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 »
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 »
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 → https://t.co/uM3vPSoWqs #mnwild pic.twitter.com/kU0yhA6khQ — 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 »
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 »
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.” pic.twitter.com/QEoc7iZuCG — 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 »
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 »
Latest Pens Buzz The plan when the Penguins traded Phil Kessel just days prior to free agency on July 1 was to always turn the $1.9 million in cap space created from the trade into a $2.5-$3.5 million per season gritty two-way winger as the Penguins are all-in on this belief of subtracting an elite talent in Phil Kessel for what the Penguins feel will be a more balanced, two-way lineup with a bunch of 10-13 goals, 30-40 point players that the Penguins internally believe will outweigh the 90+-80+ points Phil Kessel netted them the last two seasons. “We felt so strong about Tanev that we were willing to go as far as we had to go to make sure we got him,” GM Jim Rutherford said on July 1 in defending the Penguins going six years for a bottom-6 level player. “You never know with any player, the termRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to a four year extension with head coach Mike Sullivan, the team announced today. As Jim Rutherford publicly continued to downplay the importance of extending Sullivan multiple times this off-season, Rutherford and the organization have now gone all-in on Sullivan.