Latest Pens Buzz: Noise on Evgeni Malkin getting louder with no push back to this point


Latest Pens Buzz 1. The noise surrounding Evgeni Malkin continues to get louder and it’s getting back to the Malkin camp about how dissatisfied the organization actually is with the three-time Stanley Cup winner. The lack of push back continues to be something. There’s many inside the building who have become convinced over the last week that Jim Rutherford not only plans to chase offers for Evgeni Malkin, which sources say he has permission to do from ownership, Rutherford is motivated The thought of trading Malkin this summer has been something the Penguins top brass had minor discussions about as early as late March, TIOPS has learned. This isn’t something that is just brewing off the emotions of being swept by the Islanders. Things had been brewing for a while and a belief among some in the organization that Malkin went to And those with knowledge of Malkin’s thinking processRead More »

Round 3 Analysis: A reach at #66? Value at #83


Round 3 Analysis Never buy that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t draft for need. Just like on Thursday in addressing a major need at inside linebacker, Day 2 was about checking some other boxes. With the 66th overall pick the Steelers selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson (5-11, 180) and 17 picks later, the Steelers select cornerback Justin Layne (6-2, 192). The value of getting a cornerback was always going to be in Round 2 or Round 3 not Round 1. Despite a run on cornerbacks prior to the Steelers picking, Layne is a high value pick at No. 83. At 6-2, Layne brings length and athleticism to the table, running a 4.5. “You can’t have enough corners on your team,” DB coach Teryl Austin said of Lane. “With the amount of running they do, they help you on special teams, you get nicked, you have to have people to getRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Off-Season Additions, Selection of dynamic ILB Devin Bush gives Mike Tomlin/Keith Butler no excuses in 19


ROUND 1 ANALYSIS — “If we stayed put, we weren’t going to get Devin Bush,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said on trading up to No. 10. — “You guys still good? You wanna do that deal?” Inside the War Room the moment the #BroncosDraft trade happened 👇 — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 26, 2019 Kevin Colbert’s bold move of moving up to the No. 10 pick in selecting Devin Bush was the necessary impact move the Steelers had to make at a position of major need and what getting a dynamic player like Bush does for this defense is put an exclamation point on revamping the defense this off-season. “When you make a trade up to the top 10, we were very excited to make that trade and get Devin Bush,” said Colbert. “It was something we wanted to do and were able to do it. This is aRead More »

TIOPS Inside Buzz: On NHL Playoffs, What Rival teams say of Pens/Malkin situation & Latest Steelers Draft Buzz


TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. The Washington Capitals were ousted in Round 1 Wednesday night on a Brock McGinn double overtime goal as an unpredictable 2019 postseason continued.  The NHL has always wanted parity with this playoff alignment and they got it this season with all no division winners advancing past Round 1. Washington’s rein comes to an end and as good as a story the Hurricanes are, the NHL loses a great Round 2 storyline of Trotz vs the Capitals. This was just a strange series for the Capitals. To go up 2-0 in the series followed by laying an egg in Games 3 and 4, to then deliver what looked like a knockout punch in Game 5 where it appeared after fives games they were finally taking the Hurricanes seriously, only to drop games 6 and 7 as Carolina roared back to win four ofRead More »

Industry Buzz: Penguins viewed Malkin as uncoachable in 18-19


Latest Pens Buzz Penguins’ ownership plans to give Penguins GM Jim Rutherford the green light to significantly overhaul the Penguins roster this summer, two sources close to the situation confirm a Post-Gazette report that almost everything will be put on the table. What does all of this mean among the core? Rutherford has been given ownership’s blessing to aggressively shop Kris Letang in trade talks, which he will, and what’s been described as deeply informative and intense discussions among the Penguins brass centers around center Evgeni Malkin on whether he’s the solution moving forward or part of the problem. Malkin has been described by multiple sources as being

Latest NHL Buzz: A series Stolen from VGK, Mike Babcock Needs to Change, PK Subban to hit the market


Latest NHL BUZZ TIOPS HEADLINES SERIES STOLEN FROM VGK BUYER BEWARE FOR ERIK KARLSSON CRITISCISM WARRANTED TOWARDS MIKE BABCOCK A CAPITALS REPEAT? PREDATORS TO EYE TOP-FLIGHT CENTER FOR SUBBAN 1. A series stolen from the Vegas Golden Knights in the craziest finish you’ll see. Vegas is up 3-0 with 10:47 remaining in the third period and cruising to a Game 7 win until the San Jose Sharks scored four power play goals on a five-minute major that should have never been assessed. The NHL embarrassed itself after Joe Pavelski had to unfortunately be helped off the SAP Center ice after hitting his head on the ice. Similar to how the league suspends players, the refs reacted to an injury not the actual play. Things in real-time can always be difficult, but the NHL just looks awful here in that since Pavelski was injured on what was just a freak accident,Read More »

Industry Buzz: What Penguins do or don’t do with Mike Sullivan contract situation will tell a lot


Latest Penguins Buzz — Scuttlebutt on Mike Sullivan’s Future in Pittsburgh & Will the 2013 Extension for Dan Bylsma have any weight on ownership’s willingness or lack their of to extend Mike Sullivan before the 2019-2020 opener?— Of all the head scratching things Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said at Thursday’s season ending press conference, Rutherford saying he’s going to take some time in the evaluation process of what went wrong this season before coming to any decisions is the smartest route he can take with lots of time on his side and a pivotal decision or two to be made with this core . “We are still a bit emotional with how this ended,” said Rutherford on Thursday. “The best thing for me is to take a little time to think through this. Some big decisions will be made.” What is the Penguins No. 1 off-season priority? Developing an IdentityRead More »

Lessons Learned? A needed Defensive Overhaul for Penguins in 19-20 puts the microscope squarely on Kris Letang’s future in PIT


Changing the Core starts with a major defensive overhaul How did the Penguins not come out of Round 1 with at least one win? “I don’t have an answer for it,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “The reality is we win as a group and we lose a group and we’re all a part of it. We’ve all got to take responsibility. It’s disappointing. We had high expectations of this team. We believe we have good players and we have the potential to be a good team, and we obviously did not play well enough to win.” What matters into the summer and next season on the ice is whether the New York Islanders four game sweep of the Penguins will actually be a lesson learned for the entire Penguins organization from management, coaches to the players? The Penguins after their four game exit were at least saying all the rightRead More »

Game 4: It’s a big night for Mike Sullivan to try to get this tuned out group to buy-in and execute needed adjustments


  Game 4 Pre-Game Buzz Will the Penguins really go down this quietly? What continues to be so stunning from the Penguins through three games is not just how they’ve been out-classed, out-performed in all three zones, but how hap-less they’ve been with no pushback as the noise is getting louder and louder over the last 24 hours that some in the room can’t wait for this season to end. And that type of talk isn’t about some 4th liners getting 7-8 minutes a night. That’s what makes tonight so interesting on whether there’s actually going to be a pushback from the Penguins and a group that comes out and plays with some actual pride. If they fall in Game 4, will it be going down swinging or just another Game 3 ‘whatever’ attitude? The first 5-7 minutes could tell us a lot on the Penguins care level. For howRead More »