Rumors: Pens, Sabres talked Galchenyuk – Vesey swap?

 

Tick-Tock on Alex Galchenyuk’s Future in PIT Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has soured on winger Alex Galchenyuk to the point that Rutherford has informed rival teams of his hope to move Galchenyuk by the middle of January, at the latest, one s MORE BUZZ — Despite back-to-back shutouts from Tristan Jarry and a short trip to Detroit, it was a no-brainer for the coaches to start Matt Murray against Detroit and an easy call for them. It’s early December……. — Multiple scouts tell me since playing on a line with Jake Guentzel, this is the most dominant Evgeni Malkin has been in driving play off zone entries in seven to eight years. Meanwhile, one of the biggest frustrations the organization has with Alex Galchenyuk is a lack of ability to make 1-on-1 plays off zone entries. — Dominik Kahun has done a phenomenal job in changing the narrative. His trainingRead More »

Penguins Impressive Showing; Ray Shero’s Future in NJ; Bill Peters was Pens’ top choice in 14′ search & More Buzz

 

Most Impressive Win of the Season? The Penguins’ man-games lost are right on par with the 2013-2014 season when they had over 500 man-games lost. One thing that always stood out with that season in how it started and ended was the Penguins being harder to play against when they had a depleted lineup. The same thing is playing out this season. Time will tell if come spring time a lot are saying ‘hey the Pittsburgh Penguins were a lot harder to play against when the minor league guys were out there playing like it was going to be the last NHL game of their career’. With the back-to-back losses over the weekend to Columbus and St. Louis, you had to wonder if an extended losing streak was coming and the lack of talent in the lineup was finally going to catch up. Over the Penguins’ last 17 games, theyRead More »

A mixed bag of opinions on the Penguins around the league; Tristan Jarry’s Trade Value, Jake Guentzel Elite & more Buzz

 

Penguins brass continues to see 2016 similarities in way Penguins push the pace 1. — The Pittsburgh Penguins internal models, especially the analytic based one’s, have screamed ‘2016 Penguins’ in the eyes of several members of the organization. Pittsburgh with all the injuries, has been exceptionally improved this season in offensive zone entries and scouts have seen an improvement in pressuring the puck carrier through the neutral zone that has Pittsburgh defending zone entries at a much greater rate, which until recently had led to less running around and getting overwhelmed down-low in defending the cycle and net-front. Not all evaluators are sold on this roster and some feel it’s going to be a lineup in a seven game series that that you can wear down below the dots at both ends of the rink and there’s no sense opposing teams fear Pittsburgh’s backend. That said, one former head coachRead More »

Steelers-Browns Fallout: Signficant Coaching Advantage plays out, Devlin Hodges/Deep Passing Game & a Special Defensive Unit

 

Mike Tomlin Moving up the Coach of the Year Power Rankings Coaching, Coaching, Coaching. You want to see an elite coach in crisis management go head-to-head vs a rookie coach over his head, go watch the game tape from Steelers – Browns again. Mike Tomlin for the second straight week put on a coaching clinic as he’s emerged near the top of the Coach of the Year chain. Falling behind 10-0 to the Cleveland Browns with Devlin Hodges as your QB might have looked like a death sentence but the final 35 minutes of play saw a complete reversal. What changed first was a defensive adjustment. Pittsburgh had great difficulty in stopping the Browns 2-back formation with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the misdirection passing game. The first quarter-in-a-half looked like it was going to be a long day for the Steelers defense where Pittsburgh could not pick upRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Lean Hodges & Here’s Why

 

Mike Tomlin putting on a coaching clinic Somehow, someway Mike Tomlin has his football team in the final wildcard spot with five games to go. Say what you want about Tomlin’s game management but crisis management is a pivotal trait to succeeding in the NFL and he’s put on a coaching clinic this season. Not only are the Steelers miraculously 6-5 with their quarterback situation and injuries, they’ve won five of six and since week 2, have suffered just one loss by more than four points. They’re doing all of this with an horrific offense that’s also getting dud seasons from two of their most important offensive players in Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner who have been unreliable on the field as the No. 1’s, have had costly turnovers late in close games, and are currently injured. What Tomlin is doing this season as one Steelers source says is stickingRead More »

On Myles Garrett, Pittsburgh Still Being Relevant at 10-Game Mark & Mason Rudolph getting Exposed

 

Steelers – Browns Fallout What I witnessed Thursday night might have been the most arrogant, cockiest 3-6 football team I’ve ever seen in the Cleveland Browns. You would have thought the Steelers were going up against a 9-0 football team destined for the Super Bowl. For the Browns part, the better team on the field on this specific night got the ‘W’. They set the tempo on the first drive of the game and legally/illegally physically punished the Steelers. But, everything about the Browns actions and performance Thursday night showed why they are now just a 4-6 football team instead of being a 7-3 team and right on the Ravens tail for the division lead. They’re a badly coached team with a bunch of maniacs on the field who think they are better than they are that kept Pittsburgh in the game with 8 penalties for 121 yards. They’re alwaysRead More »

Whispers on GM Search and why it’s been a surprisingly coveted job

 

Latest Pirates Buzz The Pittsburgh Pirates search for a new General Manager is starting to reach the final stages and movement has the Pirates expecting to introduce a new General Manager before the end of next week. The Three finalists: Former Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Milwaukee Brewers Assistant GM Matt Arnold Pirates Interim GM Kevan Graves Cherington has been a favorite among the search firm hired by the Pirates as Cherington has close ties to the firm which has raised some eyebrows. Cherington who will have another interview with the club on Thursday, has great interest in the job because of an understanding throughout the process that the incoming General Manager will have full say and power on day-to-day baseball decisions. The scuttlebutt in MLB circles is the Pirates hiring of Travis Williams as Team President was strictly for the business side of the organization, a message that’sRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins in their first game without Crosby for the season rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to get a point in a 3-2 OT loss to the New York Rangers. That was the good in a game that had some good but also a lot of bad in an unwavering performance from the Penguins. So where do things stand with Crosby? The Penguins on Tuesday remained quiet on details surrounding Crosby’s injury because they don’t have a definite answer yet if it’s a going to be around two week absence or 6-8 weeks. Penguin players left for the road trip on Monday with the belief that Sidney Crosby’s injury from a blocked shot was more week-to-week than day-to-day. Imaging did not tell a clear story that saw Crosby this week visiting renowned specialist Dr. William Meyers who is regarded as best in the business forRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Galchenyuk’s expiring contract viewed as an asset on trade market for Penguins

 

Latest Pens Buzz Jim Rutherford always has his ear on trade discussions around the league, even if there’s no chance the Penguins can be a player because of their cap situation, ect, but, what the ability to dump Erik Gudbranson on the Anaheim Ducks this early in the season did is it opens the opportunity to game plan for the deadline in a much more realistic manner. Because of all of the callups and injuries, moving Gudbranson didn’t clear a straight four million off the cap for right now, but its created a couple million in cap space to put themselves in a different position than expected where Jim Rutherford is already planting seeds with other General Manager’s, sources say. As the season progresses, another dynamic to watch is using Alex Galchenyuk’s expiring contract as an asset. Will Galchenyuk’s biggest value to the Penguins this season be on the iceRead More »

Evgeni Malkin several weeks ahead of schedule

 

When Evgeni Malkin was diagnosed with a grade-2 soft tissue h[amstring Injury earlier this month, team doctors projected a 15-20 game absence for Evgeni Malkin that prompted the team to place him on LTIR. About 12 days into the injury, another evaluation prompted fears of even a lengthier absence, some in the organization fearing Malkin would be sidelined until at least early December. Malkin, though, has put those fears to rest. With what has been described as a pain tolerance injury that could have swayed anywhere from a month to two months, Malkin has showed significant progress over the last week, even to the surprise of some, that prompted Malkin being cleared as a full participant in today’s practice. Malkin, barring a setback, is now scheduled to return to the lineup several weeks ahead of when the Penguins imagined he would be able to return. [/hide]