The anticipated long-term extension for defenseman Marcus Pettersson is now official.
TIOPS NHL INSIDE BUZZ *Shero Sought to Slow Play Things *Will Fitzgerald get a legit shot? *Marty Brodeur Factor Despite being in the midst of missing the playoffs in four of five seasons, the New Jersey Devils firing Sunday night of General Manager Ray Shero was shocking to many and caught the league by surprise. When the Devils fired John Hynes, the message Devils ownership was sending around the league was that they were all-in on Shero for the present and future. Signed through the 2022-2023 season, that was all the more reason of a belief Shero was going to have a long enough leash to try to turn things around where he would get through at least next season. So what changed in the weeks leading up to the firing? For one, voices from those under Shero started carrying a lot of weight with ownership that a change wasRead More »
Latest Pens Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins have all intentions of adding another forward by the deadline, possibly even two. They’re keeping close ties to the Jean Pageau-Gabriel market, a top rental on their board, along with Chris Kreider, but there’s some other situations to keep an eye on, including situations that are much farther along.
Latest Pens Buzz There’s a new No. 1 in town. It’s without question that as of January 3, 2020, Tristan Jarry is the Penguins’ No. 1 netminder as Pittsburgh enters the New Year. Appearing in 14 of the Penguins last 18 games, the Penguins’ coaching staff has let Jarry run with the No. 1 job. Since Matt Murray was pulled from the net against the Canucks on the day before Thanksgiving, there’s been no effort from the coaching staff to try to give Murray a run of games and get back to his form of the past. In the four games Murray has appeared in over the Penguins last 18, they have all been in the second night of back-to-backs. He’s had zero consecutive starts over the last 42 days. Beyond Tristan Jarry just out-playing him by a wide margin this season, there continues to be whispers in the organizationRead More »
What the Guentzel injury means for the Penguins Jake Guentzel, the Penguins leading scorer with 20 goals and 43 points, has been potentially lost for the entire season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the third period of Monday night’s 5-2 win when scoring his 20th goal of the season. Guentzel who crashed into the boards on the goal, had shoulder surgery Tuesday morning at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and will be sidelined for 4-6 months, the team says. The best case scenario of Guentzel being out around four months takes him to the second/third round of the playoffs. For an injury that often takes players around nine months to feel right again, Pittsburgh will be moving forward that Guentzel is lost for the season. If he returns in the middle of a playoff run, what an amazing bonus it would be, but Pittsburgh has to operate that his seasonRead More »
LATEST PENGUINS BUZZ TIOPS HIGHLIGHTS *Game-by-Game Adjustments from Sullivan *Poor practice habits for Murray frustrating organization? *Easy Call can already be made for Justin Schultz *Elite Level Offense, 1-on-1 Threat from Bryan Rust *Staff counting the days for Galchenyuk in a Penguins uniform…
A nightmare QB performance, A nightmare night for Randy Fichtner & More Buzz The Duck crumbled as the Buffalo Bills (10-4) picked off Devlin Hodges four times, en route to a 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6) on Sunday night. The Bills in clinching a playoff spot, went Duck Hunting in quarter 4, picking off Hodges three times over the Steelers final five possessions, as a 10-7 Steelers lead to open the 4th quarter, evaporated to a 17-10 loss. This was just a maddening game for the Steelers on a number of levels and in all three phases, yet, here they were with a three point lead entering the 4th and drove into Bill’s territory twice when trailing by seven on their final two possessions. When you dissect this game, it starts with the offensive game plan. It was either too conservative (1st/2nd QTR), just plain overthinking things (AllRead More »
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 »
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 »