricanes by contrast are slowly falling out of the playoff picture and 2-6 since their win vs Pittsburgh on Jan 4. What we saw tonight in the Penguins 3-1 win at the PPG Paints Arena was how much the Penguins have improved in certain areas since they were a floundering club 3-4 weeks ago. Previous matchups this season vs the Hurricanes saw Pittsburgh badly struggle with the Hurricanes quickness and transition game. Not Tuesday night. A more quicker, skilled lineup wasRead More »